Critical Camping at Kestle BartonFour more weekend events throughout the Summer of 2016
2 -3 July
23 – 24 July
3 – 4 September
24 – 25 September
Paul Chaney will lead these Critical Camps: a season of workshops and talks by invited artists, thinkers and scientists, at Kestle Barton Rural Centre for the Contemporary Arts, located on the Lizard Peninsular in Cornwall.
Critical Camps will explore topics raised by Chaney’s ongoing research project Lizard Exit Plan – a speculative scenario in which an unspecified hypothetical apocalyptic event cuts off Cornwall’s Lizard peninsula from the global economy. The camps will be hosted in the Encampment Supreme pavilion – a 775 sq.ft architectural fusion of post-consumer waste products and locally found natural elements, constructed by the artist and volunteers during public workshops in 2015.
Cornwall: A Million Acts of SanctuaryCornwall is mobilising.
From the border with England to the north, to way down in the wildness of the west, people are taking action in countless ways across our extraordinary county to offer sanctuary to those people, adults, children, grandparents, young couples, and individuals caught up and forced to abandon their homes and seek sanctuary somewhere across Europe and the Middle East. It's hard to imagine what it must be like to be as desperate, and how much you have to hope for some compassion in others, as you look for safety. There are a million ways offering sanctuary: if you're not sure how, and you want to join in then take a look at: http://www.cornwallamillionactsofsanctuary.com
Greg Humphries says that the hazel, ash, oak, sweet chestnut and willow he cut this Winter is already budding up and coming into leaf. It's beautiful to be in the woods at this time of year when everything is turning from grey to green. As well as his regular bushcraft and green woodwork sessions he's also offering traditional archery beginners courses this summer. "Have-a-go" traditional archery days can be booked throughout the summer (see dates below) where everyone gets a chance to shoot traditional bows at animal targets in the woods. It's the best way to start the journey to making your own bow! All the courses will be run from his new and improved outdoor studio space in the woods at the re-vamped Living Well Centre in Sancreed (see http://www.thelivingwellcentre.co.uk for details of accommodation available on site) so be assured that you will be able to stay dry and have a cup of tea by the fire even on the wettest days. If you're interested in any of the courses then email Greg at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07776 223337 to book a place.
Divest Cornwall petitionHere's a petition that's really worth signing. It asks Cornwall Council to:
1. Immediately freeze any new investments in fossil fuels.
2. Divest from direct ownership and any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds within 5 years.
Also to reinvest such that Cornwall really can live up to its potential as a renewable energy trendsetter for the UK.
Fossil fuel corporations have 5 times more oil, coal and gas in known reserves than the most conservative climate scientists think is safe to burn. Therefore we have to keep at least 80% of their fossil fuels underground to keep the earth in livable shape. Despite this fact, fossil fuel companies continue to explore for more fossil fuels (for example in the Arctic, or in the UK through fracking) because - with our current economic system - the amount of reserves they have determines their share value.
The original Penzance LETS functioned for many years but is sadly no more. Penwith LETS (Local Exchange Trading Scheme) will carry on the tradition - helping people exchange services with other people in the community without the need for money. The group will be run by and for local people, creating wealth that stays in the area. It puts people in touch with a thriving social network and a great variety of resources and skills. LETS is a way of helping people to help themselves. Everybody has skills and someone out there needs yours!