Transition Streets

 

Start your journey to a more sustainable lifeTransition Streets

The news is filled with dire warnings about climate change and the impact it will have on our planet. It is easy to feel like there is nothing you can do, but you can make a difference.

Transition Streets is about joining with others in your community to make your home and your street more sustainable.

This means:

  • Using less energy
  • Using less water
  • Being less dependent on non-renewable resources, such as oil, gas or coal
  • Being more self-reliant with food
  • Producing less waste
  • Being healthier
  • Creating a more enjoyable place to live.

Changing the world, one street at a time

Transition Australia has created a workbook which will guide you through the steps you can take as your street starts its journey to a more sustainable future.

The workbook will guide you through how to host your first meeting and set up your group. It has loads of ideas and practical examples of sustainable lifestyle changes that we can all do right now. The workbook is easy to follow and aims to encourage co-operation and creativity.

The workbook has chapters looking at:

  • water
  • energy
  • food
  • transport
  • waste and consumption

We hope that through Transition Streets you will develop relationships within your immediate neighbourhood that will help you explore and respond to some of the significant environmental challenges before us. We have the potential to re-imagine the type of community we want to live in. We can create a vision for a better future and we can start working towards it now.

Start your journey by downloading the workbook below or find a Transition Streets project near you.


 

  Stories of Transition


Stretch Jeans Compost Test

What exactly is in those comfortable stretch jeans…? Meg McGowan – a Permaculture Coach on the NSW Central Coast – found out by putting a pair of stretch jeans through her compost routine – household compost, hot compost, and a worm hotel. After a year – the result was quite shocking. These are reported as pure cotton with 3% elastane, … Read More

Do What You Can – One Week at a Time

Emily Paddon-Brown talks about a weekly action you can take to help save the planet! Emily is an actor and music theatre performer, a parent of a young family, and active in her neighbourhood. Early in 2020 she decided to combine her skills with her experience and make series of short weekly video chats about actions anyone could make, that … Read More

EAT-Lancet Commission on Food Report

Can we feed a future population of 10 billion people a healthy diet? The EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health brought together 37 world-leading scientists from across the globe to answer this question: Can we feed a future population of 10 billion people a healthy diet within planetary boundaries? The answer is yes, but it will be impossible without transforming eating habits, improving food … Read More

Go Goals – Sustainable Planet Board Game

A United Nations board game for 8-10 years ( and older ) Based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. This is a full board game kit – the A3 game board page, a set of rules, templates for a dice and tokens, and 85 question cards covering the 17 goals. Designed for 8-10 years, but suitable for … Read More

Transport Energy Efficiency and CO2

How do we figure out our best actions…….. Transition Streets 5.1.1 Working out your transport footprint is complex. There is data on modes of transport defined in green house gas emissions, general pollution, and other health impacts. But we also need to consider the changes in these results when the number of passengers ( or the amount of freight ) … Read More

Water in Your Home

Where is the Water…….. Transition Streets 4.3 Sydney Water have made this chart to show where water is used and roughly how much. Appliance/source Litres (lt) used Shower Regular showerhead Water efficient showerhead 10 lt / minute 6-7 lt/ minute Bath Average bath 110 lt Toilet Single flush toilet Older dual flush toilet (1983s model) Modern dual flush toilet (2005 or … Read More

Grey Water Diverters

Capturing that waste water…….. Transition Streets 4.4 Apart from a bucket in the shower, and using a sink insert bucket when washing up, the only way to capture that waste water is by inserting a diversion point into the plumbing.     This can be as simple as a rubber funnel inserted into the inspection hole on the out flow … Read More

How Much Water Do You Use?

A quiz to estimate your water use …….. Transition Streets 4.2 Hunter Water developed this quick quiz to estimate how much water your household might use – Water Use Calculator. How did you compare? Did it match your household water bill?