Online Video club – May is food security month

Tim Lang’s ten ‘new fundamentals’ Tim Lang, professor of food policy at City University , member of the government’s Sustainable Development Commission and president of Garden Organic , is the leading UK researcher on food security. In the last 30-40 years there has been enormous investment in what is called efficiency. That means there is no spare. The food system is like a fully stretched rubber band,  If it breaks, there would be a sharp rebound.  I don’t think a systemic failure is imminent but it is very vulnerable to shocks. They could be technical shocks, ecological shocks or human disease shocks. We don’t have a sustainable UK agriculture base at the moment and we need one In these videos Tim Lang highlights ten of his “new fundamentals” Oil Water Climate change Biodiversity Demographics Urbanisation Labour Nutrition transition Health care costs Battles of power Tim Lang’s new book is “Food Policy: Integrating health, environment and society” buy it from Toppings , your local Ely book shop. Transition Ely food group Visit the our food group page for more information on what we can do to increase the resilience of our local food system.

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Age of Stupid at the Maltings

Make sure you don’t miss The Age of Stupid showing at The Maltings on May 24th, see our events page for more information. Just to whet your appetites, here’s a trailer for the much talked-about film:

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Age of Stupid at the Maltings

Transition Ely online video club – April 2009

April is Permaculture video month! Practical Permaculture in Britain — Part 1 Practical Permaculture in Britain documentary by Malcolm Baldwin Practical Permaculture in Britain — Part 2 Bullock Brothers Homestead — A 25 Year Permaculture Project A tour with Joe, Doug and Sam Bullock on their Orcas Island homestead, site of a yearly Permaculture design course. Using nature as their model, they create edges and wildlife habitat, move water through the landscape, promote diversity, and raise an astonishing variety of plants from sub-arctic to tropical City Repair — Permaculture for Urban Spaces What happens when citizens apply permaculture principles to a city grid? They create friendly places within the grid that invite people to come together. Mark Lakeman, co-founder of Portland, Oregon’s City Repair Project describes these “creative intervention” projects as placemaking at its best. People learn to work together, build trust and have fun. The results, from painted intersections to cob benches and other organic structures, invite people “to inhabit the planet on our own terms” rather than the imposed grid-locked culture of the city. Are you interested in Permaculture and how it can help in the gradual descent from a carbon-based world?  Get in touch with us at Transition Ely .

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East Anglian Transition gathering in Downham Market

On Saturday 7th March, 50 people from 12 East Anglian Transition cities, towns and villages met to talk, plan, network and celebrate. The towns represented were: Eccles Bungay Cambridge Dereham Diss Downham Market and villages Ely Ipswich King’s Lynn Norwich Mundesley Woodbridge Wymondham View a map of East Anglian Transition Towns For the morning session we used Open Space technology and quickly set up an agenda with x workshops: The choice of subjects was eclectic, mirroring the different needs and experiences of the cities, towns and villages present: Once we’d decided which group to join we set off for the designated meeting rooms. Naturally, I scurried off to the ‘Food’ group. After the Open Space sessions we all sat down for a well deserved lunch, cooked and served up by our excellent hosts from Downham Market. The food was delicious! In the afternoon we all took part in a World Cafe session ( additional info on World Cafe’s ). The idea behind the World Cafe is to explore questions. A group of four or five sit together and talk through a topic, taking notes on the paper table cloth. After the World Cafe we came together as a group and began feeding back our thoughts and impressions of the day. Gary from Transition Diss announced the launch of a online networking community for East Anglian Transition Towns (’Transition East), check back here for more on this. All in all, it was an excellent event, great for networking, building links and sharing ideas. My thanks and admiration go out to our friends from Downham Market (and villages) for hosting the day. Looking forward to the next one, in six months time. (Thanks to Josiah from Transition Bungay for some of the photos!)

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Transition Ely online video club – March 2009

There’s a whole bunch of good video clips for us to watch this month. Matt Harvey on Transition Towns Poet, funny man and broadcaster Matt Harvey takes a look at the Transition Town movement. He talks to Transition people in Totnes, Stroud and Brixton. Interview with Dmitry Orlov Dimitry Orlov is the author of ‘ Reinventing Collapse ‘.  In his book, Orlov examines the  the demise of the Soviet Union, comparing it to today’s United States and offers insights into how we might prepare for coming events. His blog is well worth reading, this recent post in particular . To finish on a more hopeful note… Natural World — A Farm for the Future Recently shown on BBC2, this is a wonderful programme on energy, food and agriculture Any thoughts, comments, suggestions?

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Low Carbon Industrial Strategy

cover of Low Carbon Industrial Strategy The government has published its Low Carbon Industrial Strategy online and are inviting comments. Make your voice heard here: http://interactive.berr.gov.uk/lowcarbon/general-comments/

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Low Carbon Industrial Strategy

Spring is in the air

Spring is almost here, the countryside is waking up, as is Transition Ely.  It’s been a slow start but we’re ready to get going for 2009. We’ve lots of ideas but what we really want is to connect-up with others in Ely and surrounding villages.  Please use our contact form if you have any questions, suggestions, comments or would like to get involved, the latter especially! Here are a few interesting resources to get us all going: The Local Government Association recently released a document called ‘ Volatile times — Transport, climate change and the price of oil’ — it’s well worth a read ‘ Nine Meals from Anarchy: Oil dependence, climate change and the transition to resilience ‘ by the New Economics Foundation is an excellent food-security primer

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Spring is in the air

Transition Ely at the library

Our display at the library went up last week and hopefully will stay until the new year. I dropped in today to deliver some updated leaflets, almost all the ones left at the start of the week had gone, a good sign I think. Here’s my boy Harry at the display. Transition Ely stall at Ely library

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We are official!

Hurrah!! Word came through from the Transition Network HQ in sunny Totnes yesterday. Our application for official Transition Town status has been accepted… Upwards and onwards!

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We are official!