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Transition News February 2014

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

Events, conferences and many new interesting news stories, papers and articles for everyone.

Forthcoming events:

2Feb2014: Tales from the Wildwood, Tavistock talk: How can local communities and landowners work together to manage our woodlands -

3Feb2014: Gross Domestic Problem : The Dos and Dont’s of a Post-GDP Economy -
5Feb2014: Solar Developers’ Forum: Tackling grid constraints -
9Feb2014: North Devon Seed Swap: It doesn't matter if you don't have any seeds to bring -
1Mar2014: Climate Change, Peak Oil and Transition: An introduction to Climate Change, Peak Oil and the Transition response -
9Mar2014: Climate Week SuperHome Open Day : a real home where real people have drastically reduced their carbon footprint and their energy bills -
8Jun2014: Open Farm Sunday @ award winning organic farm: a real home where real people have drastically reduced their carbon footprint and their energy bills -
Jan-Apr2013: PCDT Courses -

News and events for farmers are here:

How farms are using permaculture design to prosper: discover how farms use permaculture principles to diversify yields and manage their businesses -
Chop and Drop in the Coppice: actions of cutting branch wood from fast growing trees ‘nurse’ trees to feed soil fungi -
Save our soils with organic farming: National Soil Symposium to discuss what we can do and this is what we came up with -
North Wyke Seminars 2013-2014: new event every month -
How to farm properly: We – humanity; the world – need to produce, distribute, and generally treat our food in quite a different way, because the way we do things now is a disaster on every front -

All these and others listed in

Major news stories and opinions from the past month include:

World is sleepwalking to a global energy crisis: Senior figures from industry, military and politics explore risks of financial chaos, oil depletion and climate catastrophe -
Bank of England takes note of local money: the legal status of local currencies -
14 food resolutions for 2014: 2014 is the International Year of Family Farming. Here is how you can help and help yourself -
A recovery built on sand: they think they have reasons to celebrate -
Going Green Makes Business Sense: stick to ambitious emission reduction objectives for the 2020s to give business the certainty it needs -
Fossil fuel economy has short and painful future: of all known reserves of fossil fuels on the planet, two thirds must remain in the ground -
How to Reclaim the Foodchain from the Supermarkets: Social Enterprise with a mission to reconnect consumers with producers of food and drink, and encourage trade and communication -
Debt Rattle Jan 2014: In Debt We Trust: Trying to deleverage China without blowing up the system -
Inexpensive oil vanishing at alarming rate: The “peak oil” and “peak demand” theories are really opposite sides of the same coin -
Economic Collapse in Europe: The entire continent is a giant economic mess right now -
6 Scary Conclusions in the UN's climate change report: what we are doing to the planet is irreversible on a multi-century to millennial time scale -
Opinion poll shows 70% in favour of wind farms near them: There was a clear majority in favour across the political spectrum -
Mebyon Kernow again asks for devolution in Cornwall: 50,000 people requested the establishment of a Cornish Assembly -

Many more news and comment stories at and

The library of Learning Resources:

12 Principles of Permaculture: by David Holmgren -
Monitoring and Evaluation for Transition and community groups: Would you like to trial a range of resources that will enable your group to self-monitor and evaluate your activities? -
Baseload power is a myth: renewables will work: The future of civilisation and much biodiversity hangs to a large degree on whether we can replace fossil fuels -
Crash on Demand by David Holmgren: It’s not a picture of a bright and shiny future -
Iceland and the ‘Doom of the Gods’
Economic models are based on a world without limits: In a world with limits, there are feedback loops with causes -
Top 10 Policies for a Steady-State Economy: steady-state economy is one that develops qualitatively (by improvement in science, technology, and ethics) without growing quantitatively -
Climate After Growth: Why Environmentalists Must Embrace Post-Growth Economics & Community Resilience. The nearly ubiquitous belief of our elected officials is that addressing the climate crisis must come second to ensuring economic growth. This is wrongheaded—both because it underestimates the severity of the climate crisis, and because it presupposes that the old economic "normal" of robust growth can be revived. It can’t -
174 Global Warming & Climate Change Myths: Here is a summary of global warming and climate change myths, sorted by recent popularity vs. what science says -
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 -
plus Personal Energy Descent Plan, 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
Latest blog:
Farms need to provide large proportion of UK energy:

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 really should 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 own immersion heater, night storage heaters or similar. It will double or triple the amount of your renewable energy used in your own home. -

The Organisations Directory now includes Bideford Sustainability Group, The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, Steady State Economy, North Tamar and Bude Transition at

Here is our Local Food Directory:
and Renewable Energy Directory: with new entries including Wild food guide, Yarrow and its Medicinal Benefits, Simply Cornish Hampers, BigBarn, Cottage Farm finalist at Soil Association Innovation Award, Cornish Renewable Energy and The New immerSUN Available Now

And finally, Transition Matters:, including

Recent Transitions Research: bibliography of Transition Towns related research -
Building Thriving, Resilient Communities: Collection of Resources for You & Your Neighbours -
The 5 factors that will enable Transition to scale up: There is no route map to a powered-down, resilient future -
A home for £41,000: A flat-pack barn, which will allow self-builders to put together a spacious and well-insulated home -
6 ways to become more miserable: top points to succeed at self-sabotage -
The best way to split wood for your stove: rather ingenious technique -
Stories of the Great Turning, Joanna Macy: including a story by Celia Sousek about Cottage Farm -

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Good luck and take care


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