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Transition News March 2012

Welcome to the March TransitionNC update

You will need to really hurry to get to some of the fantastic events taking place in March. Don't miss these important events and all those information packed news stories that you may not have seen yet:

Forthcoming events:

7Mar2012: Creating Tomorrow's Low Carbon Technologies: A workshop-led event to address the challenges and opportunities presented by the low carbon economy. -

8March2012: Renewable Energy Marketplace, Westpoint, Exeter : series of seminars running throughout the day, 75 exhibitors in the main exhibition hall -

10Mar2012: Energy Savers at Home-Tamar Valley Centre: exciting and informative event, Tamar Valley Centre and homes across area-

14Mar2012: Focus on Soil and Forage Management: Free informative workshop on improving soil and forage management. -

17-25Mar2012: SuperHomes Open Days: Book now for Open Days - 65 pioneering households are hosting Open Days in March. -

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 -

26Mar2012: Net Energy Analysis in Global Resource Issues : EROI, or energy return on investment, a system of net energy analysis, seminar -

7Apr2012: Penwith Green Fair

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:
LEAF projects in North Cornwall: WREN will start to
implement the town-wide community energy initiative, St Gennys will asses local
energy use and produce a report (Great, another report, just what we really need!). -

FREE INSULATION - INSTALLED! : Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network -

Disgraceful Monsanto bullying may be coming to an end : With Monsanto, the bees are dying. And without bees, we're dead. So Monsanto has got to go... -

Wind turbines are about as efficient as it is possible to be : In terms of physical laws around the conversion of one form of energy to another, wind is about as efficient as it is possible to be -

Is Britain still a hugely wealthy nation? : All Your Savings Belong to Debt -

Civilisation faces 'perfect storm' of ecological and social problems driven by overpopulation, overconsumption and environmentally malign technologies. -

What The Global Food Supply Will Look Like In 2021 : four scenarios for what the future of food might look like -

EU Common Fisheries Policy petition: please take a few minutes to sign this e-petition -

Climate change policy: Oil's tipping point has passed : Stop wrangling over global warming and instead reduce fossil-fuel use ... I told you so ... -

Reality sinks in: Global Growth Slowdown:
World Bank Warns of a slump in global economic growth -

Guardians of Future Generations - a proposal: proposal to improve the current model of democracy by including safeguards for future generations -
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:
How to deal with climate change deniers: facts and graphs: To see what nonsense they spout out, just look at this article and the very clear and explanatory graphs -
How We Know Global Warming is Real and Human Caused: excellent article with numerous lines of evidence that converge to this knowledge -
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 -
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
Communities for Renewables - -
Perennial Solutions -
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 and new entries including HeatherBell HoneyBees and Elmar Vegetables - try it out. 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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