Transition Penwith is an initiative that works to engage all sectors of the local community in addressing the issues which arise from Energy, Economics and the Environment.

This #ProgrExit starts with your longing

Nobody knows what the Brexit vote will mean for the UK. People are reeling after a campaign marked by very poor quality debate, some deeply dangerous and divisive framing, a decision many didn't really understand and an election where only 36% of young people, who are those most affected by the decision, turned out to vote. The result has led to an outcome some predict will turn out to be worse than the crash of 2008, and which is already creating heightened tensions between nations, generations, classes, North/South, with xenophobic attacks on the rise. It's a scary time. A time, for me at least, for grief. The most troubling time I've ever known here. But I'm not going to write a long gloomy blog about how awful this is, there are enough of those out there. Believe me, I've read most of them over the last few days.

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Cornwall: A Million Acts of Sanctuary

Cornwall: A Million Acts of SanctuaryCornwall: A Million Acts of SanctuaryCornwall is mobilising.
From the border with England to the north, to way down in the wildness of the west, people are taking action in countless ways across our extraordinary county to offer sanctuary to those people, adults, children, grandparents, young couples, and individuals caught up and forced to abandon their homes and seek sanctuary somewhere across Europe and the Middle East. It's hard to imagine what it must be like to be as desperate, and how much you have to hope for some compassion in others, as you look for safety. There are a million ways offering sanctuary: if you're not sure how, and you want to join in then take a look at: http://www.cornwallamillionactsofsanctuary.com

Future Tracks Summer 2016 Programme

Greg Humphries says that the hazel, ash, oak, sweet chestnut and willow he cut this Winter is already budding up and coming into leaf. It's beautiful to be in the woods at this time of year when everything is turning from grey to green. As well as his regular bushcraft and green woodwork sessions he's also offering traditional archery beginners courses this summer. "Have-a-go" traditional archery days can be booked throughout the summer (see dates below) where everyone gets a chance to shoot traditional bows at animal targets in the woods. It's the best way to start the journey to making your own bow! All the courses will be run from his new and improved outdoor studio space in the woods at the re-vamped Living Well Centre in Sancreed (see http://www.thelivingwellcentre.co.uk for details of accommodation available on site) so be assured that you will be able to stay dry and have a cup of tea by the fire even on the wettest days. If you're interested in any of the courses then email Greg at gregh@futuretracks.co.uk or call 07776 223337 to book a place.

Have-a-go At Traditional Archery

Critical Camping Events on The Lizard

Time: 
23 July 2016 - 2:00pm - 24 July 2016 - 2:00pm
Location: 
Kestle Barton, Manaccan, Helston TR12 6HU

Critical Camping at Kestle BartonCritical Camping at Kestle BartonThree more weekend events throughout the Summer of 2016
23 – 24 July
3 – 4 September
24 – 25 September

Paul Chaney will lead these Critical Camps: a season of workshops and talks by invited artists, thinkers and scientists, at Kestle Barton Rural Centre for the Contemporary Arts, located on the Lizard Peninsular in Cornwall.

Critical Camps will explore topics raised by Chaney’s ongoing research project Lizard Exit Plan – a speculative scenario in which an unspecified hypothetical apocalyptic event cuts off Cornwall’s Lizard peninsula from the global economy. The camps will be hosted in the Encampment Supreme pavilion – a 775 sq.ft architectural fusion of post-consumer waste products and locally found natural elements, constructed by the artist and volunteers during public workshops in 2015.

Divest Cornwall

Divest Cornwall petitionDivest Cornwall petitionHere's a petition that's really worth signing. It asks Cornwall Council to:
1. Immediately freeze any new investments in fossil fuels.
2. Divest from direct ownership and any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds within 5 years.
Also to reinvest such that Cornwall really can live up to its potential as a renewable energy trendsetter for the UK.

Fossil fuel corporations have 5 times more oil, coal and gas in known reserves than the most conservative climate scientists think is safe to burn. Therefore we have to keep at least 80% of their fossil fuels underground to keep the earth in livable shape. Despite this fact, fossil fuel companies continue to explore for more fossil fuels (for example in the Arctic, or in the UK through fracking) because - with our current economic system - the amount of reserves they have determines their share value.

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