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Website: www.transitionnetwork.org

Started: 2008

Based: Totnes

The model is based around communities learning to grow more of their own food, generate their own power, and build their own homes using local materials.

The book was based on the experiences of the town of Totnes where the model was piloted. Since then, the Transition Model has gone viral and has been adopted in towns and communities across the globe.

The follow-up to the book, The Transition Companion: Making your community more resilient in uncertain times, tells the story three years on, and includes examples of the work being done through the Transition Model in other communities.

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Judge's Comments

Lucy Siegle says:

"The Transition Town Movement combines practical responses to a very big problem (climate change and resource depletion) with innovation and common sense. The language and thought around it is clear and accessible. From garden sharing to cheap solar panels, it offers different points of entry into a sustainable lifestyle that isn't dependent on factors such as income or age.

"It systematically removes all the barriers to taking action on the environment as an individual and offers a route to enhancing where you live by making it more resilient."