Monday 21 May 2012

Announcing the Festival of Transition - 20 June 2012

The nationwide ‘Festival of Transition’, coordinated by nef (the new economics foundation) and the Transition Network, has begun, running until 20th June, the first day of the 20th UN Earth Summit in Rio.

Instead of flying to Brazil, the Festival gives people the opportunity to do something positive about climate change and the economic crisis in their own

The Festival is a unique mixture of walks, talks and a DIY day of action on 20th June. It combines a series of organised events at festivals, museums and institutions around the country with an open invitation to schools, workplaces and community groups to stage their own ‘real-life experiments’ in living differently on 20th June.

The ‘What if?’ events include:
  • 19th/20th May (this weekend!) at the Bristol Festival of Ideas: ‘What if… we left the oil in the ground?’ with author James Marriot and ‘What if… we could create money as well as the banks?’ with nef and the newly launched Bristol Pound
  • 30th May at the Hay Festival: ‘What if… we turned back the climate clock?’ with poet Lemn Sissay and Greenpeace chief executive John Sauven and ‘What if… cities produced our food?’ in association with the Soil Association
  • 6th June at the Royal College of Art: ‘What if… creatives redesigned economics?’ with nef and Occupy Design
  • 13th June at the Museum of East Anglian Life: ‘What if.. the sea keeps rising?’
  • 14th June at Manchester Museum: ‘What if… Manchester was as sustainable as Havana?’

The ‘Transition Walks’ include:

  • 22nd May: ‘In the shadow of the City: A walk through the history of the Corporation’, with author Nick Robins
  • 23rd May: ‘On London’s Oil Road: A journey to the heart of the energy economy’, in association with Platform London

Community groups and Transition initiatives have already started pledging to stage 24-hour experiments in living differently on 20th June via the Festival website. So do fill in your details here.

Andrew Simms from the new economics foundation said:

“This summer thousands of people will fly to Brazil to wait and watch as politicians struggle to mark the 20th anniversary of the Rio Earth Summit, hoping for action to meet the scale of the climate crisis. International political action is vital, but we’ve moved beyond leaving it all to big, global conferences. People are impatient and want to take action themselves. The Festival of Transition is an opportunity to question, taste, and experiment with living better within life-preserving environmental limits.

We believe that once people take a first step, they’ll want to keep on walking.”

Full details of the Festival events can be found at

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