Transition Towns

The basic building blocks of our movement are groups of people who are making positive change happen locally.

The movements happen in their village, town or city neighbourhood or sometimes in their school, workplace, college or university.  They can access support and connect up with others across the movement, but they’re not waiting for permission to act and nobody gives them instructions.  

People do Transition for all sorts of reasons:

  • to get to know their neighbours;
  • to feel like they are making a difference in the world;
  • because the world’s huge challenges (climate change, social inequality, economic decline and so on) feel more manageable if addressed at the local scale (as one person put it, “Transition changed my relationship to the problems”);
  • to catalyse all manner of new projects, enterprises and investment opportunities;
  • to learn new skills;
  • to feel like they are creating a new story for their place;
  • to feel connected to other people and to something historic and exciting happening around them;
  • because they feel it is “the right thing to do”.
  • because they feel disenfranchised by politics and want to be able to take back a sense that they can influence the world around them

The concept of Transition Town has been spreading since 2006 and now there are more than 1,800 initiatives from over 40 countries. Here are some of the inspiring transition ideas:

  • community currency
  • repair cafe
  • surplus food cafe
  • community garden
  • caring town
  • community energy 
  • natural building
  • co-housing
  • local food market
  • film screening
  • seed exchange

Click here to learn about other transition initiatives!

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