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Transition News Jul 2010

Hello everyone,

First and foremost, please accept my sincere apologies for being quite so late with this Newsletter. I cannot believe that it has been so long since the last one!
Hopefully you would have kept an occasional eye on the website and therefore not miss too much.

I have been busy! Looking back, so much has happened since February. On a personal note, we have almost cinematic two weddings and a funeral. Having attended one wedding a month ago, another is looming this Friday - my son's!

Our farm, Cottage Farm, has been accepted into the Superhomes scheme (, having cut our carbon emissions by 70% so far and soon to achieve 100%. As part of that scheme we are now holding Open Days from time to time with the next one coming up in August: 15Aug2010: Cottage Farm Open Day . As far as I can see one of the first four or five near carbon neutral commercial farms in the country. As a result I have given presentations to various bodies, such as Cottage Farm at The Royal Agricultural College and Transition Farm presentation at the Transition Conference (The International Transition Network Conference) and now number of Transition and other groups are requesting the same. I am glad to share our experiences with anyone interested, so if your group or community might also be interested, just let me know.

The Transition Network International Conference was great, Here is one of the presentation affecting people most profoundly: Making Sense of the Financial Crisis in the Era of Peak Oil: If you look mat just one of the Conference presentations, making it this one.

You can now also follow TransitionNC on Twitter:

Major news stories emerging in the past month include:

So many important stories have emerged in the past few months, some of which indicate that reality is at last break through - here is just a small selection: Officials Wake Up to Peak Oil, another recession looming?, IEA: Demand for oil threatens recovery, Sustainable Community Infrastructure: Full Report, Surviving the Century of the Reece lectures, Cornwall Council Renewable Energy Consultation to which you may wish to contribute, Lloyd's warns of dire 'peak oil' consequences, Engineering Employers' Federation: Britain's energy crisis, In denial: the myth of ‘green Cornwall’, Sustainable Development Commission scrapped, wind farms to prevent a UK power crisis, Green energy in Parliament, and finally Cornish Constitutional Convention - all of which are listed in News section at

Forthcoming events that may be of interest to you:

31Jul2010: Wildlife Celebration at Heligan
11Aug2010: Camelford Show
15Aug2010: Cottage Farm Open Day
19-22Aug2010: Sunrise Off-Grid 2010 gathering
26Aug2010: Holsworthy and Stratton Agricultural Show
18Sep2010: Making Herbal Remedies
26Oct2010: Trees - Our Most Untapped Agricultural Asset
27-28Nov2010: Zero Carbon Concert

All these and others listed in

And new items added to our library of Learning Resources:

Sociopaths: leaders in business and politics, Zero Carbon Britain 2030 - updated report, Cornwall Energy 2009-2020+, Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-3), UN Report, Life After Growth - Economics for Everyone and others in

The Local Food Directory has grown yet again and now lists over 80 entries - so help yourselves:
In support of the Cornish Diet objectives Transition North Cornwall have developed a directory of Local Food Producers. Currently 83 local food producers have joined the project and more are being added. The directory is freely available at this website and producer entries are free of charge. Short version of the directory are available in print form if you wish to hand some out at your own events.
Every producer can describe their business as they wish, including all their contact details and links to their own websites. Customers can leave comments (as replies to producers entries) on their experiences and quality of products and service. If you know of a good local food producer not yet on the list, do let me have their details and I will do the rest.

Several new thread are developing at the General Discussion Forum and an few more organisations have been added to the Organizations Directory

By the way, if you register and log in to the website (which your PC can do for you automatically after the first time) you will find it much more useful. It will automatically show you which items are new, various extra options and some of the information in the side bars will make more sense.

And finally, if anyone else wishes to borrow our Free Electricity Monitor: , let me know. We found it to be invaluable in assessing where our electricity consumption is going and therefore what we can do about it.

Good luck.

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