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Inspired into Action!

Anna came along to our showing of’s film “Do the Math” in July, and this is what happened next…

How we can really make change come about?

Margaret Mead’s words, Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has inspire me. They are the kind of phrase I would happily post on my Facebook page. Whilst the sentiment is definitely there, perhaps action was lacking – a little disconnect between wanting and being willing to actually do something concrete to make my life in the city, on our one shared earth, a more sustainable one.

I attended Ealing Transition’s film night and enjoyed a 40 min film called ‘Do the Math’ which Trevor introduced and we followed by small group discussions. Being here, seeing the film and talking to like–minded people inspired me to make a change.

Whilst the film examined ideas of ‘divesting’ and asking your college/church/bank about its investments, were they linked to oil companies, or fossil fuel destroying companies, and if so to move away from these investments. I wondered who or how I could ask about such things. I didn’t think I invested in oil companies. Do be honest I felt a little removed and powerless to affect things.

I asked my neighbour, and fellow gardener at the Community Garden, what real change we could affect on a small, local, individual family level.

“Well” he quickly responded “Who do you bank with? Who supplies the energy to your home?”

Very good starting places. I don’t need to be part of an activist group to not give money to British Gas anymore! The following week, my husband and I looked into 100% renewable energy companies like Ecotricity and Good Energy.

They are out there, fully professional, friendly energy companies who are run by business people who don’t want to damage the earth, but make a successful passage, treading lightly and supplying energy to an electricity dependant society.

We decided to switch supplier and not only that. The film made me think about how the power of the pocket is really a very direct way to approach positive change ‘Voting with your pocket’. It’s the language all the oil companies understand, indeed the only language.

We had a ‘solar project’ written on our vision board for 2013 and the impetus was finally here. I came across a marketing card in the garden centre which led to a sales man calling from The Big Green company and measuring our home up. A week later we have 10 solar panels on the roof. The 2.5kw power station, our very own, will be used by us, for free, during the day, and excess sent back to (sold back to I may add with the Feed In Tariff government initiative) a 100% renewable energy company.

panelsIt feels good. I feel connected to my values in doing this.

So moving from the vast opening statement about a small group of people changing the world, I will end on the note form Mother Teresa:

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. The ocean is made of many drops.”


Help Needed for Family Re-Skilling Day 2013

We are running our third annual Family Re-skilling Day on Saturday 19th October, from 1.30-6pm.

EntranceAs usual the event will be held in the Polygon, St. Mary’s Church. Previous events have proved very popular, with a focus on learning – or re-learning – skills, getting to know other people and families in the local community, with food, drink and music at the end of the afternoon. Our blog gives you a flavour of Family Re-skilling Day 2012. Last year over a hundred people came through the door, so it really is an exciting and fun day.


Right now we are looking for some help in organizing the day. If you have organizational and practical skills – or merely boundless enthusiasm – and would like to join some of us to help get the day off the ground, then please contact the Steering Group The next meeting of the planning group is on Thursday 13 June at 7.45pm.


We would also be interested in hearing from anyone who can offer a workshop for an hour or more through the afternoon. Some workshop facilitators from last year have already agreed to run another one this year.

BikesIn the past we have had sessions on learning to knit, sewing, make do and mend, bee-keeping, cider-making, creating and using a pizza oven and rocket stove, animal husbandry including keeping pigs and chickens, bicycle maintenance, foraging and making bread, pizza, cakes, jams and chutneys (and a whole lot more).

We have had interest in workshops on the following new topics:

  • Basket weaving
  • Winter gardening
  • Cheese-making
  • Natural cleaning products
  • Holistic health treatments (eg massage, natural cosmetic products)
  • Tai chi, yoga, pilates

Reskilling 2011 BakingAll topics will be considered, as long as they help people achieve a more self-reliant, less resource intensive lifestyle, or help to build community.

If you have taken part in the past and would like to again, or if you have a new skill or interest to offer, or can sing or play music for entertainment, please get in touch via