Transition Stroud

This is a shared history blog. Together we can write the history of our process of transition as it happens.

Sunday, 6 July 2008

Transition Library launched

Transition Stroud supporters launched a new section of Stroud Library this Saturday. They have created a display of books relating to climate change and Peak Oil that can be borrowed in the same way as other library books.

Photos: Helen cutting red ribbon, Helen with DVD, Philip with books, Helen with The Transition Handbook (one of the donated books) and lastly John Marjoram, Helen Royall and interested library-goer Ali Poole.

Helen Royall, who coordinates Transition Stroud cut the red ribbon opening the new section in the library.

She said: "This will be a chance for people to learn more about climate change and Peak Oil - peak oil refers to the point where world oil production peaks and starts to decline. Some experts consider we have reached that point while others believe it is only a few years away. Certainly current oil prices and forecasts indicate that things are not going to get easier. However it doesn't all have to be doom and gloom and many of these books and DVDs have positive ways forward that we can start taking now. Indeed the Stroud area is already alive with many exciting projects that will help with the transition to a post carbon world."

Philip Booth, who coordinated the collection of the books for the new section, said: "We have been delighted by the quality of books and DVDs donated. This is the start of developing an important resource for the community that we hope many people will use. Many thanks to all who have donated already and to the Library staff who have been wonderfully supportive. We would still welcome more books and DVDs on Peak Oil and climate change: do please drop off any possible contributions to the library direct. "

John Marjoram, Mayor of Stroud, dropped in to welcome the new section in the Library: "This is a great way to make this information more accessible to a wider number of people. Well done to those who have put this project together."

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Open Homes for a sustainable future website launched

A date for the diary - Transition Stroud presents...Open Homes for a sustainable future on Saturday 13th and 14th September 2008.

Photo: Transition Stroud Energy group viewing solar on one of the homes that will be part of the Open Homes scheme

This is your opportunity to visit homes around Stroud, see renewable energy in action, discuss energy efficiency and get advice on eco-renovations…

On the Saturday 13th September we have an exhibition of the energy efficiency and renewable energy measures that people can take plus grant information, in what hopes to be the opening of the country's first carbon neutral village hall in Randwick. Plus over the weekend we have ten homes open to the public to show Solar Thermal, Wood Pellet boilers, rainwater harvesting, solid wall insulation and much more. There will also be tours of Tranquility House that has been dubbed by the Building Contracts Journal as ‘the most energy efficient house in the world’.

There are also two guided walks of the homes which are part of the Stroud's Walking Festival and a cycle route is also being developed by Bicycology Stroud. We have just launched an exciting new website with the details plus the District Council has supported us in helping fund 3,000 leaflets that gives info on grants and the open homes.

The leaflet is due out early next week. See our website which has times and details of the homes. It is in the process of being developed further to provide more information about the homes:

Do contact me if you can help with this project: Philip Booth 755451