The Transition approach is based on four key assumptions:

Life with dramatically lower energy consumption is inevitable, and it’s better to plan for it than to be taken by surprise.

Our communities currently lack resilience.

We have to act collectively, and we have to act now to build community resilience and prepare for life without fossil fuels.

By unleashing the collective genius of our communities it is possible to design ways of living that are more nourishing, fulfilling and ecologically sustainable.

The 3 "R"s of Transition
Relocalization: working together to uncover the talents, resources and materials we already have. We educate ourselves and our neighbors about the issues driving the need to change - peak oil, climate change, economic instability - and find local ways to supply our food, clothing, building materials, medicine and energy.
Resiliance: created by taking actions as a local community to mitigate the effects of peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis on our local communities. Low-fossil fuel living requires reclaiming many skills our grandparents took for granted. We can’t wait for governments or industry to lead the way, nor can we do it as individuals, but we can work together as a community to share what we know and support each other in making the necessary changes.

Restoration: finding creative and abundant ways to live with less dependence on fossil fuels and more reliance on local, sustainable sources leading to a life that is more fulfilling, more socially connected, and more equitable than the one we have now. We start by thinking about the kind of community we want to live in, then we find out what steps we need to take to get there.