Header image  
Westchester/Los Angeles  


This webpage was the initial home of Transition Los Angeles (circa 2008).  Jump to new webpage

The future with less oil could be better than the present, but only if we engage in designing this Transition with creativity and imagination.

--Rob Hopkins, founder of the
Transition Towns movement

What is Transition? 

The Transition concept is a proactive, grassroots response to the twin crises of climate change and peak oil (the end of cheap oil). 

Through the Transition movement, we Transition society from our current high-power, high-consumption lifestyle toward our inevitable lower-powered future. 

In the near future, forecasts are for great change:  changes in the sedate, predictable weather patterns which humanity has counted on for centuries; changes in economic markets which have been built up upon the presumption of a cheap, abundant, expanding supply of fossil fuels; changes in our transportation habits and the feasibility of globalization; changes in food supplies, water supplies, and more.

... more like a party than a protest march

--Richard Heinberg,
leading peak oil thinker

The Transition model includes relocalization of our lifestyle habits, rebuilding our local economic base, reconnecting our local communities, and retraining people in the skills of a power-down life (a lifestyle that uses less oil, less gas, less electricity, less energy overall).

The goal is to increase societal resilience, our ability to adapt and to weather the great changes ahead. 

There are now over 100 official Transition Initiative sites worldwide -- local areas in the UK, Australia, Japan, and beyond which are preparing for change by organizing themselves and building local resilience.  Projects are in the works in hundreds more areas; in Southern California these include Los Angeles, Orange County, South Bay and San Fernando Valley.  Learn about local Los Angeles "pods" here.

environmental change, los angeles, Urban permaculture, peak oil, global warming, community
Last updated April 2009

Environmental Change-Makers has served as the "initiating group" for Transition ideas for many areas of Los Angeles.  As local area community groups begin to form, the new Transition Los Angeles organization offers support, networking, and advanced education in Transition ideas.