12 Sep 2014

Stroud Events

Here’s the current list of things we know about that are happening in the near future.  Where relevant, we’re also listing events a bit further afield that you might be interested in, too. These are local events that are (unless it says otherwise in the listing) run by assorted local groups – these are all independent of the Green Party but we support them because we support their aims and methods.

If you are aware of other talks, events, workshops or other community activities in the coming week or so, please do mention them in the comments. If there’s an event you would like our support in promoting, please email the details to brynnethnimue (at) gmail (dot) com.

We came across these free courses across Glos (incl Stroud) about how to develop more inclusive and welcoming communities' – find out more here.


'Economics & Transition'

The next meeting of the Transition Stroud Book group

Black Book Cafe, Nelson St, Stroud.
Saturday 13th September
This month the Transition Stroud book group will discuss a theme rather than a single book: Economics & Transition. Last month we read ‘The Burning Question' by Mike Berners-Lee and Duncan Clark, a key issue of which is that of a 'carbon bubble' - overvalued fossil fuel companies - that would burst if we keep fossil fuels in the ground as we must in order to avoid catastrophic climate change. So this month we will look at 'Economics & Transition' -  texts which present alternative economic models for the future, or at least offer further insight into the problems of our current economic system. Rather than a single book, we have 3 key recommendations, and a longer list of possible readings (as we cannot offer multiple copies of any of the 3 key books).

The Bioregional Economy by Molly Scott Cato (the South West Green MEP based in Stroud)
"In a world of climate change and declining oil supplies, what is the plan for the provisioning of resources? Green economists suggest a need to replace the globalised economy, and its extended supply chains, with a more ‘local’ economy... The concept of the ‘bioregion’ — developed and popularised within the disciplines of earth sciences, biosciences and planning — may facilitate the reconceptualisation of the global economy as a system of largely self-sufficient local economies."
You can read
pages 1-30 online for free.

Prosperity Without Growth by Tim Jackson.
"No one denies that development is essential for poorer nations. But in the advanced economies there is mounting evidence that ever-increasing consumption adds little to human happiness and may even impede it. More urgently, it is now clear that the ecosystems that sustain our economies are collapsing under the impacts of rising consumption. Unless we can radically lower the environmental impact of economic activity - and there is no evidence to suggest that we can - we will have to devise a path to prosperity that does not rely on continued growth."
You can read/download the
report for the Sustainable Development Commission on which this book was based online for free (pdf).

Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein.
"Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth. Today, these trends have reached their extreme - but in the wake of their collapse, we may find great opportunity to transition to a more connected, ecological, and sustainable way of being."
As well as being available in hard-copy at a 'pay what you like' rate, this book is
available for free online, in both PDF and epub formats. In other words, if you have one, you can read it on your computer, laptop, tablet or kindle.

A copy of each of these books is available from the
Transition Stroud Library at the Black Book Cafe. As we only have one copy of each, we below supply a list of our other economics titles which we encourage you to read instead. We'd obviously like you to read one book in full if possible, but if you can't, feel free to come and hear what other people learned from the books, and contribute to the discussion. If you can't read any of the books, please read one of these short pieces by our key authors:

New economic model needed not relentless consumer demand" by Tim Jackson, published in The Guardian
Let's replace our fixation on growth with a steady-state economy focusing on lower consumption, leisure and ecological health" by Charles Eisenstein, published in The Guardian
Pages 1-30 of Molly Scott Cato's "The Bioregional Economy"

Stroud, Sun 21 Sep, Gloucestershire Climate March – Climate Change: we can Climb it!

Gloucestershire’s Climb for Climate

Stroud, 12.00 noon at the Sub Rooms Forecourt.

This is part of a global day of action to highlight the need for international agreement and local actions on capping carbon emissions. There will be events in cities, towns and communities all over the world, and a People’s Climate March in New York, where heads of government are meeting at a climate summit.
We will also be promoting local initiatives to cut carbon emissions, and asking our local government to commit to 100% clean energy. We will ask participants to sign up to the Tipping Point Declaration.
We will make a huge heart shape on Rodborough sports Field, of people and flags to declare our love for people and planet.
Children welcome   —   it is their future !
Green and Blue -  We will flag up the issue with a green/blue theme, to depict the planet
- Green/blue flags, banners and clothing
- Songs to celebrate the earth
- Percussion: eg. drums and bells.
- Kites
Bring a picnic !     Share knowledge on climate change.

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