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We're part of a world-wide community movement in response to peak oil and climate change. This site gives you details of our up and coming events and meetings, as well as reports and related matters that are going on in Norwich and East Anglia.
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Saturday, October 1, 2011
The film is a powerful testament to those who refuse to sit back and allow the eco-systems and environmental infrastructure to be destroyed. Their adventures will entertain, illuminate and inspire.
It will be screened in Lecture Theatre 1 and is free to attend thanks to support from PSI and an anonymous donation. Doors open at 7pm. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Ella Gilbert, a local climate activist featured in the film; Dr Rupert Read (Reader in Philosophy, regional co-ordinator and Norwich Councillor for the Green Party), and Lucy Baker (Doctoral student in DEV and academic observer from within the Bella Centre at the Copenhagen Climate summit). Erik Buitenhuis
Watch the trailer here
Just Do It Time: 7pm Venue: UEA Lecture Theatre
Following on last year's memorable and groundbreaking success, even more musicians and activities have been arranged.
Norwich Taiko Centre will be opening the event under the Magdalen flyover and some of the best-known bands in the city will be playing on the street throughout the day, using a cycle-powered PA. The audience will be able to hop on the bike and power up their favourite bands!
Helen Simpson-Slapp of the organising committee said “The goal of the day is to bring together neighbourhood residents, regulars and visitors to highlight Magdalen Street's role as a hub of creative, independently-owned, ethnically diverse and environmentally sustainable businesses.”
The art events, stallholders and historical aspects to the day will bring to life Magdalen Street's rich heritage. The street still boasts a range of food, clothes and shoe shops and is classified by the City Council as the busiest in the whole of Norwich for numbers of pedestrians and buses. Some of the shops from 1905 have survived - most notably 2 of the original fish shops.
"For almost two years now the bloggers on This Low Carbon Life have published between us over 650 posts on everything from house insulation, saving toads, economic collapse, addiction to love and stuff, the Uncivilisation festival and
the woes of rural (and city) public transport, to celebrations, recipes, sharing meals, growing food, cycling, recycling, communications, plants, bees, lacto-fermentation and downshifting in low-carbon style. I’m not going to put links to all of these – but there is truly a low carbon post for everyone so do have a look."
There are two task days in October: Sundays 9th and 23rd. We will be in the garden between 2 and 4pm on those days - come and meet us and join in!
The garden has been open all summer, 9 - 6pm every day, but winter opening hours will start on Sunday 30th October, when the garden will close at 4.30pm. Admission is free.
For more information on the garden see our website and Facebook page. Jeremy Bartlett.
Photograph by Vanna Bartlett: Rudbeckia and asters give late summer colour.
Tierney, our assistant grower has stepped in to take up the reins (though as yet we’re not using draft animals) as Head Grower, she’ll be assisted day to day by Martin, Christophe and the rest of the part time crew and will have help once a week from experienced organic grower Michael Knights. It’s no small undertaking and Tierney will need as much support as possible from the FarmShare volunteers. And the volunteers turned out in force to help Tierney on her first work day on the 25th when beanpoles were cleared, weeds pulled up, mesh moved and the poly tunnel prepared for winter salads.
The vegetable shares have been fantastic this month and, as we slip from Summer into Autumn, tomatoes and salads are being replaced by squashes, cavolo nero and leeks. A bumper crop of potatoes – too many to store – means we’re planning a potato harvesting day for October where members can come and pick their own sack of spuds from the soil behind the harvester.
Our activities have attracted a bit of national media attention too and next week FarmShare volunteers and staff will be interviewed about the project for Radio 4's Farming Today – we’ll keep you posted!
The next work day will be on Monday 10th October, 10am to 3pm; we’ll be planting onions – not as sets but as plugs each with half a dozen tiny grass-like seedlings and Saturday 22nd October when we'll be digging for potatoes. Josiah Meldrum
See our website for recipes, blog posts and information about joining FarmShare or email us
The food however was delicious and the atmosphere very buzzy in its spiritual surroundings: Thai nut curry with rice and mixed salad and organic bread, followed by a knockout blackberry and apple crumble, served with a seriously industrialised Dream Cream (ah, the perils of freegan food!)
This month we are celebrating a year of low-carbon cooking and sharing and talking about everything edible and grown (including the kitchen sink) with a harvest meal. We are also deciding now how to cohere all our findings and get down to our winter work of Writing The Book.
If you would like to contribute to this TN project or come along and find out what we are up to do get in touch Charlotte Du Cann firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo with Norfolk Biffin apple from Foraging for Abundance (This Low Carbon Life)
PLEASE TAKE URGENT ACTION TODAY. Last week the EDP and Evening News ran a week of articles on the NDR. Please write letters to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org - and blind copy (bcc) email@example.com so we can keep track. Keep them short and focus on your most compelling concerns about this wasteful road scheme.
If you need further details on the articles, or suggestions of issues to write about, then contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also need people to write further letters to the DfT and ministers (with more technical content) between now and October 14th. If you would be willing to write a letter, please email email@example.com, and Andrew will send you details, probably a proforma letter for you to customise, nearer the time.NNTAG and other campaign groups have also produced a postcard to send to the transport minister who will make the decision Norman Baker. To stop this devastating road from being built, please also send in the postcard (for cards ring 01603 611909). Also, if you can help with delivery of cards to homes in parts of North Norwich close to the proposed path of the road, then please call Richard Bearman (01603-504495). Andrew Boswell
It's been a long journey from the initial idea to finally getting the bees on site, but we're so excited to be a proper community beekeeping scheme at last! And it has really been a community effort, so a big thank you to everyone who's joined in the planning and doing, contributed their ideas, enthusiasm and skills. This is only just the beginning!
For more information on Norwich Community Bees, visit our website. Jon Curran
The workbook was created by Jane Chittenden, Alex Haxeltine and Tom Harper who set up a not for profit Norwich based company called Community Solutions East at the end of 2010 for the purposes of developing community schemes and initiatives that focus on strengthening our local resilience in the face of the challenges of climate change, peak oil and economic recession. Teresa Belton from the UEA also lent her expertise to the project in the form of a 'pro environmental' behaviour change researcher. The game is now being played around the world from Albuquerque New Mexico to France, Wisconsin U.S.A, Scotland, Bali and Wales to name a few!
Economic globalization has led to a massive expansion in the scale and power of big business and banking. It has also worsened nearly every problem we face: fundamentalism and ethnic conflict; climate chaos and species extinction; financial instability and unemployment. There are personal costs too. For the majority of people on the planet life is becoming increasingly stressful. We have less time for friends and family and we face mounting pressures at work.
The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization.
This is the second Little g film night (September's was The Shock Doctrine). The idea is to relax over a film and food (bring something shareable if you can), and have time to talk about it. Lesley Grahame
Little g film nights run every third Friday of the month at 6pm, Friends' Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane.
Tom clearly presents the problem of our unsustainable lifestyles and the need for radical change to green and sustainable solutions. What is different is that he has good practical solutions, which bring together the doers, who like to create green spaces and community gardens, and the thinkers and decision makers who can get things changing City-wide.
This is a must attend event for all those wishing to put some energy into green action in our local community.
Bring along your councillors, and decision makers and your green activists. Hopefully the outcome will be a local action group to work alongside Transition Norwich and other green initiatives.
The event will take place at the St. Thomas' Parish Hall, Earlham Road, Norwich. Gather at 7pm; film screening starts at 7.30pm and will be followed by interaction and discussion and a party until 11pm. Bring something to drink and a sweet/dessert to share so we can enjoy new friendships and continue sharing ideas and visions, hopefully leading to community action.
All Conversations are free and open to anyone. Come join us lunchtimes at Take 5 or evenings at Marzano's. Stefi Barna
Photo: Deepak presenting a precis of Nicole Foss' talk on Financial Crisis at TN discussion, Aladdins Cafe, May 2011.