Transition Penwith is an initiative that works to engage all sectors of the local community in addressing the issues which arise from Energy, Economics and the Environment.

A 100% renewable future for the South West?

9 October 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Redwing Gallery, 36a Market Jew Street, Penzance TR18 2HT

Frustrated by the Government's recent u-turn on feed-in-tariffs? Against the fracking 'dash for gas'? Or simply interested in finding out more about the potential for clean energy here in Cornwall?

Join West Cornwall Friends of the Earth for a talk by Dr John Green at Redwing Gallery, Penzance on Friday 9th October where there'll be an exploration of the topic of 'a 100% renewable future for the South West'. The talk will start at 7:30pm (doors open at 7pm) and will run for around 45mins – 1 hour with time for questions after. Refreshments will be available.

"We can produce all our energy needs in the South West from renewable energy sources. Based on the rigorous analysis provided by The Resilience Centre in a report commissioned by Molly Scott Cato MEP, this talk and discussion will focus on how, and by when, this will be achieved.

Pathway to Paris

Here’s a summary of a meeting held late September 2015 in Penzance - dreaming up a local action in alignment with the Pathway to Paris call for action:

Lots of energy for doing a yurt space in a public venue (thinking of 2 possible venues:Truro Lemon Quay or Penzance Penlee Park) for focusing wisdom-council, storytelling, community building pro-activism. The window of opportunity for this is half-term just before haloween - so 29th/30th October.

Tomorrow I hope to have the forms and costs of relevant spaces, and take it from there. (It is the council after all, and with all the efficiency drives it must be possible to find the right person, and have the right conversation in 1 call. At least that's my plan!)

Once I've worked out what is possible, I'll know the venue, and let you know (especially if you want to help weave it into being......

Saturday local food market in Penzance!

The Chapel Street Farmers' Market is held in the forecourt of the Methodist Church on Chapel Street, Penzance, every Saturday from 9am to 1pm. A variety of local growers and producers are there each week selling organic vegetables, plants, bread and other fresh local produce, and the market hopes to have a butcher and a fishmonger soon. Please make it part of your weekly shop to visit the Chapel Street Farmers' Market and support your local growers!
Stalls available for chemical-free growers and producers now. They also need lots of help advertising the market (putting up posters etc.) and finding potential new stallholders to approach. Let them know how you can help. Please contact the organisers on for more information.
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Divest Cornwall

Divest Cornwall petitionDivest 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.

Save Treloyhan Wildlife Corridor

70% of the Treloyhan Manor Hotel woodlands – a vital wildlife site on the edge of St Ives - are about to be sold off for private residential development. 16 executive houses will be built, double the size of standard four-bed houses. Get involved!

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