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.

Rapid Transition Alliance founder Andrew Simms talks to COP TV about the need for evidence-based hope and the possibilities of rapid transition to tackle the climate emergency.

Who we are

The Alliance is coordinated by the New Weather Institute.

We have over 100 members who are hugely varied in terms of their focus, approach and location but clearly aligned in their aim to tackle the climate emergency. Find out more about our network. 

What we do

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.

Evidence-based hope

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.




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