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Transition News September 2012

Welcome to the September update on TransitionNC stories and discussions

September is packed with interesting and useful courses and events with the REconomy conference looking particularly promising.

More and more evidence is accumulating that 'economic growth', as we have known it for the past couple of centuries, has come to a halt. It is a combination of the high energy prices based on the depleting conventional oilfields, combined with growing human population and rising standards of living in 3rd world countries, plus the unrepayable burden of debt shifted from the banks to individual states. that makes eventual default almost inevitable and each such default will make it more likely that other defaults will follow. Most of the defaults will be to pension funds, that is me and you. Our scope for solutions is greatly limited by the global Climate Change which is threatening to run out of control and beyond any possible human remedy.

Some individuals and some communities are well aware of these problems and are preparing to face the much more challenging future. But here in North Cornwall we are well behind the most active communities around the UK.

To improve our chances we need to start putting together the individual ingredients of a more localised, resilient lifestyle, which should make it somewhat easier for us to weather the coming storms and perhaps even prosper in the new world order.

We could start a LETS scheme or a local currency scheme to help keep the value of our work within our area. We could start a community shop or a producer owned shop to sell local produce direct to the public, retaining most of the value, rather than allowing a supermarket or a wholesaler gain most of the value. We could set up a community owned renewable energy scheme to finance wind and solar installations with large part of the benefit going to the people directly affected by those installations. I am sure you have ideas of your own to bring to the table ...

If you would like to explore some of these and other ideas for North Cornwall (Camelford - Launceston - Bude triangle and surrounds), please reply to this email. If I get reasonable number of replies I will organise a meeting and we can take it from there.

I hope you will join in. In any case, have a look at the forthcoming events, news and other items, which I hope you will find useful ...

Table of content:

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

Forthcoming events:

7Sep2012: Fresh Business Thinking event: a range of short, sharp workshops to bring fresh new skills to you and your business-
9Sep2012: Heritage Open Day: Interested in making your home more environmentally friendly? Want to drastically reduce your energy costs? -
14Sep2012: REconomy (a Transition Network project): learn and shape Transition economic thinking, connecting some disparate innovations and trailblazer enterprises-
14Sep2012: Community Supported Agriculture: Building and Growing the CSA movement-
15-16Sep2012: TRANSITION NETWORK UK CONFERENCE: a weekend of events and workshops that explore the theme of "Building Resilience in Extraordinary Times" -
15Sep2012: Friends of the Earth's Conference: For the first time, Friends of the Earth's Conference is opening up to all-
18Sep2012: What is Permaculture?: Talk with home made wine and cake-
20Sep2012: Not just a pile of old teabags: The fine art and indeed fine science of composting is demonstrated -
21-23Sep2012: Launceston Live 3 Day Music Festival -
24Sep2012: FOREST Dissemination Event: wood fuel supply chain from 'Forest to Firebox' -
3Oct2012: Energising and Empowering Communities: an open meeting of the Transition Research Network, on the theme of energy-
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 -
13-14Oct2012: The SCHed Talks: Each speaker has 15 minutes of fame to talk about ‘HAPPINESS’ -
16Oct2012: Hedgelaying for Beginners: 1 day practical event teaching delegates the practical skills required to cut and lay hedges -
17Oct2012: Keep it Bottled! An evening of Bottling, Pickling, Preserving and Clamping! -

All these and others listed in

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

Wind power study says opponents' claims are unfounded-
The Heat of the Moment: Climate breakdown is right here, right now-
REconomy website! The website provides the latest tools and resources that can help you build a local economy where you live. This is genuinely a useful website, try it out-
Local Currency, how and why: Well worth reading the whole article. Perhaps the time has come to start consider establishing Cornish Local Currency.-
Building Resilience In A Changing Climate: Climate shocks are on the way. You, your family, and your community will feel the effects.-
Converging global crises and why we deny them: The evidence has become quite persuasive that humans are bumping into interrelated natural limits to growth that spell big trouble no matter what we do. -
Want to save 70 million birds a year? Build more wind farms: Wind energy is the form of generation with the lowest impact on wildlife. Wind farms kill less than 0.0001 per cent of birds killed by human actions annually, other human actions kill the remaining 99.999 per cent. -

And something for the farmers amongst us at :
27Sep2012: Farming Succession Seminar:
How to ensure the next generation succeed, Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester -

How pigs can compost manure on a farm scale saving you fuel and money by
Rebecca Hosking from biodynamic farm in Cornwall -

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:

Forming a Leadership Group -
Using Permaculture Principles to become a better teacher-
Oil Limits Leading to Limits to GDP Growth-
What’s the best insulation material to use in eco renovation? -
Oil Limits Leading to Limits to GDP Growth -
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
Can we expect the economy to keep growing?
Holding on to hope in the middle of a deluge of bad news
Practical guides and toolkits for community food enterprises
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 Eat Seasonably, HeatherBell HoneyBees and Elmar Vegetables 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 several new entries. New Organizations include Dark Rye, REconomy website, Timebanking UK and Regenerative Agriculture UK at

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Good luck and take care


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