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

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Sustainable Future?

The government of The Maldives held a cabinet meeting under water last month to emphasise how their nation is threatened by rising sea levels and climate change.

And an article in the Guardian today claims that the International Energy Agency has been deliberately underplaying the looming oil shortage for fear of triggering panic buying.  Hmmm ...

Meanwhile, closer to home, consultation is under way on Wandsworth Council's environmental policy document entitled 'Ambition for a sustainable future'.  The Wandsworth Environment Forum is holding a workshop on Monday 16th Nov. to (a) find out more about what the council is proposing (b) contribute local people's views about the proposals and (c) shape the Council's environmental priorities over the coming years.  All are welcome and full details of how to attend are here

Saturday, 7 November 2009

All About The Oil

What is it about Peak Oil that helps to 'get one's head' around the converging challenges of this time in planet history? I like to see it as the 'first story': all the others - climate change, economic 'recession', arctic ice melts, pollution, obesity, loss of bio-diversity, floods, famines, having to recycle our waste and think about using the car less are 'second stories'. Peak Oil is certainly the thing that made me, a theatre producer, sit up and decide to act consciously for the earth. 

This new report from Bristol City Partnership and Council. is an incredible resource for us to be able to learn from. At 104 pages it's quite a read, (exec summary short) but it is mesmerising as it covers not only every aspect of the challenge of peak oil, but also the practical steps that can be taken in the face of it. For example, the NHS is heavily dependent on transport for patients and services travelling to and from hospitals. How will rising cost of fuels, have a knock on effect on the rest of health care budgets? Let alone in the longer term, the profiligate use of oil for transport needs when so many other precious things come from oil derivatives and 'oil-embedded' processes: medicines, drugs, hospital equipment, plastics, detergents. Oil is precious (took millions of years to form); has no equivalent as a resource and supply is declining at a time when the world's demand for it is increasing. What does this mean for every aspect of our daily lives and how much oil would we like to be left for our children and their children and generations to come? It's all a lot to imagine. What the Bristol Report does brilliantly is break this all down for us to see how it could work if we start NOW. The single most important suggestion they make for Councils is to 'Publically acknowledge the threat of Peak Oil'. Transition Towns play a part here in creating the public space to hold these discussions for anyone and everyone who wants to get their heads around this amazing challenge. As our Trashcatching workshops showed, children and artists are beginning to do this. Let's join them!
LN

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Trashcatching Workshops

Well done to everyone who was involved in last week's Trashcatching Workshops at Graveney School.  A short film of some of the action can be watched below! There will be more workshops over half term in February as we prepare for the big Trashcatchers' Carnival in Tooting on July 4th 2010. Any children or adults wishing to get involved, you can, it's free and we'd love to have you on board!