The climate is changing faster than we are. The danger of triggering irreversible environmental damage means that we must act now and act quickly. That’s why rapid, transformative changes are called for to prevent climate breakdown and create the conditions for people to thrive together.
The Rapid Transition Alliance is a network of international organisations that are engaged in practical work, research and campaigning to tackle the climate emergency. We are united by the belief that we must act urgently to maintain a habitable climate and that our action must be at a speed and scale to match the challenge.
The Alliance is coordinated by a small group of people drawn from the New Weather Institute, the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex and the Institute of Development Studies. The work of the Alliance is kindly supported by the KR Foundation.
We share inspiring and varied examples of rapid transition to show what kind of changes are possible, how people can help to shape them, and what conditions can make them happen.
Scientists say we have only a few years to stop the planet warming above 1.5C. Can we do it? History is full of examples of rapid change.
Large and rapid change sometimes seems hard to achieve. But big and radical changes have happened before, and they’re happening now too – in technology, finance, policies, infrastructure, attitudes and culture, all around the world.
There’s no shortage of talk about the potential of greener technologies and long-term environmental targets, but change is needed now and we want a bigger conversation on the immediate possibilities of rapid transition and more sustainable behaviour. In practice, these are clear, quantifiable changes in our values, behaviours, attitudes, and use of resources, energy, technology, finance and infrastructure that can happen and guide what we do over the next five to ten years.