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					Welcome to Transition City Leeds

              19 APRIL 2008


               Transition City Leeds:
                The story so far

Sept 07: Transition Town Network talk in Leeds
Nov 07: Initial meeting at the Common Place
Winter 07-08: planning meetings for this event (funding
from ESRC grant
April 08: First public meeting

                Aims of the day
•To share what the idea is about
•To gauge interest across Leeds
•To discuss key thematic issues
•To decide how to take Transition Leeds forward
•We are passionate about changing
our city and neighbourhoods!
10 am      Morning Plenary + questions. comments
11.15am    How the day is going to work
11.30 am   Tea break
12 pm      Participatory Session One
1pm        Lunch
2pm        Participatory Session Two
3pm        Tea Break
3.30 pm    Final Plenary: Action Points
4.15 pm    Final Plenary: Neighbourhood mapping
4.45 pm    Next steps forward
Global Warming:
the problems
Tipping Point:
- Feedbacks: ice caps melt, forests
die, permafrost melts, wetlands &
peatbogs drain, oceans acidify
- Irreversible changes: oceans rise,
species die, feedbacks release
more GHG than we can sequester
We are starting this battle 30 years
behind schedule
So we need energy supplies without
GHGs: “renewables”
Foreseeable problems according to Yorkshire
Flooding, sewer overflow, drainage problems,
reduced river water, increased demand for water,
droughts, poor water quality, disrupted transport,
insurance blight, reduced investment in at-risk
areas, increase in injuries and deaths,
agricultural drainage and irrigation problems,
river bank erosion, over-abstraction, loss of
biodiversity, forest/ moorland fires, storm
damage to crops and buildings
Not mentioned by Yorkshire Forward:
Food prices & food infrastructure
Agricultural and human diseases
7m sea level rise brings coast to Selby, wipes
out farmland area size of W Yorks and causes
Hull to be abandoned
International aspect affects us: refugees,
trade, legal action?, resouce wars? political
Moral aspect
-Business as usual

       Oil production, world population

                                    Not running out, but…
Other fossil fuels?
                   $ (2006) per barrel
















                                                     Peak Oil: When?







•   Peak Oil is serious, and urgent
•   Political & economic system stress
•   Declining material wealth
•   We have choices about how to react:
    – Passively: hope for the best
    – Actively: engage & manage issues
    – Individually or collectively

Climate Camp 2008 : Kingsnorth : 3 – 11 August

 Low impact living : Education : Direct Action

       a brief introduction to
       Transition Towns
What is a Transition Town?
                                           …..or village, city, island…
A Transition Town is a community that is working together to look Peak Oil
and Climate Change squarely in the eye and address this BIG question:

    "for all those aspects of life that this community needs in order
    to sustain itself and thrive, how do we significantly increase
    resilience (to mitigate the effects of Peak Oil) and drastically
    reduce carbon emissions (to mitigate the effects of Climate

The resulting coordinated range of projects across all
the important areas of life leads to a collectively
designed energy descent action plan.
• Based on work by Rob Hopkins, and students on his two year
  permaculture design course.
• They developed an „Energy Descent Action Plan‟ for the Irish town of
  Kinsale in 2005.
• Rob moved to Totnes, and set up Transition Town Totnes.
• The process draws on ecological design methods like permaculture,
  participatory meeting methods like open space and
  insights from disciplines like addiction counselling.
Four key characteristics

1. Participation
2. Connecting and celebrating existing groups
3. Raising awareness and attracting new people
4. Collective knowledge for local solutions

• Methods like „Open Space‟ and „World Café‟
• Everybody‟s contribution is important, not just the views of
  academics, experts and politicians
• Actively learning from the past – asking elders their stories
• Actively engaging the future – working with children
  to create new stories and visions of the future
Bringing together existing groups

• A new focus for existing groups
• An opportunity to celebrate and put new energy into work that
  has been going on for years
• For example – cycling action groups, community food groups,
  youth workers, green activists, community development workers
  all have important contributions that are needed to help create a
  more sustainable city
• Groups that work together have more impact
Raising awareness and new audiences

• Communicating the urgency of climate change and
  peak oil to the wider community
• Honest about the situation, within a positive framework
  for action. Emphasis on benefits.
• Encouraging people to create local solutions
• Inviting new people to get involved
  – not just the „usual suspects‟
Collective knowledge, local solutions

• Bringing together skills, knowledge, visions and
• A focus on practical solutions
• A focus on local and achievable projects
• Working towards the development of an „Energy
  Descent Action Plan‟ – a long-term redesign
  of the city to be sustainable, resilient and
  more self-reliant.
Activities in Transition Towns
• Raising awareness – films, speakers, discussions, workshops
• Training – courses in permaculture, local food skills, renewable
  energy, knitting…
• Creating new resources – local food directories, skills directories,
  websites, local currencies – the “Totnes Pound”
• Practical projects – Community Supported Agriculture,
  Veg Box Schemes, eco-housing projects, tree plantings
• Community building – oral histories, schools work
• Mapping the present and Planning the future!
  – Energy Descent Action Plan, visioning
Who can set up a Transition Initiative?

• There are fifteen criteria that we need to meet to be considered an
  „official Transition Town‟.
• They include things like: a commitment to be inclusive; to actively
  engage with the national network; ask for help when its needed…
• Part of the purpose of this meeting is to see if there is enough
  interest to take it forward, and how we might do that.
Options for setting up Transition City Leeds

1. Local Transition Initiative – a steering group inspires and
   organises the local community response.

2. Local Transition Hub - based in a large area with its own identity
   (eg a city). Helps establish and support "local transition initiatives".

3. Temporary Initiating Hub - a collection of individuals work with
   each other to help set up "local transition initiatives. As the initiatives
   arise, the hub disbands.

4. Regional Coordinating Hub – existing transition
   initiatives that get together for mutual support.
Where else is it happening? 50 official groups
England Totnes, Penwith, Ivybridge, Falmouth,
Moretonhampstead, Lewes, Stroud, Ashburton, Ottery St. Mary,
Bristol, Brixton, Forest Row, Mayfield, Glastonbury, Lostwithiel,
Forest of Dean, Nottingham, Wrington, Brighton &
Hove, Market Harborough, West Kirby, Whitstable, Marsden &
Slaithwaite, Frome, Brampton, Isle of Wight, Seaton, Bath,
Exeter, Isle of Man, Canterbury, Wolverton, Leicester,
Westcliff-on-Sea, Isles of Scilly, Liverpool South,
Norwich. Ireland Kinsale. Northern Ireland
Holywood. Wales Llandeilo, Bro Ddyfi, Rhayader,
Presteigne. Scotland Portobello, Dunbar, Biggar.
Australia Sunshine Coast New Zealand Waiheke
Island, Orewa, Kapiti District
Plus over 600 groups in 26 countries “mulling it over”!
England Abingdon, Alden Valley, Alderley Edge, Almondsbury, Alton Ambridge (fictional BBC Radio4 town in Borsetshire), Anlaby, Appley Ashbrittle, Ashby Parva, Axbridge, Baildon, Balsall Heath,
Birmingham, Banbury, Barkingside, Barnet, Barnstaple, Beaminster, Beccles, Bedford, Castle Ward, Beeston, Belbroughton, Belper, Bentlawnt, Berkhamsted, Biddulph, Birdsedge, Birmingham,
Blandford Forum, Bollington, Bosley, Bournemouth, Bourton-on-the-Water, Bovey Tracey, Box, Bradford, Bradley, North Yorkshire, Brentford, Bretforton, Bridport, Brilley, Bromsgrove, Bruton,
Bungay, Bury, Bushey, The Butts, Walsall, Buxton, Calverley, Camborne, Cambridge, Caradon, Carlisle, Castle Ward, Bedford, Chagford, Chalford, Cheadle Hulme, Cheltenham, Chester,
Chesterfield, Chichester, Childs Hill, London, Chipping Sodbury, Chrishall, Christchurch, Churchill, Oxford, Chudleigh, Clitheroe, Coggeshall, Colerne, Corfe Mullen, Cornhill-on-Tweed Corsham,
Cotesbach, Cotherstone, Coventry, Cranleigh, Crediton, Crewe, Crewkerne,Crosby, Liverpool, Crowborough Cuddesdon Dawlish Daysland Deddington Derby Doncaster Dorchester Dunkeswell
Dunster Durham East Keswick Easthope Ely Emsworth Essex Exminster Fareham Faversham Fordingbridge Fowey Godmanchester Godmanstone Grantham Grasmere Groombridge Guildford
Hadlow Haringey Havant Haywards Heath Headcorn Headingley, Leeds Hebden Bridge Helmshore Helston Hereford Hertford Hexham Highbridge Hitchin Holsworthy Horfield, Bristol Horley
Horsham Huddersfield Hull Hulme, Manchester Hungerford Hunstanton Huntingdon Ickenham Ilfracombe Ilkley Illogan Ilminster Ipswich Isle of Jersey, Channel Islands Jarrow Kendal Kenilworth
Kimpton Kings Sutton Kirkbymoorside Kirkby Lonsdale Lancaster Langford, Beds Langport Ledbury Leeds Leek Leighton Buzzard Leominster Letchworth Liphook Littlehampton Liverpool London
(Barkingside Barnet Brentford Chiswick Clapham Crouch End Croydon Crystal Palace Dulwich Finchley Hackney Ham Haringey Highbury Islington Kensington Kingston Upon Thames Merton New
Cross Paddington Putney Shoreditch Southwark Stoke Newington Streatham Sutton Sydenham Tooting Tower Hamlets Twickenham Upminster Walthamstow Wandsworth Waterloo Watford
Westminster) Long Compton Loughborough Ludlow Lyme Regis Maidenhead Maidstone Malmesbury Maldon Marden Market Deeping Marlow Marske-by-the-Sea Martinstown Matlock Mersea Island
Merton Milford Newark (Notts) Newark South Newbury Newcastle-upon-Tyne Newton Abbot Newton Ferrers Newhaven Northallerton Northhants Ollerton Oswestry Otley Oxford Paignton
Peasedown St John Peckham Penrith Penryn Pewsey Pill Plymouth Portsmouth Ramsbury Reading Riding Mill Rossendale Salisbury Sandhurst, Kent Sawbridgeworth Sevenoaks Shaftesbury
Shapwick Sheffield Shenley Sherborne Shipley Shoreham-by-Sea Shrewsbury Sidmouth Slaithwaite South Brent South Petherton Southampton St Albans St Austell Stafford Standon Stockport
Street Studley Swanage Swindon Talbot Green Tattenhall Taunton Teme Valley Thatcham Theddlethorpe Thirsk Thornbury Tisbury Todmorden Tollesbury Tolleshunt D'Arcy Tonbridge Tooting
Torquay Torridge Totteridge Trafford Tring Trowbridge Truro Tunbridge Wells Uckfield Ulverston University - of East Anglia University - Bournemouth University - Liverpool Upper Clatford Vale of
Belvoir Wallingford Wantage Warboys Wardington Wellow West Mersea WeymouthWhittington Wimborne Winchester Winscombe Winslow Winster Wirral Witney Woking Wollaton Wolvercote
Woodmancote Wotton-under-Edge Wraxall Wrexham Wrington Wye, Kent Wylam Yatesbury York IrelandCallan Carlow County Clare County Wexford Drimnagh, Dublin Drogheda, Co Louth Dun
Laoghaire Enniscorthy Inishlyre, Mayo Island Kildare Kilkenny Lorrha, Tipperary Monaghan Newport, Co Mayo Rathangan Rathfarnham, Dublin Tralee Valencia Island, Co Kerry Wicklow Town
Northern IrelandBangor Belfast Omagh, Co.Tyrone ScotlandAberdeen Alness Alva, Clackmannanshire Ardfern Banchory Belhaven Clydebank Dalry Dundee Dunning East Kilbride Edinburgh
Falkirk Falkland Forres Glasgow Gorebridge Grantown on Spey Isle of Mull Larbert Linlithgow Lochwinnoch Maryhill, Glasgow Melrose Moffat Monimail Oban Partick, Glasgow Rosyth Stirling
Thornhill, Stirling West Kilbride West Linton WalesAbergavenny Aberystwyth Anglesey Barry Brecon Bridgend Cardiff Cardigan Chepstow Crickhowell Cwmafan, Afan Valley Drefach Felindre
Fishguard Flintshire Grosmont Hay-on-Wye Holyhead Llanberis Llanboidy Llanfyllin Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant Llanwrtyd Wells Machynlleth Monmouth Newtown Newport (Pembs) Newport (S
Wales) Pembroke Penarth Penrhys Pontyclun St Davids Swansea Talgarth Talybont-on-Usk Tregaron Welshpool Ystradgynlais Rest of World Argentina Buenos Aires Australia Abbotsford, VIC
Adelaide, SA Alice Springs, NT Apollo Bay, VIC Armidale, NSW Bellingen, NSW Brisbane, QLD Cairns, QLD Canberra, ACT Castlemaine, VIC Cygnet, TAS Darlinghurst, Sydney, NSW Eumundi,
QLD Geelong, Surf Coast Shire, VIC Hobart, TAS Hornsby, NSW Horsham, VIC Jimboomba, QLD Launceston, TAS Maleny, QLD Maroochydore, QLD Mary Valley, QLD Melbourne, VIC Mount
Lawley, WA Ocean Shores, NSW Orange, NSW Perth, WA Sydney, NSW Toowoomba, QLD Townsville, QLD Uki, NSW Willunga SA Windsor, NSW Wingecarribee,
NSW Wyong, NSW Belgium Antwerp Leuven Brazil Nova Friburgo Canada 100 Mile House, BC Burlington, ON Calgary, AB Cortes Island, BC Courtenay,
BC Cumberland, Vancouver Island, BC Dunbar, Vancouver, BC Edmonton, AB Vancouver, BC Chile Santiago China Mui Wo, Hong Kong Czech Republic
Prague France Caylus Chambery Clermont l'Hérault Fournels Hardanges Paris Germany Bielefeld Hamburg Hilgermissen Schweinfurt Israel Tel Aviv Italy
Milan Morbegno Trento Turin Mexico Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas The Netherlands Amsterdam The Hague New Zealand Auckland Auckland
(Grey Lynn) Carterton Christchurch Dunedin Feilding Gisborne Golden Bay Greymouth Hamilton Hawkes Bay Hibiscus Coast Kaitaia Kaiwaka Kerikeri
Lower Hutt Masterton Maungaraki Mt Eden Napier New Plymouth Northlands Oamaru Opotiki Palmerston North Paraparaumum Beach Puhoi Ranui
Rotorua Te Horo Thames Titirangi Waikanae Waimauku Waipawa Waitakere City Wanganui Warkworth Wellington Whakatane South Africa Cape
Town Hout Bay Port Elizabeth Spain Asturias Barcelona Cadiar Estepona Gijón Girona Sabadell Seville Tarragona Sweden Gothenburg Kalmar Luleå
Lycksele Sigtuna Strängnäs Switzerland Baden Worben USA Annapolis, MD Arlington, VA Asheville, NC Ashland, OR Aumsville, OR Austin, TX Baltimore, MD
 Belfast, ME Bellingham, WA Berkeley, CA Bolinas, CA Boone, NC Boulder, CO Boynton Beach, FL Brooklin, ME Burlington, NC Cambridge, MA Cedar Falls,
IA Charlottesville, VA Chattanooga, TN Claremont, CA College Station, TX Colorado Springs, CO Concord, NH Cotati, CA Dallas, TX Denver, CO Deposit, NY Eau
 Gallie, FLEdison, NY Fairfax, CA Fairhope, AL Florence, MA Frankfort, KY Greenfield, MA Guemes Island/Anacortes, WA Hartland, VT Hudson, NY Iowa City, IA
Ithaca, NY Kapaa, HI Kimberton, PA Kittery Point, ME Kodiak, AK La Honda, CA Land O Lakes, FL Lawrence, KS Madelia, MN Middlebury, VT Milwaukee, WI Mill
Valley, CA New York City, NY Oakland, CA Peterborough, NH Philadelphia, PA Pittsburgh, PA Point Reyes, CA Portland, OR Putney, Vermont Roeland Park, KS
Rochester, MN Salt Lake City, UT Sandpoint, Idaho, Santa Barbara, CA Santa Rosa, CA Seattle, WA Sebastopol, CA Shoreline, WA St Albans, VT St Louis, MO
 Stockton, NJ Tallahassee, FL Topeka, KS Traverse City, MI Tulsa, OK Uwchlan, PA Washington, WA Whidbey Island, WA Yellow Springs, OH
Two final points
1. We used huge amounts of creativity, ingenuity and adaptability on
   the way up the energy slope. There's no reason why we can‟t be
   even more creative on the way down.

2. With collective planning and action we can create a way of living
   that's more connected, more vibrant and more in touch with our
   environment and each other, than the oil-addicted treadmill that
   we find ourselves on today.

In short, a brilliant opportunity to create the sort of
world we really want for ourselves and our children.
Resources and more info

• The Transition Town Handbook, Rob Hopkins, Green Books
• Transition Initiatives Primer – free download on the website
• The information stall here today

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