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Transition News Apr 2009

Hello everyone,

It has been a while since the last email. Sorry, very busy with farming, transition and a couple of other projects.

In the meantime, after three events and an exhibition in the past 6 months in Launceston, the all singing and dancing new Transition Launceston is in the process of being set up. Watch this space for more information: or contact Chris Piesse direct on if you would like to join.

On Saturday 2nd May we shall be exhibiting the “HEALTHY PLANET–HEALTHY PEOPLE” event held in Wadebridge Town Hall and organised by Camel Area Friends of the Earth 9.30am – 4.30pm. Come and look us up. There should be a lot of local food producers able to supply you with healthier, better and cheaper food than you can buy in shops and supermarkets. Further details are here:

On Monday 18th May 7pm we shall be showing the film 'Peak Oil - Imposed by Nature in Bude Methodist Hall. This short film explains what Peak Oil is, why it matters to every one of us and how to prevent the resulting global energy crisis destroying our society.
This will be followed by a discussion of the film and of the steps we can all take to improve our energy and food security in Bude. We also want to start Transition Bude group to take some of these ideas further. So do come if you are based anywhere near Bude. Full details are here:

I have been musing again! The result is a new blog entry, this time on the merits of the Budget. To read it, click here:

If you fancy sharing your thoughts or ideas, why not start your own blog or add comments to an existing entry. Every registered user can add content to this website at any time, as long as it is in some way related to Transition and is respectful of everyone else. Its beyond democracy, some might even call it anarchy! Don't worry, if anything goes wrong I will help you out.

The News section contains lots of recent news stories:

For example, Transition recently featured in The Times: .

Towards the end you will find various helpful comments on Transition - exactly what we are all trying to do on this website and within Transition North Cornwall Ltd! I particularly like this quote: “Transition is a social experiment on a massive scale. What we are convinced of is this:
(a) if we wait for the government, it’ll be too little, too late;
(b) if we act as individuals, it’ll be too little; but
(c) if we act as communities, it might just be enough, just in time'.

Good article on Energy:

and George Monbiot piece on the lack of contingency plans for UK oil supplies in the event of a Peak in oil production. It is astonishing, but our Government would rather ignore the problem than face reality:

Even the The IEA (International Energy Agency) warns of shortages:

and another article by George Monbiot this time on the disaster of wind farm opposition and its consequences for us all:

The most interesting book I have read recently is 'Without the Hot Air' by David MacKay. David has done all the hard work in calculating exactly how much energy can be obtained from every possible renewable source and shares that with the reader in a very accessible way. You can buy the book or download it for an immediate access:

The Resource section now contains over 30 items, each and every one a learning point and well worth reading, including The Green New Deal, the Zero Carbon Britain report and TEQ: what it is and how it works: , including several films, which we can show at your village hall - just ask.

The films include:

Money as Debt - video, essential viewing to really understand the current financial meltdown, why none of the proposed remedies will save the current financial system and what you should do about it:

A Crude Awakening, an excellent exposition of Peak Oil and why it really matters to you and me:

The 11th Hour, a very good climate change explanation:

On Monday 23rd March we held our first AGM, both for the Ltd company and for the unincorporated society. Prior to that all members were invited to nominate themselves or others for elections and to propose motions for the AGM. Four nominations and two motions were received.

All members were given the opportunity to vote by proxy and 15 chose to do so.

The AGM of TNC Ltd
a) approved the directors report
b) approved the two motions
c) all nominees were elected as directors.

All future Transition North Cornwall events and activities will be conducted by TNC Ltd, not for profit company limited by Guarantee and not having a share capital.

The AGM of TNC unincorporated society had only one item on its agenda proposed by its Steering Group: to close the society down in favour of TNC Ltd in order to offer protection to both members and officers against unlimited personal liability. Of the total of 22 members of the society, apart from the three proposes, 14 votes were cast for the motion and 3 were cast against, a 77% majority, thus the society ceased to exist as of that day. The three members voting against this motion have indicated that they prefer to belong to a society rather than Ltd and may take steps in that direction. Transition Cornwall Network is helping to find a mutually acceptable solution.

The Minutes of the AGM are attached. Please let me know if have any questions or comments. I am working to create a 'members only' section on the website, where material such as the minutes can be made available to members on line. I will let everyone know once that is in place.


And finally, if you can, check the website often. New items are added on a daily basis, sometimes at quite short notice to book events. Also check you own Parish at for news and local events and add your own events. Advertising local events and local businesses is free on this website!

We now have 40 members, 228 registered website users and some 450 articles and comments.

Good luck

Transition North Cornwall:
Tel: 01840 230 548 email:
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