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The Transition Companion

The Transition Companion: Making Your Community More Resilient in Uncertain Times

By Rob Hopkins  -  Founder of the Transition movement

"What Rob Hopkins has done--in this book, and with the Transition movement--simply couldn't be more important. We're coming to a powerful crunch time for our civilization, and if you read this you'll be well ahead of the curve in understanding how to prepare your community. There's much beauty here, and hope."  -  Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth

"There is no more important journey we can undertake than the transition from our current fossil-fuel dependency to locally based economic resiliency. This book is the ideal companion for that journey--optimistic yet clear-headed; informed by experience yet playful and encouraging. Hopkin's wisdom, creativity, and gentle humor pervade each captivating page."  -  Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute, and author of The End of Growth


What if the best response to peak oil and climate change don't come from government, but from you and me and the people around us?

In 2008, the best-selling The Transition Handbook suggested a model for a community-led response to peak oil and climate change. Since then, the Transition idea has gone viral across the globe, from Italian villages and Brazilian favelas to universities and London neighborhoods. In contrast to the ever-worsening stream of information about climate change, the economy, and resource depletion, Transition focuses on solutions, on community-scale responses, on meeting new people, and on having fun.

The Transition Companion picks up the story today, drawing on the experience of one of the most fascinating experiments under way in the world. It tells inspiring tales of communities working for a future where local economies are valued and nurtured; where lower energy use is seen as a benefit; and where enterprise, creativity, and the building of resilience have become cornerstones of a new economy.

The first part discusses where we are now in terms of resilience and vulnerability in the face of rising oil prices, climate change, and economic challenge. It present a vision of the future if we do not address these issues, and how things might change if we start to do so. The book then looks in detail at the process a community in transition goes through, calling on the experience of those who have already embarked on this journey. These examples how how much can be achieved when people harness energy and imagination to create projects that will make their communities more resilient. The Transition Companion combines practical advice -- the tools needed to start and maintain a Transition initiative -- with numerous inspiring stories from local groups worldwide.

About the Author:

Rob Hopkins is recognized globally for his grassroots work in promoting community resilience in the light of peak oil and climate change. He is the co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and the Transition Network and author of the best-selling The Transition Handbook. He has created this book through a collaborative process involving thousands of people. His blog is on