Friday, November 23. 2012
The winter solstice marks the time of the year when the darkness begins to fade and the earth prepares for a new cycle of growth.
Come and celebrate this important event in the calendar with us. New Forest Transition, working with Minstead Study Centre create for you a magical time....
We will be in the the Study Centre's Round House with a roaring fire. There will be winter tales, poems and songs to enjoy, with thoughts of the changing of the year to share. Oh - and some seasonal refreshments too!
Places are limited due to the size of Round House and advance booking is essential so make sure of your place now by phoning or emailing Richard Barnett 023 80292531 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets £8 (£5 for children) - Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) £20.
Bring wellies or boots, a cushion, a torch and a jam jar with a candle....wrap up warm and share transport if you can.....parking space in the yard is limited.
Saturday, November 10. 2012
Friday, November 2. 2012
In Transition 2.0 is the new film from Transition Network, capturing inspiring stories of Transition initiatives around the world, responding to uncertain times with creativity, solutions and 'engaged optimism'.
Take a look at the trailer... If you want to know more about the film and where it is being shown, take a look at their website - http://www.intransitionmovie.com
Tuesday, March 27. 2012
Wednesday, February 22. 2012
Tuesday, February 21. 2012
Monday, February 20. 2012
On 1 January I started my year of buying nothing new. My aims were to examine my consumer choices, develop my make do and mend skills and explore all the options that exist to buy essential things either second hand or at the very least recycled. I decided that, other than perishable goods, items for repair and maintenance and things for personal hygiene are all ok but apart from that.....
A month and a half in and I am enjoying the 'challenge'..... I've had a few occasions where I would have just bought something because it appealed to me (I'm a gadget person!) but resisted it. And I've acquired new skills such as learning to hone and use a cut throat razor when my razor blades ran out!! I now use a 125+ year old razor that I bought on eBay....a classic piece of engineering and a joy to work with....really - the blood loss has been much less than I expected
It's been liberating. I don't waste time window shopping or reading about special deals for this and that. If you fancy joining in there's a great Facebook group that is growing by the day and lots of people locally are doing it.
It doesn't really matter if you have the odd lapse...what's important is considering what you buy, why you buy it and whether what you buy is, in the long run, important. C'mon - you know you want to!!
Sunday, February 12. 2012
A New Declaration
We hold these truths to be self-evident:
That the real, physical world is the source of our own lives, and the
lives of others. A weakened planet is less capable of supporting life,
human or otherwise.
Thus the health of the real world is primary, more important than any
social or economic system, because all social or economic systems are
dependent upon a living planet.
It is self-evident that to value a social system that harms the
planet’s capacity to support life over life itself is to be out of touch
with physical reality.
That any way of life based on the use of nonrenewable resources is by definition not sustainable.
That any way of life based on the hyper-exploitation of renewable
resources is by definition not sustainable: if, for example, fewer
salmon return every year, eventually there will be none. This means that
for a way of life to be sustainable, it must not harm native
communities: native prairies, native forests, native fisheries, and so
That the real world is interdependent, such that harm done to rivers
harms those humans and nonhumans whose lives depend on these rivers,
harms forests and prairies and wetlands surrounding these rivers, harms
the oceans into which these rivers flow. Harm done to mountains harms
the rivers flowing through them. Harm done to oceans harms everyone
directly or indirectly connected to them.
That you cannot argue with physics. If you burn carbon-based fuels,
this carbon will go into the air, and have effects in the real world.
That creating and releasing poisons into the world will poison humans and nonhumans.
That no one, no matter how rich or powerful, should be allowed to create poisons for which there is no antidote.
That no one, no matter how rich or powerful, should be allowed to create messes that cannot be cleaned up.
That no one, no matter how rich or powerful, should be allowed to destroy places humans or nonhumans need to survive.
That no one, no matter how rich or powerful, should be allowed to drive human cultures or nonhuman species extinct.
That reality trumps all belief systems: what you believe is not nearly so important as what is real.
That on a finite planet you cannot have an economy based on or
requiring growth. At least you cannot have one and expect to either have
a planet or a future.
That the current way of life is not sustainable, and will collapse.
The only real questions are what will be left of the world after that
collapse, and how bad things will be for the humans and nonhumans who
come after. We hold it as self-evident that we should do all that we can
to make sure that as much of the real, physical world remains intact
until the collapse of the current system, and that humans and nonhumans
should be as prepared as possible for this collapse.
That the health of local economies are more important than the health of a global economy.
That a global economy should not be allowed to harm local economies or land bases.
That corporations are not living beings. They are certainly not human beings.
That corporations do not in any real sense exist. They are legal
fictions. Limited liability corporations are institutions created
explicitly to separate humans from the effects of their actions—making
them, by definition, inhuman and inhumane. To the degree that we desire
to live in a human and humane world—and, really, to the degree that we
wish to survive—limited liability corporations need to be eliminated.
That the health of human and nonhuman communities is more important than the profits of corporations.
We hold it as self-evident, as the Declaration of Independence
states, “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of
these ends [Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness], it is the
Right of the People to alter or abolish it. . . .” Further, we hold it
as self-evident that it would be more precise to say that it is not the
Right of the People, nor even their responsibility, but instead
something more like breathing—something that if we fail to do we die.
If we as a People fail to rid our communities of destructive
institutions, those institutions will destroy our communities. And if we
in our communities cannot provide meaningful and nondestructive ways
for people to gain food, clothing, and shelter then we must recognize
it’s not just specific destructive institutions but the entire economic
system that is pushing the natural world past breaking points.
Capitalism is killing the planet. Industrial civilization is killing the
Once we’ve recognized the destructiveness of capitalism and
industrial civilization—both of which are based on systematically
converting a living planet into dead commodities—we’ve no choice, unless
we wish to sign our own and our children’s death warrants, but to fight
for all we’re worth and in every way we can to overturn it.
Friday, February 3. 2012
Wednesday, January 18. 2012
This information being individually forwarded to all members of the Transition Network to raise awareness of a new black and white magazine Transition Vision which I have helped found.
The magazine looks at autobiographical evidence from all strata of global society and then provides editorial comment from a loosely environmental perspective. Sociological, feminist and other perspectives are also included. The general view is sympathetic to permaculture and the establishment of permaculture worldwide. The feel is currently quite academic, but this is slowly changing to something more accessable, in response to continued feedback from contributors and readers.
The magazine, I feel, is highly relevant to Transition Initiatives.
We are currently seeking more buyers for issue number 2, in order to fund issue number 3 (for which material already collated for April). The magazine has a circulation of under 300 copies at present, but is attracting increasing interest. We hope to break the 500 barrier for issue 4 out in August.
We also seek more autobiographical evidence, mainly in the form of diaries, and would be particularly interested to hear from diary-writing transitioners. We do not expect that all diarists are brilliant writers, as to us it is the essence of the experience which is the most important.
Issue number 2 is 40 pages long including illustrations and features an Artist's Statement from Andy White and a rather stunning photocopy of one of his paintings. It also features an interview with a female horse drawn traveller and the the diary of a part time doctor working on issues of sustainability in her home and community.
We would be immensely grateful if you could help us break even with the magazine (we haven't managed to break even yet) by purchasing a copy, at £4 plus £1 postage and packaging.
We would also be immensely grateful for diarists, of all ages aged 5-105, from any walk of life (they don't have to be sympathetic towards the environment as it is up to the editors to discern underlying themes. However transitioner diarists most welcome.)
Please note that the autobiographical evidence is not judged, but is used to pick up on wider trends in society and humanity in general, relating to themes of permaculture in a very broad sense of permanent culture.
We hope that you can help with either of these requests. Please email me if you can!