Population and Climate Change: More Feet = More Emitters

Talk by David Hepper of Population Matters

Thursday 24th January at 1900 in the Council Chamber of GBC Millmead Offices, Millmead, Guildford GU2 4BE.

David comments on his talk “that in discussions of man-made climate change some commentators either make soothing noises to discount the effects of ever-rising global population or wave their hands in the air as if the problem is too hard or too politically sensitive to be faced. Others find this a cop-out”. David Hepper’s talk will look at ways of reducing our individual carbon footprints through various kinds of “green living”, before proposing acceptable national and international policies that can help to defuse the “population bomb”.

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Our SuperHome Retrofit for Energy Efficiency

Talk by Dr Tom Lankester

Wednesday 16th January 2019

7.30 – 9.30 pm at Alton Community Centre

Amery Street, GU34 1HN

Tom's SuperHome retrofit

When Tom and his wife bought their house in Farnham in 1997, they wanted to see what could be done with a fairly standard 80s “box”.  They have achieved significant reductions in carbon emissions and improved comfort too.  Come and find out how they did it!

All welcome.  Free entry.  Bar.

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Re-inventing Transition in Farnham

Informal Lunch time chats at The Spire Cafe, South Street, through months of January and February.

Where can Farnham go in the 2020s? How can the concept of transition and localisation be taken forward? How are they relevant to building a vibrant future for Farnham?

We’ll be at the cafe from 12 noon – 2.00pm on the 9th & 23rd Jan and the 6th & 20th February. Come and join us for an informal, unscripted chat over lunch.

For more information, contact:  Rob 07796 176086 or Guy 07425 193847

We hope to initiate a process that will allow us to recognise emerging needs in Farnham and then to empower us to imagine positive, community-led ways to respond.

Framing this process in the context of transition and localisation enables us to move from one pattern of growth to another: to make a control shift from transactional values to more transformational ones where individual flourishing for all is the defining feature of a vibrant community.





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Farnham Sustainability Fayre, Sat. 10 June, Gostrey Meadow

This year Farnham Local Food is bringing together those who share a similar ethos, whether in biodiversity, gardening, sustainable transport, local food or community projects. We hope to provide an opportunity to cross-fertilise and grow! Stalls expected include Farnham Hoppers (hop-growing in the community for beer-making). For updated info see the Farnham Local Food site.

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Green Drinks – W(h)ither Transition?

Your invitation to Green Drinks with Transition Farnham, next Tuesday, 15th November, 7.30 pm

The Albion, 1 Hale Rd.

Hi all,

W(h)ither Transition?

Please come along to this month’s Green Drinks as we need to have a full discussion about how Transition Farnham goes forward into 2017.

Although the Hive project is not going to happen now, we have, in the process, re-structured TTF as a Small Charity. This does not mean we are a registered charity, but simply that we are a properly constituted community group, and as such able to apply for grants. Our accounts are in good order, thanks to Chris Holmes, and we have a properly functioning account with Lloyds Bank.

So we now need you to help us explore how you think TTF could best deliver on our Transition objectives for Farnham.

Please come along: the future of Transition Town Farnham is in your hands!

Read the latest Network Newsletter for a handle on what threads we might take up in discussion next week.

See you there,


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Transition Newsletter – November 2016

We open this month with review of an irony free film about Climate Change by the owner of a $200m yacht, an award for a film, a new inspiring French film and two pieces on Brexit, it really isn’t time for everybody to get stoned (as might now Dylan agree). Insights into community Funders and communities having fun doing stuff. Plus reports from Italy, Mallorca, Barcelona and a course in Slovenia.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘Before the Flood’
A film about Climate Change that within the first 2 days of its release was viewed 3.5 million times, is surely one to welcome. Sadly the film would have us believe that we can have our cake and eat it. We can’t. Missing is the kind of inner journey the lifestyles of the rich and famous need to go on for a more equitable, just, and sustainable world. DiCaprio’s reluctance to share his own honest, painful, rich journey with us is such a pity.



10 Essential Ingredients of a ‘Good Brexit’
After a fascinating week in the evolving absurdity of Brexit, a new report called ‘Creating Good City Economies in the UK’ contains many useful insights into what a good Brexit could look like. At a time when we desperately need new thinking, Rob Hopkins explores what it looks like when top down and bottom up are working together.

The meaning of Brexit? It’s the movement

“We can’t continue working as we have done over the last decade and expect a different result, can we?” asks Jay Tompt. He says we need more practical action, preferably together and in more joined up ways. This means busting out of professional silos and cultural bubbles to explore adjacent possibilities.


Are smoking cannabis and saving the planet mutually exclusive?
Rob Hopkins suggests that we’re caught in a Catch 22, where the dire state of the world’s challenges needs everyone’s rallying and focus, but the scale of those challenges, and the deeply dysfunctional culture that created them, are driving people to need to block them out.

Can Funders do Systems change? Learning From Supporting the New Economy
How well is the power that funders have on the work to bring about deep-rooted systemic change? On behalf of a small international foundation Fiona Ward recently spoke to 25 organisations in the UK, the USA and some countries in Western Europe. The report uncovered some common themes around the best leverage points for funding attention, as well as some food for thought for the foundations and other funders.

Celebrating the life of Dr. David Fleming
Already a key influence on the Transition movement, Green Party, New Economics Foundation and Soil Association, Fleming’s legacy is only set to grow with the posthumous publication of his astonishing masterpiece, Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It). Building on the tradition of E.F. Schumacher, his entertaining vision of a post-growth economy built on the play, humour, rootedness and reciprocal obligations of a rich culture has long inspired optimism and action. Rob Hopkins and Shaun will share insights and anecdotes on his life, influence and enduring importance.



Amatrice Regeneration – rebuilding resilience after the Central Italy earthquake
Deborah Rim Moiso updates the story of how Italian permaculture and Transition groups are contributing to the aftermath of the recent earthquake that hit Amatrice in Italy.



Breathing new life into old computers
Bart Anderson of Transition Palo Alto is saving laptops from landfill.

Transition in Action 2 – Living the Life, Walking the Walk in the Transition Age
Young people from five EU countries came to an eco farm in Kunszállás, Southern Hungary, where they made their mark on the homestead, the surrounding town, and maybe most importantly: on themselves. We asked an organiser, Tracey Wheatley from Transition Hungary, how it all came together, and what can we take away from it.

Fancy hosting a Transition Film Festival? 

Transition Town Totnes is currently preparing the third iteration of the Transition Totnes Film Festival – & this year, for the first time, it is being offered to other UK Transition groups after the Totnes event in March. The Festival is devoted to showing films which truly have something to offer to our communities. They may be about the environment, education, community, gender, food and health, art and music. Some will be ‘new’ films – but others will be important films that simply have not been widely distributed.
If you are interested in bringing the Festival to your town, please contact us: <tour@transitionfilmfestival.org.uk>
and for more about the Festival see transitionfilmfestival.org.uk

Marie-Monique Robin on her new film ‘Qu’est-ce qu’on attend’ (‘What are we waiting for?’)
Another new French film about Transition (one of our 21 Stories) tells the story of Ungersheim in north-eastern France.



Our website is having a major refit and will RElaunch on Tuesday 22 November. In the run up to the launch we will be sending some email bulletins about it and hope that you will like the new look. As with any such project there may be some glitches so please bear with us as it settles in.
Transition Slovenia’s first event: Inner Transition Training
18-20 November
The weekend course will be in English with translation and support in Slovene, and in other languages by peer-to-peer translation.

Throughout the city, the variable that best explained the pattern of mortality during the Chicago heat wave was what people in my discipline call social infrastructure. Places with active commercial corridors, a variety of public spaces, local institutions, decent sidewalks, and community organizations fared well in the disaster. More socially barren places did not. Turns out neighborhood conditions that isolate people from each other on a good day can, on a really bad day, become lethal.
Eric Klinenberg

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CSA Network UK Open Day on Saturday 1 October

Visit a community supported farm near you

Community supported farms across the South and South­East of England are opening their
gates for the first ­ever CSA Network UK Open Day on Saturday 1 October.
It’s a chance for the whole family to find out more about community supported agriculture
(CSA), where the risks and rewards of farming are shared between farmers and members
of the community.
Click on the link below to read pdf with details of farms in SE:


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