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Happy New Year from TransitionNC

Have a Happy New Year and let all your plans come to fruition in 2011 !

2011 is shaping up as the second oil crisis this century, which means it may be a tough year, so I wish you also good luck, and may hope and preparations carry you through the year and beyond.

We know what to expect, we have seen it before, in 2008. Hikes in energy prices, transport costs, fertilizers, increases in food prices, etc, etc and with that slow down of the world economy triggering another recession. That in turn will put pressure on asset values, such as houses, business premises and shares, squeezing the banks again. However, this time the state will not play the White Knight. Instead states themselves may well need rescuing and it is not at all clear how that will be achieved, possibly triggering some kind of world financial collapse.

So the future is mostly uncertain, with the only certainty being that we will be living in a increasingly resource constrained world with a deepening energy and climate crisis and increasingly untenable financial sector. But the political, business and public world is not keeping up with the reality of negative growth and the necessary adjustments to our whole society. And that is a problem.

We believe that the Transition model offers one plausible solution and so will keep on spreading the message and building up our communities and badgering those in authority with the facts of life and the necessary actions to mitigate the worst effects.

2010 has been a good year for TNC. We've grown again in numbers to almost 900 friends and members, to over 1700 articles and experienced well over 1/2 million hits and over 30,000 visitors in the course of the year.

A huge thanks for your support, enthusiasm and trail-blazing that makes TransitionNC what it is.

All the best

Transition North Cornwall:
Tel: 01840 230 548 email:

Forthcoming events:

Jan2011: Centre for Sustainable Development offering several courses
Jan-Apr2011: FREE Social enterprise workshops in Cornwall
16Jan2011: What was achieved at Cancun?
20Jan2011: Jacobstow Food Market
21Jan2010: Hard to Reach Communities seminar
22-23Jan2011: Hedgelaying Workshops
26Jan2011: Gatecrashing the energy sector in London
15Feb2011: Castle Debates 2011
17Feb2011: Local Sustainable Food debate
19Feb2011: SAS Anti-litter abseil, Lusty Glaze for the adventurous amongst us
29Mar2011: Sustainable Buildings debate
Spring2011: Cornwall Wildlife Trust art exhibition
19Apr2011: UK Water Security debate
24May2011:Sustainable Transport debate
21Jun2011: Farming and food security debate

All these and others listed in

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

the Economics of Happiness: film by Helena Norberg-Hodge
The peak oil crisis: 2011 – a pivotal year? - an assay
sign the save our forests petition
Europe to ban hundreds of herbal remedies from 1May2011
When you find yourself in times of trouble... by Franny
‘Confronting Change’ at London’s South Bank Centre
Cancun: Cancun talks: Friends of the Earth analysis and Cancun agreement stripped bare
The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century : a fantastic new book published just 2 days ago, 500 page encyclopaedia of current thinking
and others in
Newsnight are looking for a story so just contact them and tell them about yours
World Energy Outlook 2010 produced by International Energy Agency (IEA) who have always denied the idea of Peak Oil, but in their latest report have been forced to admit that it is BEHIND us! This really makes PO mainstream. Shame the Government can't see it yet. Here are a few pieces of analysis and conclusions: fodder for analysis, no meaningful conclusions , The IEA’s New Peak , It's Official: The Economy Is Set To Starve

The library of Learning Resources: section on Global Financial crisis further expanded by four sets of extracts from sources all over the world.
Also added is Personal Energy Descent Plan item of some very useful pointers that you may not have thought of yet, taken from the Powerswitch website.
Why rescue the bank's bond holders? discusses who would actually be harmed if we did not rescue the banks - enlightening!
12 myths of vegetarianism for us meat eaters, nef: Where did our money go , Peak oil for visual thinkers and a new book Hirsh Report No 2: The Impending World Energy Mess

Elsewhere on the website you will find articles such as these
Open Source Ecology - one of the best ideas for sustainable future I have ever come across - just have a look at it.
Community Power Cornwall, a new Industrial and Provident Society, owned by its members, which is setting out to develop and operate small to medium scale community owned renewable energy installations across the county
Superhomes @ Sustainable Energy Academy with over 70 'superhomes' to visit and see how renewable energy can work in your own home.
Transition Twinning explained - how rural and urban transition groups can cooperate with each other - food, home swap holidays, school exchange trips, working holidays on farms and much more. Let us know if you're interested
Needing your ideas for a ‘Transition Enabling Act’ , Community plant medicine project - help needed and The evolution of Transition

The Local Food Directory now lists 92 entries - so help yourselves.

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You can also follow what's going on in TransitionNC on Twitter, just click here: We promise to tweet no more than twice a day to let you know of events and news as they come in.

Good luck.

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900 subscribers, 1700 articles, half a million hits

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