About the Transition movement

The first Transition initiative was founded in Totnes, Devon in 2005. Since that time the idea has spread rapidly around the UK, and increasingly, the world. There are now more than 300 official initiatives, and many more in the early stages of formation.

The Transition Network is a body which supports networking and learning between these groups, and Transition Leicester is a member. The introductory information below is taken from the Transition Network’s website.

What is a Transition Initiative?

A Transition Initiative is a community working together to look Peak Oil and Climate Change squarely in the eye and address this BIG question:

for all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we significantly increase resilience (to mitigate the effects of Peak Oil) and drastically reduce carbon emissions (to mitigate the effects of Climate Change)?

The resulting co-ordinated range of projects across all these areas of life leads to a collectively designed energy descent pathway.

The community also recognises two crucial points:

  • that we used immense amounts of creativity, ingenuity and adaptability on the way up the energy upslope, and that there’s no reason for us not to do the same on the downslope
  • if we collectively plan and act early enough there’s every likelihood that we can create a way of living that’s significantly more connected, more vibrant and more in touch with our environment than our way of life today.

Transition initiatives recognise that to create a more sustainable and nourishing way of life involves both an inner and an outer transition. So as well as looking at physical changes like a sustainable food system and renewable energy, we also focus on developing a sustainable culture, with values and customs that fit well with sustainable ways of living.

How can I find out more?

Online, we’d suggest taking a look at the Transition Network website, or Transition Culture, the blog managed by Transition Towns founder Rob Hopkins.

Many books have now been published on the Transition movement, including the Transition Companion (2011), the Transition Handbook (2007) and guides to Local Food, Sustainable Homes and more. Each of these books can be bought from Green Books, and many can be found in the Leicester Central Library.