Transition is a grassroots movement with the aim of empowering ourselves and our community to deal creatively and positively with the environmental and social challenges that lie ahead.
We will do this by first raising awareness of those challenges, which include climate change, peak oil and economic uncertainty, and then unleashing the collective genius of the community to come up with our own solutions.
The movement is only five years old but already there are more than 300 communities around the world recognised as official Transition Initiatives in Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, USA, and Wales and nearly 200 more in the ‘mulling’ phase.
There are nearly 30 Transition Initiatives scattered around London and in Hackney there are three active (and hopefully more to come in the future): Transition Town Hackney, Transition Town Stoke Newington and Transition Finsbury Park.
If you are interested in getting involved, sign up at the websites to keep up to date with progress and come and say hello at one of the regular meetings or socials.
Whatever your interests, there will be something for you to get stuck into, with groups working on reducing energy consumption in our homes, improving local transport, food cooperatives, skill sharing and if you think we’re missing anything you’ll find people to start up a group.
For insights into what Transition is about then check out Transition Culture, the blog of Rob Hopkins, the person who set this ball rolling. For the nuts and bolts of setting up a Transition Initiative or finding out if one is active near you then have a look around he Transition Network website.