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July 7, 2015

Positive Lancaster:

C of E divests £12 million from fossil fuels -

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Fracking decisions at Preston June 23/24/25/26 -

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Claver Hill Bid to Create Easy Access Veg Gardening for All -

Friday, May 1, 2015

A Living Wage -

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Fruit Trees Available -

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Tidal Energy – A New Future for the UK? -

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Lancaster Uni Students in action -

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Documenting Dissent website -

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Halton Hydro surpasses Target -

Monday, October 13, 2014

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    Invitation to Think Then Do The Impossible

    You are invited to bring your love of our city, your imagination, your skills, your insight, and your time, to take part in an ambitious challenge. Wednesday 1 July,7:30pm. The Friends Meeting House. Refreshments available. We want to engage many more people in Lancaster in building a bigger, more transformative, more fun transition and we need your help to do it. We had a good party celebrating our 5th year and some of the wonderful people and projects here that are beacons of hope. Now we would like us all to find ways to pull together, in whatever small ways we can, to…

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    A Living Wage

      Walking around Lancaster in the rain today I walked into a group of protesters. Although I don’t really think that protest covers what they were doing. A group of damp but cheerful people from the Lancaster Friends group were working hard in the  grey rain to raise awareness of the number of local companies in Lancaster who do not pay a living wage. From their flyer the following companies do not have accreditation as “Living Wage Employers”: ASDA, Argos, B&Q, The Co-op, Boots, Morrisons, Marks and Spencer, Next, Primark, Sainsburys and Tesco. The following are Accredited Living Wage Employers:…

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    Volunteer Needed for TCL

    Volunteer help is required urgently – a couple of hours per week helping to keep a record of TCL’s financial transactions. A methodical person is required to work from home. Please contact info@transitioncitylancaster.org if you wish to be considered.

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    The Regent Street Community

    It seems we in Regent have something of a reputation. Twice recently, once from a Council employee and once from a friend who had heard it from an estate agent, Regent Street is known for being a ‘great community’. It is certainly a diverse community with people of all ages and background. Some of us have lived here for a long time and others have come recently, and some own their homes and others rent them, but we do get along well. It all started for me when some of us began the process of making Lancaster into a Transition…

  • Discussion : Feeding Nine Billion

    Following on from the TCL Food Group’s highly successful and brilliantly organised Local Food Month in October ( well done to all concerned, especially Dennis and Anna! ), a discussion seemed pertinent and timely on why Local Food should matter so much to us in Lancaster. The video here gives quite a few reasons why local organic food needs to be part of our food policy for the foreseeable future and was uploaded in February this year by a U.S. food security expert. Personally, I found the video lacked a full acceptance of the realities of climate change that are…

The Wider Transition

Transition Streets

Oct 13, 2014

Transition Streets is a community-building and neighbourhood carbon-reduction project. Neighbours help each other achieve cost savings, energy reduction, water saving, waste reduction and more! Reduce carbon and build community on your street today! Although this video is made in the USA the project was started in Totnes and many towns and cities in the UK are working on their own version of this idea. Please add a comment if you would like to help start up something in your street.

Reconomy Project

Oct 13, 2014

As we work to transition our world, a huge challenge lies in our ability to power the good work necessary to build a better future. We used to live in a world where money was the thing that enabled things to happen. But with money becoming more and more scarce, success will only come if we develop a myriad of alternative economies to empower our work. The good news is that Transition Lab has figured out all sorts of new ways to create affordable housing, feed our community, and even run a school with a minimum amount of money. (For…

The Big Picture

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World Watch Updates June 2015

Recently someone loaned me a copy of “God’s Last Offer” by Ed Ayres, the editor of World Watch magazine. Subtitled “Negotiating for a Sustainable Future” it was published in 1998 and starts off by talking about The Four Spikes – in other words, the four most dangerous revelations that were sweeping the world at the end of the 20th century. These were, “The Carbon Gas Spike”, “The Extinction Spike”, “The Consumption Spike” and “The Population Spike”. The book shows exponential growth patterns for each of these areas during the 20th century. So I began to wonder how we have tackled…

Fracking decisions at Preston June 23/24/25/26

Lancashire County Council will meet to decide on Caudrilla’s two fracking applications on June 23/24/25 and 26th at County Hall in Preston.   Tell your friends! http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/council/planning/major-planning-applications/shale-gas-developments-in-lancashire.aspx  

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UK Parliament to Debate Money Creation for first time in 170 years

Parliament will hold a three hour debate on the issue of ‘Money Creation and Society’ on Thursday 20th November.     This will be the first time in 170 years that Parliament has debated money creation. The Money Creation and Society debate is being hosted by Steve Baker (Conservative), Caroline Lucas (Green), Michael Meacher (Labour), Douglas Carswell (UKIP), and David Davis (Conservative). The backbench debate in the Main Chamber of Parliament creates an opportunity for MPs from all parties to learn about the issue, ask questions and deepen their understanding. As the results of a recent poll show, most MPs lack…

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Peak Oil is coming so why is this good news?

For decades there have been predictions of peak oil and the disastrous consequences it will have on society. As the theory goes, eventually the world’s oil reservoirs will run out of oil, driving us to more expensive reservoirs and higher oil prices until there’s not enough cheap oil to serve the world’s energy needs. Essentially, there will be a peak in cheap oil supply. Those who fear peak oil also often think there will be a cascade of economic disasters as a result of this peak in cheap oil supply. Today, there is emerging evidence that a peak is on the…