TTL Local Election Special – quizzing party representatives

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We had a very enjoyable evening before the recent local elections, and a good chance to ask party representatives from the Conservatives (Council Leader Lynda Needham), Greens (Mario May), Labour (David Billing) and Lib Dems (Steve Jarvis) a question relating to local resilience. In true transition spirit we wanted our elected officials to spend as much time listening to us as we did to them. To make sure everybody got a chance to ask a question we had the candidates rotate, speed-dating style, around small groups of about 6 people. The down side of this was that there was not … more

Petrol pump queues remind us it’s a finite resource

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Every time there is a hiccup in the availability of petrol, it amazes me how quickly it is forgotten again afterwards. Surely a light is being shone full-beam not only on our complete reliance on this stuff but how vulnerable the supply system is. Two things you would think would be pretty incompatible. Peak Oil has been acknowledged as a reality by people like President Obama, the International Energy Agency and Shell. Surely the only sensible move is to gradually adjust our lives to cope without a readily affordable supply? Not wanting to get all gloomy and doomy, but those … more