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What is the Transition Initiative?

A Transition Initiative is a community working together to address the challenges and opportunities that are presented in the face of Peak Oil and Climate Change. This movement started in Great Britain in Sept. 2005 and is spreading rapidly. As of September, 2012 there are 443 official Transition Towns in 34 countries. 123 of those Initiatives are in the United States.

The Transition Initiative is based on these four key assumptions:

  • That life with lower energy consumption is possible, and now is the time to plan to explore alternative renewable energy options. 
  • That our communities presently lack the resilience.
  • That we have to act collectively. The most effective response to these changes will be a collaborative community response.
  • By unleashing the collective genius to proactively design a resilient community, we can build ways of living that are richer in meaning, more connected to self/others/nature, and more in harmony with the earth.

For more information on the Transition Town Model please watch Rob Hopkins interview on Transition Towns (below) or download The Transition Primer.


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Transition Towns:
An Interview with Rob Hopkins

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Rob Hopkins on The Transition Handbook

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The Twelve Steps Rob Hopkins 1-6

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The Twelve Steps Rob Hopkins 7-12