Round up of the week

Casper Grey chaired our Monday meeting this week. Eight topics were discussed:

> using the Google Group (Casper/all)
> a Leaflet for Transition Farnham (Joyce Hurd)
> Transition Films (Jane Still, John Hughes)
> Garden Share (Ian Bysh)
> Farnham Local Currency (John Hughes)
> our Charter (Eloise Grey)
> Sustainable Modern Person (Casper Grey)
> Greening Badshot Lea (Paul Whewell)

More details can be found by clicking here.

On Wednesday night the Soil & Soul group held its second meeting.

The group’s interests range from practical permaculture to ecopsychology, and they have already arranged a viewing of two films at The Barn, to be shown this Sunday.

A project page with more details about the group will appear on this website soon.

From Monday to Wednesday, Finn Jackson was attending a conference on the topic of “Sustainable Consumption and Production” in Germany.

Based in the home town of the famous Wuppertal Institute, the conference attracted people from as far away as India and the Ukraine, and was attended by two EU Commissioners.

Finn gave a presentation on Transition Towns in general, and Transition Farnham in particular, focusing on the issues of Housing and Energy.

Other key points of interest from conference will appear as blog posts over the coming weeks.

Also this week, it seems Barack Obama has heeded our calls to establish an organic vegetable plot on the White House Lawns.

“The Obamas will feed their love of Mexican food with cilantro, tomatilloes and hot peppers. Lettuces will include red romaine, green oak leaf, butterhead, red leaf and galactic. There will be spinach, chard, collards and black kale. For desserts, there will be a patch of berries. And herbs will include some more unusual varieties, like anise hyssop and Thai basil. A White House carpenter who is a beekeeper will tend two hives for honey. Total cost for the seeds, mulch, etc., is $200.”

“Sitting in her office in the East Wing, Mrs. Obama stressed that she doesn’t want people to feel guilty if they don’t have the time to have a garden: there are still many small changes they can make.

“You can begin in your own cupboard by eliminating processed food, trying to cook a meal a little more often, trying to incorporate more fruits and vegetables,” she said.”

And finally, two “dates” for your diary:

1) Our second Transition Party will be held to coincide with Earth Hour on Saturday 28 March. A post early next week will give more details, or you can contact us to find out more.

2) Waverley Borough Council is asking for input on its “Local Development Framework“. This will guide policy between now and 2026. The framework is good enough, but it takes no account of how prices of fossil fuels will change over this timeframe, and how this will impact the council’s ability to achieve its goals.

There is no excuse for this. At least two reports have already laid-out clearly what all local authorities need to be doing, and how this can also save them money in the short term.

The consultation is open until 31 March. So if you care about the level of services Waverley is going to deliver to you. If you care about whether or not they are taking opportunities to save money now, please click here to read more details, register with Waverley BC to take part, and then let them know what you think: at least that they should read and take notice of these two reports!

Thank you, and have a great weekend!

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