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November 2009 Blog Posts (14)

Sandymount Startup

Myself and another local resident, Claire, had a small startup meeting yesterday. We decided on trying to start an initiative in the Sandymount area of Dublin.

As a "first draft" we plan on working in the area bordered on the north by the grand canal, to the east by the Merrion Road, and to the west by the sea. (does anyone know a way of making a google map with border outlines?).

If you live in the area or know anyone in the area please get in touch.

As a first… Continue

Added by Aidan Murphy on November 30, 2009 at 14:16 — 4 Comments

Thoughts on submissions to government in the real world

In the law and order discussion, there has been some debate about how usefull submissions made to the Oireachtas are. These are some of my thoughts on the subject

We're living among the shattered ruins of two giant edifices of Irish life, the Catholic church and the Banking system. These were destroyed by the mendacity of the few and by the moral cowardice, slavish adherence to ideology, wishful thinking and the stupidity of the many.

For those of us who work in the area… Continue

Added by Michael Layden on November 27, 2009 at 16:18 — 1 Comment

Addressing the Global Warming Paradox

How do we end the paradox between our awareness of the buildup of greenhouses gases we have caused and our failure to change the behavior that is the cause?

Added by Tony Lowes on November 23, 2009 at 19:17 — 1 Comment

Free garden

Last week the Recession Prosperity Garden, designed by Sophie von Maltzen, won the Irish Landscape Institute Design Award 2009 in the category of Residential Landscapes. The garden is still looking for a permanent home where the maximum number of visitors could benefit from it. It could also act as a hub creating a community park around it. If anyone has any ideas, a transition town project perhaps, do get in touch. Pictures and links… Continue

Added by Madeline McKeever on November 23, 2009 at 8:54 — 3 Comments

Climate Change and Meat Consumption

A recent authoritative report published by the World Watch institute, authors Goodland and Anhang concluded that over 51% of greenhouse gases (GHGs) emissions come from Livestock.

Link to:

Link to PDF: Livestock and Climate Change by… Continue

Added by Alex Duffy on November 23, 2009 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

More on communication

The possibility that exists around the Transition Initiative both here in Omagh and on the world stage is at once audatious and unimaginable, restrained only by shoddy communication, cyncism and/or resignation. However once we action some thing from an emotional context we open up the emergence of a whole new possibility.

The use of art as a medium for a vision to influence existing protocols, is a vehicle sometimes stolen,reinvented and added… Continue

Added by Marella Fyffe on November 21, 2009 at 16:38 — 3 Comments

World warned its much closer to running out of oil than official estimates admit

Key oil figures were distorted by US pressure, says whistleblower

Exclusive: Watchdog's estimates of reserves inflated says top official

Terry Macalister, Monday 9 November 2009 21.30 GMT

Read the article

The future of oil

New market dynamics created by climate change, geological and geopolitical… Continue

Added by Alex Duffy on November 15, 2009 at 8:07 — 3 Comments

Transition and Communication

Still musing about communication and the way we do it , for that is what we are, is it not? Communicators? Essentially we have embraced the concept that we have a dilemma a Peak Oil and Climate Change dilemma for which there isn’t one obvious answer, but many infinite solutions. We as a community in Transition Land are hugely aware of this and have begun to act accordingly, but we are early adaptors of "an idea" anxious to share the knowledge and raise awareness. Being early adaptors the… Continue

Added by Marella Fyffe on November 11, 2009 at 15:25 — 7 Comments

Any chance we could get transition into Spanish or Mandarin

I notice the vast majority of Transition Groups are in English speaking locations. The world's 2 most spoken languages are Mandarin (about 900M) and Spanish (about 329M) (slightly more than English). To reach as many people as possible I wonder if any first language speakers of these languages already involved in Transition could get versions of the websites and even the transition manual into these languages. The graphics might have to change a bit to refulect local arhcitecture. Just a… Continue

Added by Kieran Cunnane on November 11, 2009 at 12:07 — No Comments

Over-enthusiasm and fancy language can easily alienate people !

I was chatting with some friendly locals (not blow-ins ! - of which I am one myself of course) the other day and they confided that some other blow-ins had been trying to get them interested in this new notion to bring the community together. They felt that it was all a bit too huggy and 'airy-fairy' - they wouldn't want any part of such nonsense - 'We enjoy our privacy and there are some folk just will never get on together'. I explained that perhaps I had been part of the cause of this… Continue

Added by Bob Wilson on November 10, 2009 at 19:36 — 3 Comments

Nuclear has ZERO possibility of being our way out of this predicament

Examining 'solutions'.

Many have accurately point out that there are solutions, in various renewable or non-polluting energy harvesting methods. The 'negativity' is entirely on the part of those who are unwilling to be lateral, inquisitive and energetic. The 'negativity' is on those who believe 'we have to have nuclear' for mainstream energy supply. The sun provides several thousand times our total energy needs, every day. The question becomes: How to harvest and store… Continue

Added by Colm McGinn on November 9, 2009 at 20:17 — 8 Comments

Carraignamuc School of Self Help

Hi All

Our website is now on the net. I built it myself as part of my personal 'learn to do it yourself' ideology, which exercises my brain in the same way building, growing and looking (running!) after my animals exercises my body, personal permaculture if you like.

We're hoping to bring people to our wee spot on the wicklow hills not only to avail of the amazing beauty of the area but to teach… Continue

Added by phil coffey on November 7, 2009 at 19:55 — No Comments

Transition Together

It occurred to me recently in an introspective moment that perhaps we were loosing the run of ourselves in Transition Land. Here we are, ordinary people chained to our computers participating in heated debates and discussions about what is so in all things Transition. Raising awareness,persuading,enrolling , convincing and speaking to people about things that concern them in relation to Peak oil,climate change and future energy shortages.However valuable all this is, somehow we seem to be… Continue

Added by Marella Fyffe on November 7, 2009 at 9:30 — 2 Comments

Rob Hopkins response to Alex Steffans critique at world changing

This is a fascinating exchange between two leading critical thinkers . It is worth taking the time to start with reading Alex Steffans view of Transition and Robs answer to it and then following the commentary on Robs blog by others . Link here to Robs response from there you will get the link to Alex's original piece.

I am more confused than… Continue

Added by Marella Fyffe on November 5, 2009 at 9:30 — 3 Comments

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