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Chelsea Green: The Publisher of the Transition Movement

Are you living in a Transition Town? Does your community have a plan to begin the transition to a sustainable, localized future? Are you looking for resources to convince the undecideds in your area that you should? Chelsea Green has got you covered. Not only are we the publishers of the wildly popular The Transition Handbook by Rob Hopkins, but we’ve also just released The Transition Timeline by Shaun Chamberlin and Future Scenarios by David Holmgren—not to mention dozens of other titles that will help you and your community make the inevitable energy descent to sustainability a smooth one.Here is a list of our books that will help you and your community make your transition. Be prepared: begin building your transition library today!
We offer wholesale discounts to retailers, and non-profit/corporate/association discounts to groups ordering at least 20 books at a time. If you’d like to inquire about ordering books for your Transition Initiative, please contact your local representative.
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Featured Titles
The Transition Handbook From oil dependency to local resilience By Rob HopkinsThe book that launched a movement. Explains the context for Transition Town Initiatives, and how to start one in your community.$24.95 – Paperback
The Transition Timeline For a Local Resilient Future By Shaun ChamberlinFollows up on the Handbook with a more detailed vision of the path to energy descent.$22.95 – Paperback
Future Scenarios How Communities Can Adapt to Peak Oil and Climate Change By David HolmgrenHolmgren’s newly released application of scenario planning to issues facing a world confronted with peak oil and a warming climate.$12.00 – Paperback
Additional Resources
Permaculture Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability By David HolmgrenHolmgren is one of the originators of the permaculture concept, and his seminal work explores how to use the principles of permaculture as a framework for energy descent.$30.00 – Paperback
Inquiries Into The Nature of Slow Money By Woody TaschA philosophical defense of and exploration into the importance of investing in local food systems.$21.95 – Hardcover
Money Understanding and Creating Alternatives to Legal Tender By Thomas GrecoA practical and inspirational manual for creating a vibrant and effective community currency system.$25.00 – Paperback
When Technology Fails A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency By Mat SteinAn encyclopedic reference for self-sufficiency, sustainable living, and surviving a crisis. Initiatives, and how to start one in your community.$35.00 – Paperback
The Winter Harvest Handbook Year-Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses By Eliot ColemanFrom the bestselling author of The New Organic Grower and Four-Season Harvest, a revolutionary guide to year-round harvests of fresh, organic produce—with little or no energy inputs.$29.95 – Paperback
Four-Season Harvest By Eliot ColemanTechniques for the home and market gardener for growing food year-round.$24.95 – Paperback
Gaia’s Garden A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture By Toby HemenwayNewly expanded introduction to permaculture for the home gardener.$29.95 – Paperback
Seed To Seed Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Growers By Susan AshworthThe best book available on edible plant seed saving.$24.95 – Paperback
Wild Fermentation The Flavor, Nutrition and Craft of Live-Culture Foods By Sandor KatzCookbook and how-to for making all varieties of fermented foods at home.$25.00 – Paperback
Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning By Terre VivanteLow-energy techniques and methods of preserving food. $25.00 – Paperback
The Carbon-Free Home 36 Remodeling Projects to Help Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit By Stephen and Rebekah HrenProjects for all budgets that can help reduce energy use at home. $35.00 – Paperback
Wind Energy Basics A Guide to Home and Community Scale Wind-Energy Systems By Paul GipeA how-to for small-scale and community wind power projects, combined with policy advice for promoting energy independence. $29.95 – Paperback
Fresh Food From Small Spaces The Square-Inch Gardener’s Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting By R.J. RuppenthalMethods for home-based small-scale food production. $24.95 – Paperback
Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volumes 1 & 2 By Brad LancasterPrinciples and methods for capturing, directing, and utilizing rainwater. Vol. 1: $24.00 – Paperback Vol. 2: $32.95 – Paperback
Food Not Lawns How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden, and Your Neighborhood into a Community By Heather FloresInspiration from an activist gardener on applying the principles of simplicity, resourcefulness, creativity, and community to the act of building a garden and to all aspects of life. $25.00 – Paperback
The Uses of Wild Plants Using and Growing the Wild Plants of the United States and Canada By Frank TozerA detailed reference to the useful plants of North America: how they were used in the past, and can be used today. $24.95 -Paperback
The New Solar Electric Home, 3rd Ed. The Complete Guide to Photovoltaics for Your Home By Joel Davidson and Fran OrnerA complete, concise, and reality-based education in solar electricity for your home. $39.95 – Paperback
High Noon For Natural Gas By Julian DarleyExplores the implications of the peak and decline of not only oil but also natural gas. $18.00 – Paperback
The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook Community Solutions to a Global Crisis By Greg PahlShort case studies of successful community-scale renewable projects around the world. $21.95 – Paperback
Natural Home Heating The Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Options By Greg PahlExamines a wide range of alternatives to heating with gas and coal. $30.00 – Paperback
Solviva How to Grow $500,000 on One Acre and Peace on Earth By Anna EdeyA hopeful testimony to the potential of living sustainably, with practical approaches to growing food, greenhouse design and handling waste water. $35.00 – Paperback
Low Carbon Diet A 30-Day Program to Lose 5,000 Pounds By David GershonWorkbook designed for groups of people wanting to support each other in reducing their carbon footprint. $12.95 – Paperback
Coming Soon!
The End of Money and The Future of Civilization Available April 30, 2009 By Thomas GrecoReviews the history of banking and currency and proposes a plan to democratize the economy and restore the “credit commons.” $19.95 – Paperback

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