The UK Government is committed to cutting 80% of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 – since 50% of our energy is used by our buildings, and 25% by our homes, the target is for every home to be ‘carbon neutral’ by 2050. In Shrewsburythis equates to 2,000 homes being refurbished each year for the next 37 years, saving 60,000 tonnes of CO2e each year in the process.
Some of the most extreme weather patterns - the driest, wettest, hottest and coldest months ever recorded - have occurred in recent years. The Arctic is warming dangerously, much quicker than scientists predicted, weakening, and changing the course of, the Gulf Stream bringing Britain erratic weather and disrupting agriculture.
South Brent is a village and parish on the south east edge of Dartmoor, covering an area of 3742 hectares with a population of approximately 3000. In 2006 a group of residents formed Sustainable South Brent (SSB) in response to concerns over climate change and fossil fuel depletion.
Way back in late 2009 us bods in the Energy Group of Transition Newton Abbot (TNA) hit upon the idea of creating some public art for Newton Abbot. We wanted something tangible and visible around the ideas of energy saving and renewable energy that would spark a discussion in our town.
Transition culture may be flourishing in the south of my county – Devon, we have Totnes there after all – but how is it progressing in the seemingly distant and rather overlooked north? Well, I offer the following sketch perspective.
Do you get frustrated by stuff that you have to throw away because it can’t be recycled or re-used when you’ve finished with it? The good news is that we are doing something about it and you can help. Later this month The People’s Design Lab will be inviting people to tell us about those products and packages that drive them mad and get them redesigned.
We live in spectacular times. On one hand we have the incredible advances of medicine, art, science, education and entertainment. In the developed west, our material wellbeing and life expectancy have increased dramatically over the last century.