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Transition News October 2012

Welcome to the October update on TransitionNC news, events, stories and discussions.

We have grown again! Now we have over 2700 articles published, over 1700 members and over 440 followers on Twitter: to join in just click here: Out of time, so we dive straight into the content:

Table of content:

Forthcoming Events
Major News stories and opinions
Library of Learning Resources
Elsewhere on the website

Forthcoming events:

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 -
13-14Oct2012: The SCHed Talks: Each speaker has 15 minutes of fame to talk about ‘HAPPINESS’ -
16Oct2012: Hedgelaying for Beginners: 1 day practical event teaching delegates the practical skills required to cut and lay hedges -
17Oct2012: Keep it Bottled! An evening of Bottling, Pickling, Preserving and Clamping! -
18Oct2012: Police and Crime Commissioner Question Time:candidates to outline their manifesto pledges and answer questions-
22Oct2012: Establishing the Cornwall Sustainability Forum:Invitation to Attend an Information Sharing Meeting at Eden -
8Nov2012: The Mighty Acorn:Come and explore a radical approach to food cultures through the revival of acorns as food. -
9Nov2012: LIKE co-operatives!:young people and work opportunities within the co-operative sector -
10Nov2012: Breaking the Barriers to Zero Waste: to change the way we think about “waste” and to challenge the systems that create it. -
17Nov2012: Independence Day: What kind of places do we want to live and work in? Is there an alternative to so-called ‘big box’ retailing?-
30Nov2012: History, Memory and Green Imaginaries:ways in which history and memory inform and shape contemporary green imaginaries -

All these and others listed in

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

50 months to avoid climate disaster?:This excellent and timely article was published in the Guardian on 1st October 2012. Please read and absorb. Also, look at the informed discussion on the website -
Peak cheap oil is an incontrovertible fact, The Telegraph-
UK shale gas is more lead balloon than silver bullet -
New Sustainable Development Indicators – Consultation-
Arctic ice shrinks 18% against record-
Communities must see benefit from hosting wind farms-
Climate change expert calls for nuclear power 'binge'-
MK Demands Public Inquiry Into the Duchy of Cornwall-
The era of cheap food may be over-
Wind power study says opponents' claims are unfounded-
Building Resilience In A Changing Climate: Climate shocks are on the way. You, your family, and your community will feel the effects.-
Converging global crises and why we deny them: The evidence has become quite persuasive that humans are bumping into interrelated natural limits to growth that spell big trouble no matter what we do. -
Want to save 70 million birds a year? Build more wind farms: Wind energy is the form of generation with the lowest impact on wildlife. Wind farms kill less than 0.0001 per cent of birds killed by human actions annually, other human actions kill the remaining 99.999 per cent. -

And something for the farmers amongst us at :
5Dec2012: Trees for Farms: how tree planting in the right place can help the productivity and sustainability of your current farming systems -

How pigs can compost manure on a farm scale saving you fuel and money by
Rebecca Hosking from biodynamic farm in Cornwall -

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 Get Planning Permission on Non-Development Land-
Richard Heinberg' 'The End of Economic Growth' talk: explains the close link between the resource/environment and the social/economic components of the present disintegration. -
How Many People Can the World Really Hold?-
Three More Growth Fallacies-
Eight Fallacies about Growth-
Top 10 peak oil books: books on energy, climate and the economy -
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 and discussions such as these

Peak growth theory-
Your new economy needs you!!!-
Is unlimited growth a thing of the past?-
Our farming system is unsustainable-
You're Dreaming If You Think The Euro Crisis Is Resolved
Degrowth and peak oil: a condensed version of a talk at the 3rd international conference on degrowth, in Venice, on Sep 21 2012-
Global Warming's Terrifying New Math
Holding on to hope in the middle of a deluge of bad news
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 Organisations Directory now includes, Eradicating Ecocide, Dark Rye, REconomy Project, Timebanking UK and Regenerative Agriculture UK at

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Good luck and take care


1700 subscribers, 2700 articles, half a million hits
Hi Paul,

Just wanted to say many thanks for these updates. They are hugely useful and a really good holistic round up.

All best wishes