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Transition News Mar 2011

Hello and welcome to the March issue.

Don't know about you, but I am running out of time! Apart from the run-of-the-mill calving, lambing and organic produce deliveries, Cornwall Transition conference, part time editing of Parish magazine, organizing our Parish Food Market and of course running the website, we also have several Open Days coming up, including one specially for our MP and Cornwall Councillors and on 22nd March I am heading to the Houses of Commons, no less, to give a presentation to a group of MPs about Ultra-Low Carbon Farming!

Still, events are piling in so to make sure you don't miss any events of interest to you, just follow us on Twitter, click here: We promise to tweet no more than twice a day to let you know of events and news as they come in.

Forthcoming events:
17Mar2011: The Great Transition, Exeter with Tony Greenham,New Economics Foundation
17Mar2011: Jacobstow Food Market with People's Supermarket and a Community Stall
19Mar2011: working in Transition and Permaculture with Klaudia and Mel
21Mar2011: Benefits and Pit Falls of Feed inTariffs at Stoke Climsland Campus. The event is free to eligible participants and open for all.
22Mar2011: Ultra-Low Carbon Farming: Urban & Rural in the House of Commons, where yours truly will be speaking to a group of MPs together with Dr Robert Biel (University College London)
23Mar2011: CoaST Bash party
24Mar2011: Creative Textiles with Recycled Clothing: Learn how to deconstruct and reconstruct clothing
27Mar2011: Cottage Farm 'Superhome' open day: booking essential as visitors limited. Learn how to reduce your carbon footprint and save money on energy from an exemplar house.
29Mar2011: Sustainable Buildings debate
29Mar2011: ECO-NOMY, Environment Kernow Conference 2011: The aim will be to
identify through presentations and focussed speaker-led discussions whether we have
the right house rules to prudently manage the resources in our community. Maybe I am missing something, but the answer is painfully obvious: No.
Jan-Apr2011: FREE Social enterprise workshops in Cornwall
2Apr2011: 'Superhome' Open Day for our MP and Councillors plus local media
Spring2011: Cornwall Wildlife Trust art exhibition
3-8Apr2011: Boscastle Walking Week
19Apr2011: UK Water Security debate
20-21May2011: CSAs in the South West
24May2011:Sustainable Transport debate
5Jun2011: Big Lunch is back
17-19Jun2011: The Rock Oyster Festival 2011: that sounds fun, music with oysters
21Jun2011: Farming and food security debate

All these and others listed in

Also events specifically for farmers:
30Jun2011: Farming in Transition Seminar at the RAC, Cirencester
3Mar2011: Low Carbon Farming Practices - report from this very good event

Major news stories and opinions published in the past month include:

So you think you have a pension? - you'd better think again
Natural Environment White Paper - input required - more opportunities for input
Top 5 ways to spend 5 May and say Yes to AV
Demanding cheaper oil is disastrous by Johann Hari
TransitionNews Weekend Magazine of Friday, Mar. 11, 2011 - TNC weekly weekend magazine - all about Transition, energy, food and related articles
"Carbon" Plan launched and The UK Carbon Plan – A Review - the first ever national carbon plan - but is it any good?
Renewable Heat Incentive launched - well, the white paper is
Mainstreaming Sustainable Development and Jonathon Porritt on 'Mainstreaming Sustainable Development'
'Zero-carbon' homes can still emit CO2 according to the Housing Minister
SDC's last report: Making Sustainable Lives Easier, Tourism strategy: Penrose shakes it all about , CORNWALL Council's army of overpaid staff , Windfarm nimbyism says no when we need to say yes
The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century : a fantastic book, 500 page encyclopaedia of current thinking
and others in

The library of Learning Resources: section on Global Financial crisis further expanded by extracts from sources all over the world.
An End to Growthonomics , Lester Brown's 'Plan B' for the planet , Chris Martenson's Crash Course and its limitations and Earth’s Limits: Why Growth Won’t Return all well worth reading
People's Supermarket section with information to help us start our own!
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.

Elsewhere on the website you will find articles such as these
WREN: The Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network - an example to us all!
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.
Patience, 'peak production' and 'peak demand'...
Community plant medicine project - help needed - get involved in medicinal plant growing

The Local Food Directory now lists 93 entries and the Renewable Energy Directory has 32 entries

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.

Also, we now publish a weekly weekend magazine. Just click here and brighten your weekend with Transition related ideas.

Good luck.

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