The Transition Companion: Making Your Community More Resilient in Uncertain Times (Paperback)Rob Hopkins (author)
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In 2008, the bestselling 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 universities and London neighbourhoods to Italian villages and Brazilian favelas. In contrast to the ever-worsening stream of information about climate change, the economy and resource depletion, Transition focuses on solutions, on community-scale projects and on positive results.
The Transition Companion picks up the story today, describing one of the most fascinating experiments now under way in the world. It shows how communities are working for a future where local enterprises are valued and nurtured; where lower energy use is seen as a benefit; and where cooperation, creativity and the building of resilience are the cornerstones of a new economy.
The first part discusses where we are now in terms of resilience to the problems of rising oil prices, climate change and economic uncertainty. It presents a vision of how the future might look if we succeed in addressing these issues. The book then looks in detail at the process a community in transition goes through, drawing on the experience of those who have already embarked on this journey. These examples show 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.
Publisher: Green Books
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 1160 g
Dimensions: 265 x 197 x 19 mm
"Just like The Transition Handbook and The Transition Timeline, this book is essential reading for anyone who wants to make the journey from where we are now to where we need - actually, want - to go next. It perfectly encapsulates the spirit of what is now an extraordinary worldwide movement, showing the change to be something beautiful and inspiring and not the terrible sacrifice that it can often be perceived as by a fundamentally unhappy society that really ought to be ready to sacrifice it's unhappiness.
It's realistic, its based on over three years experience meaning its advice is more accurate, meaningful and useful than the excellent handbook, and as always from Rob it's incredibly well-written. It's inspiring, very practical and like all good permaculture teachers, Rob makes no pretence to having all the answers. But he has many of the right questions. The answers have to some degree be localised.
I just want to say thanks to all involved in the publication of this, your work is a vital service to our world."
"The biggest urban brainwave of the century. A visionary, practical blueprint that took root in a town and is circling the globe.This is a book that can change your life; our lives."* Nick Crane - writer and broadcaster *
"Transition is the most vital social experiement of our times. The Transition movement has already motivated thousands of people to begin to adapt their lives to the twin challenges of peak oil and climate change. Drawing on this collective experience, The Transition Companion offers communities a combination of practical guidance and real vision for the future."* Tim Jackson - author of Prosperity Without Growth *
"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. Hopkins's wisdom, creativity, and gentle humor pervade each captivating page."* Richard Heinberg - Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute; author, The End of Growth *
"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 *
"I read so many books about peak oil, the state of the world, and environmental degradation that I often glaze over. This one is different. It has authority born from practical experience, with a musculature that is immediately engaging, even reassuring. It feels mature. The book is not afraid to catalogue the limitations and failures, even celebrate them, as well as the successes."* Maddy Harland - Permaculture Magazine *
"This book ought to come with a warning: 'this book will leave you with no excuses left for not getting involved in Transition.' That sense of invitation is not accidental. Rob puts himself forward at the end of the book, describing The Transition Companion as "the current thinking about what transition is and how it works - an invitation to pick it up, try it out, see if it works for you and, if so, make it yours."* Make Wealth History - October 2011 *
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