A new sustainability publishing initiative has been started by 4 former Earthscan colleagues. Their website is www.dosustainability.com Dō Sustainability will launch its first ebooks in Aug / Sept 2012: DōShorts are 90-minute reads of the highest quality, zooming in on one sustainability challenge at a time. You can get involved with by visiting the website to Suggest a DōShort or Nominate an Author. Guest bloggers are also very welcome. The website has information about all of the ways to get involved, and how to sign up to the newsletter.
Support needed to get UK delegation to Rio
You can support the petition below by printing out 3 copies, signing them, and including your address and postcode, and the date. Send one to David Cameron, one to Nick Clegg and one to Ed Milleband. Diana Marquand of the Ecocide campaign, has offered to be a collection point for petitions, so you can postal three copies in one envelope to her at:
Diana Marquand, The Coach House, Trelech, Carmarthen, SA33 6RL. She will them deliver them to Westminster. Please respond urgently to this appeal if you support the aims of the petition.
It would also be helpful if you could write or email your own MP with a copy of the petition and tell them you have sent copies to all three party leaders.
We, the concerned citizens of the United kingdom petition our Prime Minister, and we ask you to support us in petitioning him, to represent the best interests of the UK, of all people worldwide, and of our planet, by sponsoring a a UK Delegation to the Earth Summit in June 2012, mandate them to create laws to protect the Earth, including an international crime of ecocide for the benefit of all.
Ecocide is the extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory whether by human agency or other causes, to such an extend that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory has been severely diminished. Eradicating ecocide is the means for states to meet global sustainability targets and to create a green economy where people and planet come before profit.
City Farms and Community Gardens events
2012 Community Growing Gatherings
8 March - South East Wales - Llanhilleth Institute
21 March - North Wales - The Foryd Centre, Rhyl
31 March - South West Wales – National Botanic Garden of Wales
Upcoming Training FCFCG ‘Setting up a Community Garden’ Training, Sbectrwm Centre, Fairwater, Cardiff CF5 3EF
This is a 4 day course which will be piloted by FCFCG this spring. It is aimed at groups who are in the very early stage of developing a community garden project, however the content of each day would be beneficial to anyone involved in setting up or managing a community growing space. Each day can be attended separately. Participants who attend all 4 days will receive a FCFCG recognised certificate.
On Safari in Llandeilo
Eco-Homes Safari 24th and 25th March
Transition Town Llandeilo is organising two Eco-Homes Safari tours visiting energy-efficient homes in and around the Towy Valley. This is your chance to come and see how a variety of properties have been renovated or constructed to minimise their carbon footprint and their running costs. The owners of the homes on each tour will explain the measures they’ve taken and how their energy use has changed. They will say what has worked well and what, in hindsight, they might do differently.
Rob Hopkins on resilience at the RSA
Rob spoke with his usual flair at the RSA* recently, and the talk was broadcast on Radio 4. He gave an upbeat overview of initiatives that epitomise the kind of resilience he sees as vital for our communities to survive the growing challenges that confront us economically, climatically and in terms of diminishing resources.
He painted a picture that was not solely based on an ‘official’ bunker mentality of Meds, Sandbags and First Responders. Identifying this approach as Rob Hopkins 2.0, he discussed the current situation, including
Economic volatility and crisis
Oil price volatility and decreased production
Rising costs 0f imports
Strangling of economic growth and production going into reverse
He asked the question – if resilience means not just being prepared, can it mean economic and social renaissance?