March 2009 Newsletter

Transition Network Newsletter – March 2009

CONTENTS

NETWORK NEWS
Conference Training Programme

REVIEWS
‘The Transition Timeline’ For a local resilient future By Shaun Chamberlin
Future scenarios review
The 11th Hour film review
Let us be human: Prophecy, Peak Oil and the Path for the Faithful

ACROSS THE NETWORK
A round-up of stories from across the Transition Network
From North To South Europe
East Anglian Groups Meet Up
The Man Who Wants To Plant Trees

EXTRAS
Co-Op Offers Transition Grants
Stroud Communiversity
Energy efficiency, micro-generation and Eco-renovation events survey
The Big Lunch


NETWORK NEWS

Conference Training Programme
Although the Transition Network Conference in May is now fully booked, there is a long list of trainings before and after the conference which are open to conference attendees, other transitioners and non-transitioners alike.


REVIEWS

Book Review: ‘The Transition Timeline’ For a local resilient future By Shaun Chamberlin
Another invaluable tool for transition initiatives has been published called the Transition Timeline. With a foreward and a section written by Rob Hopkins, Shaun Chamberlian’s book explores future scenarios and outlines some tools for groups to explore how the future might look themselves.

Book Review: ‘Future Scenarios’ by David Holmgren
The new book by the co-originator of the permaculture concept is a short and accessible introduction to the impact of a change to the way we consume energy will have on our society.

Book Review: Let us be human: Prophecy, Peak Oil and the Path for the Faithful
We could say that our inability to face up to Peak Oil is a failure of our imagination. A booklet by The Revd Sam Norton, ‘Let us be human: Prophecy, Peak Oil and the Path for the Faithful‘ looks at Peak Oil from a Christian perspective and issues a call to articulate a vision of hope and develop new communities along the model of ‘Transition Towns’.

Film Review: The 11th Hour
With contributions from over 50 politicians, scientists, and environmental activists, including former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, physicist Stephen Hawking, Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai, and ecologist Paul Hawken, ‘The 11th Hour’ film documents the grave problems facing the planet’s life systems. Global warming, deforestation, mass species extinction, and depletion of the oceans’ habitats are all addressed – although Peak Oil only gets a brief mention.


ACROSS THE NETWORK

A round-up of stories from across the Transition Network
A digest of Transition-related stories that picked up by Rob Hopkins across the web over the last 4 weeks. It offers an instructive and fascinating insight into where Transition has gone and what it is up to. 

From North To South Europe
Transition initiatives are spreading down through Europe to countries such as Sweden, Ireland, Italy, France and Spain with a growing body of translated materials.

East Anglian Groups Meet Up
From across East Anglia, Transition Groups met up in March for a day to meet, talk, plan, network and celebrate.

The Man Who Wants To Plant Trees
If a few transition communities took tree planting seriously it could quickly add up to a lot of tree planting with many Climate Change and local resilience benefits.

EXTRAS

Co-Op Offers Transition Grants
The Co-operative is offering towns and villages in the South West UK grants to help them get going. The grants of £100 – £150 are to cover anything from organising a community meeting to developing an energy action plan.

Stroud Communiversity
Stroud Communiversity returns this year with a fresh feast of Stroud’s finest projects being showcased and explored over three packed days in May.

The Big Lunch
Imagine a summer’s day on which millions of us, throughout the UK, sit down to have lunch together, with our neighbours. In the middle of our streets, around our tower blocks and on every patch of common ground. An Eden Project inspiration, the idea is to get your neighbours out for a street party Sunday lunch together on 19th July.


Quote of the Month

“The UK has now used the levels of resources it should consume in an entire year if it were to be ecologically self-sufficient. In 1961 it was 9 July, but this year it falls on Easter Sunday.”
Andrew Simms, policy director, the New Economics Foundation (Nef).


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This Newsletter Edited by Mike Grenville

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Responses

  1. […] (http://transitiontowns.org/TransitionNetwork/TransitionPrimer). The Transition Network also has a newsletter which is now online using the same blog format that is being used here. They will email you an […]

  2. […] is, how? [* Andrew Simms (2009) Ecological Debt: Global Warming and the Wealth of Nations, cited in Transition Network News, March 2009. Andrew Simms is nef Policy Director and Head of the Climate Change Programme.] Read more articles […]

  3. Please direct me if this is not the correct place.

    I would like to invite others in transition towns in the UK to join in a new project. It shoud be of interest to everyone in TT both for UK energy efficency and for personal financial savings.

    Our energy bills currently are contrary to energy savings and also are socially regressive.

    Electrity is billed at one rate for the first units used per period, and then a lower rate for units after a threshold is crossed.
    Thwerefore, whoever uses lots of energy pays at a lower average rate than anyone who uses less. Therefore the financial incentive to conserve energy or be efficient via insulation, etc. is weakend, while the poorest and most energy conscious people subsidize the biggest consumers.
    We should be able to create a groundswell to reverse the policy so that there is financial insentive to conserve rather than the opposite. —
    So….Who would like to work on a new project toward this goal? We would want all types in order to create a project which will succeed gracefully. email or phone Paul Stockard paulstockard@yahoo.com, tel>01363 774660.

  4. […] is, how? [* Andrew Simms (2009) Ecological Debt: Global Warming and the Wealth of Nations, cited in Transition Network News, March 2009. Andrew Simms is nef Policy Director and Head of the Climate Change Programme.] Read more articles […]

  5. […] is to coordinate all the towns that are in the process of transitioning. Transition Network  has a newsletter which is now online. If you subscribe, they will email you when a new issue comes […]


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