Get inspired...

From the Ellen MacArthur Foundation:
The Circular Economy - from Consumer to User

Recommended by Tim Rabjohns at dotmogo.


Carbon Omissions


Fracking Hell: The Untold Story

YouTube


Nature Bombshell: Climate Experts Warn Thawing Permafrost Could Cause 2.5 Times the Warming of Deforestation!
By Joe Romm on Dec 1, 2011 for Climate Progress


...a 9 minute animation, which uses surfing as a metaphor to introduce the concept of community resilience.


The message is simple: CULTIVATE A BETTER WORLD


Transition Finsbury Park at the Edible Landscapes London site talking about their growing project.


Advertising, banks and the credit crisis...

"This video explicitly refers to the cycle between advertising, debt and the banking crisis that I explore in The Courageous State. I know it’s humour, but the link is, I  am sure, a major contributor to the over-expansion of credit." Richard Murphy


Three good reads...

Community resilience, Transition, and why government thinking needs both
A fascinating article by Rob Hopkins about Community Resilience.

What we are for by Richard Heinberg
"...beauty and biodiversity are fundamentals that the energy economy must not diminish. And energy literacy, conservation, relocalization of economic systems, and family planning are necessary tools to achieve our vision of a day when resilient human communities are imbedded in healthy ecosystems, and all members of the land community have space enough to flourish." more

A well-fed neighbour - Transition Network
"When I look around my town of Lewes, East Sussex (pop 17000) I can see that ... by Transition Town Lewes's Food Group with the help of the District Council. ..."

November 2011


Worth clicking...

Capitalism and Environmental Catastrophe By John Bellamy Foster
"An excellent article explaining why there is a direct and growing contradiction between capitalism and the environment, and what to do about it." Adrienne Campbell, TTL.

THIS IS RUBBISH
"I came across this website which may be of interest to people . Lots of interesting information on food waste." Julia Waterlow, TTL.

November 2011


Worth reading...

Lessons From Iceland: The People Can Have The Power
As early progress in Iceland shows since the banking collapse, the 21st century will be the century of the common people, of us.
By Birgitta Jónsdóttir for The Guardian, 15 November 2011.

Occupy your life
by Joanne Poyourow for Energy Bulletin, 13 November 2011.
"...All of the statements Dr Shiva had made about what is real and what counts became rolled up in that one phrase - Occupy your life - do the things that really count.  It is when we do the things that really count - when we save seed, when we cook and eat food that we know where it has come from, when we break bread in kinship with others, when we give and trade from the bounty of what we have created with our own hands - when we Occupy our lives, therein is the moment when we begin to reclaim the diversity, we begin to make the change."

Richard Heinberg's September Museletter on the Post-Growth Economy and Gross National Happiness.

Travel by Mouse Instead of Jet?
Posted 14 September 2011 by Bill McKibben for the Huffington Post Green.
On the list of paradoxes, not many beat flying around the world to give talks about climate change...

Supermarket Break Out!
Rachel Lalchan reports on her recent withdrawal from buying stuff at supermarkets...
Our thanks to the Transition Network for this link.
 
Arctic Death Spiral: Sea Ice Passes De Facto Tipping Point (by Joe Romm for Climate Progress - Aug 9, 2011)
An update on climate change...

The Transition Movement - Preparing for a World After Peak Oil
ThomasNet News
 
Rob Hopkins' Transition Cookbook
Assembling the ingredients of community resilience. 

World Food Prices and the Price of Oil


An animated short film covering Richard Heinberg's startling (yet painfully obvious) diagnosis: humanity has reached a fundamental turning point in its economic history. See more related info at Post Carbon Institute


Worth clicking...

Striving for less (stuff)
"... A year ago I came across a guy named Dave and the 100 thing challenge, his way to personalise his efforts to fight consumerism and “live a life of simplicity, characterised by joyfulness and thoughtfulness”. Dave has been inspiring hundreds of people around the world to reduce (the amount of stuff you have), refuse (to buy more stuff) and rejig (your priorities)..." Read the whole blog: 1st September 2011 by Calu for The Otesha Project

The Low Carbon Communities Network. Their aim is to encourage the adoption of low carbon and zero carbon technologies and lifestyles at a community level, and to enable groups engaged in this to be as effective and efficient as possible.

The DoNation - the new green sponsorship platform that replaces cash with action. People donate by doing. Take a look at the funky ideas page of things you might like to do.  

 Find-a-fountain helps you start drinking tap water
From Start UK: 5000 disposable plastic water bottles are thrown away every second. Why not quench your thirst at a local drinking water fountain instead? Find-a-Fountain are mapping the UK’s drinking fountains, which will definitely come in handy over summer.
Also, check out Water Water Everywhere’s app, which aims to wean us off bottled water and onto tap water – saving the environment and saving you money.

Start UK, "Start is a new initiative to help people across the UK lead more sustainable lives and to show what a more energy efficient, cleaner and healthier future could look like."  The website is full of inspiring ideas - just looking through it makes you want to go and do something new.


An interesting piece about time & space...

From crushing distance to opening space - a meditation on speed and local consciousness

by Clifford Dean Scholz for the Post Carbon Institute Energy Bulletin


Watch this...

Paul Hawken: Blessed Unrest, Bioneers 2006
...Still a great source of inspiration.

& this...

David Korten: The Great Turning, from Empire to Earth Community and Agenda for a New Economy


Find Your Power
Permaculture News has just re-posted this interview Adrienne Campbell did with Chris Johnstone back in 2007 - on the day of the Transition Town Lewes launch. ...Still quite relevant for these times.

Transition Network empowers local groups to promote sustainable issues
Rob Hopkin of Transition Town Totnes, Guardian: 22 June 2011.
Lewes gets a mention for the UK's first community solar-power station.

Cottage Farm Open Day for Farmers
The event has passed but it's an interesting example of near zero carbon farming.

Our Solar Future: Campaigning for a solar revolution in the UK
Here's where you can pledge your support and spread the word.


Worth Reading

Coalition commits Britain to legally binding emission cuts
Toby Helm and Robin McKie, Guardian, Saturday 14 May
Chris Huhne will announce a long-term programme that will put Britain at the forefront of the battle against climate change.


The Lost World: Where is the environmental vision that can resist the planet-wrecking project?
By George Monbiot. Published in the Guardian 3rd May 2011


Worth Reading

The Carbon Brief: 7 reasons communicating climate science is tough. There's clearly a complicated interaction between scientific opinion and what the public thinks. Here's one complicating factor: Hot days change people's minds...

20 Measures for a Successful Local Living Economy
Michael H. Shuman has constructed a list elaborating what broadly could be measured to determine whether a community is progressing toward Local Living Economy goals.

Two short essays by Richard Heinberg...
Our Economic Black Hole is about the perilous state of the U.S. economy.
Conservation: There Is No Alternative (scroll to read) makes the case for urgent energy conservation.


It's well worth watching this half hour video of Richard Heinberg's recent talk in Totnes. It puts what we're doing in perspective.

This article is a good summary of our quandary: Johann Hari: Demanding cheaper oil is disastrous

Interesting email from Jeremy Leggett. Peak oil arriving in above-ground guise; we all need to start taking action now.

Recent Observer article (5 March '11): Oil prices: Urgent steps needed to wean UK onto other energy sources, MPs say.

Lucy Siegle's article about the Transition Network - specifically Totnes - in The Observer (6 Feb): Totnes: Britain's town of the future


 

Take a look: Man invents machine to convert plastic into oil...

Sing along to: X Marks the Spot: A shout at the BANKS and a good song.


Watch these...

The Story of STUFF

A 20-minute animated documentary by Annie Leonard which tells the story of items that we use every day, showing where they come from and where they go when they're thrown away.

Plus...

The Story of BOTTLED WATER
Another gem from Annie Leonard on how "manuractured demand" pushes what we don't need and destroys what we need most.


A good read...

The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century's Sustainability Crises

The book features essays by some of the world’s most provocative thinkers on the key issues shaping our new century, from renewable energy and urban agriculture to social justice and community resilience.


Watch this...

A half hour video interview with the director of the new film The End of Growth

The end of growth is here - we can embrace it and rediscover happiness.


Wind turbines

The Lost World: Where is the environmental vision that can resist the planet-wrecking project?
By George Monbiot. Published in the Guardian 3rd May 2011


300 Years of FOSSIL FUELS in 300 Seconds

See more related info at Post Carbon Institute


Peak Fantasy

An interesting piece about the wish for the coming of Peak Oil.


Places to visit...

38 Degrees brings you together with other people to take action on the issues that matter to you and bring about real change.

Avaaz.org is an international civic organization that promotes activism on issues such as climate change.

Fresh Ideas Network

Friends of the Earth: currently campaigning to Fix the Food Chain

Greenpeace

Natural Beekeeping Trust

Post Peak Living

  The Soil Association


Useful local organisations...


 
 
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