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Welcome to Transition Southampton

Transition Southampton aims to inspire a happier, healthier and greener Southampton.

We are committed to working with local communities, organisations and local government to help develop positive solutions that meet the imminent challenges of fossil fuel scarcity (‘Peak Oil’) and Climate Change. Above all, Transition Southampton has a positive vision of a resilient and sustainable future beyond the age of abundant fossil fuel energy.


Current events and activities

The AGM was awesome with loads of lovely produce (and some very yummy beverages too) and heaps of Books for Free and we all left feeling inspired and enthused with new ideas and connections. We would like to thank the Freemantle United Reformed Church for hosting us for the evening, an ongoing partnership with them as part of our Repair Cafe. And on that note there is a Repair Cafe meeting on Saturday 19th July at 2pm at the Church (257 Shirley Road, SO15 3HS). If you have a repair skill you would like to share or would like to volunteer to organise please come along. For more information This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Do you have a current copy of Transition Free Press ... the national Transition newspaper that tells the new stories of our future. If you would like copies for reading at home or for your community group drop us a line and let us know and we will get them to you somehow .... they are £1 each and all profits go to keeping Transition Southampton on track with inspiring a happier, healthier and greener Southampton

Photo competition!

We are looking for pictures of Southampton that tell us what our city is about... or images that capture the essence of what Transition Southampton is about ... that we could use in our leaflets etc. (NB you would retain the copyright of your photos.) Prize for the winning entr(ies). Details of how to submit them will follow, so get your thinking caps on and your cameras out. Enjoy the sunshine


Circular Economy

What is the “circular economy”?

For a while now, there has been talk of “cradle to cradle” design principles within manufacturing industries, meaning that scarce resources could be recycled and re-used, and that no product would ever be “thrown away” after it had broken down. A recent development of this idea has been that of the circular economy and how this principle of zero waste (or near to it) could become inherent in all manufactured products, and also provide the potential of greater economic and employment benefits.

A local person who has recently influenced the bringing together of the various schools of thought is Dame Ellen MacArthur through the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Read more here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circular_economy#Emergence_of_the_idea http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_MacArthur_Foundation

Collaborative Consumption

Traditional Sharing, Bartering, Lending, Trading, Renting, Gifting, and Swapping redefined through technology and Peer Communities.


We now live in a global village where there is an unbound marketplace for efficient peer-to-peer exchanges of space, stuff, skills, time, relationships and services between producer and consumer, seller and buyer, lender and borrower, neighbour and neighbour.

To find out more, check out the following links:




In September we ran a permculture morning visit to two allotments and a garden in the city. It was a chance to share knowledge on mulching, compost and growing. We wrote up some notes from the visit which can be downloaded here. If you would like to be kept informed about similar events in the future, please email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Connect with Transition Southampton

Transition Southampton are looking to reach out to existing community groups and organisations. If you are a community group or organisation, Transition Southampton can offer to come to your meeting, talk about Transition, or run a Transition-themed workshop, for example energy saving or upcycling.


Are you a group that aims to improve the local environment on conservation/recycling/food growing/energy saving? Join our fantastic Sustainability Directory.

Are you someone that has some time that could attend community meetings/activities? Transition would love to hear from you if you would like to help develop community connections.

For more information, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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