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  • TRANSATLANTIC TRADE & INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP petition

    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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  • FARMERS MARKET

    AND TRANSITION PRESTEIGNE SKILLSHARE

     

    SATURDAY 5TH APRIL

    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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Resilience and vulnerability to solar events

How to Watch the Sun (and why we do it)

 

Well researched and visually fascinating, this documentary takes you through the satellite tracking data which any of us can look at, with explanations about what

the data represent, and how a 'Carrington event', (or very powerful impact of charged material from the sun), could completely alter things on earth. Last time it happened in the late 19th century, telegraph offices burst into flames. A few years ago Sweden had major problems from power disruption caused by a solar event. If it happens again on a large scale everything that depends on electricity could be affected, maybe for a long time. Power supply companies are trying to build as much protection as possible into systems, recognising this vulnerability. Emergency services worldwide are investing in equipment in preparation for just such an event.

 

In the past, we know that these events happened but they did not pose such a threat to infrastructure in a world which did not depend so totally on electricity. The earth's magnetic fields were also stronger than they are now (it is scientifically proven that earth's defences are fading). This overview will make you think carefully about how vulnerable we are and what we can do to build more resilience into our designs.

How to Watch the Sun

 

 

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