Posted by: Mike Grenville | 18 January 2009

Post Carbon Backs Transition US

The Post Carbon Institute has announced a partnership with Transition US to inspire and support communities across the United States to shift quickly away from dependence on fossil fuels.

Formed in 2003, The Post Carbon Institute, headquartered in Sebastopol, California, conducts research, develops technical tools, educates the public, and informs leaders to help communities around the world understand and respond to the challenges of fossil fuel depletion and climate change.

“The enormous challenges our communities and ecosystems face as a result of peak oil and climate change require all the collaboration and coordination we can muster,” said Asher Miller, Executive Director of Post Carbon Institute. “Rather than have two similar but distinct efforts to aid citizens as they prepare for a post carbon world, we are pleased to partner with the Transition movement, which has made tremendous inroads in the United States after being founded in Britain.”

The agreement not only provides Transition US with funding sufficient to support an Executive Director but also gives the organisation immediate non-profit status.
As part of this partnership, Post Carbon Institute will shift its focus from maintaining the Relocalization Network–the first virtual community dedicated to promoting the re-localization of food, electricity, and manufacturing production–to providing financial, operational, and strategic support to the newly formed Transition United States.
Richard Heinberg after speaking at the first Transition Towns conference in Nailsworth, 2007.

Post Carbon Institute Senior Fellow, Richard Heinberg, (pictured) said “I’m tremendously pleased to see these two vitally important organizations come together like this. I’m proud of the great work done by members of the Relocalization Network since its founding in 2003. In over 200 communities across the world, they have dedicated themselves to educating their local governments and fellow citizens to the dangers of peak oil and climate change, and have established dynamic local food, local business, transportation, and energy projects. With the vision, training, and support of the Transition movement, these communities and many others can be even more successful.”

Transition US President and Transition Network Trustee Pamela Gray said “We are grateful to the Post Carbon Institute for providing seed funding to enable us to further the growth of Transition in the US and we look forward to working with the Post Carbon Fellows to address the issues of climate change and fossil fuel depletion.”

Rob Hopkins, Founder of the Transition Town movement, ” This is a wonderful opportunity. We have a huge task ahead of us in building community resilience, and all of us in the Transition Network are pleased to have such a well established and respected partner.”

A Board of Directors is being formed for the non-profit Transition US. For purposes of moving forward quickly, the initial members of the Board are to be Pamela Gray and Jennifer Gray, founders of Transition US, together with Asher Miller, Executive Director of Post Carbon Institute and Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute. Peter Lipman, Chair of the Transition Network Board of Trustees in the UK has been asked and has agreed to join the Transition US Board. Together with Pamela’s participation as a Transition Network Trustee, this will enable us to stay in close touch with decisions taken in the UK.

Pamela Gray, Trustee, Transition Network said “Following the tremendous success of the trainings that took place in the latter part of 2008, and the steady stream of new Transition Initiatives that are appearing in the US, 2009 will be a year of rapid growth for the US Transition Movement. We must act collectively to prepare our communities to build resilience in the face of change. By continuing to work together, sharing ideas, resources and experiences wherever possible, we will be able to show communities the way to a future that holds the promise of being happy, healthy and strong.”


  1. Hurray!

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