Welcome to Transition!

We’re part of a world-wide grassroots movement to build local resilience and connections close to home. Since 2010, we’ve been mounting creative and thoughtful responses to the challenges of resource depletion, climate change, and economic instability. Help us unleash the power and creative genius of people and communities to create a vibrant future for generations to come. Scroll down for our recent activities blog.

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Closing thoughts from the Pope’s Encyclical

The Pope’s Encyclical book group met November 12 to talk about the last chapter of the encyclical, “Ecological Education and Spirituality.” The group reflected on Francis’ call for ecological citizenship and ecological education, as well as his closing thoughts about spiritual transformation or “ecological conversion”  in the context of the Catholic tradition.

The group plans one additional session, November 19, to reflect on the Encyclical as a whole and to consider how best to implement its message personally, in the community, and in the wider world.

If you haven’t yet read the Encyclical, you can download it here.

Transition Cafe – Three years and going strong

From David Herron

A bit over three years ago William Mutch (shown below) began a conversation group associated with Transition Palo Alto and associated with the whole idea of transitioning modern society into the society we really want. In the three years since I took this picture, the group has grown and held a wonderful series of eclectic conversations. It’s been quite a journey having these conversations with that group, and in large part the journey is because of the wisdom William brings to the table. 

This picture was taken early in the history of the Transition Cafe, back when we still met at the Printers Coffee Shop in Palo Alto. We’ve since moved the meeting to Red Rock Cafe in Mountain View, nearly every Friday evening 6:15-8pm. Everyone is welcome.

william transition cafe

Films of Vision and Hope Sunnyvale – Open Sesame, the Story of Seeds Nov 23

Join us for a free screening of the film “Open Sesame-The Story of Seeds” at the Sunnyvale Public Library, 665 West Olive, Sunnyvale, CA, on Monday evening 11/23/15 from 6 – 9p. 

story of seeds

Synopsis: One of the world’s most precious resources is at risk. This timely and emotionally moving documentary illuminates what is at stake and what can be done to protect the source of nearly all our food: SEEDS. Seeds provide the basis for everything from fabric, to food to fuels. Seeds are as essential to life as the air we breathe or water we drink…but given far less attention. 

According to the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN), approximately 90 percent of the fruit and vegetable varieties that existed 100 years ago no longer exist today. Heritage grain is near extinction. Seeds that were lovingly nurtured over decades or even hundreds of years have been lost forever. Maintaining seed biodiversity allows us to breed new varieties that are resistant to pests or thrive in temperature extremes. This is essential in a changing climate. 

Brought to you by Charles Street Gardens, Full Circle Farm Sunnyvale and Transition Silicon Valley. Click here to see the trailer.
Monday Oct 12,  6-9 PM. Sunnyvale Public Library

Essential Knowledge for Transition – and New Economy Transition

The Essential Knowledge for Transition (EK4T) series with Marco Vangelisti ended October 25 with ideas and inspiration about to start making personal changes that promote the values of a more sustainable, regenerative, and humane economy.

If you missed the series, you’re in luck! Videos of the first sessions are now available, and we’ll have videos of the last session soon. Click here for videos of the full sessions plus short clips.

And there’s more! Start learning more and getting involved with these upcoming events.

  • November 15, 2-3:30pm: Attend “Divesting Fossil Fuels from Your Portfolio: A Free Forum for Individual Investors” – Considering eliminating fossil fuels from your portfolio? Since burning any more than 20 percent of known reserves will destroy Earth’s habitable climate, carbon fuels will soon be seen as “stranded assets” — and wise investors are moving out of such risky investments. (Both Stanford and now the State of CA are removing coal from their portfolios.) First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto

  • December 6, 2pm: Attend the EK4T follow up meeting. You’ll learn about New Economy Transition, our new project for learning and action about how to change the economy, personally and beyond. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, 214 Brewster, Redwood City.