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Edinburgh in Transition?

Posted by chdot on December 5, 2007


A fairly new idea in the ‘fight against climate change’ is the Transition Town. The only one in Scotland (so far) is Portobello! Once it really was a town – there’s still the Town Hall – the old one (pictured) is now the Police Station.

The Transition Town impetus here came from PEDAL (Portobello Energy Descent and Land Reform Group. It is also responsible for a meeting on Sunday (9th of December from 2pm – 4.30pm).

The event titled Edinburgh: Scotland’s First Transition City? is described as a talk and workshop on a practical response to Climate Change and Peak Oil.

“It will bring together social and environmental activists, decision and policy makers, business and church leaders and leading academics. We will be asking if Edinburgh is ready to follow their lead, to re-localise our city and dramatically lower its carbon footprint.”

Programme:

2pm: Mandy Meikle of Reforesting Scotland will talk about Peak Oil, Justin Kenrick of PEDAL will talk about the Transition Town in Portobello; Mark Lazarowicz; MP will talk about the Community Energy Project for North Edinburgh Leith; Ben Brangwyn of the Transition Town Network will talk about the Transition Town movement, and how it might work in Edinburgh.

2.30: Small discussion groups looking at “How to move Edinburgh towards being a Transition City.”

4.00 Discussion groups feed back to the main group.

Venue The Melting Pot, 5 Rose St (behind Jenners).

For further information, or to book a place, contact Eva Schonveld 0131 657 2555 evaschonveld@yahoo.co.uk.

2 Responses to “Edinburgh in Transition?”

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  2. […] in Edinburgh today, the second meeting about the plans for a Transition City took place in the City Chambers. Around 50 people met to talk about energy, food, transport etc. […]

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