The Transition Timeline
For a Local, Resilient Future

By Shaun Chamberlin

The Transition Timeline
Paperback, 192 pages £12.95
Published: 17th March 2009
ISBN: 9781900322560
Format: 220mm x 220mm


The Transition Timeline lightens the fear of our uncertain future, providing a map of what we are facing and the different pathways available to us.
It 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, lowerenergy world.
The practical, realistic details of this Transition Vision are examined in depth, covering key areas such as food, energy, demographics, transport and healthcare, and they provide a sense of context for communities working towards a thriving future. The book also provides a detailed and accessible update on climate change and peak oil and the interactions between them, including their impacts in the UK, present and future.
Use it. Choose your path, and then make that future real with your actions, individually and with your community. As Rob Hopkins outlines in his foreword, there is a rapidlyspreading movement addressing these challenges, and it needs you.

Foreword by Rob Hopkins.
Finding Your Way Round This Book.
Climate Change – a summary.
Peak Oil – a summary.
Part One: Cultural Stories and Visions of the Future.
Why Cultural Stories Matter.
Vision 1: Denial.
Vision 2: Hitting the Wall.
Vision 3: The Impossible Dream.
Vision 4: The Transition Vision.
Our Choices.
Part Two: A Deeper Look at the Transition Vision.
Population and Demographics.
Food and Water.
Electricity and Energy.
Travel and Transport.
Health and Medicine.
An Overview – Systems Thinking.

What we get with The Transition Timeline is a map of the landscape we have to find out a way through .... Someone has got the key characteristics of the landscape drawn out. This is what we have to make sense of – not in the distant future, but right now."

- David Fleming, author of "Energy and the Common Purpose", director of The Lean Economy Connection

Here it is: the map and timeline of how to save our world and ourselves. Whether we WILL take up these suggestions as scheduled is a question for the cynics and the dreamers to debate. For us realists, the only relevant questions are, Where do we start?, and Will you join us?

- Richard Heinberg, author of "Peak Everything", Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute

Shaun Chamberlin

The Author: Shaun Chamberlin was born and grew up in Kingston upon Thames. He graduated in Philosophy from the University of York in 2001 and then went on to work on a project for marginalized groups and trained to work as a teacher. In 2005, Shaun devoted himself full-time to exploring the challenges facing our global community. Following the “Life After Oil” course at Schumacher College in 2006, he started his own website,, and helped form Transition Town Kingston in 2007.

Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 192 pages
ISBN: 9781900322560
Format: 220mm x 220mm

BIC Code: RN
BISAC Code:  SCI026000
Imprint: Transition Books

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