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Eliminating Toxins in the Bedroom

ASPO International - 22 December 2017 - 10:45pm

Toxins in the home have gained the public’s attention in the past several years, both in the UK and abroad. Toxins are found in many homes in the form of chemicals in furnishings, paint, and other household products. Eliminate toxins in the home by making conscious choices about everything from household plants, which are known…

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Top 10 eco-driving tips for everybody

ASPO International - 22 December 2017 - 1:18pm

1. Embrace inflation As indicated by tire producer Michelin, underinflated tires can increase the car fuel usage up to six percent. With the average tank of fuel costing around £70, pumping up your tires could help to save around £4 per top off. The efforts appear to be beneficial, isn’t that right? 2. Regular maintenance…

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Was 2017 the Year that the Tide finally Turned against Fossil Fuel Projects?

Energy Bulletin - 21 December 2017 - 12:53pm

The end of 2017 saw a rapid escalation of big divestment announcements, including from global insurer Axa. 2018 brings more opportunity – so long as campaigning prioritises the voices of those most impacted by climate change.

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Projects for 2018

Transition Scilly - 20 December 2017 - 9:42pm

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 Following input from the community at last week's meeting, Transition Scilly will concentrate on these projects in 2018:

Community Orchard

  • Improving the management of the Orchard

  • Increasing the number of people visiting

  • Improve amenities for the Orchard

  • Increase the reach of the orchard to include fruit trees in gardens that people need help pruning/planting/harvesting

  • Celebrate key points in the orchard year

  • Provide easily accessible advice on orchard management

Waste

  • Support measures to reduce plastic waste

  • Look at opportunities to turn waste in to resources, especially waste wood

Water

  • Raise awareness of water issues on Scilly

  • Look at the feasibility of water fountains in public places

Transport

  • Encourage the creation of a car club for locals on St Mary's using electric vehicles run on low carbon electricity

Outreach and engagement

  • Increase the number of articles in local magazines/papers and on websites

  • Improve communication, including a redesigned and updated website

  • Engage with and provide representation to key documents, such as the Local Plan

  • Celebrate the achievements of all community groups and voluntary work

If you would like to get involved in some of these projects please get in touch on Facebook, send us an email enquiries@transitionscilly.org.uk or just look out for more news about upcoming projects and events.

Our thanks to those people that turned out last week and to the Scillonian Club for hosting us.

Peak Oil Review: Dec 19 2017

Energy Bulletin - 19 December 2017 - 11:49am

Oil prices currently seem on course to finish out 2017 with a second annual gain after the decision by OPEC to extend its production freeze through 2018. Last week Brent briefly climbed above $65 a barrel for the first time since 2015 due to the closure of the pipeline that brings some 455,000 b/d ashore from the North Sea fields.

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Limits to Economic Growth

Energy Bulletin - 18 December 2017 - 5:47pm

Is continued growth and an industrial economy actually desirable and, a separate and different question, is this growth sustainable? Can growth continue? In the 1970s growing uneasiness about the ecologically destructive effects of the growth economy led a few economists and scientists who were sceptical that growth could continue for ever to look into this matter in more depth.

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Mineral Depletion Need not Be Always a Problem: The Case of Aluminum

Energy Bulletin - 18 December 2017 - 3:13pm

This post was inspired by my participation at the ARABAL 2017 conference in Muscat, Oman to discuss the options for renewable energy integration in the aluminum industry. It addresses a seeming reluctance I encountered during the discussion to adopt RE with some initial considerations on how the industry can be transformed away from utilizing fossil inputs. It provides an overview of the industry’s products, scale and impacts, before discussing transition opportunities.

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Analysis: Why Scientists Think 100% of Global Warming is Due to Humans

Energy Bulletin - 15 December 2017 - 11:52am

The extent of the human contribution to modern global warming is a hotly debated topic in political circles, particularly in the US.During a recent congressional hearing, Rick Perry, the US energy secretary, remarked that “to stand up and say that 100% of global warming is because of human activity, I think on its face, is just indefensible”. However, the science on the human contribution to modern warming is quite clear. Humans emissions and activities have caused around 100% of the warming observed since 1950, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) fifth assessment report.

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Juliana vs. U.S.: For Children of All Ages

Energy Bulletin - 14 December 2017 - 11:44am

Through the magic of YouTube TV, I was able to sit in on the oral arguments in the latest episode of Juliana v. United States.  The lawsuit is being brought by 21 plaintiffs ranging in age from 10 to 21. It accuses the federal government of causing them harm by failing to protect them adequately from the effects of global warming.

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Here’s What’s at Stake for the 21 Kids Suing the Trump Administration over Climate Change

Energy Bulletin - 13 December 2017 - 4:13pm

On Monday, a group of 21 youth plaintiffs currently suing the federal government over climate change will go before a federal court to argue that their case — which legal experts have classified as a groundbreaking piece of climate litigation — should be allowed to proceed to trial.

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Transition Ingredients Cards: in English, Italian and Chinese!

Transition Culture - 13 February 2017 - 11:54am

Our great Transition resource, the Transition Ingredients Cards, are now available in three languages.

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Transition meets Degrowth on a Caribbean island

Transition Culture - 8 February 2017 - 9:08am

Degrowth and Transition debated on Dominican TV show…

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Richard Heinberg on ‘America First’.

Transition Culture - 6 February 2017 - 8:37am

“Transition is more important than ever in a world of Donald Trump”, Richard Heinberg tells us.

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‘Essential Guide to Doing Transition’ published in French

Transition Culture - 3 February 2017 - 8:00am

Nous sommes ravis d’annoncer la publication de la version française du ‘Le Guide Essentiel
de la Transition‘. Traduit par Caroline Durieux et ses collègues de Réseau Transition, le Belgian Transition Hub, c’est un merveilleux ajout, rejoignant les versions anglaise et espagnole déjà existantes, et les prochaines versions russe et chinoise.

We are delighted to announce the publication of the French version of ‘The Essential Guide to Doing Transition’.  Translated by Caroline Durieux and colleagues at Réseau Transition, the Belgian Transition Hub, it is a wonderful addition, joining the English and Spanish versions already existing, and the forthcoming Russian and Chinese versions.

Also available fullscreen or as a .PDF

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February 2017 – Transition Newsletter

Transition Culture - 2 February 2017 - 5:05pm

We offer antidotes to feeling daunted, such as a real example of how good can overcome hate, enthusiasm for Transition in France, local community activism in Hungary, and ‘Rooting in Tooting’.  Responding to the US election with a heartfelt call for empathy and we have insights into community change. The challenges and opportunities Dominica has could apply to many places, as do these characteristics of doing Transition in an University.

How do I know good can overcome ignorance, spite and hate? Because I’ve seen it.
A tweet moves Rob Hopkins to share a personal experience from his family’s life.
http://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/know-good-can-overcome-ignorance-spite-hate-ive-seen/

“Now you’re all here, and it feels fantastic”: 3 days in France.
Grenoble’s city government are holding a Biennale in March on the theme of ‘Villes en Transition’ (‘Towns in Transition’). Rob Hopkins was at the launch and reports back from a packed 3 day programme of talks and events in France.
http://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/now-youre-feels-fantastic-3-days-france/

7 characteristics of doing Transition in an University
Last week we published our new guide, ‘How to do Transition in your University/College’ by Maria Cooper. Today we share an excerpt from it, which sets out seven key characteristics of doing Transition in a University setting.
http://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/7-characteristics-transition-university/

THINKING ALOUD

Inauguration Day: Kicking Against the Prick(s)
Rob Hopkins offers, through somewhat gritted teeth, some reflections on Donald Trump’s inauguration.
http://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/kicking-against-the-pricks/

The New Economy in 50 words?
In the shortest blog of his life, Created for the latest edition of Stir Magazine, Rob Hopkins offers 50 words that capture the future of the economy.
http://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/new-economy-50-words/

Change Starts With Communities
We talk community development with Cormac Russell.
http://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/cormac-russell-change-starts-communities/

COMMUNITY

Transition Town Tooting celebrate Aviva Community Fund award
Chuck Whitehead of Transition Town Tooting shares exciting news from the ‘Gardens of Refuge’ partnership project.
http://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/transition-town-tooting-celebrate-aviva-community-fund-award/

A her-story of Transition Wekerle: an experience of local community activism in Hungary
Tracey Wheatley of Transition Wekerle in Hungary shares her initiative’s story.
http://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/story-transition-wekerle-experience-local-community-activism-hungary-2/

10 keys to Transition in Dominica
Naresh Giangrande‘s final report from his recent adventures with a round up of his time spent in Dominica, and the challenges and opportunites the country has.
http://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/10-keys-transition-dominica/

QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“I give my every waking moment to the creation of a new narrative, one rooted in possibility, imagination, care, connection and action. It’s my daily practice.”
Rob Hopkins

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“Now you’re all here, and it feels fantastic”: 3 days in France.

Transition Culture - 1 February 2017 - 10:41am

Rob Hopkins reports back from a packed 3 day programme of talks and events in France.

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How do I know good can overcome ignorance, spite and hate?  Because I’ve seen it.

Transition Culture - 26 January 2017 - 11:23am

A tweet moves Rob Hopkins to share a personal experience from his family’s life.

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7 characteristics of doing Transition in an University

Transition Culture - 25 January 2017 - 11:00am

Last week we published our new guide, ‘How to do Transition in your University/College’ by Maria Cooper.  Today we share an excerpt from it, which sets out seven key characteristics of doing Transition in a University setting.

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Cormac Russell on change that starts with communities

Transition Culture - 24 January 2017 - 8:07am

We talk community development with Cormac Russell.

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Inauguration Day: Kicking Against the Prick(s)

Transition Culture - 20 January 2017 - 8:07am

Rob Hopkins offers, through somewhat gritted teeth, some reflections on Donald Trump’s inauguration.

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