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Transition News June 2011

Hello and welcome to the June issue covering both local and national news, events and more:

Latest development: Come and join TransitionNC Energy Group which intends to develop renewable energy in North Cornwall along the lines of the Wadebridge based WREN. In order to do that we need to have as many supporters as possible on the EnergyShare website, which will help us qualify for funding. Please visit and if you like what you see register as a member/ supporter. The more better chance of obtaining initial funding.

First, the forthcoming events. lots of interesting events taking place in the next couple of months:

9Jun2011: Local Food Market : will be held in the Jacobstow Parish Hall on Thursday 19th May 2011 10:00-12:00. Come and taste the great food provided by producers from this and neighbouring parishes!

12Jun2011: Cottage Farm Open Day for Farmers: Calling all local farmers: come and see how Cottage Farm have reduced their energy bills to near zero and how you can make similar savings on your farm.

12Jun2011: Open Farm Sunday: where to go to see a working farm

11-12Jun2011: principles and practice of Permaculture at Plan-It Earth: inspiring and informative exploration of the principles and practice

14Jun2011: Peak Oil and UK Transport: Risks and Mitigation Strategies

14Jun2011: free training workshops on email marketing: free training workshops for business people across Cornwall and south Devon

16Jun2011: Generation of Energy from Wood: Opportunity or Hot Air?

17-19Jun2011: The Rock Oyster Festival 2011: that sounds fun, music with oysters

19Jun2011: Crackington Local Produce fair: at the Crackington Institute, 2-5pm.
21Jun2011: Clear About Carbon in Jacobstow: Duchy College's Clear About Carbon Project together with the Tamar Valley Organics Group will run a Carbon Focused Farm walk and seminar at Cottage Farm.
21Jun2011: Farming and food security debate
21Jun2011: Understanding the feed in tariff scheme (FiTs): This information session will be led by Dr Matthew Trewhella of Independent Energy. It will help you understand the tariffs and how they work.
30Jun2011: Farming in Transition: Join us to find out who can help, talk to the people already doing it, and get practical solutions with funding advice all under one roof.
2Jul2011: Grow your own fruit and veg the organic way: courses with Tree of Life Organics
8-12Jul2011: Transition Conference 2011 at Liverpool Hope University - book up your tickets now! 8-11Jul2011: Transition Conference-call for workshops The Transition Conference programme schedule is being designed - suggest a workshop.
11-15Jul2011: Living Soil: A Holistic Perspective: Bethan Stagg, Lecturer in Ecological Horticulture at Schumacher College, talks about the magic of soil.
28-29Jul2011: Renewable Energy Exhibition & Conference: Gaia Centre, Delabole, Cornwall. First day for business, 2nd day for householders.
28-31Jul2011: The Green Gathering 2011 is back: The Green Gathering 2011 will be a family, camping event, for approximately 5,000 people for a period of 4 days, held at a traditional farming estate in West Berkshire.
19-26Oct2011: Low Carbon Earth Summit-2011: held in Dalian, China at the World Exposition Center - better catch a boat now!

All these and others listed in

Also events specifically for farmers:
12Jun2011: Cottage Farm Open Day for Farmers: Calling all farmers from this and neighbouring parishes: come and see how Cottage Farm have reduced their energy bills to near zero and how you can make similar savings on your farm.
30Jun2011: Farming in Transition Seminar at the RAC, Cirencester

Major news stories and opinions published in the past month include:
2011 Annual Low Carbon Communities Network (LCCN) Survey click to add your views
Past Peak Oil - 2012, the year of the downslope by Chris Martenson
UK Government to develop Oil Shock Response Plan (That's a new one. UK government taking Pear Oil seriously?) Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne agreed to develop an ‘Oil Shock Response Plan’, following a meeting with the UK Industry Taskforce on Peak Oil and Energy Security (ITPOES).
National peak oil contingency plan more on the same theme
IEA: More Oil Needed Urgently The governing board called on oil producers to increase their oil output, with little effect
Scotland surges ahead, can Cornwall catch up? Scotland commits to 100% renewable electricity by 2020 !
You and Your Slaves : how many slaves do You have?
Most people like wind farms : High Court a judge said that the strategic need over-rides the visual impact. Majority of residents in the area thought more wind power was a good idea ... anti-wind farm group "Save Berkeley Vale" being ordered by the Advertising Standards Agency to stop using misleading images of wind turbines that exaggerated the potential impact of the installation.
TransitionNews Weekend Magazine : 242 articles by 59 contributors. Read it here:
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.
Preparing for Economic Collapse, a personal guide : from someone who's done it already in response to an economic collapse in his own country. Short and practical eye opener! A must read for everyone.
Oil Crunch Video : An excellent new 12 min video available online (and to download) about Peak Oil.
Chris Martenson's Crash Course and its limitations , Earth’s Limits: Why Growth Won’t Return, People's Supermarket section with information to help us start our own!
Also 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

Transition and Activism how do the two relate to each other: mutually exclusive?
Recipe for natural insect repellent make your own guide
The Case for Small Scale Biofuels Good exposition of the benefits of biodiesel and SVO in rural environment. The author goes into some detail of cultivation, pressing, conversion to biodiesel and calculation of EROEI.(we follow much the same path here at Cottage Farm)
Free Trees for Communities grab a tree or a hundred
Let’s Reform Local Elections: how and why of the local electoral system
Inconvenient truths about the coming transition: a critique of the Transition Movement
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
Transition cities: Mission impossible? : "Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. "
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 95 entries and the Renewable Energy Directory has 40 entries (8 new entries)

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