Rob Hopkins

“The Power of Just Doing Stuff: Making Resilience Real”


Recognized globally for his grassroots work in promoting community resilience in the light of peak oil and climate change, Rob Hopkins will speak at Tulane University on Tuesday, October 1 at 7:30 pm.

Hopkins is the co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and the Transition Network, and author of the best-selling The Transition Handbook. Hopkins’s work first gained larger attention when he and his students in Kinsale, Ireland developed an Energy Descent Action Plan:  a year-by-year plan for transitioning from a high energy consumption town to a low one.   Hopkins was the winner of the 2008 Schumacher Award, is an Ashoka Fellow and a Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute, and was named by the Independent as one of the United Kingdom’s top 100 environmentalists.

Hopkins’ new book, The Power of Just Doing Stuff: How Local Action Can Change the World, was published in June of 2013. His visit to Tulane will be the first event in Hopkins’ “first and last US tour,” which includes appearing as a distinguished speaker at SXSW ECO.  Hopkins, who doesn't usually fly, was asked to come to the US to speak with foundations about the power of local action to address the ecological and economic crises of climate change.  

Sponsored by the Tulane Office of Sustainability, the Tulane School of Architecture, Transition US and the Post Carbon Institute

Contact:  Liz Davey, Director, Tulane Office of Sustainability, 504-865-5145 or


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