Transition Tuesday
Transition Tuesday is our monthly meeting, held on the second Tuesday of the month.  Meetings are themed; we often have a speaker, a film or a workshop on an aspect of life which could benefit from a Transition perspective. Previous meeting topics have included seed swaps, green holiday inspiration, altering and swapping clothes, food preservation, how to build a local sustainable economy.  We’re always keen to hear ideas for future meetings.

Everyone is welcome – just turn up.  We meet upstairs in Mrs Howard Hall.  Refreshments are available from 7.30pm, with the event starting at 7.45pm. Admission is free, but a suggested donation of £2 helps to cover our costs.  Further information about meeting topics and the venue can be found in our calendar on the home page.

Supporting Local Guiding and Scouting Groups
Transition Town Letchworth has resources and games that can be borrowed by local youth groups who are exploring environmental issues and we are happy to visit your group. Working with a local Brownie and Cub group we have developed information packs and activities addressing the challenges set in the Brownies Environment Badge and the Cubs Environmental Conservation Badge. The following gives a flavour of some of the activities included in the resources:

  • Energy Saving: We bring along a thermal camera and let the children find out how this technology works, if the weather is cold enough the children can look for heat loss and draughts in your meeting place. We bring along a plug in energy monitor and electronic gadgets so the children can explore the amount of energy used by gadgets in the home.
  • Renewable Energy: We have a model house which the children can use to find out about solar renewable technology.
  • Water Saving: We bring a game to help children understand how much water they use and ideas and devices which can help us reduce water use.
  • Waste: Through a series of games and challenges played over an evening you will be able to explore the idea of REDUCE, REUSE and RECYLE including the topical subject of reducing single use plastics.
  • Food Miles: We have games and activities which explore food miles and eating in season. We have suggestions for visits to local farms.
  • Hedges and Pesticides: We have four short scripts and some props which the children can act out and by the end of the evening they will have shared learning on how bees, butterflies, dormice and birds have been affected by pesticides and hedgerow loss.
  • Endangered Species: We have games and activities to help the children find out about hedgehogs and how we can help them. We can put you in touch with local people who care for sick hedgehogs who are willing to come and speak with your group.

So please contact us if you are interested in working on an Environmental Challenge and think we can help.

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TTL’s Lending library
Over the years we’ve collected a range of books on many subjects, from veg growing to home insulation and many more.  The library is available for borrowers at our Transition Tuesday events, or contact us if you are interested. If you have a Transition or sustainability themed book that you have finished with, we’d love to offer it to others to read and promise to look after it in case you need it back!education3

Speakers and Activity Organisers
Would your group, troop, class, church, team, or whatever like to have a speaker and / or activity organiser to talk about or demonstrate any aspect of Transition Town Letchworth’s work? Our members have done everything from formal presentation to clubs and interest groups to using energy monitors to show cubs and scouts how to save energy. We’d be delighted to do more with other organisations. Contact us!

EDUCATION AND AWARENESS RELATED BLOG POSTS

Rob Hopkins shares a message of ‘Hope’ for addressing Climate Change 

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How will Climate Change Affect Letchworth?

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Tomorrow – the Film

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Speak Up Letchworth Garden City

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Transition Roadshow feedback

The TTL blog caught up with Diane and Tessa who attended the Transtion Roadshow in Berkhamstead in April. “It was a cool and breezy day in bustling Berkhamsted: regular stalls on the monthly Farmer’s Market were joined by a new one – for the Transition Roadshow – welcoming visitors from Ipswich, Bedford and even as far afield as Norway,” explained Tessa. “We were there to hear Rob Hopkins speak, to learn and share knowledge in workshops and to chat and meet fellow souls. After an engaging opening session led by a member of Transition Network I found my way to … more

Join us at the Transition Roadshow

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This year the Transition Network decided to do things a little differently. Instead of a single conference in one place, there are four Roadshow events, supported and attended by TN, but organised by local initiatives. In our region this is in Berkhamsted, details here. The week will start in Milton Keynes on 18th April at their Green Fair, then the main roadshow day will be here on the 19th.  The roadshow will provide relevant and game-changing workshops and training for those interested in taking part in Transition, while show-casing Transition to the wider town. In the evening will be Transition … more

Climate Conference at St Albans Cathedral

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Many people, including Naomi Klein in “This Changes Everything” will tell you that the Judao-Christian tradition is the cause of our current climate crisis. Before JHWH, she says, people worshipped nature, and sought to maintain it. I fear that there is, or was, some tiny truth in this. But, today, churches and other faiths do take climate change seriously. Operation Noah, with its Pray and Fast for the Climate campaign and the C of E’s Shrinking the Footprint are seeking commitment and solutions. Many churches worldwide are also involved in the campaign to dis-invest from fossil fuels. The diocese of … more