Posted by: Mike Grenville | 26 February 2009

The Transition Timeline

Originally conceived for EDAP teams in Transition communities, Shaun Chamberlin’s new book The Transition Timeline: for a local resilient future will be published at the end of March.

In the first part the book describes four possible scenarios for the UK and world over the next twenty years, ranging from Denial, in which we reap the consequences of failing to acknowledge and respond to our environmental challenges, to the Transition Vision, in which we shift our cultural assumptions to fit our circumstances and move into a more fulfilling, lower energy world.

Transition Timeline cover

Part two looks more closely at what may be considered the most desirable of these outcomes – The Transition Vision – and examines it in depth, considering some of the key areas of concern. The idea is that this should provide a sense of context for local initiatives and outline a ‘timeline of hope’ for moving the UK into a thriving and resilient future.

The third part is written by Rob Hopkins and discusses how Transition initiatives can best use the book to support their Energy Descent Planning process.

The second half offers a number of new insights into the energy and climate challenges facing the UK and the world in the 21st century and looks at the latest evidence on climate change and peak oil (and of the critical interactions between the two). The final part examines their impacts in the UK, both present and future.

The cover is the work of Jennifer Johnson, the artist who did the cover of the Handbook. The 192 page book will be published on March 26th and next month’s newsletter will have a review of the book.

Transition initiatives will be able to buy bulk copies at the kinds of discounts that they offer to bookshops. This will also be the case for all future Transition Guides and other titles. To order bulk copies contact either Laura or Bee at Green Books (laura@ or bee@



  1. I had the pleasure of interviewing Shaun recently about the book and his work. Hear/download the interview here:

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