- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing; 1st edition (September 15, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781900322188
- ISBN-13: 978-1900322188
- ASIN: 1900322188
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.8 x 9 inches
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The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience Paperback – August 10, 2008
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"This book happily describes the British grassroots 'Transition Towns' movement, the group Robin Mills (see below) called 'mistaken, appalling and dangerous.' Meant to be a guide and motivator, the handbook discusses how several U.K. towns are preparing for the twin threats of climate change and peak oil. Hopkins, a teacher of permaculture and natural building and a cofounder of the Transition Network, urges a community response—local sustainability made fun—in which groups grapple with issues like food, transportation, energy, building materials, and waste and even develop their own local currency. Hopkins takes our 'addiction' to oil literally, and so we will read of 'post-petroleum stress disorder,' and see applied addictions psychology helping to ease the townies' withdrawal symptoms. It's a handsome book, thoughtfully designed, which may make its message a little more palatable to oil addicts on this side of the Atlantic."--Robert Eagan, Library Journal
"This DIY manual for change is an intelligent and practical attempt to encourage people to think globally while acting locally."--P. D. Smith, The Guardian
"The book is a great guide for how we must live in a future world where the limits of nature are honoured, but so are the basic comforts and joys of communities coming together in a great common cause. There is no more important book than this one for any community seeking change toward ecological sustainability."--Jerry Mander, founder/director of the International Forum on Globalization and author of In the Absence of the Sacred
"This is much more than just a book. It is a manual for a movement. And not just any movement, but one which in avoiding the civilisational collapse threatened by the twin crises of peak oil and climate change could prove to be the most important social force humanity has ever seen."--Mark Lynas, author of Six Degrees
"The Transition movement is the best news there's been for a long time, and this manual is a goldmine of inspiration to get you started."--Phil England, New Internationalist
"This book by the visionary architect of the Transition movement is a must-read, labeled 'immediate.' Growing numbers with their microscopes trained on peak oil are convinced that we have very little time to engineer resilience into our communities before the last energy crisis descends. This issue should be of urgent concern to every person who cares about their children, and all who hope there is a viable future for human civilization post-petroleum."--Jeremy Leggett, founder of Solarcentury and SolarAid, and author of The Carbon War and Half Gone
"If Hopkins is right about the viral spread of the Transition Town concept then he has to be a runaway contender for a Nobel prize."--Friends of the Earth's Earthmatters magazine
"The Transition concept is one of the big ideas of our time. Peak oil and climate change can so often leave one feeling depressed and disempowered. What I love about the Transition approach is that it is inspirational, harnessing hope instead of guilt, and optimism instead of fear. The Transition Handbook will come to be seen as one of the seminal books which emerged at the end of the Oil Age and which offered a gentle helping hand in the transition to a more local, more human and ultimately more nourishing future."--Patrick Holden, director of the Soil Association
"If ever there was a book that empowered the reader, this is it. I'm struggling here to escape metaphors about having a tankful of petrol in my belly, but that's just what it feels like. Rob tells us that fossil fuels multiply the physical force of each human being by 70 times. Well, this book can do the same, but in a social way rather than a brute mechanical way, and to a positive end rather than a destructive one. It's not only a powerful read, but an easy one too. It flows along like a well-written novel, full of illustrations, well designed and produced. Anyone who has met Rob or heard him speak in public will recognize in its words the humor, power and humility of this remarkable person. The book is of course a product of the cheap oil era. But if we can create things of this quality, when the post-peak times come we have little to fear."--Patrick Whitefield, Permaculture magazine
"The newly published Transition Handbook is so important that I am tempted just to confine this review to five simple words: 'You must read this book!'"--Richard Barnett, Ethical Pulse
About the Author
Rob Hopkins is the cofounder of Transition Town Totnes and of the Transition Network. He has many years' experience in education, teaching permaculture, and natural building, and set up the first two year-full-time permaculture course in the world, at Kinsale Further Education College in Ireland, as well as coordinating the first eco-village development in Ireland to be granted planning permission.
He is author of Woodlands for West Cork!, Energy Descent Pathways and most recently The Transition Handbook: From oil dependency to local resilience, which has been published in a number of other languages, and which was voted the fifth-most-popular book taken on holiday by MPs during the summer of 2008. He publishes www.transitionculture.org, recently voted the fourth best green blog in the UK. He is the winner of the 2008 Schumacher Award, an Ashoka Fellow, a Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute, served three years as a Trustee of the Soil Association, and was named by the Independent as one of the UK's top 100 environmentalists. He is the winner of the 2009 Observer Ethical Award for the Grassroots Campaigner category, and in December 2009 was voted the Energy Saving Trust/Guardian's Green Community Hero. He lectures and writes widely on peak oil and Transition, holds an MSc in Social Research, and recently completed a PhD at the University of Plymouth entitled "Localisation and resilience at the local level: the case of Transition Town Totnes." He lives in Devon and is a keen gardener.
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To the best of my knowledge, this book is the only one that not only acknowledges this fact but provides a clearly-laid plan to build new and better lives through this transition from our central oil, gas and coal economy to smaller local community self reliant economies.
It includes tips on how to manage the emotional and psychological hurdles we'll face, as well as how to build a locally resilient community organization that plays well with local politics and with other similar organizations. It is a friendly book, cheerful even. The end game for the Transition Model, after all, is not just survival, not just resilience, not just the development of alternatives to isolated and oil-dependent suburban lives, but something much better than we have now: lives with connections and communications and resource sharing with our neighbors.
The bottom line is, Change is Coming. We have no choice about that. Our lives will be turned upside down. The question is, will we choose to manage that change and turn it into something healthy and fun and happy, or will we and our grandchildren perish or be forced to live miserable and unhappy lives, disconnected from each other and the rest of the world? This book gives us a map so we can do it right. Get it. Start now. You have precious little time and very much indeed to do.
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The author deals with both peak oil and climate change challenges. Peak oil may seem to some a dated and failed and discredited concept however the amount of oil beneath our feet is finite and we need it for much more than burning!
The TRANSITION theme of the book is a positive scenario builder for civilisation development.
To summarise, this means start getting to know your neighbours, learn to grow nutritious food and get used to living a far more local life than we have since WW2 finished. This isn't a survivalist book, it's optimistic and very sure that we can actually build a more meaningful and fulfilling living arrangement than we've ever imagined possible.
Buy it, read it, write in it, share it and do it.