What is Transition?

What is a Transition Town?

The era of cheap energy, abundant oil and mineral resources is over. Climate change is already affecting many hundreds of thousands of lives, biodiversity is being wiped out. Consumerism, population and economic growth are no longer sustainable.

We need to start the journey of transition from oil dependency to resilience.

To this end Transition Town Bridport aims to:

  • Reduce local energy consumption - personal and business
  • Encourage local production and consumption
  • Adapt to change, and work in common to become more self-reliant

Being 'in transition' means to be flexible and creative in our responses to the demands of living with less and to be fulfilled and satisfied! Imagine a future where everyone has a part to play in making our local community work - from energy supply, food production, transport and leisure, through to all other aspects of life. 

Transition Town Bridport will work towards making this happen

Transition Town - What's it all about? (8 minutes)
Transition 2.0 - A story of Resilience and Hope in Extraordinary Times

Or go to these websites:
Transition Network

Rob Hopkins' Blog

Pretty well every part of our modern lifestyle has developed on the back of plentiful cheap fossil fuels, and the belief that the planet's capacity to absorb our waste is limitless. The demand for cheap oil is rapidly outstripping supply (Peak Oil) which will make it less available and more expensive. The result of uncontrolled burning of fossil fuels is contributing to possibly life-threatening climate change.

 Understanding the green attitudes of Dorset residents


For many years environmental scientists have warned that neither scenario is sustainable and that we need to devise different ways to achieve our goals of a fair, safe and sustainable society.

The concept of Transition Towns was devised by a permaculture lecturer, Rob Hopkins, who realised that the biological systems that sustained the planet in balance should be the inspiration for our response to these problems. Here is Rob giving a talk through TED.

He also realised that humans had resources of knowledge, ingenuity, innovation, invention, vision and determination and that we should use these to prepare ourselves for a possibly quite different world.

A Transition Town is one that has decided to bite the bullet and devise ways to be more resilient to the challenges, not by beating ourselves around the head or wearing hair shirts, but by involving the whole community in new ways of doing things, taking more responsibility for our own future and having a fulfilling life into the bargain.

See our Twelve Steps to Transition.

  Watch this Youtube clip - Peak Oil visually explained

Or a more in depth view of Peak Oil can be seen in Chris Martenson's Crash Course (17minutes)

Transition Towns: An interview with Rob Hopkins

If you put Transition Town into your favourite web browser, you will find lots of sites linking to other Transition Towns. See what others are doing.

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