An Energy Descent Action Plan for Los Angeles

"There is this other image [of L.A.] which many of us keep sheltered in our mind.  It is of the city on that rare day when winds have blown the air clean, when vistas are in focus and our city sparkles in the sun.  It is a city of infinite promise.  A city the world watches for trends and direction.  A place of great cultural diversity, rich in all manner of exciting resources.   This image is something we can cherish and focus on the same way we did on those first photographs of the Earth floating in space that so galvanized transformative thought about our whole planet.

"If each one of us begins to hold this kind of "infinite-promise" city-image in our mind, it can similarly transform our thinking and allow us to move forward with a basic level of agreement amongst ourselves, toward building a city that fulfills this vision every day of the year.  But as our goals align, the question then arises:  We know where we want to go, so how do we get there?"
-- Bob Walter and Lois Arkin, "Where do we go from Here?"
from Sustainable Cities, Bob Walter et al, ed. (1992

Transition Los Angeles is preparing the groundwork for a milestone document.  The goal is to create a grassroots vision/plan for our collective future which takes into consideration peak oil, climate change, and economic contraction.

Other towns and cities around the world have created similar plans, called "Energy Descent Action Plans" or EDAPs.  This GoogleSite brings together information about the Los Angeles EDAP.

For general information about Transition Los Angeles, please go to our main webpage.

About EDAPs

Early efforts of Transition initiatives (awareness-raising, reskilling events, networking) are designed to get a community ready to envision a powered-down, lower carbon future.  Next, the Transition initiative forms the working groups which will create the EDAP. 

These teams INVENTORY what resources we currently have to work with, create a VISION of where we want to be, and use BACKCASTING techniques to determine the pathway toward that brilliant future.  Stories and artwork from the Transition Tales projects enrich the vision with vitality and color.

After the EDAP is written and published, efforts are directed toward getting the EDAP ideas incorporated into other area planning tools (city planning, etc.).  Eventually, the Transition initative will focus on implementation of the EDAP:  gearing up skills, installing physical projects, building relationships, and accumulating the tools necessary to make the EDAP vision come alive.

We need a chart. 
We need a compass. 
Indeed, we need some North Star to guide us into a future shrouded with impenetrable uncertainties."

--Martin Luther King



  • Notes from 8/13/11 session now available We're posting the notes from our "Designing the Design" session.  You can read them here.Future EDAP sessions will be announced soon.
    Posted Aug 30, 2011, 8:51 AM by J Poy
  • Retreat - Sat. Aug. 13, 2011 Are you interested in discussing these ideas in detail?  RSVP here Download flier here (pdf) Sat Aug 13 8:30am to 4pm Location: The Learning Garden at Venice High School ...
    Posted Aug 8, 2011, 9:18 AM by J Poy
Showing posts 1 - 2 of 2. View more »

Subpages (1): How this wiki works