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Transition News March 2013

Hi and welcome to the March update on TransitionNC news, events, stories and discussions.

Another information packed newsletter for your enjoyment and education.

I would particularly draw your attention to the various events about to take place, the immerSUN unit that will double the amount of energy your get free from your own renewable energy devices, and an invitation to consider standing for Cornwall Council and really help to change things.

Forthcoming events:

10Mar2013: How to run your house on free energy: Winners of the Small Scale Renewable Energy Scheme Award open their house to show visitors what is possible - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/12/2798#comment-2798
19Mar2013: CoaST, the power of ten: Come together for debate, deep thinking and a great deal of cake. - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/12/2863#comment-2863
19Mar2013: Renewable Energy Marketplace: south west's biggest energy event covering renewables, efficiency measures and generation - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/12/2815#comment-2815
20Mar2013: Green Deal – Good Deal or No Deal?: A talk and discussion by Kirsty Tooke Devon Association for Renewable Energy - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/12/2868#comment-2868
16Apr2013: Transition groups in Cornwall: The goal of the evening is to explore where Cornish Transition stands at the moment, where it needs to go and how the university might support it on that journey. - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/12/2871#comment-2871
29/30Apr2013: Joel Salatin workshop: This is a rare (perhaps his first?)
visit to Britain and an opportunity not to be missed, although expensive - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/97/2830#comment-2830
26-28Jun2012: Global Energy Systems: tackle the energy challenges of rising energy costs, energy security, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/12/2779#comment-2779

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

Major news stories and opinions from the past month include:

The World According to The Automatic Earth: five years of wide-ranging discussion on a huge range of issues, in the process of developing the biggest possible big picture of our present predicament... - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/105/2844#comment-2844
Feral elites and the culture of ‘I’m worth it’: uncritical admiration for unfettered markets, disdain for the public sector, the delusion of endless growth have been the ideological handmaiden to the creation of contemporary elite entitlement culture. Challenges now facing us, to include environmental imperatives which have been scandalously undervalued and airbrushed as we panic about economic growth in a fundamentally unstable economic system, we must question how far we can tolerate entitlement cultures which serve to undermine us all - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/105/2850#comment-2850
Let's play fantasy economics: Do you grudgingly accept there is no fundamental alternative to how things are, hard times and difficult choices? Then come to Goodland. You might want to live here. - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/105/2864#comment-2864
Australian wind farms undercut fossil fuel power prices: Bloomberg New Energy Finance study reveals electricity from new wind farms can be provided at a lower cost than power from new coal or gas power plants - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/53/2846#comment-2846
Lord Stern: climate change – it's far, far worse: Author of 2006 review speaks out on danger to economies as planet absorbs less carbon and is 'on track' for 4C rise - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/53/2825#comment-2825
The 'carbon bomb' is ticking: the ‘Point of No Return’ making it almost impossible to avoid global temperature rises of 5 – 6C - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/53/2820#comment-2820
Climate change: the terrible truth: What really shook me up is when he raised the spectre of people starving in this country within 20 years as climate change disrupts global food supplies. Did I hear him right? In the UK? - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/53/2750#comment-2750
Our society depends on energy. Yet we don't have a plan: Cutting household costs is vital, but that can only be part of a much wider approach to how we keep the nation going - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/53/2724#comment-2724
50 months to avoid climate disaster? beyond 2C increase an environmental "domino effect" is likely to operate in a volatile and unpredictable dynamic accelerating and reinforcing the warming effect - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/53/2692#comment-2692

News and events for farmers amongst us at are here: http://transitionnc.org/node/97

The library of Learning Resources:

How to Nationalize Money, Not Banks: Is there not a better away? Yes, there is. We need not go back to the gold standard. Keep fiat money, but move from fractional reserve banking to a system of 100% reserve requirements on demand deposits. - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/50/2847#comment-2847
Top 10 myths about climate change and green investment: - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/50/2810#comment-2810
Why peak oil threatens the International Monetary System : This connection is critically important, but far from obvious. - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/50/2809#comment-2809
Redesigning Civilization - with Permaculture - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/50/2802#comment-2802
ENERGY and the Delusion of Endless Growth : Every peak oil-aware person out there knows the difficulty of convincing the energy unaware of energy crisis - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/50/2801#comment-2801
Renewable Energy: The Vision And A Dose Of Reality: The world stands on the precipice - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/50/2733#comment-2733
A revolutionary paper by the International Monetary Fund: IMF's epic plan to conjure away debt and dethrone bankers- http://www.transitionnc.org/node/50/2732#comment-2732
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.
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

Elsewhere on the website you will find articles and discussions such as these

immerSUN: use up ALL of your PV/turbine electricity:
Do you have PV panels on your roof? Do you run a windturbine on your land? If so then you must get an immerSUN. The immerSUN unit monitors the electricity which is about to be exported to the grid by your renewable energy device(s) and diverts it to your immersion heater, night storage heater or similar. It just about doubles the amount of your own renewable energy that you can make use in your home. - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/48/2843#comment-2843

Transition Free Press: The Transition Free Press is a new 24-page newspaper containing news, views, and analysis. - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/95/2835#comment-2835
Join MK to get more councillors elected: why not stand as a candidate and help to really change things - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/44/2869#comment-2869
Feed yourself for free: the 12 'Survival Plants' Part 1: While there are hundreds of edible foods to be found in the wild, just 12 plants will provide enough sustenance for you to live on - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/95/2852#comment-2852
what to do if your Transition initiative comes under attack: As Transition groups deepen their work and begin to have a tangible impact, it is, perhaps, inevitable that those who disagree may express their opinions with vigour. - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/95/2856#comment-2856
Transition Tavistock’s Newsletter February 2013: packed with unbelievable 21 events and activities, congratulations!: http://www.transitionnc.org/node/122/2867#comment-2867
Good Energy proposals for Weeks St Mary Energy Park - summary: producing enough clean electricity to power around 20,000 homes - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/71/2817#comment-2817
What’s so good about Good Energy? Article about the Week St Mary Renewable Energy Park for local Parish magazines in Week St Mary, Jacobstow, Warbstow and North Petherwin - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/71/2819#comment-2819
Banks: Why Another Financial Crisis Is Inevitable- http://www.transitionnc.org/node/105/2816#comment-2816
The really, really big picture: economic growth: There isn't going to be enough net energy for the economic growth we want, by Chris Martenson - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/105/2814#comment-2814
Ten Charts That Make Clear The Planet Just Keeps Warming- http://www.transitionnc.org/node/105/2728#comment-2728
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 Organisations Directory now includes Café Scientifique Launceston, Frack Off, CornwallTogether.com, Eradicating Ecocide, REconomy Project, Timebanking UK at http://transitionnc.org/node/44

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Good luck and take care

Paul
www.TransitionNC.org
email: admin@TransitionNC.org

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