Making Change in How We Live, Where We Live, in Light of Climate Change

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

News both inspiring and concerning

A few of us from Transition Tooting made it up to the New Economics Foundation's Bigger Picture festival of interdependence on Saturday (although overwhelming numbers did leave others standing in a lengthy queue or giving up all together).  Highlights for me were: hearing Jeremey Leggett and Juliet Davenport giving both the harsh reality and the currently untapped potential for us to survive life after oil, visiting the Ministry of Trying to Do Something about it and receiving my carbon ration book, and of course hearing our own Lucy Neal on a panel investigation of whether Art can save the Earth.  In support of the key role art can play Lucy quoted Brian Eno ... "Humans are capable of a unique trick, creating realities by first imagining them, by experiencing them in their minds. As soon as we sense the possibility of a more desirable world, we begin behaving differently, as though that world is starting to come into existence, as though, in our mind's eye, we are already there. The dream becomes an invisible force which pulls us forward. By this process it begins to come true. The act of imagining somehow makes it real....And what is possible in art becomes thinkable in life."
Time to get imaginging some new realities..

Talking of which - I'm already half way through NEF's new publication, The Great Transition - Tales of How it Turned Out Right - described as the first comprehensive blueprint for an economy based on stability, prosperity, fairness, sustainability and well-being.  Some of the ideas - like valuing products on the basis of the environment are already being tackled in other countries such as Sweden.  Interesting how 'Transition' seems to be the go-to word these days to describe the changes we are going through.

Meanwhile on the Peak Oil front a great (though depressing) summary of where we are by Ashley Seager here in the Guardian on Monday.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Journeys We Undertake ...

In the summer TTT's Bruce Mackenzie made an inspiring return to the Isle of Eigg, one of the Scottish Small Isles in the Inner Hebrides. The people of the island of Eigg have already made great strides towards sustainability and retaining local identity for their island, including generating their own power via Eigg Electric. To read and comment on Bruce's article go here to TTT's ning discussion board. What thoughts does anyone have about the future of the "Isle of Tooting"?  More ...

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Events This Week

Don't forget that tomorrow, Transition Town Tooting is running an an interactive discussion event at Tara Arts - Studio in Earlsfield entitled "Imagining Tooting in 2030, a positive vision of life beyond oil". It's FREE! Come along & bring your imagination!

If you missed The End of the Line, the film about overfishing and the threat to fish species, it will be screened at 10pm on More4 tonight, Tuesday 20th October.

The New Economics Foundation is running The Bigger Picture Festival of Interdependence this Saturday 24th October at the Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf on the South Bank. They promise "learning, making, doing, celebrating and debating" with plenty of speakers, films and things to try out. It's free too!

The festival is part of the 350 international day of climate action 350 is 350 parts per million - what scientists estimate to be the safe upper limit of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. There are loads of other events on Saturday tying into this.

On 27th October the All Party Parliamentary Group on Peak Oil has an event entitled: Will Global Oil Production peak Before 2020? Anyone can register to attend. Claudia is a veteran I believe and can recommend!