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Transition News November 2012

Welcome to the November update on Transition News Cornwall ( news, events, stories and discussions in Cornwall and the UK.

Cornwall Sustainability Forum is being established to develop a framework for Cornwall with recommendations for guiding principles and specific strategies for the economy, society and the environment. The idea is emerging from a need to develop a consensus on how ‘sustainability’, a term now widely used and misused, with many interpretations, can be achieved in practice. For more information see details of its first meeting at Eden:

Any organizations or individuals who would like to work on the development and delivery of the Cornwall Sustainable Forum or to ask questions/ contribute ideas/ etc is invited to contact Paul at Transition North Cornwall by email on

Forthcoming events:

15Nov2012: Carbon Master Class: A 90-minute master class for businesses in Cornwall -
17Nov2012: Independence Day: What kind of places do we want to live and work in? Is there an alternative to so-called ‘big box’ retailing?-
17Nov2012: Truro Vegan Fair: Cornwall Animal Action will once again be feeding the masses -
20Nov2012: Prospects for Laser Fusion Energy: Launceston, Professor Henry Hutchinson formerly Director of the Central Laser Facility of the CLRC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Imperial College London -
22Nov2012: Seminar on auto enrolment pensions: Worldwide Financial Planning and Lorica Insurance Brokers will be hosting the event at the Glendorgal Hotel in Newquay -
28Nov2012: Getting Finance Ready for community energy: London Community Energy event for community energy developers seeking investment-
29Nov2012: discussion of Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI): @ Plymouth University, Room 102 Rolle Building, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA-
30Nov2012: History, Memory and Green Imaginaries:ways in which history and memory inform and shape contemporary green imaginaries -

All these and others listed in

Major news stories and opinions from the past month include:

Our society depends on energy. Yet we don't have a plan:
Cutting household costs is vital, but that can only be part of a much wider approach, Andrew Simms-

What's Cooking? the UK's potential food crisis: UK consumers could face dramatically reduced food choices in the future unless much more is done to cut greenhouse gas emissions, University of Manchester report-
The Manifesto for Community Energy: The Government’s strategy should offer a clear route from assessing feasibility through to generating and selling electricity, heat and retrofitting energy efficiency measures-
Degrowth, Expensive Oil, and the New Economics of Energy: Preparing for life after growth-
Ten Charts That Make Clear The Planet Just Keeps Warming-
Reusing glass jars - petition -
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. -
Scaling up sustainable development - open thread: hub will focus on moving beyond experimentation to fundamental, systemic change-
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 :
14Nov2012: The Improvement of Meat Quality: Putting Science into Practice - Combining Science and Commercial Farming, Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester -

5Dec2012: Trees for Farms: how tree planting in the right place can help the productivity and sustainability of your current farming systems -

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

The library of Learning Resources:

A revolutionary paper by the International Monetary Fund: IMF's epic plan to conjure away debt and dethrone bankers-
Renewable Energy: The Vision And A Dose Of Reality: These plans amount to a complete fantasy... -
Fundamental flaws in our banking system: Here is a very clear 15 minute talk given this week for BBC Radio 4, on the fundamental flaws in our banking system-
Postcode plants database@ Natural History Museum: Using the Postcode Plants Database to identify suitable plants, gardeners and householders can contribute directly to native species conservation in Britain-
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.
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

Elsewhere on the website you will find articles and discussions such as these

Steady Sate Economy: represents a positive alternative to the pursuit of endless economic growth-
Peak growth theory-
Your new economy needs you!!!-
Is unlimited growth a thing of the past?-
Our farming system is unsustainable-
You're Dreaming If You Think The Euro Crisis Is Resolved
Degrowth and peak oil: a condensed version of a talk at the 3rd international conference on degrowth, in Venice, on Sep 21 2012-
Global Warming's Terrifying New Math
Holding on to hope in the middle of a deluge of bad news
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 Organisations Directory now includes Plantcraft,, Eradicating Ecocide, REconomy Project, Timebanking UK at

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