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Chocolate maker's grand plan to save energy

An inspiring article published by the Leinster Leader on the steps Lily O'Briens are taking to make their business more energy efficient with the help of The Ecology Foundation.

Department of Energy announces new Energy Saving Scheme and Electricity Microgeneration Programme

The DCENR has announced two upcoming schemes to help homeowners (and other energy users) conserve energy and install sutainable electricity systems. Access the press release for the Energy Saving Scheme here and the press release for the Electricity Microgeneration Programme here (details to be announced in the coming months).

Is your grocery bill going up? You're not alone

From rice in Peru to miso in Japan, food prices are rising all over the world. This is an interesting and worrying article on increasing food costs in 32 countries.

Kinsale Spring Fair - Saturday 29th March 2008

Transition Town Kinsale, in association with Kinsale Tidy Towns, is organising a Spring Fair for a whole day in March. This fun and information packed event will include:Spring_Festival_Poster2.JPG

  • Eco-Market - Short Quay 10am - 4pm
  • Car Boot Sale – Further Education College Carpark 10am – 2pm
  • Transition TV and Fair Trade Café – Temperance Hall 10am – 4pm
  • Workshops – Temperance Hall and FE College 10am-7pm
  • Kinsale Community Powerdown Launch – Temperance Hall 2pm
  • Street Entertainment all day in town
  • Evening Concert with music, comedy, drama at Further Education College Amphitheatre 7.30 – 10.30pm

Six Degrees... The carbon footprint of cheeseburgers

Check out this video on Britcove tv

Why the price of 'peak oil' is famine

This very interesting article was written by Ambrose Evans and published in the Guardian on 9 February 2007. It discusses why vulnerable regions of the world face the risk of famine over the next three years as rising energy costs spill over into a food crunch.

Gardening Couse at Cultivate

"Wake Up It's Spring! Start Planting!"- Cultivate are offering a one day gardening course for begginers on Saturday the 16th of February from 12 to 3. The course costs €30.

The course will include "A basic introduction for beginners to get started on an organic garden for 2008. Learn about the entire cycle from planting seed, transplanting, propogation, pest management and the basic principles of permaculture. "

For bookings contact Kathleen:               01 674 5773        or kathleen[at]cultivate.ie

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The Great Fuel Folly-

Oil firms' output is down, yet profits skyrocket. It all points to the crisis predicted by the peakists.

A very interesting article written by Jeremy Leggett. It was published in the Guardian on 5 February 2008.

Sound the Alarm for Action on Climate Change!

The Stop Climate Chaos Coalition is organising several events for Saturday, the 8th December to mark the Global Day of Action on Climate Change. These include a puclic parade in Dublin (starts at 1pm at Dublic Civic Offices and ends at Custom House). As part of the campaign, the bells of churches around the country (including Newbridge) will ring out to signal that the world must warm by no more than two degrees centigrade if mankind is to continue to live here with any level of comfort and safety.  

If you want more information or if you are interested in joining this worthwile campaign, click here.

Has Oil Already Peaked?

There is a new report from The German-based Energy Watch Group supporting a growing concern that the world reached Peak Oil in 2006.  The whole report is available here while an executive summary can be found here. There are a lot more articles regarding this concern on the Energy Bulliten website. These include an enlightening interview with Robert Hirsch about various decline scenarios and mitigation strategies (available on podcast here). A note of positive thinking from Rob Hopkins can be found here while an article on the subject published in the Guardian on the 21st of October can be found here.

FADA on "The Green Light" series!

FADA was featured in the latest episode of "The Green Light"! The episode, that was broadcast on Thursday the 11th of October, was called Transition Towns. Apart from FADA, the show also featured Rob Hopkins, Rebecca Hosking from Devon and representatives from Kinsale.

You can listen to the show by clicking here.

"The Green Light" environmental series on RTE Radio

The Green Light is a new series which takes an in-depth look at what we can all do to help reduce our impact on the environment and asks how we can make sense of the differing opinions which make up the environmental debate. Presenter Ella McSweeney meets people from around Ireland and abroad who are making some inspiring changes for a more sustainable future. Some of the topics to be explored include recycling in Ireland, alternative energy sources such as wind, wave and nuclear, how we build our homes, the impact of industry on the environment and whether organic is the way to go.

The series is broadcast on RTE Radio 1 on Thursday evenings at 8pm. The following is a link for podcasts of all the previous episodes:

http://www.rte.ie/radio1/thegreenlight/1159636.html

You can also subscribe to the series by clicking here.

Future Shock: End of the Oil Age

This is an excellent documentary by RTÉ's Chief Economic Correspondent, George Lee. It explores the implications of peak oil specifically for Ireland. You can view the documentary by clicking here.

ESCAPE FROM SUBURBIA: A DOCUMENTARY REVIEW

The 2004 documentary, "End Of Suburbia", produced and edited by Barry Silverthorn and written and directed by Greg Greene, was a stunning and chilling cinematic landmark which placed the issue of Peak Oil and its consequences squarely on the world stage and connected the dots between the unsustainable suburban lifestyle and perilous issues of the twenty-first century such as food production, population die-off, and economic meltdown. Recently, Greene and producer, Dara Rowland, have released the sequel, "Escape From Suburbia" which examines the journeys of several individuals who have fled or are in the process of fleeing from civilization. It highlights how they are building new lives and new subcultures which offer the possibilities of deepened humanity and sustainability. Unlike "End Of Suburbia", "Escape" spends less time interviewing the usual Peak Oil experts and follows the escape routes of ordinary people who are passionate about removing themselves from a culture of over-consumption and extinction.

For the complete review see: http://carolynbaker.net/site/content/view/58/  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whitewater Farmer's Market (Newbridge)

Situated in the centre of Newbridge, Co kildare, Whitewater Farmer's Market on the Avenue has over twenty five stalls offering fresh, local and seasonal produce direct from the producer. The stalls offer a wide range of produce including cheese, organic fruit, vegetables & herbs, juices, breads, organic & free range eggs, olives, organic meats, locally designed crafts and many more. The Market is open on Wednesdays & Saturdays from 10 a.m.till 4 p.m.

Jeremy Leggett - Peak oil meets climate change

Jeremy Leggett has been described by Time Magazine as 'one of the key players in putting the climate issue on the world agenda.' He was an award-winning scientist, oil-industry consultant, and Greenpeace campaigner before setting up 'solarcentury', the UK's largest independent solar electric solutions company, one of the UK's fastest growing tech companies, and winner of the FT-Treasury Inner City 100 Greenest Company award. His first book "The Carbon War" has been described by the Sunday Times as "the best book yet on the politics of global warming." and his second book "Half Gone - OIL, gas, hot air and the global energy crisis" focuses on two related dangers: how we'll run out of oil far sooner than we think and how burning what's left of it will warm our planet to a catastrophic level.

has been described by Time Magazine as 'one of the key players in putting the climate issue on the world agenda.' He was an award-winning scientist, oil-industry consultant, and Greenpeace campaigner before setting up 'solarcentury', the UK's largest independent solar electric solutions company, one of the UK's fastest growing tech companies, and winner of the FT-Treasury Inner City 100 Greenest Company award. His first book "The Carbon War" has been described by the Sunday Times as "the best book yet on the politics of global warming." and his second book "Half Gone - OIL, gas, hot air and the global energy crisis" focuses on two related dangers: how we'll run out of oil far sooner than we think and how burning what's left of it will warm our planet to a catastrophic level.

Watch this talk by clicking on: http://www.cultivate.ie/toolkit/media/jeremy_leggett_peak_oil.html

Blackle - new energy saving alternative to the Google search engine

Blackle was created by Heap Media to remind us all of the need to take small steps in our everyday lives to save energy. Blackle searches are powered by Google Custom Search.

Blackle saves energy because the screen is predominantly black. "Image displayed is primarily a function of the user's color settings and desktop graphics, as well as the color and size of open application windows; a given monitor requires more power to display a white (or light) screen than a black (or dark) screen." See: http://www.blackle.com/about/  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eco-Junk

An article by Goerge Monbiot from the guardian Newspaper (UK) on how green consumerism will not save the biosphere.

Energy: the new cold war' by shadow conservative MP Liam Fox

England under water: scientists confirm global warming link to increased rain

It's official: the heavier rainfall in Britain is being caused by climate change, a major new scientific study will reveal this week, as the country reels from summer downpours of unprecedented ferocity.

Solar panels and rapeseed oil now provide a chunk of Newbridge Silverware's energy requirements

Organic Food and Vegetable Growing as a National Policy: The Cuban Story
A very interesting, thought-provoking and inspiring article about the way Cuba coped with the abrupt fuel cut it experienced after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
John Bruton: An EU plea to cooperate on warming
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger describes the fight against climate change as our "race to the moon," and it captures well the enormous challenge we now face. The good news is that this is a race we can win: The problem is largely man-made; the solution technically lies in our own hands.
CERA Peak Oil Study Confirms Urgency of Mitigation

An article about how the CERA report stared the American Congress 

FADA submits plan to Kildare County Council for the "Draft Newbridhe Town Centre Action Area Plan 2007": Click here if you would like to read a copy of FADA's submission 

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