Transition in Action, Totnes 2030, an Energy Descent Action Plan

Stories of our Recent Past

Is there anything that we can learn from the last period during which this area experienced energy shortages and had a more localised food system than it does today? What insights can be drawn from that period to inform our choices and decisions over the period of Transition that we are facing? Those are the questions this section sets out to address. The following is based on 12 oral history interviews conducted in and around Totnes during 2008/9. They focus on the period between 1930 and 1960, the last period in the history of the town when energy was in short supply, and a more localised food system was still functioning, albeit declining over the period in question.

This collection of histories makes no claim to being authoritative, being, after all, based on the recollections of just a handful of people, but it does offer some useful insights. Their implications for our planning for a lower energy world will be explored below.

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