what is it


Transition Lostwithiel is about using our own creativity and talent to build a closer and more resilient community for everyone to enjoy. We want to:

  • take care of our natural environment
  • share local skills and knowledge
  • support our local suppliers
  • build on our strong community
  • offer alternatives to always buying new
  • learn about sustainability

Read about the projects and events organised by Transition Lostwithiel to take practical steps towards achieving these goals.


The Transition Model

Lostwithiel was the 16th town to adopt the Transition Model in a steadily growing list which is nearing 200. Its purpose is to address the question: how can our community respond to the challenges, and opportunities, of Peak Oil and Climate Change?

The movement started life in Kinsale, Ireland. Rob Hopkins posed a problem for his college students: how could the town of 7000 make the transition from a high energy consumption town to a low energy one, in response to the challenge of the impending peaking of world oil production? The students’ proposals were used to create an Energy Descent Action Plan, which was unanimously adopted by the town council in 2005.

From this seed, the Transition Towns movement has grown up. The Transition Towns website contains excellent concise explanations of the thinking behind Transition and examples of what others are doing.

The executive summary

  • Climate change makes this carbon reduction transition essential
  • Peak oil makes it inevitable
  • Transition initiatives may make it feasible, viable and attractive

We don’t have the answers!

Transition is a social experiment on a massive scale, but…

  • if we wait for the governments, it’ll be too little, too late
  • if we act as individuals, it’ll be too little
  • but if we act as communities, it might just be enough, just in time.