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jomtones



Joined: 25 Nov 2008
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 10:36 am    Post subject: Transition Towns Reply with quote

I was well freaked out when I came across Peak Oil and it seemed like:

1. No-one much knew about it.
2. Definitely no-one was DOING anything about it.

Thankfully since then I've come across the Transition Town folk who are trying to help with both those problems... I don't know if what we can do collectively will be enough, but hey gotta try and do SOMETHING even if it's just to ward off the 'peak oil blues'.

I'd like to propose a 'Transition Towns' sticky or even a subforum so people new to Peak Oil can find out about practical local efforts and people they can talk to about the situation.

Anyway hopefully I can get the ball rolling by posting these links - I've been in touch lately with people in Stoke Newington and Highbury, but I know there are others around London, including Brixton.
http://ttstokenewington.ning.com/
http://transitionhighbury.ning.com/

Anyone else out there involved in 'Transition Towns'?
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PowerSwitchJames



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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Transition Towns / Transition Initiatives are such wonderfully positive things. We've got something coming very very soon which will highlight Transition Initiatives and other groups dealing with Peak Oil and Climate Change. Watch this space!
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ziggy12345



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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A great big concrete wall with machine guns mounted on all sides would be a good start for such a town
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mobbsey



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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ziggy12345 wrote:
A great big concrete wall with machine guns mounted on all sides would be a good start for such a town


Dunno about the guns, but the bullets are a finite and non-renewable resource. Wink
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RenewableCandy



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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're still allowed to shoot raiders from our city walls! But it has to be by bow and arrers (more sustainable than guns) and the said raiders have to be Scottish. Hey the PM's a Scot... Twisted Evil
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ziggy12345



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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not the french?? Damn
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mobbsey



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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ziggy12345 wrote:
Not the french?? Damn


If it's any consolation, I think you can still shoot Welsh people with an arrow in the Cathedral Close in Hereford.
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jomtones



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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lulz... good to see the local colour out in force! Very Happy

a similar post on a U.S. site would probably have loads of artichoke planting tips and hand-on-heart proclamations about God's Will or something by now!
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2 As and a B



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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, you can see how seriously people here take a positive approach to the peak oil problem. It seems they much prefer their doom-mongering and endless circular arguments.

I would love to see a separate Transition Towns forum here and can only hope it will attract serious contributions.
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Nicko



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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think one of the main reasons why we need the Transition movement is presicely to stop that kind of'shoot the outsider' approach.
The transition to a powered down future has to be community, country and planet wide.
That is why I feel the survivalists have got it so wrong. Yes you need to know how to look after yourself and not be dependent on global supply chains, but you also have to help other people learn the same skills so they don't(and 30 of their mates) want to bonk you on the head for that deer you have just stalked/carrot grown/tree harvested.
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PS_RalphW



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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My first essay on on my sustainable architecture course was titled
'could Cambridge be a sustainable city?' My conclusion was that a transition town style transformation was the only option.

I'm not hopeful, but it's the only hope I have!


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jomtones



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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah i'm with you guys... don't see much hope for the dog-eat-dog trip...

i guess its a predictable response though given the advertising driven cult of the individual / erosion of community solidarity due to cheap energy / eurovision / nintendo etc.

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