Sunday, 6 October 2013

Transition Exeter: October newsletter

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October 2013 News

Welcome to the October edition of the Transition Exeter Newsletter. Autumn is here, and it's full of exciting events. This month we've got a great variety in Exeter: music, films, board games and more.  We even have event details to share from our like-minded friends in Ottery, Totnes, and Teign Valley.  We also have great volunteer/involvement opportunities!  And, for a preview of what's to come from Transition Exeter, take a look at our Autumn Programme.

Get Involved

Volunteers needed to help make a small garden for bees on a patch of ground near the new Theatre in Exeter.  Could you help?  Please contact Gill Westcott: gillwestcott@gmail.com or 01647 24789

October Event Details

Board Game

Thursday 3rd October & Wednesday 30th October / The Generator, Dix's Field, Exeter / 7:00pm
Perspectivity is a board game run by a facilitator, that allows you to manage a country's economy through an era of rapid change. Essentially it's an excuse to get local people together to experience, and then talk about, complex global issues such as growth and sustainability in a novel way. Everybody welcome!

Register for tickets (free):  Thu 3rd & Wed 30th
Some quotes from the last session:
  "it's like Risk, but with energy production"
"a world model strategy game exploring human nature"
"a mind expanding game to test your ethics, morals and understanding of self within a competitive environment"


Where to Build the Walls that Protect Us

Saturday 12th, 26th October, 9th November / at Kaleider, Bathurst House, Exeter / 11am - 4pm / £10 (£8)
An Expedition and constructive project, later with drama, an opportunity to imagine the future city of Exeter: http://www.wheretobuildthewallsthatprotectus.com
Expeditions looking at the current shape of Exeter, with input from experts (eg climatologists, planners) on 12 and 26 October and 9 November"

Drill Baby Drill

Saturday 12th October / Queens Building at Exeter University / 6:00-8:30pm
Exeter Green Party have organised a screening of the film ‘Drill Baby Drill’, a documentary showing the disastrous effects of shale gas extraction, or fracking, on the environment, water supply, air quality and human health. The film will be followed by a discussion and Q&A session with Natalie Bennett, Green Party leader, including what fracking might mean for the South west. This event will take place at Exeter University on Saturday October 12 in the Queens Building, Lecture Theatre 1, Queens Drive, 6pm – 8.30pm. The D bus will drop you right outside!

Real Music at the Real Food Cafe
Mae and the Midnight Fairground

Saturday 12th October / The Real Food Cafe, 11-13 Paris St Exeter / 8:00pm / £7 (£5)
The Real Food Store runs monthly music evenings promoting local musicians. This is the first after the summer break and a chance to re-emphasise the local links - food, music, volunteers and fun.  Doors open at 7:00pm for early-bird meals and drinks. See the attached poster for details.

Exeter Green Drinks

2nd Wednesday of the month / The Globe, Newtown, Exeter / from 8:00pm

Every month people with an interest in the environment meet up at informal sessions known as Green Drinks. We have a lively mixture of people from NGOs, academia, government and business. Come along and you'll be made welcome.

TE Film Night
In Transition

Thursday 24th October / Global Centre, 17 St David's Hill, Exeter / 7:00pm
Stories of communities creating change from round the world, followed by (8 pm) discussion of local activities including Exeter Pound, Community Renewable Energy Company, skill sharing, and creation of Bee Garden.

Nearby Events

Schumacher College and Totnes REconomy Project

Adventures in New Economics

Dates throughout October, November & December / Totnes
A lecture series featuring leading thinkers and doers. Join us for this thought provoking series, sure to challenge, educate, and stir you to action. Please see the attached poster for details, or check the event details at: TransitionTownTotnes.org or SchumacherCollege.org.


Sustainable Ottery
Ottery Environment Week

5th-12th October / Ottery St Mary
Sustainable Ottery are organising a week-long series of events aiming to engage the whole community with the subjects of food & energy. The week kicks off with an Open Homes event on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October where a number of homes and businesses in Ottery that have made energy efficiency improvements or installed renewables will open their doors to the public to share ideas & experiences, includes, solar PV and thermal, ground source heat pumps, biomass boilers plus ingenious ways to save energy and bio-diesel. Please see attached for the itinerary or visit www.sustainableottery.co.uk for directions to houses.

During the week the schools will be engaged with local food activities with chefs from the river Cottage and on Thursday evening (10th, 6-7 pm) there is a trip to Bicton Earth to see all the latest renewable energy technologies in action. Spaces are limited so please book via info@sustainableottery.org.uk.

The week culminates with an Environmental Exhibition at Ottery Parish church (Saturday 12 October, 10-4) with numerous stalls about generating energy, saving energy and water, bee-keeping, local food producers, reducing waste and a point to leave spectacles, hearing-aids, garden and DIY tools and sewing machines that will be passed on for re-use by various charities. Bring along your old mobile phones and printer cartridges too to help the local Scouts fund-raising . Also various talks from the Gill Martin (Met Office) with the latest on Climate Change), Cathy Debenham (You-gen) financial aspects of energy generation and the Green Deal), Henry Gent on the problems faced by modern farmers and Kevin Cotter (Love Local Food) with a story about food. Refreshments will be available during the day, including ploughman’s lunches using local produce.
Please come along and support us. For any more information please visit the website or e-mail us.

Greener Teign
Population Growth

Tuesday 15th October / The Great Barn, Lower Ashton / 7:30pm
We have two excellent speakers who have kindly agreed to come here from London:  Fred Pearce who writes for the New Scientist and who has authored a thought-provoking book entitled "Peoplequake" challenging the inevitability of continued population growth; Roger Martin, Chair of "Population Matters", a passionate advocate of action to prevent a population explosion.  The event will be held at the Great Barn, a beautifully restored mediaeval barn in Higher Ashton at 7.30 on Tuesday 15th October.


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