Making Change in How We Live, Where We Live, in Light of Climate Change

Monday, 27 October 2008

Roller Coaster Days

In the last few days, clocks turned back an hour. Darker days on their way. Will have to wait 'til St Lucy's day in December for the turning of the solar year, the winter equinox and a little more light. Have spent the weekend gathering jumbo crop of apples from my father's garden. They are now cooked up and coming to a 'rolling boil' in a huge pan in the kitchen. A tang of apples pervades the house. Winter may be on its way but there will be apple jelly.
It has been a roller coaster couple of weeks: stock markets tumbling, house prices falling, banks in crisis, a 'full blown recession'.
Over the past months as Transition Town Tooting has been finding its feet, I've been struck by the perspicacity of this movement to forsee the urgent need to plan ahead, build resilience and collectively invent how our low energy future will sound, look and feel like. The realities of the Triple Crunch (credit crunch, peak oil, climate change) are playing themselves out at top speed in full technicolour all around....All the reasons for creating positive community responses to these global challenges are surely here!
And here is some VERY GOOD NEWS: On October 28th -tomorrow- the government is to announce that the new Climate Change Bill - which will be made law next month, with a commitment to curb the UK's carbon footprint by 80% by 2050 - will now include aviation and shipping emissions. This is the world's first climate change law and is what Friends of The Earth director Andy Atkins has called "a world-class climate change law". This appears to be a direct result of everyone lobbying their MPs who in turn have lobbied the government. Change IS possible.
Now we have to work out how we will actually reduce our carbon footprint by 80% by 2050. Transition Town Tooting (TTT) will continue its events, awareness raising over weeks and months ahead. 2 meetings planned immediately on Nov 2nd (11am-1pm) and Nov 4th (7-9pm). Both at Mushkil Aasaan, 220-212 Upper Tooting Road, SW17 (side entrance, first floor).
The first, a practical workshop with visioning excercise and how we imagine TTT's Energy Descent Action Plan coming into being. A future preferable to the present and built on some of the amazing ideas that have been coming forward and will continue to be dreamt up by all Tooting residents. The meeting on Nov 4th is a planning meeting to build on the momentum gathered over the Autumn for organising events and next steps.
Sunday Nov 2nd will also see first ever Transition Town Tooting Sunday Swap. Bring anything you would like to swap: food, ideas, clothes. Apple Jelly anyone?? See you there. Lucy Neal.

Monday, 20 October 2008

View From A Tooting Window

This Tooting resident seems to be surviving the credit crunch without too much bother. What can you see from your Tooting window?

Friday, 10 October 2008

The Petroleum Interval

History may well regard our lives as being lived in the "Fossil Fuel Age", filed away for posterity or museum visits just like the Bronze or Iron Ages. Rob Hopkins suggests in his Transition Handbook it might be called "The Petroleum Interval", a relatively short "blip" in history when large quantities of oil were extracted from the Earth to fuel human activities.
This graph makes me think Man might just need to use his massively inventive brain to work out how to change how the world is powered asap! What do you think?

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Saturday, 4 October 2008

Where is Tooting?

Here it is from the air!

And here's a map:

Includes:
Tooting, Tooting Bec, Tooting Broadway, Transition Town Tooting, Tooting, Tooting Bec Common, Tooting Graveney Common, Tooting Common, Tooting Market, Upper Tooting Road, Tooting High St, St Georges Hospital Tooting, Springfield Hospital Tooting,Tooting Bec Athletics Track, Tooting Bec Lido and many more Tooting things!