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Transition News April 2011

Hello and welcome to the April issue.

And what a month it was!

We had our MP Dan Rogerson and several Cornwall Councillors visiting our special SuperHome Open Day on 2nd April, as well as a run-of-the-mill Superhome Open Day a week earlier, all as part of the national Climate Week. One or two local papers picked up on the story and I have also been interviewed by Radio Cornwall.

Couple of weeks before that I had the honour of addressing MPs in one of the meeting rooms in Parliament on the subject of Ultra-Low Carbon Farming. Sharing the platform with Dr Robert Biel of University College, London and with over 100 present, the evening went well, with many questions being asked and comments made (see My presentation showed how we manage to farm without the use of fossil fuels and a few proposals to make UK agriculture more resilient. It will be interesting to see if anyone takes any notice. Personally, I doubt it.

In the meantime, Jacobstow Food Market, which we started in December, has been running through out the Winter and the next one will take place this Thursday 21st April, Jacobstow Parish Hall, 10am to noon. Now we are looking at integrating several local markets so that there will be one nearby for local residents each week.

Enough of that, here is the usual list

Forthcoming events:
19Apr2011: UK Water Security debate
21Apr2011: Jacobstow Food Market: choice of meat, vegetables, cheeses, bread, jams, chutney, honey and much more, all from local producers, plus Community Stall where anyone can sell their excess produce.
3May2011: buying groups and food co-ops: Chacewater, Truro
FREE workshop and lunch!
8May2011: 'Superhome' open day - how to save on energy bills: Cottage Farm, Jacobstow and Open Day at Cottage Farm feedback
10May2011: Peak Oil: International Relations & Business the next APPGOPO meeting
20-21May2011: CSAs in the South West
24May2011:Sustainable Transport debate
27-30May2011: ST. ANDREW’S CHURCH FLOWER FESTIVAL: “Ring the Changes”
5Jun2011: Big Lunch is back
11-12Jun2011: principles and practice of Permaculture at Plan-It Earth
17-19Jun2011: The Rock Oyster Festival 2011: that sounds fun, music with oysters
21Jun2011: Farming and food security debate

All these and others listed in

Also events specifically for farmers:
30Jun2011: Farming in Transition Seminar at the RAC, Cirencester

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

World economists urge Robin Hood tax on Banks
Free advice for communities to support neighbourhood planning
MP praises fascinating renewable energy project
Cornwall council is “peddling EfW doomsday myth”
Eden Project to increase energy efficiency - really?
Meltwater from ice caps may divert the Gulf Stream
MP and Councillors visit a local 'SuperHome'
Solar PV arrays above UK car parks
The SDC says goodbye – What next for sustainable Development?
Who's pulling No's strings? and Fight the No2AV lies
TransitionNews Weekend Magazine TNC weekly weekend magazine - all about Transition, energy, food and related articles
The Solar feed-in tariff controversy
"300 Years of Fossil Fuels" is The Winner
10 pledges with the Truro Cathedral
FoE petition calling for a safer energy
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: section on Global Financial crisis further expanded by extracts from sources all over the world.
Something for the weekend… Richard Heinberg
recommended websites and An End to Growthonomics by Wendy Kellett
Lester Brown's 'Plan B' for the planet
Chris Martenson's Crash Course and its limitations
Earth’s Limits: Why Growth Won’t Return
and more on Global Banking Crisis April 2011 by Mike Haywood
People's Supermarket section with information to help us start our own!
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.

Elsewhere on the website you will find articles such as these
Cornish Devolution petition
UK AWARE - Contemporary Sustainable Living Show
Green Energy UK
12 editions of myCornwall for just £12 (saving £18)
Camel CSA partnership development coordinator job
Cornwall Wildlife Trust is looking for volunteers
WREN: The Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network - an example to us all!
WREN feature in Western Morning News by email contributor
WREN Launch Event Attracts Over 600 People
SuperHomers No 9 Newsletter and 27.3-3.4.2011: Superhome Spring Opening
Demand a better Energy Bill by The Great British Refurb campaign plus 29 other progressive organisations
Dioxins and their effects on human health report
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: Share offer ends on the 12th June 2011
Superhomes @ Sustainable Energy Academy with almost 100 'superhomes' to visit and see how renewable energy can work in your own home.

The Local Food Directory now lists 94 entries and the Renewable Energy Directory has 32 entries

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