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We live in an oil-dependent world, arriving at this level of dependency in a very short space of time by treating petroleum as if it were in infinite supply. Most of us avoid thinking about what happens when oil runs out (or becomes prohibitively expensive), but The Transition Handbook shows how the inevitable and profound changes ahead can have a positive outcome. These changes can lead to the rebirth of local communities that will grow more of their own food, generate their own power, and build their own houses using local materials. They can also encourage the development of local currencies to keep money in the local area.

There are now over 30 "transition towns" in the UK, Australia and New Zealand with more joining as the idea takes off. They provide valuable experience and lessons-learned for those of us on this side of the Atlantic. With little proactive thinking at the governmental level, communities are taking matters into their own hands and acting locally. If your town is not a transition town, this upbeat guide offers you the tools for starting the process.

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"Meant to be a guide and motivator, the handbook discusses how several U.K. towns are preparing for the twin threats of climate change and peak oil....It's a handsome book, thoughtfully designed, which may make its message a little more palatable to oil addicts on this side of the Atlantic." Robert Eagan, Library Journal

About the Author

Rob Hopkins is the founder of the Transition Network. Having successfully created an Energy Descent Plan for Kinsale in Ireland, which was later adopted as policy by the town council, Rob moved to Totnes in Devon and initiated Transition Town Totnes, the first UK town to address the issues of life after peak oil.

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Belly of the Beast, January 4, 2010 (view all comments by Belly of the Beast)
This book puts forth the unified field theory of resilience as it pulls together the threads/threats of climate change, peak oil, economic dislocation, and social isolation together to craft a humble response of broad community-driven visioning and action.

It's a trite phrase that you've heard before, but this book really did change my life. The Transition Handbook compelled me to start a Transition Initiative in a place that would perhaps be the last place you would expect it, and I was suprised to find a community of friends who amaze me every day with the depth of their knowledge and passion.

Read the book, then (or for the less sequentially-challenged: at the same time) look for a Transition Initiative in your community and if you don't find one start it up yourself.
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Michael O'Brien, September 26, 2008 (view all comments by Michael O'Brien)
After struggling with the challenge of how to put global warming and peak oil and gas into a positive framework, I was really excited to read Rob Hopkin's approach and the responses from the communities he has worked with. If you are seeking ideas on how your community can deal with fear and uncertainty, and turn those legitimate concerns into a course of acceptance, vision, and action, this book will be a useful guide.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781900322188
Author:
Hopkins, Rob
Publisher:
Green Books
Foreword:
Heinberg, Richard
Author:
Heinberg, Richard
Subject:
Natural Resources
Subject:
Development - Sustainable Development
Subject:
Sustainable living
Subject:
Energy conservation
Subject:
Petroleum reserves.
Subject:
Energy policy
Subject:
Energy consumption -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Energy policy - Citizen participation
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
two color throughout
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 9 in

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