What is Transition?

What is Transition?

The Transition movement is a loose collection of independent grassroots initiatives around the world working to “transition” their local communities toward ways of living that are more local, resilient, and sustainable.

  • Localization – creating a deeper sense of community and fostering a greater degree of self-determination by building tighter personal, cultural, and economic relationships in the local area
  • Resilience – searching for sustainable practices in business, agriculture, energy, and transportation that make the community more resistant to external financial, commercial, or environmental shocks
  • Sustainability – developing lifestyles that are sensitive to the complex web of life around us and minimize our environmental footprint

The idea of Transition began with the early work of permaculture designer Rob Hopkins in Kinsale, Ireland.  He then expanded and adapted this idea in 2005-6 in his hometown of Totnes, England.  With the support of groups like Transition Network and national hubs like Transition US, hundreds of Transition Initiatives have sprung up across the world, each finding their own ways to reconnect people to each other and to the productive capacity of their communities.

Importantly, Transition is something we must do for ourselves.  While we can take advantage of whatever assistance might be available from centralized governmental or charitable sources, we the people living and working within the region itself have the greatest stake in its community development and the deepest knowledge about how to really make it a success.

Why Transition?