Transition Adelaide Hills (TAH) started in 2010 from an initial group affiliated with the Sustainable Communities Network (SA). The motivation for forming both groups was to help the region move towards a more resilient and sustainable future by bringing together people interested in reducing their carbon footprint and more generally their ecological footprint, and the footprints of their communities.
Transition Adelaide Hills (TAH) operates predominately in the Adelaide Hills Council district in South Australia which is situated in the central western Mt Lofty Ranges 12–20 kilometres from the Adelaide CBD, part of the traditional lands of the Peramangk people, custodians of this land for thousands of years. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty, good rainfall and productive rural land. The down side is the danger of bushfires in summer. The population is predominately Australian born of European descent. TAH is managed by a dedicated planning group and an e-mail distribution list of over 200.
TAH have used futures imaging and discussion groups to develop a futures vision to direct their activities in planning for sustainable and resilient communities knowing that peak oil and climate change will require us to live differently. The hope in developing and sharing this futures work is that it will assist TAH and others to plan for and create sustainable communities that are “more holistic, more relational, more integrative, more Earth-honouring, and less arrogantly human-centred” (Wilber, 1995, p. 4).
Transition Initiatives are part of “a small but growing movement of engaged citizens, community groups, businesses, and elected officials” that have “begun the transition to a post-carbon world” (Heinberg, 2010, p. 11; see also Hopkins, 2008, pp. 144–145 for Transition Initiative principles). They are part of a worldwide movement to effect world view change and sustainable living through community (Hawken, 2007; Heinberg, 2011; Hopkins, 2008, 2011; Judt, 2010) and local government action (Kaufmann, 2010). Transition Initiatives are about creating resilient and flourishing communities in light of peak oil, climate change and other trends that are detrimental or restricting of individuals and communities. The Transition Initiatives model explores the ground between what we can do personally and what is the responsibility of government-what could be achieved at a community level.
Transition Adelaide Hills has the view that future communities should be sustainable and resilient socially, culturally and environmentally. There is a need to develop an ideal future time–not utopian (an impossibly ideal place) but eutopian (a place of ideal happiness or good order). TAH is just into the first step of transition–there is still much to do in the Adelaide Hills.