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Transition News Oct 2010

Hello everyone,

Good news from Cottage Farm - we are thrilled to have apparently made it into the finals of the Cornwall Sustainability Awards. The winners will be announced at a lunch on Friday 3rd December 2010, The Pavilion Centre, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, starting at 11:30. The event is free and includes a buffet lunch, it is open to applicants and non-applicants, so come along and find out what Cornwall’s most sustainable businesses are doing:

Other forthcoming events:

2Nov2010: Big Global Society conference : DEA’s national conference

3Nov2010: Climate, agriculture and food security : Climate Change, sustainable agriculture and food security: a global challenge for the 21st century? Professor Robert Watson, Chief Scientific Adviser for DEFRA

9Nov2010: Parliament session on The Transition Movement : The Transition Movement: What does it need from government?

10Nov2010: Local Action for Rural Communities : funding – to support an idea or ideas you have to develop your business or organisation

13Nov2010: Creative Textiles with Recycled Clothing : Learn how to deconstruct and reconstruct clothing

14Nov2010: Crackington Local Producers Fair : at the Crackington Institute in Higher Crackington, from 2pm to 5pm.

16Nov2010: Big Society, local solutions : 'A conference exploring locally owned, locally led
initiatives with people who have walked the talk!
17Nov2010: Planning in Transition : annual Professor David Hall Memorial Lecture. Keynote Address by Rob Hopkins Transitions Towns Totnes and The Transition Network.

23Nov2010: screening presentations from Communicate conference : we are then screening the best presentations again, for all those who could not go to the conference proper

25Nov2010:Eco Innovation Forum : Towards Green Investment and a Sustainable Future where I will be one of the presenters

27-28Nov2010: Zero Carbon Concert : Do something positive about climate change, and have fun doing it

3Dec2010: Cornwall Sustainability Awards : Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony taking place on 3rd December 11am-3pm at The Pavilion Centre, Royal Cornwall Showground. The event will be free and include a buffet lunch.

5Dec2010: Crackington Local Producers Fair: at the Crackington Institute from 2pm to 5pm.

Spring2011: Cornwall Wildlife Trust art exhibition

All these and others listed in

Major news stories emerging in the past month include:

Take Back Parliament joined Yes to Fairer Votes by Andy May

Forestry sale plans confirmed by paul vassalli

Descending the peak : So you understand peak oil. Now what? ...

Impending global food crisis : World Bank predicts five years of price volatility, Rising food prices and shortages

2005 Global Oil Peak confirmed by Dr. Colin J. Campbell - repeat oil price shocks will impose further economic recession

A Future Without Oil by Rob Hopkins : we must now begin to think about ways to reduce our dependency and promote the idea of self-sustaining towns and communities.

only 300 northern right whales left - petition by Kernowrat

Congressional Briefing: Can Oil Production Meet Rising Demand?

NZ Parliament: The next oil shock : International Energy Agency and the US military have warned that another supply crunch is likely

Community supported agriculture Newsletter 15 by Amanda Daniel - reports, events, training

October 2010 Transition Network Newsletter by Mike : Transition news from around the World

U-turn over solar panels : David Cameron has reneged on a pre-election promise to reward early adopters of solar panels

Solar keeps renewable incentive scheme on track

September Transition Roundup

10,000 Birmingham council homes to get solar panels

1 Million for GMO Ban - petition

"No Pressure", 4-min mini-movie -10:10:10

Transition and the Big Society

GM Foods by Kernowrat

Study into protection of nature from climate change by JamieS

Transition on Climate Change and Energy survey

GM bacteria convert rubbish into biofuels

Allotments - ask your MP to sign Early Day Motion by Margaret Campbell - all of which are listed in News section at

And new items added to our library of Learning Resources:

The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century : a fantastic new book published just 2 days ago, 500 page encyclopaedia of current thinking

Blog on Conservation of Energy by Asher Miller : The Case for Conservation. The question the world faces is no longer whether to reduce energy consumption, but how...

Transition Patterns and Ingredients : These are the new Transition Patterns and Ingredients being designed by Rob Hopkins and his team - "Patterns can best be understood as proven solutions to common problems. It might help to think of “pattern” as just another word for “we’ve seen this problem before”.

Transition Patterns for getting started: basic set : The first set of patterns, ‘What We Start With’, set out the thinking tools, skills

Cost of energy imports to UK trade balance : The main conclusion I can draw here is that the UK cannot afford to pay for rising energy imports and higher prices, so something will have to give ...

Communicating climate change : lots of ideas on Communicating climate change
to mass public audiences

Life After Growth - Economics for Everyone : The economic crash of 2008 revealed not only the frailty and vulnerability of the economic system, it also showed the false basis that the growth economy is built on

'Collapse', new film

Can civilization survive the end of oil? Richard Heinberg

How supermarkets kill sustainable food

Meat - a benign extravagance, Simon Fairlie : This book is a masterpiece: original, challenging and brilliantly argued. Simon Fairlie is a great thinker and a great writer. --George Monbiot, Environmental and political activist, author and journalist

What's the worst that can happen - a video : video fun

and others in

The Local Food Directory now lists 90 entries - so help yourselves.

In support of the Cornish Diet objectives Transition North Cornwall have developed a directory of Local Food Producers. 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.

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 that much more sense.

You can also now follow what's going on in TransitionNC on Twitter, just click here: We promise to tweet no more than once per day to let you know of events and news as they come in.

Good luck.

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