About the Greenzine

Acknowledging The Land

We respect the sovereignty of the Anishinaabe peoples and communities on whose land our work takes place, Oshkigamong/Curve Lake, Hiawatha, and Alderville. We commit to honouring their laws and values and to learning and reflecting Indigenous Knowledge in the Greenzine. We thank the soil, water and air which sustain us – their inhabitants – from the bacteria and fungi to the mother trees and fauna with whom we share the land.

Guiding Principles Of The Greenzine


…is to move our community from fossil fuel dependence to resilience by economic localization, positive, equitable, adaptive responses to climate change.


Respect resource limits.  Reduce and eventually end reliance on fossil fuels. Wisely use all other Earth resources.

Promote Equity, Inclusivity and Social justice. The most disadvantaged and powerless people in our communities are the most affected by the climate crisis.

Create space for reflection, critique, new ideas and celebration of successes in the community’s responses to the challenges of adaptation and mitigation in a climate-changed world.

Freely share ideas that are in keeping with our Mission and these Values in the spirit of building an adapted, resilient local community

Foster connectivity, creativity and positive possibilities for the future.  Storytelling is central to the success of the Vision.

permaculture image from https://geneticliteracyproject.org/2016/01/07/permaculture-ecological-future-unsustainable-hobby-ex-urban-agroecological-activists/

What is “Transition”?

The Greenzine supports the values and goals of the Transition movement.

Rob Hopkins established the first Transition Town in Kinsale, Ireland in 2005 and then in his hometown of Totnes, England in 2006.The latter has become a model for Transition Towns worldwide. Transition Town Peterborough was founded in 2007 by Fred Irwin and Joan Michaels.

The Transition movement strives for community self-sufficiency in meeting the challenges of climate change. Starting at the local level, in municipalities, in neighbourhoods, and in personal life-style choices, it encourages the work of building resilient communities.

Transition encourages the recognition of some hard truths:

  • Unlimited economic growth on a planet with limited resources is not possible.
  • As the world’s human population continues to grow, humans continue to destroy habitats and species.
  • We are polluting the environment with our waste.
  • We are devastating the web of life into which our own survival is woven.
  • Climate change, caused by humans, is happening now.
  • Our actions today, here and now, shape our future, tomorrow.

The Greenzine focuses on local production and distribution of life’s essentials, water, food, and energy, for all citizens. Transition’s goals are health/well-being, means of cultural expression, and the possibility of spiritual growth for everyone..

The Transition worldview recognizes that the Earth has rights.

Submission Guidelines 

We welcome written contributions from our readers.

  1. Please familiarize yourself with Transition Movement Mission and Values. We will look for alignment with these values in all submissions. An excellent source is The Transition Network and the Community Greenzine itself.
  2. Please provide a very short bio statement (2-3 sentences) which will appear at the bottom of each piece you submit, with a link to your website (if applicable.) 
  3. All submitted pieces must be the author’s own work. Authors are responsible for obtaining the requisite permission to reprint copyrighted images or other material.
  4. You must supply at least one image for the header of your article: Give the name of the person who took any submitted photo(s) or the source from which you got the image.
  5. Transition Town Peterborough considers the Peterborough area ecologically, socially and economically interconnected, so when referencing “Peterborough” you may need to make it clear that you are writing about the City, the County and/or local First Nations communities (Oshkigamong/Curve Lake and Hiawatha). 
  6. The Community Greenzine Editorial Collective reserves the right to make revisions in all submissions for greater clarity and accuracy.  We will make every attempt to honour the author’s voice and intention. 
  7. Please send all submissions in an editable electronic format. We like articles that are between 500 and 1000 words. All submissions are welcome and will be published if they are in keeping with the Greenzine‘s “Guiding Principles”. 
  8. Contributors retain all rights to their work past, present and future. 

Please submit to: The Greenzine Editorial Collective via transitiontown.ptbo@gmail.com

The Greenzine is…

Published by Transition Town Peterborough, Canada’s First Transition Town, since 2012!
Back Issues: On Internet Archive or by looking through a collection of related magazines
Online since 2020.
Editorial Collective: Cheryl Lyon, Patricia Remy, Tom Hurley
Regular Guest Authors: Peter Currier
Permaculture Consultant: Andrea Connell
Systems Support: Mark Woolley
Social Media Guru: Dave Sumner
E-mail address: transitiontown.ptbo@gmail.com
We don’t have a separate section in the Greenzine for publishing your reactions to the articles we post online, but the Editorial Collective promises to read your e-mails and take your responses seriously.
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DISCLAIMER: Transition Town claims copyright in all original editorial materials created by the Greenzine Editors and published in thegreenzineonline.com.
The views expressed by guest writers and contributors do not necessarily express those of the Greenzine or Transition Town.