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Transition News June 2013

Hi and welcome to the June update on TransitionNC news, events, stories and discussions.

Another information packed newsletter for your enjoyment and education.

I would particularly draw your attention to the various events about to take place, the immerSUN unit that will double the amount of energy you get free from your own renewable energy devices, and the Message from Franny article. You might also like to glance at my latest blog here:

Forthcoming events:

9Jun2013: Open Farm Sunday @ award winning organic farm: Discover the story behind your food -
14-15Jun2013: Permaculture Circle Way family friendly Camp: for building resilient communities -
18Jun2013: Renewable Energy Marketplace: over 70 exhibitors showing all the latest renewable energy technologies -
19Jun2013: Women in Rural Business: for women who own or manage a business based in a rural environment -
20Jun2013: Exploring a Renewable Future in Cornwall: Building a sustainable energy future for Cornwall’s farmers -
21Jun2013: Food Security and Sustainability in Cornwall: PhD research projects investigate the challenges and opportunities faced by Cornwall -
26-28Jun2012: Global Energy Systems: tackle the energy challenges of rising energy costs, energy security, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions -
17Sep2013: Café Scientifique-Energy sustainability in practice: Farming without fossil fuels -

All these and others listed in

Major news stories and opinions from the past month include:

Britain may need to 'dig for survival', minister says: the agriculture minister says food security will become an increasing concern -
Residents to get power without responsibility: typical short termist and populist policy -
How to power Cornwall on renewables: some useful generalisations about rural parishes -
Stories of the Great Turning, Joanna Macy: book of stories written by people who decided to act, in their own lives, in response to the challenges of our time, and found their own way to make a difference -
Solar will get to grid parity within four years: PV costs have fallen vertiginously for years -
Cavity wall insulations crash by 97% following green deal introduction -
Wind farms opposed by only 10 per cent of people: public attitudes tracker” survey -
Popular support for Green party policies: growing support for action on the Green agenda -
18 Signs of Massive Economic Problems: Massive economic problems are erupting all over the globe, but most people seem to believe that everything is going to be just fine -
Aviation – the transport mode most targeted to wreck the climate: Aviation epitomizes climate destruction because -
Message from Franny: You've probably heard the appalling news...
Peak Oil: alive and kicking: The sooner we commit to an energy transition, to renewable energy, the better off we’ll be in every respect -
The world is hottest it has been since the end of the ice age: We are heading for somewhere that is far off from anything we have seen in the past 10,000 years – it’s through the roof. -
Local Economic Blueprint: potential of community resilience: ‘Totnes & District Local Economic Blueprint‘ can be downloaded for free. The Blueprint is the first attempt that I am aware of to map in detail a local economy and to put a value on the potential benefits of an increased degree of localisation. If you like, it identifies “the size of the prize” of Transition. -
The World According to The Automatic Earth: five years of wide-ranging discussion on a huge range of issues, in the process of developing the biggest possible big picture of our present predicament... -
Feral elites and the culture of ‘I’m worth it’: uncritical admiration for unfettered markets, disdain for the public sector, the delusion of endless growth have been the ideological handmaiden to the creation of contemporary elite entitlement culture. Challenges now facing us, to include environmental imperatives which have been scandalously undervalued and airbrushed as we panic about economic growth in a fundamentally unstable economic system, we must question how far we can tolerate entitlement cultures which serve to undermine us all -

News and events for farmers amongst us at are here:
How Joel Salatin markets and sells: This understanding of 'tribe' can be applied to any business large or small -
Allan Savory: Grassland ecosystem pioneer: works to promote holistic management in the grasslands of the world -

The library of Learning Resources:

STEPHEN KING: When the money runs out: Western economies may never recover from the financial crisis -
Why can't we quit fossil fuels?: Despite the clean technology of the past decade, we continue to extract and burn fossil fuels more than ever before. If and when we emerge from this insanity, the carbon bubble will burst and those investments will turn out to have been as toxic as sub-prime mortgages. But can we bring ourselves to prioritise a safe planet over cheap fuels, flights, power and goods? -
Why peak oil threatens the International Monetary System : This connection is critically important, but far from obvious. -
ENERGY and the Delusion of Endless Growth : Every peak oil-aware person out there knows the difficulty of convincing the energy unaware of energy crisis -
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, 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
Latest blog:
Farms need to provide large proportion of UK energy:

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

immerSUN: use up ALL of your PV/turbine electricity:
Do you have PV panels on your roof? Do you run a windturbine on your land? If so then you really should get an immerSUN. The immerSUN unit monitors the electricity which is about to be exported to the grid by your renewable energy device(s) and diverts it to your immersion heater, night storage heaters or similar. It will double or triple the amount of your renewable energy used in your own home. -

Energy Revolution Campaign: Over 100 major charities, businesses, unions and consumer groups have come together to call on the Government to support a far more ambitious programme to make all UK homes highly energy efficient. Directly applicable to Cornwall -
Transition Free Press: The Transition Free Press is a new 24-page newspaper containing news, views, and analysis. -
Banks: Why Another Financial Crisis Is Inevitable-
The really, really big picture: economic growth: There isn't going to be enough net energy for the economic growth we want, by Chris Martenson -
Ten Charts That Make Clear The Planet Just Keeps Warming-
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 Transition Penwith, Transition Lostwithiel, Energy Revolution Campaign, Frack Off, at

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Good luck and take care


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