November's Transition Cafe is taking place on Wednesday the 9th, and will be dedicated to discussing children's attitudes and responses to climate change. Neil Chadborn from Transition Eastham and Bromborough will open the discussion by discussing some of his research, but in the meantime I wanted to share a poem with you, written by Anna Briggs' grandson when he was 12, in response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Transition Liverpool hosted its 2nd Annual Symposium - Feeding Liverpool in a World in Energy Crisis - recently and we've now uploaded the photos and outcomes from the event to the website. You can check this out here.
Thanks to everyone for coming along and to the Liverpool Quakers and the Liverpool Primary Care Trust for supporting the event.
In a recent post on Transition Culture, Rob Hopkins linked to a Jeremy Rifkin video. The first half is one of the strongest cases for TEOTWAWKI* that I've seen so far - so pleased be warned, but in the second half he talks about his theory of a Third Industrial Revolution. He suggests that the same kinds of peer to peer networks that have changed the music industry so drastically, might also be the key to more sustainable world economies. The example he talks about is developing decentralised energy production using smart grids and millions of home based power generation sources. So rather than a few massive, centralised power companies, there would be a distributed network of suppliers (something I actually remember John Seymour talking about in his 70's classic - The Complete Guide to Self-Sufficiency). If Napster could put a serious dent in the profits of major record labels, could a Napster inspired energy sharing project have a similar effect on ExxonMobil and Shell? For that matter, what kinds of effects could a peer-to-peer banking system such as Funding Circle have on the out-of-control investment banks? There are, of course, questions of developing new infrastructure, particularly in the case of peer-to-peer energy sharing, and of scaling up, but it's an exciting idea. As Buckminster Fuller argued: “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
What do you think?
*The End of the World as We Know it
Things are gearing up for the 2nd Transition Liverpool Symposium: Feeding Liverpool in a World in Energy Crisis. Tickets are now all allocated and we're putting the finishing touches on the day's programme. It's going to be a great interactive day, with lots of time to discuss how we can support the development of more local food projects in Liverpool.
In the meantime I thought I'd share some photos from my latest attempt at preserving some of the bountiful harvest of local Liverpool damson's. How's your preserving going?
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