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Transition Towns initiatives are springing up all over the world, aiming to build local resilience and community co-operation as a practical and creative community response to climate change, and to reduce our dependence on oil and fossil fuels and tackle the issue of peak oil. We all know we can’t rely on oil forever, so it might be a good idea to plan what we do instead.
Transition Town Cheltenham aims to empower ourselves and others to improve the quality of life in the town and make a reduced impact on the outside world, whilst looking after the environment and each other.
Edible Park Project
TTC have worked with Cheltenham Borough Council to convert the Annecy Garden in Sandford Park (at the top of the Strand) into a public edible garden.
See the Annecy Gardens Blog (part inserted below) for the latest info and updates.
The In-stitches and Energy groups organised a workshop when people could make their own thermal blinds. This meant they could re-use a fabric they had, or buy new, but making yourself is a lot cheaper than buying ready-made and the thermal lining is a very efficient way of saving heat-loss in the winter.
The organiser, Pat Dannahy, helped out right from the beginning, advising on what to buy and how much, even measuring the windows as necessary, and then each participant made his/her own blind with any help needed.
Here are photos of my finished blind made during the workshop. I had not done any sewing for a long time, but found the whole experience very interesting and am now very proud of my blind. It exactly fits the window, which a ready-made blind might not have done.
If you would be interested in making your own blind, please email Transition Town Cheltenham. Sophie
Wed 6 Nov 6.45pm INNOVATION FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVING. The first of The Sustainable Landscape series of free public lectures at University of Gloucestershire FCH Campus, St Paul's Rd, Cheltenham
Mon 11 Nov 7.30pm Our first "Transition Films on Mondays" A Farm for the Future
(2008, 50 mins).
Future films include:
December 2nd The Economics of Happiness
(2011, 68 mins)
January 6th Koyaanisqatsi - Life Out of Balance
(1982, 86 mins)
January 20th Dirt, the Movie
(2009 86 mins)
February 3rd United Natures (2009, 90 mins)
Download full brochure for more details.
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Copies are just £1 each from Global Footsteps.
December issue available soon