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Transition News June 2012

Welcome to the June update on Transition stories and discussions

There is usually a point in my talks when somebody in the audience asks: “This is all doom and gloom, isn’t it?”. The right answer is “Yes, for you, maybe, if you have no other plan except to wait for everything to somehow magically fix itself.”

Building something that works takes a lot of time and effort. Things break down at a moments notice without much of a warning. Making a replacement takes time, resources, and, most importantly, stability. This can only be done now, whilst we still have a functioning society, and it takes practice (as witnessed by my own numerous mistakes). If you wait until things actually break down, and then try to fix them in the chaos that will inevitable ensue, then indeed Doom and Gloom will be your life long new friends. But if you start your own personal collapse early and start your own personal rebuilding program quickly, then your chances of surviving this are quite likely to substantially improve.

We've been at it for the past six years and I know I have at least another two years worth of work in front of me. Take my advice, start now and give it the highest priority. The storm clouds are gathering, the roof is still leaking and I am running out of time as well as metaphors!

For more information read the articles highlighted in this newsletter or come to our next Open Day on 17th June (see below for details).

Table of content:

Forthcoming Events
Major News stories and opinions
Library of Learning Resources
Elsewhere on the website

Forthcoming events:

8Jun2012: Grand Day Out : on the train from Plymouth to Gunnislake and are looking for Local Food producers -

12Jun2012: Financing Renewable Solutions: -

17Jun2012: Open Farm Sunday @ organic & sustainable farm: Interested in making your home more environmentally friendly? Interested in sustainable, organic, environmentally friendly farming? This is your chance to talk to someone who has done it already! And not just talk, but see it all in action -

18Jun2012: Blowing Hot and Cold : Jonathan Dimbleby chairs the wind power debate on On-shore wind power -

18Jun2012: Can localism deliver climate change action?: -

19Jun2012: Sustainability in Business: Come along and network at a brewery -

20Jun2012: Local towns, local food: -

22Jun2012: The everyday politics of sustainability transitions: -

23-29Jun2012: Wild Mindfulness Course : Through mindfulness practice and other contemplative work outdoors, this course offers a chance to attend to our deep interconnectedness with our wider ecology -

27Jun2012: Flock Science to Farmers, RAC: Royal Agricultural College, presentations from experts in their field, small group discussions, a farm walk, along with demonstrations -

26/27Jul2012: Cornwall Renewable Energy Show-

10-12Aug2012: Little Green Gathering 2012 : Time to get out the diary, block out the weekend 10-12 August -

13-14Oct2012: Introduction to Permaculture, Tavistock : a holistic way of thinking, in which we can consciously create productive environments that work with nature rather than against it -

All these and others listed in

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

Rural Opportunities - June: selection of current funding, consultation and other opportunities -
Collapse: Slowly at first, then all at once: This is one of the most illuminating articles on the nature of collapse. Take my advice, read the long article from start to finish. -
Making Local Food Work newsletter -
Why we need to put the Local back into Local Enterprise Partners: LEPs are bereft of vision, imagination and indeed of any of the kind of creativity and thinking that these times demand -
4 Ways Farmers’ Markets Are Going Digital-
10 Great Reasons to Eat Local Food-
There's more to economics than austerity or growth by Andrew Simms-
Canadian Oil Sand Mining in pictures: The Canadian Oil Sand Mines
Refused Us Access, So We Rented This Plane To See What They Were Up To -
Apocalypse Soon: Has Civilization Passed the Environmental Point of No Return? -
Arctic Death Spiral: More Bad News about Sea Ice: ice reflects lots of sunlight back into space..., but things look even worse when you dig into the details -
Apocalypse Fairly Soon: -
Climate Armageddon: climate "flips" could cause massive upheavals in a matter of years -
UK's best sustainable schools: -

And something for the farmers amongst us at :
Farming for the Future - despite what the neighbours think: Rebecca Hosking faces a sea of criticism from local (conventional) farmers -
How pigs can compost manure on a farm scale saving you fuel and money by
Rebecca Hosking from biodynamic farm in Cornwall -
Fossil Fuel Fertilizers v. Compost Teas on the Farm: Rebecca Hosking, fossil fuel derived fertilisers destroy soil life and wildlife yet they have become like a drug habit to farmers -

Transition Weekend Magazine, published on-line every Friday: 314 articles, 32 photos and 12 videos by 215 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:
Lessons From Iceland: The People Can Have The Power : As early progress in Iceland shows since the banking collapse, the 21st century will be the century of the common people, of us -
Peak Money and Economic Resilience : A report from a Transition Network conversation -
Permaculture gardening: minimal effort, maximum production : Patrick Whitefield introduces the concept of his favoured system of gardening - highly productive with minimal effort... -
How to deal with climate change deniers: facts and graphs: To see what nonsense they spout out, just look at this article and the very clear and explanatory graphs -
Top 10 peak oil books: books on energy, climate and the economy -
Peak Oil: You don't have to take my word for it : If you write about, speak about, or talk with your family, friends and co-workers about peak oil, you've almost certainly been asked: "Well, who else is saying what you're saying?" here is the answer -
plus Personal Energy Descent Plan item of some very useful pointers that you may not have thought of yet.

Elsewhere on the website you will find articles such as these
On The History of Decline, by Noam Chomsky -
Can we expect the economy to keep growing?
Announcing the Festival of Transition!
Holding on to hope in the middle of a deluge of bad news
Practical guides and toolkits for community food enterprises
Quality of Life Survey among eco-towns/ eco-developments
Perennial Solutions -
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 : now has a direct link to Big Barn for finding local food producers near you and new entries including BigBarn and How YOU can help build a new local food industry - try it out. The Renewable Energy Directory now has details of the super new EMMA which allows you to soak up all your renewable energy rather than exporting it to the grid, which basically doubles your own benefits ( and Evance Wind Turbines (5kW-50kW). New Organizations include REconomy website, Timebanking UK and Regenerative Agriculture UK at

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Good luck and take care


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