Dream of living in an eco-friendly house?

Do you have a dream of living in an environmentally-friendly house?
Perhaps you would like to be involved in designing and building your own eco home?  Are you interested in buying some land and working together with a group of people who also have this dream?

There are a few of us who have met through Transition Malvern Hills who share a dream of living simply and sustainably, leaving a small footprint on the Earth.  If you also have this dream, I would like to hear from you.  Please email Jan at [sf_email]greenleafjan@gmail.com[/sf_email]

Transition takes off in Malvern

The Transition initiative for the communities in and around the Malvern Hills area is gathering pace. This website has ideas, information and action.

To get involved or see what is happening locally check the Events section, or read about/contact the Working Groups, where the practical action takes place.

Find out more

If you are new to the ideas behind transition, read our Introductory article, and also take a look at the Reference section for where it came from and how it is developing elsewhere.

 

Get in touch via our general contact form to join the mailing list or to send a message on anything. TMH also has a Facebook group, and there is a bunch of videos from events on YouTube.

Serious Climate Change report from PwC well worth a scan

Originally circulated to the Colwall Car Club:

The following has come to my attention, a new PriceWaterhouseCooper report shows the extremely serious extent of the climate change problem.  PwC are usually considered a very trustworthy source by Government and Business and in my experience are not prone to scare mongering. I think this report needs wide circulation to help people see the urgency of the task ahead and the exceptional effort that is now needed, the year’s of half hearted effort are making the possibility of successful resolution move from extremely difficult to almost impossible. The unpredictable weather events we/the world is already getting at 1 degree warming is very minor compared to what will happen if we go over 2 degrees.

A few numbers, by way of summary:

  • PWC estimates the required annual improvement in ‘global carbon intensity’ to meet a 2°C warming target has risen this year, to 5.1% each year, from now to 2050.
  • The 2011 rate of improvement in carbon intensity was 0.7%, giving an average rate of decarbonisation of 0.8% a year since 2000.  If the world continues to decarbonise at the rate since the turn of the millennium, there will be an emissions gap of approximately 12 GtCO2 by 2020, 30GtCO2 by 2030 and nearly 70GtCO2 by 2050, as compared to PWC’s 2-degree scenario.
  • Even doubling our current rate of decarbonisation would lead to emissions consistent with 6 degrees of warming by the end of the century. To give ourselves a more than 50% chance of avoiding 2 degrees will require a six-fold improvement in our rate of decarbonisation.
  • Businesses, governments and communities across the world need to plan for a warming world – not just 2°C, but 4°C, or even 6°C.

If you are shocked and what to find a way of upping your contribution to helping reduce your (or others) Carbon Footprint get in touch.

Robin Coates
01684 540284

Malvern Hills Repair Café

Repair Cafe is about local people meeting in a social environment while repairing things together and receiving free expert advice and assistance. Come and join us and be inspired!

Saturday 1st December, 10 am to 2 pm

The Cube (previously the youth centre), Albert Road North, Malvern, WR14 2YF

 

Read more about the idea behind Repair Cafés.

See Events Calendar to check for latest Repair Cafe event.

Composting toilets – any interest in bulk buy?

From Guy Tomlinson:

I came across composting toilets at Grand Designs Live & soon as I can afford it, am looking to purchase a Separett Villa for all the ecological reasons. I wondered if other people in the Transition movement might also be interested in purchasing one for the same reasons?

If a few of us were interested, I’m sure I could negotiate a good discount ~ maybe 10% (or more depending on how many were being ordered) plus free delivery (if they were being delivered to one collection point in Malvern?).

If this is of any interest or you would like more information please contact Guy on 07986 102 404 by 30th November.