The UK’s Economic Downturn Will Put Sustainable Living on the Rise

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Charles Bean, the Deputy Governor of the Bank of England warned today in a news report on the BBC, that the current global financial slowdown could “drag on for some considerable time”.

He was hopeful that growth would begin to pick up again next year and that inflation would also “drop back”, but he also understood that the squeeze on household incomes could create social issues.

I believe these ‘social issues’ will include an influx of cheap consumables and foodstuffs being shipped in from overseas and sold ‘out the back of the lorry’, rises in petty theft and shoplifting. Some supermarkets have even taken to security tagging joints of meat in an effort to discourage their light-fingered visitors.

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The Rubbish Solution’s in Transition

So what is a Transition Town (village, city, forest or island for that matter)?

In their own words, it is: – “A community working together to look Peak Oil and Climate Change squarely in the eye and address this BIG question: “For all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we significantly increase resilience (to mitigate the effects of Peak Oil) and drastically reduce carbon emissions (to mitigate the effects of Climate Change)?”

It sounds like a bit of a mouthful at first I know, but once you get your head around the concept it’s pretty straightforward and by heeding it’s recommendations, you can make an immediate and considerable difference to reducing your rubbish too!

Be a shining green light in your community - make it a Transition Town!

Last night, I attended the inaugural meeting for my village to become a Transition Town (or should I say, a Transition Village, but the movement’s called Transition Town, oh you get the idea, don’t be picky)…

The Transition Town initiative was set up by a guy called Rob Hopkins, who is now in hot demand by feature writers up and down the country, all queuing to explore his concept of ‘everyday life, post-oil’; me included. His book, ‘The Transition Handbook’ sets out his vision of a solution.

So what is a Transition Town (village, city, forest or island for that matter)?

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