Transition Sydney is a group of Sydney people whose concern about the impact that climate change, fossil fuel depletion, and collapsing global trade and financial systems will have on our way of life calls us to do something practical about it.
Action is needed at the local level to help communities transition to the new realities these forces will bring and to build their own local resilience. This action starts with a few people getting together and deciding to do something in their local area.
Our role is to promote and support such local action - and to roll up our sleeves and work alongside those local groups and coalitions that take up the challenge. Our aim is to be both a catalyst, a partner and an ongoing resource centre for local transition initiatives across the region.
Our focus in this endeavour is on the Sydney Basin Bioregion. While the action projects we aim to encourage and support will be at the suburb and precinct level, our local energy, food and water dependencies span the entire Sydney Basin Bioregion and beyond, and local solutions need to take these into account.
Luckily, we are not the first and not alone in this endeavour. There are well advanced grass-roots initiatives around the world which have created a pathway for us to follow while we create our uniquely Australian, uniquely Sydney response.
In 2001 Rob Hopkins began teaching a Practical Sustainablity course at the Community College in Kinsale Ireland, based on the principles of Permaculture. It was the first two-year Permaculture-based course ever taught in Ireland and attracted very strong enrolments.
In the second year of the second course, in 2005, Rob Hopkins saw the film "The End of Suburbia" and subsequently showed it to his class. Around the same time he had Colin Campbell, the founder of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO), come and speak to his class. These two events put Peak Oil very firmly on the agenda of sustainability issues for the course and the combination of climate change and peak oil was given a lot of thought and attention for the rest of the course.