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Transition News May 2012

Welcome to the May update on TransitionNC stories and discussions

The new legislative program the Government intends to implement in their continual vain attempt to recapture some economic growth is obviously bound to fail, since economic growth is predicated on cheap and plentiful energy and that is well behind us. Instead we should be thinking about sustainability and resilience, since that is what would keep us afloat in the years to come.

Here is my Alternative Government program for your amusement:

- Insulation of housing stock bill (to insulate every house in the country, see http://transitionnc.org/node/50/2262#comment-2262)

- Resilient energy bill (to build renewable energy supplies, grid and energy storage)

- Banking reform bill (to withdraw support for banks involved in anything other than personal and commercial basic UK banking)

- Food security bill (to encourage 100% home food production)

- Fisheries reclaiming bill (to take back UK fishing grounds and manage them sustainably)

- Rag trade bill (to support home grown raw materials and manufacture of clothing and footwear to replace imported cotton and leather)

- Political reform bill (to offer a form of autonomy for each Town and County/ Duchy, leading to a federal UK)

- Resilient forestry bill (to re-forest many Moors and mountainous regions for wood in construction and energy and as a carbon sink)

- Energy taxation bill (to ensure that all fossil fuels are taxed, possible using a TEQ (Tradable Energy Quotas) type of system)

This program is by no means fully comprehensive, but even this short program would lead us towards future which would approach sustainability. Of course unsustainable societies cannot, by definition, be sustained. Such societies are therefore bound to collapse at some point. Do we want to be one of those? I vote for 'No'.

Table of content:

Forthcoming events
Major news stories and opinions
Library of Learning Resources
Elsewhere on the website

Forthcoming events:

10May2012: Transition Penwith AGM :Please come along and meet other folk involved with transition - http://transitionnc.org/node/12/2506#comment-2506

12May2012: Values in Transition: The Conference, which includes lunch and other refreshments, is free to members of Transition initiatives - http://transitionnc.org/node/12/2498#comment-2498

15May2012: scientist’s view of the Energy Debate : CAFE SCIENTIFIQUE LAUNCESTON - Professor Geoffrey Allen, Interface Analysis Centre, University of Bristol on “Environmentalism versus keeping the lights on – a scientist’s view of the Energy Debate”. - http://transitionnc.org/node/12/2512#comment-2512

16May2012: The Ladock Wind Power Debate : response to widespread anxiety and concern about wind turbines; and about Cornwall's requirement to respond to the challenge of alternative energy - http://transitionnc.org/node/12/2486#comment-2486

20May2012: Why&how reduce your energy bills : how we live and farm with near zero use of fossil fuels and how they, too, may be able to benefit from much lower energy bills - http://transitionnc.org/node/12/2489#comment-2489

21May2012: Banking on Energy Efficiency : Financing models for The Green Deal and other large-scale, energy efficiency housing programmes - http://transitionnc.org/node/53/2478#comment-2478

23May2012: Sustainability 24, a 12 hour live broadcast : Sessions will cover key global challenges and seek global solutions, from urbanisation to consumer behaviour via systemic change in finance systems and sustainability leaders of the future - http://transitionnc.org/node/12/2492#comment-2492

3Jun2012: Beekeeping for Beginners : practical and theoretical introduction to beekeeping for farmers and smallholders - http://transitionnc.org/node/12/2494#comment-2494

8Jun2012: Grand Day Out : on the train from Plymouth to Gunnislake and are looking for Local Food producers - http://transitionnc.org/node/12/2493#comment-2493

17Jun2012: Open Farm Sunday @ organic & sustainable farm: Interested in making your home more environmentally friendly? Interested in sustainable, organic, environmentally friendly farming? This is your chance to talk to someone who has done it already! And not just talk, but see it all in action - http://transitionnc.org/node/12/2513#comment-2513

18Jun2012: Blowing Hot and Cold : Jonathan Dimbleby chairs the wind power debate on On-shore wind power - http://transitionnc.org/node/12/2497#comment-2497

23-29Jun2012: Wild Mindfulness Course : Through mindfulness practice and other contemplative work outdoors, this course offers a chance to attend to our deep interconnectedness with our wider ecology - http://transitionnc.org/node/12/2503#comment-2503

10-12Aug2012: Little Green Gathering 2012 : Time to get out the diary, block out the weekend 10-12 August - http://transitionnc.org/node/12/2496#comment-2496

13-14Oct2012: Introduction to Permaculture, Tavistock : a holistic way of thinking, in which we can consciously create productive environments that work with nature rather than against it - http://transitionnc.org/node/12/2454#comment-2454

All these and others listed in http://www.transitionnc.org/node/12

Major news stories and opinions published in the past month include:
The Today Lecture 2012: Sir Mervyn King - http://transitionnc.org/node/53/2509#comment-2509
Wind farms 'have major economic benefit', a new study - http://transitionnc.org/node/53/2508#comment-2508
Post Carbon Pathways project - http://transitionnc.org/node/53/2488#comment-2488
Rural Opportunities : Grants and other funding - http://transitionnc.org/node/53/2470#comment-2470
UK's total debt forecast to hit £10 trillion by 2015 - http://transitionnc.org/node/53/2466#comment-2466
State debt out of control, bankruptcy inevitable - http://transitionnc.org/node/53/2457#comment-2457
Is the Prince of Wales the ultimate Nimby?
Reality sinks in: Global Growth Slowdown:
World Bank Warns of a slump in global economic growth - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/105/2368#comment-2368

Guardians of Future Generations - a proposal: proposal to improve the current model of democracy by including safeguards for future generations - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/12/2358#comment-2358
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- http://www.transitionnc.org/node/53/2336#comment-2336

Transition Weekend Magazine, published on-line every Friday: 314 articles, 32 photos and 12 videos by 215 contributors. Read it here: http://paper.li/TransitionNewsC/weekend-magazine

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 http://www.transitionnc.org/node/50

The library of Learning Resources:
Lessons From Iceland: The People Can Have The Power : As early progress in Iceland shows since the banking collapse, the 21st century will be the century of the common people, of us - http://transitionnc.org/node/50/2491#comment-2491
Peak Money and Economic Resilience : A report from a Transition Network conversation - http://transitionnc.org/node/50/2490#comment-2490
Permaculture gardening: minimal effort, maximum production : Patrick Whitefield introduces the concept of his favoured system of gardening - highly productive with minimal effort... - http://transitionnc.org/node/50/2467#comment-2467
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 - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/50/2395#comment-2395
Top 10 peak oil books: books on energy, climate and the economy - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/50/2342#comment-2342
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 - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/50/2315#comment-2315
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
On The History of Decline, by Noam Chomsky -
Can we expect the economy to keep growing?
Announcing the Festival of Transition!
Holding on to hope in the middle of a deluge of bad news
Practical guides and toolkits for community food enterprises
Quality of Life Survey among eco-towns/ eco-developments
Perennial Solutions - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/44/2328#comment-2328
Model for Cornish Energy Independence - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/44/2057#comment-2057
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 Eat Seasonably , BigBarn and How YOU can help build a new local food industry - 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 (http://www.transitionnc.org/node/48/2387#comment-2387). Check it out.

By the way, if you register and log in to the website (which your PC can do for you automatically after the first time) it will automatically show you which items are new, various extra options and some of the information in the side bars will make that much more sense.

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Good luck and take care

Paul
www.TransitionNC.org
Tel: 01840 230 548 email: admin@TransitionNC.org

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