|The Town Hall, Narberth|
The Need for a More Sustainable Future
In 2004 at Kinsale Further Education College an idea was born. That idea was to lead to the birth of the Transition Movement.
It was the brainchild of Rob Hopkins a lecturer in practical sustainability. He was concerned that after 'peak oil' was passed many communities would start to face many problems. The answer was to make communities more self reliant and he devised an 'Energy Descent Action Plan' to achieve this end.
That was the background picture given to Pembrokeshire South East Energy Group at their recent meeting, by Geraldine Leach of Transition Narberth when explaining the ethos of the Movement.
Geraldine explained that after Rob moved to Totnes in Devon, he and a group of like-minded friends started the Movement. The initiative spread quickly and there are now over 400 communities across the world that are recognised as Transition Towns.
Though each community may have different priorities, all will use a a bottom up approach to achieve community resilience. All plan for a future centred on very low energy use and all now also incorporate a policy for inevitable climate change.
Geraldine explained that Transition Narberth formed in January 2009 and had a launching event in the November of that year. It now acts as a co-ordinating body to a number of groups. Hearts and Minds, Energy, Community Allotments are amongst the areas covered.
The Energy Group has input from PLANED and Narberth Friends of the Earth and are working towards installing photovoltaic solar cells on the Queens Hall and the Bloomfield Centre. The Community Allotments Group; in addition to a very successful allotment development have planted an orchard of 100 fruit trees (assisted by sixth formers from Whitland School) as well as trees at PLANED, Bloomfield Centre, Narberth school and Townsmoor.
In Pembrokeshire there are a number of Transition Towns each with their own priorities. Transition Bro Gwaun has addressed transport by being involved in the re-opening of the Goodwick Station serviced by additional trains. Haverfordwest are looking to introduce a their own currency which can be spent in local shops.
The Transition Movement is a growing initiative and involving increasing members of local communities.
The Chair thanked Geraldine for her thoughtful and exciting presentation. It raised issues which were becoming increasingly important in everyday life.
|Members and friends of Pembrokeshire South East Energy Group enjoyed|
an educational visit to the National Trust property at Colby Woodland Garden.
They enjoyed the beauty of the woods and gardens in the warm sunshine
whilst appreciating the impressive biodiversity of the grounds.
|1st June 2012||Know your Flood Risk: A talk by Andy Irving, Flood Risk Management Team Leader|
|11th May 2012||The Power of the Sun: A visit to the Solar Farm at Rhosygilwen|
|23rd March 2012||Planting Green Thoughts: A talk by Jo Horsley, Environment Wales Development Officer|
|24th February 2012||The Atlantic Array offshore wind farm: A talk by Robert Thornhill, Development Manager|
|2nd December 2011||Pathfinder Progress: A talk by Peter Willis from the Welsh Government's Pathfinder Programme|
|4th November 2011||The DeltaStream project: A talk by Chris Williams, Development Director of Tidal Energy Ltd.|
|30th September 2011||How Green is my Valley?: A talk by Grenville Ham, Manager of The Green Valleys Project|
|23rd September 2011||PSEEG's visit to Carew Mill with Marten Lewis of the Darwin Centre|
|5th August 2011||The Manner of the Message: A talk by Neil Sefton on communication skills|
|24th June 2011||The Work of the Darwin Centre: A talk by Marten Lewis, manager of the Darwin Centre|
|27th May 2011||Electric Cars – The Road Ahead?: The talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles|
|13th May 2011||Are electric cars the way forward?: A talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles|
|22nd April 2011||Sustainability in Action: A visit to the Science & Technology Park (Technium) in Pembroke Dock|
|1st April 2011||A Revolution in Wind Energy?: A talk by Vaughan Griffiths from Quietrevolution, Pembroke Dock|
|25th February 2011||Preparing for Floods: A talk by Richard Wickes of the Environment Agency|
|14th January 2011||The Way Forward for Wind?: A talk by Steve Hack of Seren Energy|
|12th November 2010||How Green is your Castle?: The National Trust & Global Warming|
|15th October 2010||Challenge of the Rising Sea: The effects on the Pembrokeshire coastline|
|10th August 2010||The beautiful Welsh coastline: Response to possible rising sea levels|
|18th June 2010||Visit to Costain at Canaston Bridge: Not Costing the Earth|
|16th April 2010||Feed in Tariffs: Power to the People|
|12th March 2010||Heat Pumps & Photo Voltaic Panels: Prepare for the Goodlife|
|12th February 2010||Parliamentary Candiates at Green Question Time in Saundersfoot|
|15th January 2010||Weather & Climate: A Question of Energy|
|4th December 2009||Sustainable Community Ventures: Regeneration in Pembrokeshire|
|13th November 2009||Community Initiatives: Sustainable Wales leads by example|
|16th October 2009||Climate Change Challenge for Candidates & Micro-generation with wind turbines|
|2nd October 2009||A Visit to Castle Pill Wind Farm: Quiet blows the wind|
|11th September 2009||Renewable Sustainable Energy: An Energy Survey for South East Pembrokeshire|
|10th July 2009||A talk by Lorraine Dallmeier of Infinergy: Wind Power - Pembrokeshire's Potential|
|12th June 2009||St. Oswald's, Jeffreyston - Pembrokeshire's Beacon of Sustainability|
|24th April 2009||Solar Panels: Three Cheers for Sunny Pembrokeshire|
|13th March 2009||Ashton Hayes Community Energy Reduction & Hot Water From the Sun|
|13th February 2009||Could Pembrokeshire go carbon neutral?|
|14th November 2008||Environment Wales to provide 'Start-Up' Funding for PSEEG|
|17th October 2008||PSEEG to become a Registered Charity|