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Transition News February 2012

Welcome to the February TransitionNC update

Don't miss these important events and all those information packed news stories that you may not have seen yet

Forthcoming events:

8Feb2012: Food Coop and Organic Buying Group networking event : presentations and workshops -

9Feb2012: Local food production and efficient energy use : Transition Tavistock Presentations and discussion: the importance of local food production and links between food and efficient energy use -

12Feb2011: Energy savers at home, Tavistock: Have you reduced your bills by conserving energy or generating it from a renewable source? Yes? Then your community needs you! -

28Feb2012: Hydrogen as a Transport Fuel: The Key to Reducing UK Oil Dependence? -

18Mar2011: House & Farm resilience: half-day course: another Open Day to show our visitors why and how we live and farm with near zero use of fossil fuels and how they, too, may be able to benefit from lower energy bills. Run by sustainable Farmer of the Year finalist -

20Mar2012: Making Local Food Our Future: a must-attend event for anyone interested in the future of community food -

21Mar2012: Anaerobic Digestion in Practice : on farm training event and gain understanding of how Anaerobic Digestion works in Practice -

9Apr2012: How to build and finish a Straw bale roundhouse: environmental sustainability and decorative finishing techniques including earth plastering design and sculptural elements -

All these and others listed in

Major news stories and opinions published in the past month include:
Guardians of Future Generations - a proposal: proposal to improve the current model of democracy by including safeguards for future generations -
Cottage Farm feature in Cornwall Today: ... it was time to pay a visit to this unusual organic, sustainable farm to see exactly what makes it work -
Mebyon Kernow sees the future in black and white: "Everyone is so much more aware that we are separate, different, not a part of England and should have the right to govern ourselves." - - and
Fossil fuel subsidies: It's a form of madness: Fossil fuels are subsidised in much of the world, causing billions of tonnes of addition CO2 emissions
Searaser turns wave power into clean energy: 'Bicycle pump' to turn wave power into clean energy -
Greedy Lying Bastards: new documentary highlights the 'influence, deceit and corruption' of fossil fuel industry -
Australian government tries to hide its own peak oil report: 'Better not to ask any questions when you don't have any answers.' (just like the UK) -
Fossil fuels are sub-prime assets: overexposure to high-carbon assets by London-listed companies risks creating a 'carbon bubble' -
Cornwall wants its own government: Cornish Constitutional Convention drew up plans for an assembly and executive to provide self-government for Cornwall ... -
Why Iceland Should Be in the News, But Is Not: Contrary to what could be expected, the crisis resulted in Icelanders recovering their sovereign rights, through a process of direct participatory democracy that eventually led to a new Constitution. -
TEQs: Fighting for a better future: It is painful to see our collective future being deemed too expensive or politically difficult to preserve. If your economics deems catastrophic climate destabilisation the cheapest option, then surely something is wrong with your economics-

TransitionNews Weekend Magazine : 313 articles by 51 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:
Mike Biddle: We can recycle plastic: Less than 10% of plastic trash is recycled -- compared to almost 90% of metals. Now there is an answer -
Noam Chomsky - 10 strategies of manipulation by the media: the ten most powerful and effective strategies resorted to by the agendas “hidden” to establish a manipulation of the population through the media -
Top 10 peak oil books: books on energy, climate and the economy -
How money has been privatised and what to do about it : Money has been privatised by stealth. The greatest privatisation in history has gone unnoticed. It's time to take from the banks the power to produce money -
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.

Elsewhere on the website you will find articles such as these
Where do continued high oil prices lead us? -
Reality sinks in: Global Growth Slowdown -
another MK member elected to Cornwall Council -
10th anniversary of the 50,000 Declarations for Cornwall -
4 Ways Farmers’ Markets Are Going Digital:
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 Local Food Directory : now has a direct link to Big Barn for finding local food producers near you - try it out and the Renewable Energy Directory now has details of the super new EMMA which allows you to soak up all your renewable energy rather than exporting it to the grid, which basically doubles your own benefits ( Check it out.

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