“The Transition concept is one of the big ideas of our time. Peak oil and climate change can so often leave one feeling depressed and disempowered. What I love about the Transition approach is that it is inspirational, harnessing hope instead of guilt, and optimism instead of fear. The Transition Handbook will come to be seen as one of the seminal books which emerged at the end of the Oil Age and which offered a gentle helping hand in the transition to a more local, more human and ultimately more nourishing future.” – Patrick Holden, director of the Soil Association
In 2008, the bestselling The Transition Handbook suggested a model for a community-led response to peak oil and climate change. Since then, the Transition idea has gone viral around the world, from Italian villages and Brazilian favelas to universities and London boroughs. In contrast to the ever-worsening stream of information about climate change, the economy and resource depletion, Transition focuses on solutions, on community-scale responses, on meeting people and on having fun.
The Transition Companion picks up the story today. It tells inspiring tales of communities working for a future where local economies are valued and nurtured; where lower energy use is seen as a benefit; and where enterprise, creativity and the building of resilience have become cornerstones of a new economy. It combines these remarkable stories with practical advice on the tools needed to start and maintain a Transition initiative.
27th October 2011
265 x 197mm
320pp in full colour
The Transition Movement is a dynamic community movement which is spreading like wildfire. Communities are mobilising to improve their resilience in the face of the twin challenges of peak oil and climate change, by developing local food networks, local energy supplies, local transport – even local money.
You can find out more about Transition using our links page (see above). This website is primarily for groups who are already involved in working on Transition projects and want to buy books in bulk at generous discounts.
Rob Hopkins has pioneered the concept of Transition towns, and there are now over 180 Transition Initiatives in 18 different countries. In their different ways they are implementing action plans to develop greater self-sufficiency in the face of peak oil and climate change. Rob is fast gaining public recognition for his pioneering work, and received The Observer’s Ethical Award for Grassroots Campaigner in 2009.
Our home town of Totnes in Devon is one of ten communities across the UK which will benefit from a £10 million fund set up by the Department of Energy and Climate Change to reduce its carbon footprint. Totnes will now receive grants to pay for a mix of “behaviour changing” measures, energy efficiency projects and renewable energy installations. The initiative will benefit 8,500 residents and is being led by Transition Town Totnes. More details . . .