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The citizen gardeners re-greening Paris

This summer the authorities in Paris hatched an imaginative new scheme. The city doesn’t have the ‘lungs’ that some other cities have, such as Central Park in New York or the royal parks in London, and its problems with traffic and air pollution are well known. Faced with the challenge of inadequate green space, they […]

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10 reasons to depave your city

Near my Luton office there’s a junction that scores highly on the unnecessary paving scale. It’s out the back of the mall, so there’s a vast blank wall above it too, a concrete landscape with no room for life. Nature being what it is, it makes use of every nook and cranny regardless, but it’s […]

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The Big Six and the Big Sixty Million

In Britain, the energy market is dominated by six big companies. Together they supply 95% of the country’s households, but that is changing. In the past, the huge investment costs of energy generation made it impossible to break into the market, but renewable energy is creating new challengers. As we’ve discussed before, renewable energy can […]

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#punkmoney and monetary diversity

All kinds of things have been used as money – shells, salt, clay tablets, and to that list we can now add tweets. Using the hashtag punkmoney, Eli Gothill hatched the idea of issuing promisory notes on twitter and exchanging them as a primitive form of e-currency. To create money, you simply tweet the person […]

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10 benefits of community energy

Yesterday I wrote about the importance of community energy projects in the light of the current debate over energy prices. There are a lot more reasons to celebrate community energy and I didn’t want to cram too much into the post, so I thought I’d follow it up with a second post. Here are ten […]

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Why environmentalists should embrace postgrowth economics

Climate after Growth: why environmentalists must embrace postgrowth economics and community resilience is a new paper from Rob Hopkins of the Transition Network and Asher Miller of the Postcarbon Institute. It’s the kind of challenge to the environmental movement that I’ve been expecting for a while. It was just a matter of who would do […]

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Three kinds of investment

One of the things I picked up from Rob Hopkins’ book The Power of Just Doing Stuff is a useful way of thinking about how to fund transition initiatives and regeneration efforts. He describes three main sources of investment: extractive, inward, and internal. ‘Extractive investment’ is the kind you get when big companies do business […]

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The Power of Just Doing Stuff, by Rob Hopkins

Previous Transition books, of which there are several, have so far been handbooks and how-tos for those within the movement or at least fairly seriously interested. Rob Hopkins‘ new book, The Power of Just Doing Stuff, reads more like an outreach piece for those who have a vague awareness of Transition but aren’t entirely sold […]

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The power of just doing stuff

I’ve just started reading Rob Hopkins’ new book, The Power of Just Doing Stuff. I’ll review it next week, but I thought I’d mention it and post the video. The book is kind of a pep talk for just getting on with it, and it reminds me of John Paul Flintoff’s book How to Change […]

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Communities, Councils and a Low Carbon Future, by Alexis Rowell

Communities, Councils and a Low Carbon Future, by Alexis Rowell came out at the same time as another Transition Books title on buildings. I didn’t want to read both together and this one sounded like the less interesting of the two, so it’s been languishing on the shelf. Predictably, I now wish I’d got to […]

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