I love it when a plan comes together. After taking on a little too much before Christmas, not anticipating work taking off in January, I’m very happy to say that two of the initiatives are bearing fruit. Not one, but two conferences are over the next few weeks.
The local Transition conference is now scheduled for Sunday 23 March, and we have our line-up. If I’d had more time we may have been able to advertise it earlier, but it is happening, which looked a remote possibility just a few weeks ago. Thank you to John Ingleby in particular for picking up the reigns.
It will run from 10 to 4, with workshops on starting an energy co-operative (we’re starting one in Berkhamsted), how to use gizmos like thermal imaging cameras, building community street-by-street, food security, personal resilience (I need this, getting run down) and scaling up the movement (we all need this). All will be run by local Transition Towns, other than the personal resilience and scaling up workshops, for which we have Andrew Davies to thank.
If you are interested in coming along, you can book in here.
And not to be outdone, the Power Shift UK is in the diary. This one really is for all of us. It will be on the weekend of 3/4 May. The theme will be connecting all of the disparate elements of the climate movement in the UK, particular to give voice to the down-trodden or marginalised in society. The itinerary is not particularly confirmed at the moment, but is likely to include expert workshops on confronting oppression in organisations, practical skills in creating wind-turbines and training in the use of a new online platform created by the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition for the sharing of stories in the fight against climate change. Huge thank you to Emily Myers, Susan Poupard, Claire Morris and to Fiona Brookes and the rest of the Campaign against Climate Change team.
Watch this space.