The advantage of local transition initiatives is its potential to create a truly community-led process which then interfaces with local politics, but on its own terms. The role of local authorities in this process is to support, not to drive it. A transition initiative could not, by definition, be a project conceived and driven forward by a council, although it is one where the active and enthusiastic support of local government is invaluable.
In the light of climate change and peak oil local transition initiatives are desperately needed to transform our communities (and together the whole society) into units of greater self-reliance. We need a more resilient society to be less dependent on cheap oil and high carbon emissions.