Promoting Sustainable Consumption—a View from the Ground

  • Mandy MeikleEmail author
Part of the The Anthropocene: Politik—Economics—Society—Science book series (APESS, volume 3)


The chapter is based on a talk given at the SCORAI workshop in London entitled “What to do if your community is not ready for Transition”. It considers the issues that need to be confronted by activists seeking to promote sustainable consumption and production in local communities, focusing on a case in which I have been closely involved, in rural Scotland. The chapter identifies actions taken and skills and resources required to enable these to be implemented. However it also outlines why initiatives fail and some ideas for increasing the chances of success.


Charitable organizations Community activism Community projects Environmental activism Scotland Transition towns Wind farms 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Independent Researcher and ActivistSouth LanarkshireScotlandUK

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