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Transition News Nov 2010

Hello everyone,

Congratulations to Neil Farringdon of Community Energy Plus for scooping the award for Best Individual at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards. Cottage Farm has to be satisfied with being one of the finalists as the prize in Low Carbon Business went to Enact Energy, who reduced their carbon footprint by 65% (compared to Cottage Farm's 110%, excluding sequestration through organic farming - but there you are. No doubt the judges had good reasons for their decisions!)

Forthcoming events:
5Dec2010: Crackington Local Producers Fair: at the Crackington Institute from 2pm to 5pm. You'd better hurry
7Dec2010: Bust the banks day - hundreds of thousands of people all over Europe will be withdrawing their savings on this day. Good time to transfer your cash into a bank with a social conscience such as Triodos bank in UK or the Co-OP bank or a local Mutual. In the longer term a good way to get a great return is to invest in a Community Energy scheme or similar. Don't know of one - then start one.
7Dec2010: APPGOPO - Coach Travel for the Low Carbon Age - in Parliament, London
9Dec2010: Community Innovation in Sustainable Energy at the UEA in London
10Dec2010: Jacobstow Food Market - the first ever Jacobstow Food Market, including a Community Stall free of charge to Jacobstow residents
18Dec2010: Open House at an B&B employing renewable energy
Jan2011: Centre for Sustainable Development offering several courses
21Jan2010: Hard to Reach Communities seminar
19Feb2011: SAS Anti-litter abseil, Lusty Glaze for the adventurous amongst us
Spring2011: Cornwall Wildlife Trust art exhibition

All these and others listed in

Major news stories emerging in the past month include:

World Energy Outlook 2010 produced by International Energy Agency (IEA) who have always denied the idea of Peak Oil, but in their latest report have been forced to admit that it is BEHIND us! This really makes PO mainstream. Shame the Government can't see it yet. Here are a few pieces of analysis and conclusions: fodder for analysis, no meaningful conclusions , The IEA’s New Peak , It's Official: The Economy Is Set To Starve
Do you have a Grand Refurbishment Design? asks Kevin McCloud
LSE Students' Union campaign - just one of the many articles showing that this generations students can demonstrate after all. I am surprised that we haven't yet had riots, that's how shabbily is the sixties generation treating its children.
Oil shock warning to government from UK business - business ahead of government - whatever next?
Collapse and other reports by Dmitry Orlov again, this time drawing parallels between the collapse of USSR and the current situation in the US (and by extension to Europe)
STIGLITZ: We Have To Throw Bankers In Jail : otherwise they won't change says the Nobel prize winning economist
UK Savers: Plan Ahead For a Banks Bankruptcy - good advice for those lucky enough to have cash sitting in the bank
Daylight Saving Bill PASSED - the first stages of the process to gain an extra hour of daylight
Biodiversity: The agreement that isn’t by George Monbiot
The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century : a fantastic new book published just 2 days ago, 500 page encyclopaedia of current thinking
and others in

The library of Learning Resources has a massive new section on Global Financial crisis, courtesy of Mike Haywood, including Powerpoint presentation on Global Financial crisis ,Understanding the UK Banking system ,International Banking Crisis and Systemic Risk ,the fractional reserve banking (FRB) system and Leaders of the Universe continue Crisis management
Also added is Personal Energy Descent Plan item of some very useful pointers that you may not have thought of yet, taken from the Powerswitch website.
Why rescue the bank's bond holders? discusses who would actually be harmed if we did not rescue the banks - enlightening!
Community Energy - planning, development and delivery - is Government sponsored initiative, which you may find useful if looking into those possibilities.

Elsewhere on the website you will find articles such as these
Looking for Compost Mentors! by Cornwall Waste Action charity, which you may wish to look at and perhaps join.
Open Source Ecology - one of the best ideas for sustainable future I have ever come across - just have a look at it.
Community Power Cornwall, a new Industrial and Provident Society, owned by its members, which is setting out to develop and operate small to medium scale community owned renewable energy installations across the county
Superhomes @ Sustainable Energy Academy with over 70 'superhomes' to visit and see how renewable energy can work in your own home.
Transition Twinning explained - how rural and urban transition groups can cooperate with each other - food, home swap holidays, school exchange trips, working holidays on farms and much more. Let us know if you're interested

The Local Food Directory now lists 91 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. Here are a few of the latest entries:
Wonnacott Farm - Devon Organic Produce , Buttervilla Funky Leaves , The Cornish Cheese Co., Liskeard , Pengenna Pasties, Bude , Daisy's Farmhouse Ice Cream, Bude , The Cornish Crisp Company, Callington, Yarg Cornish Cheese, Truro ,
Kernow Chocolate, St Eval.

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