How Transition Works

The Transition movement is one of the most promising approaches to engaging people and communities to take the far-reaching actions to mitigate the effects of the climate crisis. The basic principle is to help build our communities to be more self-sufficient. These relocalization efforts are designed to result in a life that is more fulfilling, more socially connected and more equitable than the one we have today.

The Transition approach is based on a loose set of real-world principles and practices that have been developed over time through experimentation and observation of communities as they reduce carbon emissions and build resilience. Underpinning the model is a recognition that higher-level life on earth is impossible if we continue to burn fossil fuels and increase our population.

The Transition Movement believes that is up to each of us in our local communities to step into leadership positions to save the living planet. People have been working for decades to mitigate the interrelated effects of the climate crisis we have caused. Much more is needed. Together, and only together, we will make it better.