It's been an energetic start to 2011 on This Low Carbon Life, despite the literal and metaphorical cold weather out there. Andrew Boswell began with a thorough analysis of the controversial Incinerator Plans for Kings Lynn, Elena Judd put on a Housecoat and looked into Ye Olde Past for sustainable ideas and Jon Curran warned against complacency in Big Society Anyone?, put out a call to arms to protect Our National Heritage and Turned the World Upside Down. John Heaser asked Why Are There No Vegetable Brushes?, and was pointed in several right directions for acquiring one (or a substitute).
In the second week, Charlotte Du Cann did not have such a Happy Monday, but cheered up when her attention turned to Strictly Roots, Elena got to grips with the struggles and successes of Norwich Community Supported Agriculture, Rachel 'Blue' got into the Urban Transition Lifestyle, and Kerry Lane got conversations going with Low Carbon Students and Shared a Bit More on different ways of bringing about Social Change.
Take look at Eco Treedweller's idea for Norwich Co-operative Communites, inspired by the ant world and Mark Watson on cultural values In Deep Shift. If the sheer diversity and quality of This Low Carbon Life becomes overwhelming at this point you may need to make yourself a Medicine Soup, before Reading Between The Lines about proposed cuts to public libraries.
In the last week of January, led by Jon, we wrote posts about places we had visited that had inspired us towards a simpler, more low-carbon way of living: Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Arizona, Italy (a skeletal outline!), the Scottish Islands, and Ecuador.
Meanwhile back home in East Anglia, Charlotte talks about her Inconvenient Life - Without a Car. (Mark Watson)
Bloggers' Meeting is upstairs at the Bicycle Cafe, St Benedict's Street. 7-9.30pm. (Blogging tips session from 7pm-7.30pm). For furthur details contact Charlotte Du Cann at email@example.com
Photo: Mark in Arizona, 2001 (from Transition Postcards week)