The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience

The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience

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By (author) Rob Hopkins

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  • Publisher: Transition Books
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 231mm x 234mm x 23mm | 612g
  • Publication date: 15 September 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Totnes
  • ISBN 10: 1900322188
  • ISBN 13: 9781900322188
  • Sales rank: 31,172

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We live in an oil-dependent world, arriving at this level of dependency in a very short space of time by treating petroleum as if it were in infinite supply. Most of us avoid thinking about what happens when oil runs out (or becomes prohibitively expensive), but "The Transition Handbook" shows how the inevitable and profound changes ahead can have a positive outcome. These changes can lead to the rebirth of local communities that will grow more of their own food, generate their own power, and build their own houses using local materials. They can also encourage the development of local currencies to keep money in the local area.There are now over 30 "transition towns" in the UK, Australia and New Zealand with more joining as the idea takes off. They provide valuable experience and lessons-learned for those of us on this side of the Atlantic. With little proactive thinking at the governmental level, communities are taking matters into their own hands and acting locally. If your town is not a transition town, this upbeat guide offers you the tools for starting the process.

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"Library Journal--"This book happily describes the British grassroots "Transition Towns" movement. 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. [ See the author speak about his book and ideas at http: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGHrWPtCvg0 ]

Table of contents

Foreword by Richard Heinberg Introduction Part 1 The Head: understanding peak oil Part 2 The Heart: positive visions of a post peak oil future Part 3 The Hands: a manual for developing the transition town model