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Building a world of resilient communities: “TRANSITION NETWORK”

4. Environment


The interconnected environmental, energy, economic, and equity crises of the 21st century are posing complex and often-unpredictable challenges to communities around the world. A city in transition is a city in which a transition initiative takes place, i.e. a process involving the community and aimed at ensuring the city's resilience (ability to cope with economic and/or ecological crises). It aims to go beyond urban sustainability efforts and meaningfully equip our communities. 


The broad objectives of Transition are: 

  • To respect our resource limits and create resilience: need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, greatly reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and make wise use of precious resources is at the forefront of everything we do.
  • To promotion inclusivity and social justice: increase the chances of all groups in society to live well, healthily and with sustainable livelihoods.
  • To adopt subsidiarity (self-organisation and decision making at the appropriate level): work with everyone so that it is practiced at the most appropriate, practical and empowering level.


The 7 essential Ingredients for doing Transition successfully:

1.Healthy Groups: Learning how to work well together. 
2.Vision: Imagining the future you want to co-create. 
3.Get your community involved in Transition: developing relationships beyond friends and natural allies. 
4.Networks and Partnerships: Collaborating with others. 
5.Practical projects: Developing inspirational projects. 
6.Part of a movement: Linking up with other Transitioners. 
7.Reflect & celebrate: Celebrating the difference you're making


Here are some more specific examples:

  • Set up concrete actions (local and collective purchases, shared gardens, local currency, repair cafés, recycling, conferences...) often based on dormant projects.
  • Acquire the skills that will become necessary to strengthen the autonomy.
  • Support and promote the achievements of others (associations, Agenda 21, companies, etc…).
  • Relocate the economy (food, ENR...).
  • Strengthen links, solidarity and cooperation between all stakeholders in the territory.


  • Reduce electric & gaz bills (more energy self-sufficiency).
  • Reduce grocery costs (more food self-sufficiency).
  • Reduce transport costs (action to limit fossil fuels consumption).
  • Relocate economic exchanges (local currency).
  • Reduce health costs (healthier way of life for the mental and physical condition).


  • Reduce carbon dioxyde emission.
  • Increase inclusity and social justice.
  • Increase solidarity between people within the community and between the communities.
  • Reappropriation of knowledge and techniques.


Rob Hopkins


Mise à jour le 24/12/2019

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