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New Projects

Thanks to all who attended ‘re-Imagining Ealing’s Future’ and the film ‘Powerful’

At the first, we explored the question ‘What additional steps can we take to grow wellbeing in our local community?’. At the second we asked ‘how do we start a renewable energy revolution in Ealing?

The first event yielded five ideas as follows

A Social Network / Hub for Elders.

This would engage the experience and skills of community Elders, channelling this into local activities, creating time, spaces and events for Elders, sharing skills and campaigning on important issues.

A Food Producers’ Network in Ealing and Southall

This would connect growing groups throughout the borough, enable the sharing of produce, creating a mutual support network and spreading awareness of the need to relocalise food in the local community

A ‘Unique Streets’ programme

This would foster community on a street-by-street basis, using NEF’s ‘five aspects of happiness’, namely Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning, and Give. Activities would include street parties, group play, eating together, community gardening and evening walks.

A Children’s Education Centre at Perivale Wood

This would act as a focal point for a deeper appreciation of nature and environment. Help is needed to finish building the new straw bale centre, develop community programmes, resource packs & publicity, capture memories from Elders and more.

Resource Re-Use

This project aims to reduce local waste through re-use and repurposing. The team aims to create an event to explore what ‘wastes’ could be utilised, and how these could be collected, stored and processed.

The second event yielded a number of ideas but chief among these was

Community Energy

We are keen to draw together a project team with interest and expertise in starting a community energy project in Ealing

Each of these projects has a lead contact person. If you would like to get involved in taking one or more of these ideas forward, please drop a line to steering@ealingtransition.org.uk and we will forward it to the project team.

 

 

Sunday 15th September: 7.30pm: More Than Honey

MTH_Teaser-100912_gerIn ‘More than Honey’, Oscar-nominated director Markus Imhoof takes an in-depth look at honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China and Australia, from small family beekeepers to industrialized honey farms. The film is about the relationship between mankind and honeybees, about nature and about our future. Honeybees show us that stability is just as unhealthy as unlimited growth, that crises and disasters are triggering evolution, and that salvation sometimes comes from a completely unexpected direction.

You can see the trailer here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NT05qEJxUk

After the film, Friends of the Earth will say a few words about their Bee Cause campaign, and beekeepers from Ealing BKA and Ealing Transition Community Bee Project will be on hand for discussion over tea, coffee and cakes.

The showing takes place at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road, Ealing W5 5RH. Entry is free, but we will ask for a donation after the film to help us to cover screening costs. Do try to join us for this beautiful and important film.

Do The Math

Thanks to all who came to last night’s showing of Do the Math. Those who were unable to come might be interested to watch this important (short) film online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fY-8OUuJ9Ms

Update August 2013: 

The film is no longer available through YouTube, due to 350.org getting a distribution deal (this is good news: it will be broadcast!), but you can still arrange to have a private or public screening, and download the film yourself to do so, through the film’s site: http://act.350.org/signup/math-movie/