Transition to what? … to a more sustainable world

What is a Transition group? … a group of people who have chosen to respond to the global issues of climate change and resource depletion by starting in the place where they live, coming together with people in their own neighbourhood to develop creative responses to the environmental challenges we face.

In other words Transition groups are people who, inspired by the world-wide Transition movement, and recognising the global issues of climate change and resource depletion:

  • seek ways of living that reduce dependence on fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas)
  • do this with other people (not just on their own)
  • focus on their own local street, neighbourhood, suburb, town or council area
  • help create a community where people are actually healthier and happier (rather than feeling deprived) because they are meeting their neighbours, feeling more connected and having fun.

A Transition group will typically run events to inspire, encourage and support each other, and the wider community to live more sustainably.

How to get started.

Some Transition groups begin with the Transition Streets workbook while other groups start with the Essential Guide.

  Stories of Transition

The year 2019 at Transition Bondi

Kit Shepherd has been convenor of Transition Bondi for nine years. Here she writes her reflections on the year 2019. [Edited slightly with dot points – ed] It’s been a big and adventurous trip, this year for us in Transition Bondi! And the Steering group team has had their shoulders to the wheel for our Regular monthly programs Inner Transition … Read More


The 2019 Transition Australia Convergence was held on Sunday 15th September in Melbourne with the theme: Networks for Action It’s no exaggeration to say that we face a crisis. We need to do more than stop emissions, pollution, waste and habitat destruction but also rapidly reverse course to enable developing countries to bring their populations out of poverty. It ... Read More

Transition Streets

Slides   |   In transition film   |   Downloads   |    Stories    |   Links How to change the world, one street at a time; A sustainability program for local neighbourhoods in Australia Transition Streets is a community based program where residents are encourage to live more sustainably. An organiser will gather a group of local residents and host workshops with challenges from ... Read More

Transitioning Western Australia, one group at a time

As our climate continues to change threatening our basic human rights, we see the powerful uprising of students against climate change; governments and industry talking and mostly agreeing that action must be taken, yet very little seems to change. In the face of all this, you might be left wondering ‘why do I bother?’ We’re here to remind you that … Read More


  Non-Violent Communication (NVC) is an approach developed by Marshall Rosenburg to ‘inspire heartfelt connections between ourselves and other people – connections that allow everyone’s needs to be met through compassionate giving.’ He also defines it as “a natural state of compassion when violence has subsided from the heart”. What is it to be violent? Violence is not only physical … Read More

Solar Panels for a not for profit group

Have you ever thought about installing solar panels for a not for profit group? In 2016 the Montmorency Community Group, a transition group in Banyule undertook a project to install solar panels at Araluen in Lower Plenty. This is the story of how they did it. In November 2016 the Montmorency Community Group decided to use about $3,500 of their … Read More

Repair Café Albury-Wodonga

Repair Cafés are free meeting places for people to learn the art of repair from experienced volunteers. Visitors bring in a broken household item – a wobbly stool, torn shirt, broken torch or flat bike tyre – and are shown how to fix it. It’s about repairing and restoring, rejecting throw-away society and fostering a culture of creativity, innovation, repair … Read More

Transition Streets in Newcastle

This is an edited version of an article Rob Hopkins wrote after interviewing Graeme and Cathy Stuart, Transition Newcastle, when they introduced Transition Streets to Australia. Since this interview Graeme and Cathy have worked closely with some Melbourne transitioners to create the national version of the workbook, and Transition Streets groups are springing up in Melbourne and Geelong and other … Read More

Think Eat Save

The wisdom behind these words in reducing food waste was presented by Ronnie Kahn, founder of Oz Harvest. At a large public event in Sydney’s Martin Place, in 2017, Craig Reucassel of War on Waste,  passed on such waste-reducing tips as: the biggest food waste in households is iceberg lettuce, but they are good when added to stir-fry. Craig asked OzHarvest … Read More

Food and Philosophy

Reflections from the Kitchen co-ordinator of Transition Bondi’s monthly Film & Feast evenings. A recent radio program on ‘Foodism’ (on The Philosopher’s Zone, RN 576 am) got me thinking. What does that word mean anyway? The speaker, Susan Wolf, explained that ‘Foodism’ is an interest in food beyond the culinary or nutritional. It includes an aesthetic interest, and a focus on pleasure; spending … Read More