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

Local credit union changes its name

Local credit union changes its name

Local credit union changes its name East Sussex Credit Union has changed its name to Wave Community Bank to promote what it does more clearly and attract more and younger customers to the member-run co-operative. The bank, a local co-operative which is run by its...

COP with the Climate Hub at Depot

COP with the Climate Hub at Depot

COP with the Climate Hub at Depot 1-12 November, Studio at Depot Cinema, FREE As part of the Depot Climate Action! Festival, join affiliate groups of Lewes Climate Hub for exhibitions, talks and workshops each afternoon in Depot Studio, including a Family Activities...

Lewes waxy carton bin moved to Ham Lane

Lewes waxy carton bin moved to Ham Lane

Lewes waxy carton bin moved to Ham Lane If you need to recycle tetrapaks, you now need to go to Ham Lane recycling centre to do it. But the most eco option is to avoid this problematic packaging in the first place. Waxy cartons such as tetrapaks used for fruit juices,...

Confessions of an ethical bank switcher

Confessions of an ethical bank switcher

Confessions of an ethical bank switcher Mark Engineer of Extinction Rebellion Lewes has been protesting against Barclays Bank’s fossil fuel funding activities for over two years. But it was only this September that he ditched them as his own bank – and discovered how...

What have Common Cause been up to?

What have Common Cause been up to?

What have Common Cause been up to? Common Cause is a not-for-profit social enterprise that for 30 years has been supporting our local food growing economy and community well-being through a range of inspiring food-growing projects. Director Topsy Jewell gives a...

Ouse Valley Solar Farm open events

Ouse Valley Solar Farm open events

Ouse Valley Solar Farm open events 9th, 10th, and 12th November – Ringmer and Lewes Come and learn about the proposed solar farm near Ringmer that could generate enough energy to power 4,000 homes – and will be funded by community members. Plans are underway by local...

£25,000 funding for local green community projects

£25,000 funding for local green community projects

£25,000 funding for local green community projects   Crowdfunder and East Sussex County Council have teamed up to award a share of £25,000 in matched funding to up to six community projects. Applications must be made by midday Monday 11 October. East Sussex...

Planet Party in pictures

Planet Party in pictures

Planet Party in pictures A big thank-you to everyone who supported or visited Planet Party: A Lewes Festival for Climate Change on Sunday 19 September. Here are some pictures from a brilliant day. Despite the rain, hundreds of people turned out for Planet Party: A...

Join us for the Big Climate Demo to County Hall

Join us for the Big Climate Demo to County Hall

Join us for the Big Climate Demo to County Hall! Tuesday 12 October, 8.30am Lewes Railway Station Please join Transition Town Lewes, Divest East Sussex, Lewes Climate Hub, XR Lewes, Lewes District Green Party, Lewes Constituency Labour Party and friends to urge East...

Could you be a local energy champion volunteer?

Could you be a local energy champion volunteer?

Could you be a local energy champion volunteer? 1 Oct & 30 Nov, 10am-midday,  Sussex Community Development Association, Denton Island, Newhaven Community energy company Ovesco, in partnership with Community Energy South, are seeking people who would like to train...

Events

COP with the Climate Hub at Depot

COP with the Climate Hub at Depot

COP with the Climate Hub at Depot 1-12 November, Studio at Depot Cinema, FREE As part of the Depot Climate Action! Festival, join affiliate groups of Lewes Climate Hub for exhibitions, talks and workshops each afternoon in Depot Studio, including a Family Activities...

Ouse Valley Solar Farm open events

Ouse Valley Solar Farm open events

Ouse Valley Solar Farm open events 9th, 10th, and 12th November – Ringmer and Lewes Come and learn about the proposed solar farm near Ringmer that could generate enough energy to power 4,000 homes – and will be funded by community members. Plans are underway by local...

Planet Party in pictures

Planet Party in pictures

Planet Party in pictures A big thank-you to everyone who supported or visited Planet Party: A Lewes Festival for Climate Change on Sunday 19 September. Here are some pictures from a brilliant day. Despite the rain, hundreds of people turned out for Planet Party: A...

Join us for the Big Climate Demo to County Hall

Join us for the Big Climate Demo to County Hall

Join us for the Big Climate Demo to County Hall! Tuesday 12 October, 8.30am Lewes Railway Station Please join Transition Town Lewes, Divest East Sussex, Lewes Climate Hub, XR Lewes, Lewes District Green Party, Lewes Constituency Labour Party and friends to urge East...

Global Day for Climate Justice

Global Day for Climate Justice

Global Day for Climate Justice 6 November, Midday, The Level, Brighton   During the COP26 UN Global Climate Summit, join the Brighton COP26 Coalition demonstration to call on world leaders for strong and just climate action The COP26 Coalition is a UK-based civil...

Phoenix Project Design Festival

Phoenix Project Design Festival

Phoenix Project Design Festival 10-12 September, Foundry Gallery, North Street, Lewes, FREE Explore and give your thoughts on the plans in progress by sustainable developers Human Nature for a ‘super-green’ neighbourhood on the former Phoenix Industrial Estate in...

Sustainability Week at Shoreham Port

Sustainability Week at Shoreham Port

Sustainability Week at Shoreham Port A week of sustainability events at Shoreham Port offers workshops, talks and tours, showcasing local pioneering sustainability projects. The event runs from Wednesday 8th - Friday 10th of September 2021 and tickets are now...

Planet Party: a Lewes Festival for Climate Action

Planet Party: a Lewes Festival for Climate Action

Planet Party: a Lewes Festival for Climate Action 11am-4pm, Sunday 19 September, Linklater Pavilion & Railway Land, Lewes, FREE Lewes Climate Hub, the Railway Land Wildlife Trust and Lewes Town Council are joining forces to host a free family festival of...

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!