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Green Drinks Tuesday 9th Novbember!!

We missed last month but the Green drinks are back and Greener than ever. As before it is a chance to meet like minded people, discuss green issues (be they global or local), share skills and tips.

As always we try and introduce an underlying theme in order to bounce specific ideas around. This month is all about how Cowbridge and the surrounding area could benefit from the renewable energy feed in tariff and what scope there is for community renewables?

Transition Day 2 Open to all!

Transition Cowbridge

Transition Cowbridge

Building a sustainable community

Presents

Transition Day 2

After the success of last year’s Transition day, Transition Cowbridge would like to welcome one and all for a day of information sharing and practical workshops.

You don’t have to be part of a Transition group to attend, just keen on learning about what is needed to take footsteps towards a more positive and sustainable future.

Coed Hills Rural Art Space, St Hilary (www.coedhills.co.uk)

Saturday 4th September, 2010

10.00 am – 4.00pm

The day will include:

Info on Community Energy Projects and Funding;

Self Build Solar Panels; Introduction to Bee Keeping;

Bread Making; Forest Gardening and Seed Saving

£20 per head

To include a delicious home cooked lunch

For a booking form contact:

transitioncowbridge@googlemail.com or ring

Dinky Kennedy/Rob McGhee on 01446775686

Transition and Fairtrade host Ceilidh to raise funds for Pakistan Flood Appeal


Fairtrade & Transition Cowbridge are hosting a night of fun and fundraising in aid of

THE PAKISTAN FLOOD APPEAL

IRISH CEILIDH

Music by

THINGUMIJIGS CEILIDH BAND

Friday 10th September 2010

Cowbridge Town Hall

Doors Open at 7.30pm – Dancing 8-11pm

Bar                            Light refreshments

Tickets £5.00

From

Cowbridge Town Hall, Living Café, Little Shop of Calm

or contact transitioncowbridge@googlemail.com

Thinking global, eating local!

This is a really inspiring vision from Stroud on how to link local producers with local consumers to help build local food resilience and reduce their environmental impact. Transition Cowbridge would love to see CowbridgeCo happen in Cowbridge. Would you like to get involved with us to help to set something like this up? If so contact us and let’s make a step towards making Cowbridge a more resilient, sustainable and community focused place to live.

Copy this link into your internet search to see the video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJyYH8OJoww

” href=”http://www.theecologist.org/siteimage/scale/800/600/142996.png”>Food at the Stroud Co packing hall

StroudCo food hub: wrestling food power away from the supermarkets

StroudCo

5th August, 2010

The StroudCo food hub allows local producers to sell to customers at better prices, whilst shoppers get a keener deal than they would in the supermarket. Here’s how it works:

Copy this link into your internet search to see the video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJyYH8OJoww

The Ecologist

Solar panels for all!

  • Get free solar panels.
    If you’re in England or Wales, solar panel firm Isis is offering to kit you out with solar panels for nothing.

    You save £120-ish a year on your electricity, but it keeps the £800 a year payments for generating the solar power. Jump to Free solar power for more.

  • Profit from solar panels.

    The other option’s to pay for your own solar power system. This way, you grab all the payments for solar energy produced, estimated by the Energy Saving Trust at a brilliant £800 year. This is on top of the bill savings.

    The Government’s promised the scheme will last for 25 years, so that’s a decent £23,000 return. This works out cheaper if you want the solar panels for more than ten years, though, of course, you need to stump up a typical cost of £12,500. Jump to Get paid to generate solar power for more.

For further details see:

Green Drinks - 10th August

Hi folks,

We are meeting as usual to discuss all matters Green, at the Bear Hotel, Cowbridge on Tuesday 10th August. 7.30pm onwards. Hope to catch up with old friends and welcome others to join us. See you there. xxxx

Big Butterfly Count

The Big Butterfly Count is a nationwide survey aimed at helping assess the health of our environment. Butterflies react very quickly to change in their environment which makes them excellent biodiversity indicators.

Simply count butterflies for 15 minutes during bright (preferably sunny) weather from 24th July to 1st August. We have chosen this time of year because most butterflies are at the adult stage of their lifecycle, so more likely to be seen. Records are welcome from anywhere: from parks and gardens, to fields and forests.

If you are counting from a fixed position in your garden, count the maximum number of each species that you can see at a single time. You can submit separate records for different dates, and for different places that you visit.

You can only send in your sightings online at www.bigbutterflycount.org

How many planets are we living on?

That was the question posed by a group of students from Cowbridge Comprehensive when they undertook a survey as part of their Year 9 ESDGC work experience.

Transition Cowbridge, hosted the students for two days and sent them out onto the streets of Cowbridge to ask the local people questions including where they purchased their food, how they travelled and how they dealt with their waste.

They were also taken to Pencoed Growers and Oakland Organics see how local food is produced, and on a smaller scale to see how one of the Transition group has transformed his back garden to an abundant vegetable patch, supplying much of his family’s daily vegetable requirement.

Rob McGhee, of the Transition group, said, “the students did a great job with the survey and it gave us a small snapshot of Cowbridge’s Ecological Footprint. The Welsh Assembly has estimated that, as a whole, Wales’ Footprint requires 2.7 planets but we discovered that the majority of those surveyed in Cowbridge need 4 to 6.3 planets to resource their lives. This is clearly unsustainable and we need to find ways to bring ourselves back to one planet living. The students came up with lots of ideas for themselves including a local food shop in every village, supporting local farmers, allotment classes, neighbours sharing their own produce, community bike rides and picnics, electric charging station for cars and a Cowbridge windfarm. Some of the more weird and wonderful ideas but none the less valid were the uses of telepotation to reduce emissions from travel and cross breading humans with birds!

Cowbridge's Ecological Footprint Survey Results

Ecological Footprint Results

Survey of Members of the Public by Cowbridge Comprehensive

Year 9 Students

Cowbridge High Street: 7 & 8 July 2010

Background: There are approximately 7.3 billion hectares of productive land in the world and 6 billion people trying to share it.  To have an equal share each person would have access to 1.22 hectares (this also needs to be shared with species other than human).  This would be the amount of land available to feed, clothe, house and support each person.

The test we carried out was adapted from that developed by the City of Toronto and the Recycling Council of Ontario, Canada and shows how many hectares are currently being used to support our needs and lifestyle.

No. Home Food Transport & Travel Purchases Waste Score Footprint
1 70 95 210 15 40 430 4 to 6.3 planets
2 70 55 185 0 10 320 3 to 4 planets
3 65 110 310 15 0 500 4 to 6.3 planets
4 75 80 260 15 0 430 4 to 6.3 planets
5 90 160 265 30 50 595 6.3 to 8.2 planets
6 40 85 330 15 20 490 4 to 6.3 planets
7 85 85 210 0 10 390 4 to 6.3 planets
8 65 45 240 0 5 355 4 to 6.3 planets
9 50 85 205 15 10 365 4 to 6.3 planets
10 75 55 220 15 5 370 4 to 6.3 planets
11 65 55 85 15 35 255 3 to 4 planets
12 85 70 150 15 25 345 4 to 6.3 planets
13 80 70 265 0 35 450 4 to 6.3 planets
14 60 95 270 30 70 525 4 to 6.3 planets
15 70 70 95 0 45 280 3 to 4 planets
16 75 55 130 0 5 265 3 to 4 planets
17 90 95 80 0 35 300 3 to 4 planets
18 70 80 285 30 50 515 4 to 6.3 planets
19 40 65 105 0 70 280 3 to 4 planets
20 85 80 300 30 40 535 4 to 6.3 planets
21 90 110 150 15 40 405 4 to 6.3 planets
22 80 135 245 15 60 535 4 to 6.3 planets
23 75 70 230 0 0 375 4 to 6.3 planets
24 90 95 145 15 30 375 4 to 6.3 planets
25 70 170 250 0 40 530 4 to 6.3 planets
26 30 85 230 15 5 365 4 to 6.3 planets
27 85 70 55 15 5 230 3 to 4 planets
28 40 65 240 15 10 370 4 to 6.3 planets
29 75 85 200 15 10 385 4 to 6.3 planets
30 85 70 300 0 30 485 4 to 6.3 planets
31 75 80 230 30 35 450 4 to 6.3 planets
32 70 95 155 15 45 380 4 to 6.3 planets
33 75 75 260 15 10 435 4 to 6.3 planets
34 75 110 325 15 0 525 4 to 6.3 planets
35 85 95 230 15 5 430 4 to 6.3 planets
36 90 170 185 15 40 500 4 to 6.3 planets
37 85 160 200 0 10 455 4 to 6.3 planets
38 75 90 75 0 5 245 3 to 4 planets
39 80 85 185 30 70 450 4 to 6.3 planets
40 80 95 220 15 35 445 4 to 6.3 planets
41 80 95 210 30 60 485 4 to 6.3 planets
42 75 80 210 0 10 375 4 to 6.3 planets
43 90 55 210 0 40 395 4 to 6.3 planets
44 75 145 175 15 10 420 4 to 6.3 planets

Scoring Instructions

Score Ecological Footprint (ha) Number of planets needed if everyone lived like this
< 150 < 4.0 Less than 3 planets
150 – 350 4.0 – 6.0 3 – 4 planets
351 – 550 6.0 – 7.7 4 to 6.3 planets
551 – 750 7.7 – 10.0 6.3 – 8.2 planets
> 750 > 10.0 More than 8 planets

Even low scores of 150 still require 3 equivalent planets to support 6 billion people living in this way.  The test recognises than anyone living in a developed country is going to have a larger footprint than the majority of the world’s population (who live in developing nations). It highlights the inequality of human impact and the unsustainability of current global impacts from the combined population.

Change to green drink 13th July

Cardiff Transition have organised a group gathering next Tuesday 13th
(see below). We thought this would be a great chance to link up with
some of the other Transition Groups share experiences and ideas. As
its is the same night as the Green Drinks we thought that this time we
could hit the road and combine the two in Cardiff. We are happy to car
share so just fire over an email or a call and we can prepare to hit
the road Transition style!

Hope to see you next Tuesday

Rob

*** IMPORTANT YOU NEED TO REGISTER: http://cardifftransitionproject.eventbrite.com/
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From: cardiff_transition_project@hotmail.co.uk
Subject: Transition Show, Share and Tell
Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2010 17:35:05 +0000

Dear all,

Here is the final reminder of the next transition event coming up next Tuesday.

Show, Share and Tell

This will be an opportunity for some of the more tangible things that
are happening in Cardiff to tell us about their activities. From
Canton Carbon Cutters to the Co-Housing group, from Orchard Cardiff to
community gardening, it’ll all be revealed.

Come and listen to the groups showing, sharing and telling their stories:

13th July 2010, 7-9pm

Zero Degrees

27 Westgate Street

Cardiff

CF10 1DD

Please register for the evening via:
http://cardifftransitionproject.eventbrite.com/

We look forward to seeing many of you there,
kind regards

Eva Trier