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Monday, 22 October 2007

Think Tank on Peak Oil to be developed

The blog may have been quiet but much has still been going on with TS - the core group have been looking at the structure - and looking at offers of a hall at one site in Stroud or a desk at another - other projects are also being looked at like a cafe - proposals already drawn up - plus many of the sub-groups have been meeting.

In terms of the Business and Government Group the work has now prompted the creation of a Think Tank on responses to Peak Oil and Climate Change. The Think Tank will sit under the Local Strategic Partnership (LSP), consult widely and use the Portland report as its model - now an LSP is an important way to develop Councils policy across the County so this is a very big move forward in terms of getting peak oil issues embedded into Councils policies.

The Think Tank will initially endeavour to produce a district wide Transition Plan. Members of the Business and Government group have already been working with Nigel Riglar, Strategic Director, Stroud District Council on this.

The first scoping meeting is on Friday 26th October - and we are looking for individuals who feel they have something to offer this Think Tank, and are able to work collaboratively with a wide range of people with varying levels of environmental understanding and knowledge, either to sit on it or to be consulted as part of the process. If you are interested, please contact us at the soonest - my number is 01453 755451.

More info

In order to stimulate the debate the LSP intends to establish an ‘Adapting to Global Changes’ Think Tank consisting of no more than 12 citizens drawn from the LSP and other interested parties. The Think Tank will be charged with examining the potential economic and social consequences of climate change and the declining availability of conventional energy sources and for developing recommendations to mitigate the impacts of these.

The Think Tank will be charged with 4 key tasks by the LSP:
- Review the information on the issues and the related economic and social consequences;
- Seek community and business input on the impacts and proposed solutions;
- Development of recommendations for the LSP that partner agencies and other organisations can take to mitigate the effects of long term change, including but not limited to: transport, business and home energy use, water, food security, health and social care, communications, land use planning and waste management; and,
- Propose methods of educating the public in order to create positive and long term behaviour change amongst residents and businesses.

In order to fulfil its remit the Think Tank may wish to structure its work around 4 main topic areas, which are likely to be of most concern to local people:
- Land use and transportation
- Food and Agriculture
- Public and social services (including education, health, social services, public safety and utilities)
- Economic change.

The proposal is that the Chair will be drawn from the LSP membership and Stroud District Council will provide a senior manager to facilitate the inquiries and deliberations of the Think Tank. Additional ‘research’ capacity will also hopefully be made available by the Council. Further research and support capacity may be required from other LSP partners as the work of the Think Tank develops.

It is anticipated that the Think Tank will begin its deliberations in October 2007 and be in a position to report its findings to the June 2008 LSP meeting. There will be interim reports whilst the work is being progressed.

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