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Global Transition Movement Conference returns to the UK

The world-leading, grassroots, sustainability network is converging on UK soil

eco city 2 It has been announced that changemakers from across the world will be travelling to Devon, UK, the birthplace of the Transition movement, in September 2015. The Transition Network’s landmark International Conference will be held from 18th-20th September with over 350 Transition representatives from across the globe expected to attend the event. The Conference is being held at Seale-Hayne near Totnes – an innovative, integrated and fully residential campus for people of all abilities run by the Dame Hannah Rogers Trust. From its origins in Totnes, the ground-breaking Transition movement has spread virally to more than 1,200 communities in at least 43 countries. From Brazil to Japan, Canada to Croatia, people have been inspired to get together with their neighbours and make the place where they live, happier, healthier and more resilient. In keeping with the decentralised, bottom-up principles of the movement, a young but vibrant network of over 20 National Hubs is developing to support and connect activity in different countries. Now Transition Network, the UK charity which works to inspire, connect, train and support these groups is organising an innovative, international conference in the county where the movement originated. The Conference will explore the emergent face of Transition as an important worldwide grassroots activist network, focused on finding local solutions to global issues, and the new stories that are emerging from this shift. Hundreds of Transitioners are expected to attend in person and many more will be able to participate online through a live global webcast event. They will share ideas and information, learn new skills and showcase the huge range of projects and activities through which people are increasing local resilience by reducing energy consumption and waste, taking care of each other and the environment, growing food more sustainably, developing and revitalising local economic networks and social enterprises and much more besides. Rob Hopkins, one of the co-founders of the Transition movement, says: “This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Transition in all its forms in the place where it was born. The Transition Network has had its base in Devon for over seven years and we’re incredibly excited to be welcoming hundreds of guests from across the UK and beyond to a region which is home to a wealth of great Transition groups and projects. Transition is more relevant now than ever, with solutions to problems both local and global needed, not least to meet the growing threat presented by climate change. This is our chance to mark how far the Transition movement has travelled and discuss where we go next!” The main Transition conference will take place on 19 and 20 September with fringe events happening in the two days leading into the weekend and further tours and meetings to follow. The event has been timed to follow the International Permaculture Convergence taking place in Essex earlier in September and it is expected that up to 150 delegates from that event will descend on Devon as part of a tour organised by Transition Town Totnes. Hundreds of further arrivals are then expected over the weekend as the Transition conference swings into action. More information on:

  • Transition Conference here
  • International Permaculture Convergence here
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