Reimagine our town, rebuild our world

Taking action on climate change is now critical. At Transition Town Lewes in East Sussex, we believe that, by working together as a local community, we can find brilliant and inspiring ways to reduce our contribution to global warming, manage our impact on the planet – and help our town to thrive.

‘Transition Town Lewes’ simply means we’re working to transform our town into a community that isn’t reliant on fossil fuels and that can live, work and feed itself in ways that support, rather than damage, our natural world.

We run projects, provide information and host talks and workshops to enable everyone do their bit to tackle the challenges our world faces. Check out what we’re doing – and come and join us!

News

Meet our new sponsor! 

Meet our new sponsor! 

Meet our new sponsor! We’re delighted to welcome local renewable energy service OHM Energy as sponsor of the Transition Town Lewes Newsletter. We asked director Jason Lindfield about the business and how it can help Lewes householders wanting to switch to clean...

Workshop: A fresh look at carbon footprints  

Workshop: A fresh look at carbon footprints  

Workshop: A fresh look at carbon footprints Tuesday 11 May, 4pm - 5:30 pm, online (Zoom) FREE Lewes District Climate Action Forum is hosting a free workshop to help individuals, businesses and groups calculate their carbon footprint – and identify the most effective...

Watch our Electric Car and Bike Shows online 

Watch our Electric Car and Bike Shows online 

Watch our Electric Car and Bike Shows online A huge thank you to everyone who attended or featured in our online Electric Car and Bike Shows in April. If you missed them, recordings of both events are now available to watch.  Talking about cars and bikes online isn’t...

Compost: Time to say goodbye to peat 

Compost: Time to say goodbye to peat 

Compost: Time to say goodbye to peat The massive market in peat-based compost is contributing to carbon emissions and destroying precious natural habitats. Susan Murray goes in search of the planet-friendly alternative in Lewes – plus a link to The Wildlife Trusts’...

ABCD Pledge: Which of our council candidates have signed up? 

ABCD Pledge: Which of our council candidates have signed up? 

ABCD Pledge: Which of our council candidates have signed up? The South East Climate Alliance has launched a pledge asking for candidates in the May 6th elections, if elected, to press their council to take major action on climate change. So which county council...

What does ‘net zero’ really mean?  

What does ‘net zero’ really mean?  

What does ‘net zero’ really mean? It’s the phrase of the moment – but what does ‘net zero emissions’ really mean? Is it helping us take meaningful action on climate change – and what steps are we taking here in Lewes to get there? Juliet Oxborrow takes a look.  Barely...

Lewes Climate Hub to open on 22 May 

Lewes Climate Hub to open on 22 May 

Lewes Climate Hub to open on 22 May Lewes Climate Hub will officially open its doors at 2 Fisher Street in central Lewes on Saturday 22 May – and everyone’s welcome to come along and share their ideas on what they’d like it to feature.  Lewes Climate Hub came out of...

Want to help transform Lewes High Street? 

Want to help transform Lewes High Street? 

Want to help transform Lewes High Street? Cycle Lewes and Lewes Living Streets are working to create a plan to redesign Lewes High Street for people rather than cars – and now they need your help, says Sheila O’Sullivan of Cycle Lewes.  Do you think Lewes High Street...

‘Green Careers for All’ site goes live  

‘Green Careers for All’ site goes live  

‘Green Careers for All’ site goes live   The Railway Land Wildlife Trust in Lewes has launched a brilliant range of online films and resources for schools and colleges to inspire young people to pursue ‘green’ careers, from foresters to wind farm technicians to...

Got time to help with Lewes Library of Things?

Got time to help with Lewes Library of Things?

Got time to help with Lewes Library of Things? Lewes’ new project to allow useful items to be shared rather than bought is gearing up to launch on 1 July and is looking for volunteers to help with its running, says founder Tony Rowell.  Great news. A Library of Things...

Events

Workshop: A fresh look at carbon footprints  

Workshop: A fresh look at carbon footprints  

Workshop: A fresh look at carbon footprints Tuesday 11 May, 4pm - 5:30 pm, online (Zoom) FREE Lewes District Climate Action Forum is hosting a free workshop to help individuals, businesses and groups calculate their carbon footprint – and identify the most effective...

Lewes Electric Car and Bike Shows 2021

Lewes Electric Car and Bike Shows 2021

Lewes Electric Car and Bike Shows 2021 Thursday 15 & 22 April, 7.30pm-8.30pm In the latest of our online eco-living events, we’re hosting two free events in April, hearing from Lewes people about their experiences of buying and driving electric cars and electric...

Webinar: The River Ouse and supporting our local water systems

Webinar: The River Ouse and supporting our local water systems

Webinar: The River Ouse and supporting our local water systems Sunday 25 April, 4pm-5.30pm, FREE   Lewes Climate Hub hosts an online discussion exploring what’s being done locally to maintain the health of our rivers and water sources - and what we can all do to...

Talk: Swifts and Urban Biodiversity

Talk: Swifts and Urban Biodiversity

Talk: Swifts and Urban Biodiversity 7pm, Tuesday, 20 April, Online, FREE Lewes Swift Supporters have organised a Zoom talk by Edward Mayer, of Swift Conservation, on 20th April from 7.00 p.m., "Swifts and Supporting and Enhancing Urban Biodiversity". The talk is free...

Lewes’s favourite green podcasts

In lockdown, podcasts are proving a great way to be inspired, get new ideas and learn from others’ real-life experiences – especially when it comes to taking action on climate change. So we asked seven of Lewes’s environmental movers and shakers what they’re listening to.

Helen Meade - Programme Manager, Railway Land Wildlife Trust

Mothers of Invention – episodes 55 mins
One podcast I have been really enjoying recently is Mothers of Invention. It covers everything from the crucial role of indigenous communities to how microbes can help in carbon capture, with great humanity and a good dose of humour.

The Wild – episodes 10 mins-30 mins
I’ve never been very good at picking favourites, so would also mention The Wild with Chris Morgan, especially the fabulous soundscape episodes, which are like a balm for the soul.

Tim Rabjohns - Plastic Free Lewes and Lewes Open Eco Houses

 

How To Save a Planet – episodes 45-60 mins
I really like this podcast partly because the two presenters are very personable but also because they look at climate issues in a very human way.  For example the episode called ‘Trying To Talk To Your Family About Climate Change? Here’s how.’ – is something that I struggle with and they illustrated the point by interviewing a US senator and his son.  The former is very conservative and was anti climate change at first and his son talks about how he won him over, over time.  They also give practical tips in the show notes

There are many good episodes, including Breaking Building’s Addiction To Fossil Fuels, where a business man retrains to offer financial products for the greening of buildings affordable to low-income households in New York

People Fixing The World – episodes 25 mins
This show is not only about the environment, but many of the episodes are about solutions people have found to specific environmental issues e.g. saving Dolphins in Cape Cod, new solar technology, solar railways, building with fungi etc.  I always come away having learnt something and feeling better because I know the solutions are out there. Friendly, no nonsense style that you’d expect from the BBC!

Mark Engineer – Organiser, Extinction Rebellion Lewes

The End Of The World Has Already Happened – episodes 28 mins
Don’t be put off by the title! This BBC three-parter is a lot more positive that it sounds. Actually, that’s not true. It pulls no punches about the fact we’re in deep trouble. Which is fine – because we’re in deep trouble. But it’s not without hope, and is particularly interesting on dealing psychologically with the scale of the crisis and the helplessness we all feel. Plus some William Blake poetry.

Lesley Healey – Director, Common Cause Cooperative

What Planet Are We On?episodes 60 mins
This series presented by Liz Bonnin talks about solutions. Not pie in the sky, far in the future things (though they often get a mention), but practical actions on lots of different fronts that will make a difference to our planet and our ability to occupy it kindly and carefully. More to the point, things that individuals can achieve.

English Pastoral – episodes 14 mins
I also recommend listening to ‘English Pastoral’ by James Rebanks, farmer and author of the best-selling ‘A Shepherd’s Life’. I was just about teenaged when the farmer ripped out the hedges and trees along the field behind our house to make one enormous field. Sitting crouched under piled up straw bales, listening to the mice is a cherished childhood memory and one that I hope future children may experience.

Matthew Bird - Cabinet Member for Sustainability, Lewes District Council; Climate Lead at Sussex Wildlife Trust

The Climate Question on the World Service is wide ranging and very listenable. I listen to Costing the Earth regularly which picks some really interesting subjects and Crossing Continents has the odd climate change episode from a Finnish perspective or something!

I’m really interested in climate adaptation as I don’t think there’s enough public examination of what we need to do now to deal with locked-in climate change. Listened to a few episodes of America Adapts which annoys me in style as much as it interests me in content! Generally I watch/listen to Ted Talks especially the two Georges, Monbiot and Marshall!

Audrey Jarvis - Chairperson of Friends of Lewes Trees Committee, Lewes Urban Arboretum

Tweet of the Day – episodes 5 mins
I enjoy Tweet of the Day, BBC Radio 4 and available on Sounds as a back catalogue. I like it because it reminds me of how good it is to be out and about in Lewes and hear and see the birds singing.

Dinah Morgan – Management team, Lewes Climate Hub

George Monbiot – The invisible ideology – Part 1- Consumerism, capitalism and neo-liberalism – 47 mins

Not a podcast per se, but I strongly recommend this talk by George Monbiot recorded in February 2020 exploring the forces that have led to the dire state our world is in.  In three-quarters of an hour, it explained so much that was just an unclear shape in my mind and turned it into a coherent form. As usual Monbiot was eloquent with loads of interesting references. I cannot recommend it enough!