About Us

Mission Statement:

Transition Tampa is dedicated to help create resilient communities and a local economy by:

  • promoting local food and energy;
  • sharing self-sufficiency skills; and
  • building lasting relationships with our neighbors.

Why Transition?

We are living in an age of unprecedented change with a number of crises converging: climate change, declining biodiversity, overpopulation, erosion of community and global economic instability. Also, the availability of cheap, nonrenewable fossil fuels is predicted to irreversibly decline in the next several years and the cumulative effects will be life changing.

The Transition movement represents a promising way of engaging people and local communities to take the far-reaching actions required to mitigate the effects of the challenges facing us. Transition Initiatives all over the world are showing us that there are positive results when we face the reality of fossil fuel reduction and its effect on our life styles.

Citizens are not waiting for government, nor are they acting alone. Instead, they are banding together to reinvent their communities, building alliances, and spurring each other into actions that are bold, innovative and empowering. Communities everywhere now grow their own food, generate their own power, enrich their sense of connection and even develop local currencies.

We can develop ways of life that are more fulfilling, more socially connected and more equitable.

About Transition Tampa

Transition Tampa is a grassroots community initiative that started in 2011, when a small group of motivated individuals came together with a shared concern. This group adopted the Transition Model with the intention of engaging a significant number of people in Tampa to kick off a Transition Initiative and address the following big question:

To sustain ourselves and thrive in Tampa, how do we significantly increase resilience (in response to peak oil), drastically reduce carbon emissions (in response to climate change) and greatly strengthen our local economy (in response to economic instability)?

Crucial Points:

We used creativity, initiative and adaptability on the fossil fuel upslope during the last 150 years, and there’s every reason for us to do the same as we engage in the energy descent.

If we collectively plan and act early enough, we can create a way of living that’s significantly more secure, connected and fulfilling than the one we find ourselves in today.

We make no claim to have all the answers, but we believe that by unlocking the resourcefulness, wisdom, skills and determination of the people in our communities, solutions will emerge.

“Our central survival task for the decades ahead, as individuals and as a species, must be to make a transition away from the use of fossil fuels –and to do this as peacefully, equitably, and intelligently as possible.” ~ Richard Heinberg, author of The Party’s Over: Oil, War, and the Fate of Industrial Societies

“If we wait for governments, it’ll be too little too late. If we act as individuals, it’ll be too little. But if we act as communities, it might just be enough, just in time.”~ Rob Hopkins, Founder of the Transition movement