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Transition in Action: Totnes and District 2030, an Energy Descent Action Plan Paperback – 21 May 2010

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Transition Town Totnes; 1st edition (21 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900322854
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900322850
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.9 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,810,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There's a great awakening going on today, driven by accelerating climate change and by the era of cheap oil coming to an end. Very few communities are as yet properly prepared for such changes, but this Action Plan for Totnes demonstrates exactly what can now be done and how all of us can get involved. --Jonathon Porritt, Co-founder of Forum for the Future and former chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission

'By planning for a world in which fossil fuels are no longer cheap and abundant, Totnes has set an example that every town and city in the world should follow. The post-carbon transition can be a creative opportunity for societal renewal, but only if we plan for it. And given the realities of climate change and oil depletion, we are all starting very late in the game. Kudos to this brave community for stepping up to the challenge and producing a thorough, far-sighted document!' --Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and author of The Party's Over and Peak Everything.

'The Energy Descent Action plan is a solid piece of work that tells you how to assess what resources a community has - we're talking skills, ecology, potential for food production, social and creative resources - and clearly sets out ways to utilise them properly. It should give millions of us direction - a critically the confidence - to believe that a sustainable life is within our grasp' --Lucy Siegle, ethical living columnist in the Observer, and author of Green Living in the Urban Jungle and To Die For.

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Transition in Action is the UK's first comprehensive Energy Descent Action Plan designed for and by a local community. It sees the changes necessitated by climate change, peak oil and the UK's debt crisis not as a crisis, but as a huge opportunity for entrepreneurship, creativity, community, enhanced resilience and a greater quality of life. In these pages you will find not just a vision of a more resilient world, but practical steps to reach it, key research, inspired ideas and a glimpse into the town's recent past and what we can learn from it.

In September 2006, the Devon market town of Totnes began a journey to design and implement its move away from fossil fuel dependency and towards a lower carbon, less energy dependent, more localised and nourishing future, building on the town's long history of 'green' living. The approach it has developed has since inspired thousands of other communities around the world to do the same, bringing much attention to the town. Over 500 local people have contributed to and shaped this Plan. The result, which you now hold in your hands, is an extraordinary vision and statement of community intent, not just setting out what is possible, but also what is already underway to bring it into being.

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