Transition Towns Annual Conference
Stroud Transition folk are joining the conference taking place at the Royal Agricultural College near Cirencester from 11-13 April 2008. Green Party ‘eco hero’ will open the conference and warn of global food insecurity resulting from peak oil crisis.
The Green MEP for the South East will be visiting Cirencester tomorrow (Friday 11 April) to open the annual conference of one of the UK’s most revolutionary environmental movements and then will be in Stroud to talk at the Sub Rooms at 7.30pm on The Future of Food.
Dr Caroline Lucas, who sits on the European Parliament’s influential Environment Committee and was voted ‘Politician of the Year’ by the Observer newspaper in 2007, will tell visitors to the Transition Towns Annual Conference of the urgent need to address the increasing cost and scarcity of oil. She will say: “I truly believe that the Transition Town network is the most exciting, most hopeful, and most inspirational movement in Britain today. It is exciting because it's such a fast-growing, grassroots, direct response to an oil crisis which will affect us all.
“The Transition Town project proposes meaningful solutions to the two greatest challenges we face today - peak oil and climate change. It doesn't wait for government, politicians or corporations to act; it's about people in their communities taking action now, and joining together to create an alternative vision of how society could be.”
In the current system of globalised trade, food production is dangerously dependent upon oil – 95% of all the goods in shops involve the use of oil. Dr Lucas will warn that only by consuming more locally sourced food and services, and improving support for domestic producers, can we decrease our reliance upon unsustainable fossil fuels. Dr Lucas will highlight the positive message of the Transition Town network, which works to wean communities off oil, at a time when oil production may have already peaked and regularly surpasses the $100-a-barrel mark.
She says: “The Greens have been trying to get the subject of Peak Oil onto the political agenda for several years. But now, there's a new and growing awareness of the dramatic consequences of it becoming more costly and more scarce. Transition Town demonstrates that the changes we urgently need to make in order to address peak oil and climate change are positive changes in themselves. By making these changes, we can not only tackle the environmental crisis, we can also lead more fulfilling lives - through stronger local communities for example, better insulated homes, more vibrant local economies, more local production and consumption.