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Transition News November 2011

Hello and welcome to the November issue of TransitionNC newsletter covering both local and some national events, news, stories and more.

This issue contains numerous articles on the likelihood and consequences of economic and/or financial systemic collapse, reflecting the worsening situation and the realisation of many commentators that such an outcome is not only possible but also likely. Unfortunately the general press, TV and Radio reports do not as yet identify depletion and the energy crisis as the cause of the economic and financial problems. Consequently all the 'solutions' publicised to date are addressing the symptoms, not the causes. No wonder economic correspondents and the various 'experts' contributing to reports and writing articles appear baffled as to why their remedies are not working. Their remedies are not addressing the causes, so they cannot work, and some are actually making the situation worse.

What we actually need is Quantitative Easing no 3 and 4, but this time the £70 odd billion directed to a) super insulation of all houses in the UK, reducing energy consumption for heating by 80% and b) building renewable energy infrastructure to eliminate our reliance on ever more expensive fossil fuels acting as a brake on the economy. Not only would this create hundreds of thousands of jobs and secure our energy future, but all that money would end up in the banks anyway, just as when using the current model of quantitative easing. Here is the scheme in detail: A National Scheme of Building Insulation: the case for a national scheme for the insulation of buildings to very high standards which would be funded by Quantitative Easing 3.

But will they do something like that? Unlikely!

So it is down to us as individuals, and if we are lucky, part of our immediate communities, to safeguard basic food supplies, some minimal energy, and basic local services as the best available Energy Descent Plan we can muster to safeguard our own position.

Here are a few events and ideas that may help, and news stories that may inform:

Forthcoming events:
15Nov2011: Peak Oil Futures: UK Scenarios up to 2030: Dr Simon Roberts (ARUP, Associate Director of Foresight & Innovation Group) Committee Room 10, House of Commons:

15Nov2011: Overconsumption - our use of world’s resources: free event by Friends of the Earth in London -

16Nov2011: The Earth Talks -Proper Food Producers: wonderful foodiness with a veritable feast of local producers, Totnes -

17Nov2011: Moving towards a ‘zero waste’ economy: prevention, recycling and energy production -

19-20Nov2011: MK Conference : Mebyon Kernow’s 2011 Conference, which will take place at Bodmin’s Shire House Suite on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November. All members are welcome. Non-members can join at the Conference:

20Nov2011: Crackington Local Produce fair: -

23Nov2011: BBC Food and Farming Awards 2011 : Described by Jamie Oliver as the "Oscars of the food world" the BBC Food and Farming Awards 2011 celebrates the best of Britain's food and drinks producers, cooks, markets and food shops. Free tickets:

26Nov2011: MAKE- all things handmade and local: Come and take a look around, eat some delicious Cornish food, listen to local live music, try something new, tell your friends and why not showcase your own crafty skills! -

3Dec2011: WREN Christmas Party: an evening of festive celebration -

7Dec2011:Preparing to Prosper: building resilience to change: Visit Cornwall, will look at why preparing for changes in our weather and climate is increasingly important -

9Dec2011: Annual Cornwall Sustainability Awards Ceremony: places will be allocated on a first come first served basis with a limit of 4 persons per organisation -

9Apr2012: How to build and finish a Strawbale roundhouse: environmental sustainability and decorative finishing techniques including earth plastering design and sculptural elements -

All these and others listed in

Major news stories and opinions published in the past month include:
World in irreversible climate change in five years: IEA warns the world will 'lose for ever' the chance to avoid dangerous climate change -

Call to adopt Cornwall currency: currency could be modelled on local currencies such as the Totnes and Lewes pounds which were created by the Transition movement -

Greenhouse gases rise by record amount: Levels of greenhouse gases are higher than the worst case scenario outlined by climate experts just four years ago -

Private Estate Myth Unravelling Fast!: The Duchy of Cornwall - how can a 'private individual' have constitutional rights? -

Germany Is Already Printing Money - Deutsche Marks: By now everyone realizes that the euro is in major trouble and will no longer exist in its current form for much longer -

Ban on Exports of Toxic Wastes to Developing Countries: 178 Countries Agree to Allow the Ban on Exports of Toxic Wastes to Developing Countries to Become Law -

Daylight Saving Bill supported by Government: today is a big milestone in our journey for Lighter Later -

Brace yourselves for the next oil price shock in 2012: next year looks like an accident waiting to happen. If economic growth in emerging economies remains on track, and that is a big If, the next oil price shock will occur in 2012. (

TransitionNews Weekend Magazine : 242 articles by 59 contributors. Read it here:

So you think you have a pension? - you'd better think again
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:
Hubbert's Third Prophecy: cultural crisis: the economy must always grow in order to pay back the interest. When the economy can't grow anymore...collapse -

The Energy Trap: One stumbling block in particular has me worried. I call it The Energy Trap -

A National Scheme of Building Insulation: the case for a national scheme for the insulation of buildings to very high standards which would be funded by Quantitative Easing 3.

The supply of money in an energy-scarce world : The crux of our present economic problems is that the relationship between energy and money has broken down. (

The path of Peak Oil collapse by German military : Psychological barriers account for the suppression of irrefutable facts and lead to an almost instinctive rejection of in-depth discussion of this difficult issue... The occurrence of Peak Oil is, however, unavoidable. - Bundeswehr report on Peak Oil

Preparing for Economic Collapse, a personal guide : from someone who's done it already in response to an economic collapse in his own country. Short and practical eye opener! A must read for everyone. -

plus Personal Energy Descent Plan item and some very useful pointers that you may not have thought of yet.

Elsewhere on the website you will find articles such as these
Why do Transition? a new approach by Rob Hopkins-

Collapse could happen, literally, overnight-

Economic Growth Being Choked by Oil Prices and Falling Supply -

The debt trap time bomb -

Email the Prime Minister - urgent about the FiT changes-

The European Financial Crisis in One Graphic -

the Fantasy of Infinite Growth on a Finite Planet -

Model for Cornish Energy Independence -

Cornish Devolution : the whys and what for's of Cornish devolution and Cornish Assembly with law making powers - an essential step to safeguard our few advantages for the benefit of Cornwall residents: food and renewable energy

The Local Food Directory : Elmar Vegetables have joined the list, now with 98 entries and the Renewable Energy Directory has 46 entries. There is bound to be someone you haven't heard of yet.

By the way, if you register and log in to the website (which your PC can do for you automatically after the first time) 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.

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Good luck and take care

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