Book list

The Transition Companion: making your community more resilient in uncertain times
by Rob Hopkins and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall




Transition Palo Alto

Booklist from Transition US

Transition Culture
Blog with news and discussion by Transition leaders, including Rob Hopkins.

Transition U.S.
“Nonprofit organization that provides inspiration, support, training, and networking for Transition Initiatives across the United States.” The official organization

Media on Transition

Transition Documentary now online (free!)


The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience
Rob Hopkins (founder of the Transition Movement) (US publisher Chelsea Green)

The starting point for understanding the way this movement has grown over the last few years from an experiment in Kinsale, Ireland, via Tansition Town Totnes to an international phenomenon.

The Transition Timeline –
For a local, resilient future

Shaun Chamberlin
A map of the landscape we have to find a way through. ” A hugely valuable manual…use it to change your world.” Caroline Lucas MEP

Plan C: Community Survival Strategies for Peak Oil and Climate Change
Pat Murphy

Peak Oil

Richard Heinberg
The Party’s Over


Peak Everything
Waking Up to the Century of Declines


Less is More
Embracing Simplicity for a Healthy Planet, a Caring Economy and Lasting Happiness

Cecile Andrews and Wanda Urbanska (Local author

Slow is Beautiful
New Visions of Community, Leisure, and Joie de Vivre

Cecile Andrews (Local author

Affluenza – John de Graff et al
Escape from Affluenza
Affluenza is a one-hour television special that explores the high social and environmental costs of materialism and overconsumption. (PBS)

Small is Possible
Life in a Local Economy

Lyle Estill


Cool Cuisine – Taking the Bite out of Global Warming
Laura Stec with Eugene Cordero, PhD (Local author

How to grow more vegetables than you ever thought possible on less land than you can imagine
John Jeavons.
“If there is one book that has dramatically changed the way people garden, it is How To Grow More Vegetables*, * than you ever thought possible on less land than you can imagine.

Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer
Novella Carpenter
June 2009, Penguin Press


An Inconvenient Truth (video)

Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization
Lester R. Brown (climate change)

More on Oil

The End of Oil:
On the Edge of a Perilous New World

Paul Roberts

Out of Gas: The End of the Age Of Oil
David Goodstein
(Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Caltech)

A Thousand Barrels a Second:
The Coming Oil Break Point and the Challenges Facing an Energy Dependent World

Peter Tertzakian
business-oriented overview

Beyond Oil:
The View from Hubbert’s Peak

Professor Kenneth S. Deffeyes

The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power
Daniel Yergin

The Tyranny of Oil
The World’s Most Powerful Industry–and What We Must Do to Stop It

Antonia Juhasz


Two Billion Cars
Driving Toward Sustainability

Daniel Sperling and Deborah Gordon

Lives Per Gallon
The True Cost of Our Oil Addiction

Terry Tamminen

Divorce Your Car!
Ending the Love Affair with the Automobile

Katie Alvord


The End of Suburbia
Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream

When Technology Fails
Matthew Stein (reskilling)

The Long Emergency
Surviving the Convering Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century

James Howard Kunstler

The Story of B
My Ishmael
Daniel Quinn

Jared Diamond
Guns, Germs & Steel
Collapse – how societies choose to fail or survive

The Great Turning: from Empire to Earth Community
Korten, D.C. (2006)

A Prosperous Way Down: principles and policies,
Odum, H.T. & Odum, E.C. (2001)
University Press of Colorado.

Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability
David Holmgren, co-originator of the Permaculture Concept.

Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects
Dmitry Orlov
Rather than focusing on doom and gloom, Reinventing Collapse suggests that there is room for optimism if we focus our efforts on personal and cultural transformation. Presented with characteristic dry humor,

Closing the ‘Collapse Gap’: the USSR was better prepared for collapse than the US

The Power of Community: How Cuba survived Peak Oil (co-writer and co-producter)