“Report reveals threat of civil unrest from energy shortages, which has been played down as ‘alarmist’ by ministers”, says Terry Macalister in The Guardian today.
“The government was warned by its own civil servants two years ago that there could be “significant negative economic consequences” to the UK posed by near-term “peak oil” energy shortages.” Read the full article by clicking on the link above or go straight to the report.
Don’t forget, we can’t rely on our government, whoever is in charge, to prepare us for the coming energy shortage. We have to do it ourselves and getting involved in your local Transition Town initiative is a great way of doing this.
~ TRANSITION NETWORK CONFERENCE, 8-10th July Liverpool
~ May Transition World Round-up
~ US Edition – May Transition World Round-up
~ Draught-Busting Workshops
~ Bicycles for community building
~ Transitioner selected for Yellow Pages cover
~ Transition Network Diversity Newsletter May 2011
~ Social Reporting Pilot Call To Action
~ An update on ‘In Transition 2.0’ the film
~ UK Allotment Waiting Lists 2011 Report
~ Free Trees For Communities
THINKING OUT LOUD
~ No More Need to Talk to Talk About Peak Oil?
~ Transition and Activism
~ Transition and Entertainment
~ When Is a Meeting Not a Meeting?
~ Toads Talk Transport
Quote of the Month
Lots of volunteers made the Dirty Weekend at the Stream Walk Community Garden a great success last Saturday. Everyone mucked in with building the raised beds and filling them with earth, compost and then seeds. Tomatoes were just one of the crops planted at the 1/2 acre site. For more info see the article on the thisiskent website.
Issue 8 : May 2011
Greetings food folk! Early spring and blossom which bodes well for later foraging. Lots of food news to note since our last issue; the anti-Tesco protest in Bristol last month, planning applications for battery rabbit farms across the country and allegations from Unite of sweatshop labour down the road at Thanet Earth. Locally there is distress at the doubling of allotment charges, while at national level it appears that the government might be having second thoughts about releasing local authorities from their obligation to provide allotments.
But there are reasons to be cheerful in Whitstable as Transition Town’s growing projects are blooming.
Come and help create a fruit and vegetable garden from scratch at Whitstable’s new Stream Walk Community Garden.
Appleseed’s team will be at Stream Walk on the 3rd Saturday of every month (and a few more in April to get started) and every Tuesday to lead the work and make you welcome. Everyone is free to join in and to bring your ideas. Bring a spade and wear strong boots and gloves. Tea provided.
Saturday April 9th 10 – 3. Planting the jam, jellies and chutney hedge
Saturday April 16th 10am – 3pm. Building raised beds and filling them with compost. Planting fruit bushes.
April 23rd 10am – 3pm. Planting the beds with vegetable seeds and plants.
Other work this season will focus on vegetable growing, building a compost toilet, creating a pond, jam making and caring for young fruit bushes.
Appleseed is part of Kent Enterprise Trust– Improving lives by creating opportunities in the community.Phone 01227 844500 or email.