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October 2017 Newsletter
Fantastic new leadership team to take TM forward - Following our recent AGM we now have a brand new leadership team: Milly Carmichael was unanimously voted in as the new Chairperson, with Bridget Strong as her deputy. Jeremy Dawes was unanimously voted in as our new Treasurer. Debs Schofield has agreed to be the new Secretary and Alexandra Wax will take the lead in running next year's permaculture course. Although Rich Pitts has stepped back, he has agreed to be our digital manager, responsible for overseeing the new website.
A huge THANK YOU to you all.
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We are also grateful to Cllr Andy Ross for looking after the TM account for the past six years and to Geoff Brickell for administering the website and sending out the newsletter.
Message from Milly:
My very grateful thanks go out to everyone at the AGM who supported my nomination for Chair. I am looking forward to the coming year and building on the legacy of 6 years of solid campaigning, action and friendship by the Transition Marlborough team. We already have budding partnerships with like-minded people and groups in Pewsey, Devizes, Hungerford, Swindon and Avebury and I would like to see us grow those connections and create new ones, especially through our Bee Road project and the permaculture course. Air quality, transport, local food and energy, engaging with our local politics will all stay high on our agenda, alongside a lot of celebration, laughter, fun and creativity.
At last year’s Oxford Real Farming Conference, Colin Tudge - one of the founders of the event - said his vision was “to live in a convivial society within a flourishing biosphere”. Imagine us creating a little oasis of that right here in Marlborough!
November Hub meeting is the Thursday the 16th of November at 19:30 in the Green Dragon all welcome!
New Economics Discussion Group Starting in January - The press is writing increasingly about the arrival of Artifical Intelligence (AI) and robotics are increasingly entering mainstream workplaces. The whole economic model for society is changing, possibly for the better and some talk of us entering a new Creative Era, whilst others see it as threat to employment. Great supporters of our permaculture projects Rachel and Barnie Rosedale wanted to create a secular space to debate, discuss and understand the economy along with options for a new economic models. So, starting on Tuesday the 9th of January 2018 in the Jubliee Centre in the evening then every week at least until the February 13th there will be a topic lead debate around an area of the economy. The Topics will include
There is a series of booklets that have been produced by the Quakers to provide attendees with some background reading to support contributing to the discussion. If anyone wants copies of the booklets they can be obtained from neweconomy at quaker.org.uk and more info from Quaker.org.uk/new-economy. The Rosedales wanted us to stress this is open to all, and is completely secular. It was felt these discussions would be of interest to Transition Marlborough as we do indeed attempt develop a convivial society here in Wiltshire.
Marlborough Rail Link - Thanks to everyone who turned up to hear Sam and Peter's presentation at Marlborough Town Council's recent planning meeting, They made five recommendations to the councillors who were present:
You can read the Marlborough News report here: Town Councillors Voice Support for Renewing the Rail Link to Marlborough
The Marlborough Rail Link was discussed again at a meeting of the full Town Council on Monday 6th November, starting at 7pm. A group of us were there to give our support. Please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how this went. There will also be an update in the next newsletter.
The latest CO2 surge risks making global temperature targets unattainable - Concentrations of CO2 in the Earth's atmosphere surged to a record high in 2016, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
Last year's increase was 50% higher than the average of the past 10 years. Researchers say a combination of human activities and the El Niño weather phenomenon drove CO2 to a level not seen in 800,000 years.
Over the past 70 years, says the report, the increase in CO2 in the atmosphere is nearly 100 times larger than it was at the end of the last ice age. The last time the Earth experienced a comparable concentration of CO2 was three to five million years ago, in the mid-Pliocene era. The climate then was 2-3oC warmer, and sea levels were 10-20m higher due to the melting of Greenland and the West Antarctic ice sheets. Find out more via the BBC website, here...
Discussion of these alarming measurements will be high on the agenda of the next UN Climate Change Conference, which will take place between 6-17 November in Bonn, Germany and will be presided over by the Government of Fiji. Despite the declaration by President Trump that he intends to take the US out of the deal, negotiators will be aiming to advance and clarify the rulebook of the Paris agreement.
You can follow proceedings here: COP 23 in Bonn
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