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What is Transition?

The Transition Town Movement

is an international grass-roots movement based in Permaculture principles, and working to Transition our society into a more ecologically sustainable (carbon-neutral) way of living.  

'Permaculture Definition: Permanent Culture'

“Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.” – Bill Mollison

Transition Initiatives (local groups of people that vary in the scale of their projects – from a building, to a neighborhood, a city, a state, a bio-region, or even a country) are working to build local resilience in the face of climate change, dwindling fossil fuel supplies, environmental depredation, and unsustainable consumption growth-based economic systems.  


Transitioners seek to re-localize much of the supply and production of key life necessities, such as food, water, energy, shelter, etc., and also to focus on supporting local economics and culture, as a way of living less wastefully, and more sustainably.  While the Transition Town model seeks to design and enact energy descent plans within local areas, and strengthen local communities, it does not do so in isolation – but with recognition of the need for local resilient communities to be integrated harmoniously into their regions, and the society at large.


Transition focuses on purposeful, conscious, living-system oriented life choices, with respect to how we interact with each other, and the physical environment.  We must realize limits in our natural resource exploitation.  We must learn to live harmoniously with each other, or we will not unleash the full creative potential of humanity that will be needed to deal with the repercussions of climate change and corrupted and unjust social systems we’ve created.


Here’s a fairly concise and informative over-view of the Transition Town Movement from Wikipedia: