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What is the Transition Movement?

A Transition Initiative (which could be a town, village, university or island etc.) is a community-led response to the pressures of climate change, fossil fuel depletion (resulting in ever rising fuel prices) and increasingly, economic decline.

Each initiative comprises of a group of like-minded volunteers, who adopt the Transition Model and work together locally to combat these global challenges, and whose thinking can be briefly summarised as follows:


  • Concern about the rate at which we’re using natural resources such as oil. In around 170 years we’ve managed to deplete natural oil reserves to a point where demand will start to surpass supply, oil that took hundreds of thousands of years to form.

  • Concern about the extent to which we’re damaging our environment and contributing to climate change through our energy-intensive way of living.

  • Concern that Government and big business are reacting too slowly to the ecological and social challenges that face us. The time to act is now and surely if we all do our little bit we can make a difference.

  • Sometimes the enormity of global issues like these seem daunting in terms of what we can do about them. Think globally, act locally.

  • So the aim is to do as much as we can to encourage a more sustainable way of living within a community, through walking/cycling rather than driving, growing our own food, buying locally, using green energy, recycling, using community transport to name but a few. Activities that bring communities together, a really good thing.

TKC is Officially Part of the Global Transition Network!

This gives us access to a wealth of information, advice, and like-minded people. Check out the Transition KC page at the Transition Network site.

Other local Transition Initiatives include PeterboroughOundle and Stamford (Facebook login required). Other links of special interest are the global Transition Network site, an energy bulletin from the post carbon institute explaining peak oil, and information from the Government Office for Science about climate change.

Join Us & Get Involved Locally

As well as bringing our community together and helping it become more sustainable these projects are a lot of fun, and we’re always up for ideas about new projects. So if you’re interested in joining us please contact us at: You will then be added to our members distribution list and receive an invite to the next transition meeting, attending which is probably the best way to meet the group, find out what we’re doing, and let us know where your interests lie.

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