Rob Hopkins, a permaculture teacher, created the beginnings of Transition, along with his adult education students, in Kinsale Ireland in 2005. Knowing about the impending issues of: unstable economy, peak oil and climate change, they were seeking local level solutions.
The students created a plan for the intentional weaning of Kinsale off its oil dependency entitled, "Kinsale 2021: an Energy Descent Plan". After educational and awareness raising films and events, the idea caught on in Kinsale and blossomed as Rob moved to Totnes, England and spread in towns throughout the country. Since then, communities around the globe have embraced the "ingredients" of Transition and its grassroots model.
The Transition Model
The Transition Model aims to build scalable microcosms of resilience (Transition Initiatives) able to withstand severe energy, climate or economic shocks while creating a better quality of life in the process. The Transition Model is based on four key assumptions.
- Life with dramatically lower energy consumption is inevitable, and that it is better to plan for it than to be taken by surprise.
- Our communities currently lack resilience.
- We have to act collectively, and we have to act now.
- By unleashing the collective genius of our communities it is possible to design new ways of living that are more nourishing, fulfilling and ecologically sustainable than the ways we are currently living.
- Swaps - where people meet and share what they have like produce, clothing books etc. Come to one, help out or start one where you live.
- Skills - got a skill you can share, like how to can, fix a bike or socks? Let us know and we will find a way you can teach others.
- Events - do you like films, events and parties? Contact us with your ideas and how to help out.
- Planning - would you like to create a more connected, resilient community? Come to our team meetings and help create your vision!
The Berkeley Transition Vision
- To create a city that is more resilient, as it responds to the challenges of peak oil and climate change
- To foster neighborhood and community relationships as Berkeley residents work together to protect the environment
- To help achieve the goals of Berkeley's Climate Action Plan and Energy Descent Plan, working towards an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050
Berkeley has approved its Climate Action Plan. Transition Berkeley will help implement the plan by forming working groups to ensure the plan is enacted, while also looking at peak oil and community resilience as an added goal -- allowing Berkeley to sustain itself and thrive. Examples of possible working groups are: food, waste, energy, education, youth, local economics, transportation, water, local government.
If you are interested in becoming a member of one of these working groups contact Debra Berliner, at the Ecology Center
Transition Movement Cheerful disclaimer!
Just in case you were under the impression that Transition is a process defined by people who have all the answers, you need to be aware of a key fact.
We truly don't know if this will work. Transition is a social experiment on a massive scale.
What we are convinced of is this:
- If we wait for the governments, it'll be too little, too late
- If we act as individuals, it'll be too little
- But if we act as communities, it might just be enough, just in time.
Everything that you read on this site is the result of real work undertaken in the real world with community engagement at its heart. This site, just like the transition model, is brought to you by people who are actively engaged in transition in a community. People who are learning by doing - and learning all the time. People who understand that we can't sit back and wait for someone else to do the work. People like you.
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WINTER CROP SWAP
Winter Swaps will be held monthly at Ohlone Park:
Swaps will take place the first Saturday of the month, starting;
Saturday, November 5th, 10:30am-11:30am at Ohlone Park in North Berkeley
Bring your crops, homemade yummies, clothing, books, ideas. Be part of this wonderful sharing economy! Could you lend a hand to keep the Swaps going? Contact Linda at the link below. Clothing, books, prepared food and other items to swap are welcome. Music and neighborhood free fun for all!