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The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience
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The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience

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We live in an oil-dependent world, and have got to this level of dependency in a very short space of time, using vast reserves of oil in the process without planning for when the supply is not so plentiful. Most people don't want to think about what happens when the oil runs out (or becomes prohibitively expensive), but The Transition Handbook shows how the inevitable and profound changes ahead can have a positive effect. They can lead to the rebirth of local communities, which will generate their own fuel, food and housing. They can encourage the development of local currencies, to keep money in the local area. They can unleash a local 'skilling-up', so that people have more control over their lives.
The Transition Handbook is the manual which will guide communities to begin this 'energy descent' journey. The argument that 'small is inevitable' is upbeat and positive, as well as utterly convincing.

The Transition Companion by Rob Hopkins was published in 2012, and The Power of Just Doing Stuff in 2014.

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Release dateFeb 1, 2008
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Rob Hopkins

Rob Hopkins is a cofounder of Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network, and the author of From What Is to What If?, The Power of Just Doing Stuff, The Transition Handbook, and The Transition Companion. In 2012 he was voted one of the Independent’s top 100 environmentalists and was on Nesta and the Observer’s list of Britain’s 50 New Radicals. Hopkins has also appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Four Thought and A Good Read, in the French film phenomenon Demain and its sequel Apres Demain, and has spoken at TEDGlobal and three TEDx events. An Ashoka Fellow, Hopkins also holds a doctorate degree from the University of Plymouth and has received two honorary doctorates from the University of the West of England and the University of Namur. He is a keen gardener, a founder of New Lion Brewery in Totnes, and a director of Totnes Community Development Society, the group behind Atmos Totnes, an ambitious, community-led development project. He blogs at transtionnetwork.org and robhopkins.net, and you can find him on Twitter at @robintransition.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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    A great handbook to effect community-level environmental change. I was rather put-off by the emphasis on local currencies and on local resilience (the former because I don't see the point; the latter because of its dismissal of social justice issues: it's comfortable to strive for resilience when you're already privileged, and resilience is dangerously close to isolationism). But on the whole, the Transition Initiative's combination of head, heart, and hands considerations is hopeful, uplifting, and inspiring, and this book is a good way to learn about it.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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    A well written book introducing the transition town model. I am active in the Hebden Beidge transition town an while the methodology laid out here was helpful there where also times when I felt more help was needed. I have also become a bit disillusioned with some aspects of the transition town model, for example, whilst I do believe in localisation and building of community, I do not think that defining communities by a fix boundary, ie a town, is helpful in the long run.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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    The Transition Handbook is a primer for people interested in how to respond at a local and community level to the threats of peak oil (the peaking and subsequent decline in world oil supplies) and climate change. Since the focus is on increasing the resilience and economic independence of local communities, much of its contents are highly relevant to an economic downturn as well.Although the book has a brief overview of these issues, most of it is taken up with the Transition Towns philosophy of campaigning for a positive change rather than against various environmental evils, and with the history and practice of setting local communities on the way to being Transition Towns (and neighbourhoods, cities, river catchments etc.). This is a movement that started in Ireland and has since spread to the UK, the US and many other parts of the world, including New Zealand.I fund this final section of the book, detailing how Transition Towns have been set up and flourished, to be the most useful; but the whole book is well worth reading for anyone concerned about these issues and about the fate of the community they live in, and wanting to take the steps from anxiety to action.