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Transition News May 2014

Hello and welcome to the May edition of TransitionNC news.

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

It would be great if you could help make sure the next Good Energy renewables project gets planning approval: Send an e-mail quoting 'PA14/02107' in the subject box to and tell them that you support The Big Field wind farm near Jacobstow. More on that below, event on 13th May.

Forthcoming events:

13May2014: The Big Field wind farm debate: Cornwall Council is holding a public meeting on the Good Energy development near Jacobstow. Support needed, please come -
13May2014: Bude-Stratton Neighbourhood Plan: input transition thinking into the Plan -
19May2014: Community Owned Renewable Energy: Want to find out about local community ownership of renewable energy projects? -
20May2014: Global Food Security – Food, Famine and Fungi: Cafe Scientifique Launceston -
27May2014: What's your Utopia? give a Schumacher College 5 minute SCHed Talk -
30May-1June2014: Trelay-in-May -
3Jun2014: Community Energy Group Network event will help your group understand how to navigate grid issues -
8Jun2014: Open Farm Sunday @ award winning organic farm: a real home where real people have drastically reduced their carbon footprint and their energy bills -
8Jun2014: Zone 00 Cornwall & Devon:find hope and resilience in challenging times -
9-13Jun2014: Wild Mindfulness Course, Cornwall
20-21Sep2014: Bude for Food: festival will be located on the iconic Castle lawns, in a large marquee. Can you help? -

News and events for farmers are here:

Major news stories and opinions from the past month include:

Climate change is clear and present danger, US report: National Climate Assessment, to be launched at White House -
1,000 Times More Methane Released by Fracking: analysis of hydraulic fracturing sites-
This isn’t an economic recovery - it’s a relapse: something odd is happening -
Nasa study: civilisation headed for irreversible collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation -
Cottage Farm featured in The Guardian: farm powered by solar panels, a wind turbine and waste vegetable oil -
Support The Big Field Wind Farm near Week St Mary: Showing your support for The Big Field Wind Farm is easy -
Age predicts opposition to onshore wind -
Renewable energy could cut energy bills : says long-awaited UN report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -
Living next to a wind farm - a personal experience: There’s no noise and it doesn’t do any harm to anyone -
What the fracking industry does not want to talk about-
We Could Be Living in a New Stone Age by 2114: kids need to fix our mistakes -
Five pathways to post-capitalist 'renaissance' by Dr Jeremy Leggett – a former oil geologist and government adviser on renewable energy -

Many more news and comment stories at and

The library of Learning Resources:

Basic Income - unconditionally paid to all citizens: Now, that is a revolutionary idea! -
Why Do You Believe in God? A Visual Open Letter to Theists -
9 Easy Steps to Sheet Mulching: turn a barren plot into an edible permaculture paradise -
Crash on Demand by David Holmgren: It’s not a picture of a bright and shiny future -
Economic models are based on a world without limits: In a world with limits, there are feedback loops with causes -
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
Cornish people formally declared a national minority -
RE:SOURCE community garden -
immerSUN: use up ALL of your PV/turbine electricity:

The Organisations Directory now includes North Tamar and Bude Transition, Green Party South West, Bideford Sustainability Group, Deep Green Resistance, The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, various local Transition groups at

Here is our Local Food Directory: and Renewable Energy Directory: with new entries including Yarrow and its Medicinal Benefits, Cottage Farm featured in The Guardian, How do we break the supermarket habit

And finally, Transition Matters:, including
The Transition Movement: Questions: A mood of defiant positivity is a defining characteristic of the Transition Town movement, but -
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 -
6 ways to become more miserable: top points to succeed at self-sabotage -
Stories of the Great Turning, Joanna Macy: including a story by Celia -

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.

We also publish an on-line weekend magazine about Transition in the whole of the UK and related matters. It is released every Friday and usually contains 200-400 articles! Look at the Home page of and click on the icon at the bottom and if you like what you see, subscribe to be alerted to each issue. You can also follow TransitionNC on Twitter (we promise to tweet no more than twice a day to alert you to new events and news), just click here:

Good luck and take care


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