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The Need for a More Sustainable Future

29th June 2012

The Town Hall, Narberth

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.


PSEEG members visited Colby Woodland Gardens on 19th June 2012

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.

Past Articles
1st June 2012Know your Flood Risk: A talk by Andy Irving, Flood Risk Management Team Leader
11th May 2012The Power of the Sun: A visit to the Solar Farm at Rhosygilwen
23rd March 2012Planting Green Thoughts: A talk by Jo Horsley, Environment Wales Development Officer
24th February 2012The Atlantic Array offshore wind farm: A talk by Robert Thornhill, Development Manager
2nd December 2011Pathfinder Progress: A talk by Peter Willis from the Welsh Government's Pathfinder Programme
4th November 2011The DeltaStream project: A talk by Chris Williams, Development Director of Tidal Energy Ltd.
30th September 2011How Green is my Valley?: A talk by Grenville Ham, Manager of The Green Valleys Project
23rd September 2011PSEEG's visit to Carew Mill with Marten Lewis of the Darwin Centre
5th August 2011The Manner of the Message: A talk by Neil Sefton on communication skills
24th June 2011The Work of the Darwin Centre: A talk by Marten Lewis, manager of the Darwin Centre
27th May 2011Electric Cars The Road Ahead?: The talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles
13th May 2011Are electric cars the way forward?: A talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles
22nd April 2011Sustainability in Action: A visit to the Science & Technology Park (Technium) in Pembroke Dock
1st April 2011A Revolution in Wind Energy?: A talk by Vaughan Griffiths from Quietrevolution, Pembroke Dock
25th February 2011Preparing for Floods: A talk by Richard Wickes of the Environment Agency
14th January 2011The Way Forward for Wind?: A talk by Steve Hack of Seren Energy
12th November 2010How Green is your Castle?: The National Trust & Global Warming
15th October 2010Challenge of the Rising Sea: The effects on the Pembrokeshire coastline
10th August 2010The beautiful Welsh coastline: Response to possible rising sea levels
18th June 2010Visit to Costain at Canaston Bridge: Not Costing the Earth
16th April 2010Feed in Tariffs: Power to the People
12th March 2010Heat Pumps & Photo Voltaic Panels: Prepare for the Goodlife
12th February 2010Parliamentary Candiates at Green Question Time in Saundersfoot
15th January 2010Weather & Climate: A Question of Energy
4th December 2009Sustainable Community Ventures: Regeneration in Pembrokeshire
13th November 2009Community Initiatives: Sustainable Wales leads by example
16th October 2009Climate Change Challenge for Candidates & Micro-generation with wind turbines
2nd October 2009A Visit to Castle Pill Wind Farm: Quiet blows the wind
11th September 2009Renewable Sustainable Energy: An Energy Survey for South East Pembrokeshire
10th July 2009A talk by Lorraine Dallmeier of Infinergy: Wind Power - Pembrokeshire's Potential
12th June 2009St. Oswald's, Jeffreyston - Pembrokeshire's Beacon of Sustainability
24th April 2009Solar Panels: Three Cheers for Sunny Pembrokeshire
13th March 2009Ashton Hayes Community Energy Reduction & Hot Water From the Sun
13th February 2009Could Pembrokeshire go carbon neutral?
14th November 2008Environment Wales to provide 'Start-Up' Funding for PSEEG
17th October 2008PSEEG to become a Registered Charity

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