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    Can we encourage as many as possible to sign and/or organise petitions - and if possible to attend the "Day of Action" at the Carmarthen Guildhall on Saturday 30th August at 10am.

    If the TTIP goes ahead, as is being discreetly negotiated at present, it will make billions for the US global corporations and ruin our society, economy and environment in the process.



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  • The new Three Towns Food Network, linking Knighton, Presteigne and Kington to increase local food resilience, will be showing at Knighton Agricultural Show on 30 August (next to the tea tent, with Tene Valley Environmental Group and Knighton Tree Allotments Trust. Read more ...  

  • The 2014 Spring Greens Fair


    Bigger, better, bursting with good things green, but still intimate and charming...the 2014 Spring Greens Fair is back this weekend, 3/4 May at the wonderful Court of Noke, Staunton on Arrow. Mid Wales Permaculture Network will be there, of course (perennial forest garden plants for sale and adopt-a-plant with free plants for children. This year there will be even more wonderful food, activities, forum discussions, demonstrations, crafts, performace... see it all here:

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    Memorial Hall, Presteigne, 9am -1pm


    LOCAL PRODUCE inc fresh organic veg, local cheeses, meats, eggs, smokerie, scrummy bites, homemade Indian foods, apple juice ...

    A SPECIAL stall for April from Whitton WI

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Global solutions classes in Herefordshire

Global Problems :  Global Solutions, with Richard Priestly

A course of 8 Evening Classes, starting January 2012

Hereford, Wednesdays at the Rocket Cafe

Kington, Fridays at the Oxford Arms

Ledbury, Tuesdays at Trinity Parish Room

A vision of an ecologically sustainable and socially just world

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phone: 01432 358104


The Hereford classes start on Wednesday 25th January and the Kington classes start on Friday 27thJanuary, and for the 8 sessions the cost is £40 (concessions £30) and 10% discount for early bookings.


The Ledbury classes which start on Tuesday 24th January are organised by the WEA and use the title ‘Managing Climate Change: Ideas for a Sustainable Future’. The bookings and costs are slightly different, but the content is very similar.

All classes start at 7.30 promptly and finish at about 9.30 pm. I’ll show slides and talk for the first part of the evening, with plenty of scope for all to participate in discussion.

These classes may run in other locations, most likely Malvern, Ludlow and Hay-on-Wye, starting in September 2012, if there is sufficient interest.

Course Content:

This is a very positive, solution-focused course.

However first, and briefly, we must acknowledge the mess we are in. Humanity faces a complex network of interlinked problems and challenges: climate change, ocean acidification, loss of biodiversity, resource depletion, hunger, poverty, global financial instability, unemployment, population growth, myriad forms of pollution, inequality and injustice. The list is long. Deep concern and worry are very human reactions.

There is also much to feel very positive about. A tremendous diversity of grassroots groups are emerging in every country on Earth, demanding and working to create a better, more ecologically sustainable, fairer and more just world. Simultaneously a cleantech revolution is unfolding that shows the possibilities for our species making the transition from ‘The Fossil Fuel Age’ to ‘The Solar Age’.

My work focuses on studying and presenting the people, places and projects at the cutting edge of this change. Some towns and villages are now in the ‘post transition’ phase. Their dependence of fossil fuels is reduced to zero as they now generate all their energy needs, for heat, transport and electricity, for domestic, commercial and industrial uses, all from locally sourced, owned and controlled renewable energy resources. The business case for going radically green is becoming clearer by the day.

By studying the most ecologically sustainable and socially just examples of best practice across sectors as diverse as energy generation, governance, building, transport and farming, we learn important lessons for how we might better manage our own towns, cities and countryside. The opportunities to create sustainable forms of prosperity for all humanity are almost limitless. Radical and systemic change is necessary, possible and desirable.

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