Chippy Emergency

We’re in a climate and ecology emergency, and like others across the UK and worldwide, Chippy people want to help! Here is where you can get started: Fill in the short survey, sign up to stay in touch by periodic emails, and register with our Facebook page. Lots to learn, lots to do – it’s going to be a quite a ride!

Town Survey – register your views on the best direction, and give us a mandate for action by completing this short survey – click here: tiny.cc/tcnsurv.

Sign up for emails – click here: tiny.cc/tcnemail.

Join an action – see Actions on this site for more info and options

Join the discussion; stay in touch on Facebook: FB.com/TransitionChippingNorton

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Great showing at the Town Meeting on the Climate/Ecology Emergency

Great to see so many people and such enthusiasm at the Town Meeting on the Climate and Ecology Emergency last Wednesday. Here is Dr Karsten Haustein’s very stimulating talk: the future of our climate is in our hands!

Lots of great suggestions too from the discussion time – here’s the full list (thanks to Ben for transcribing and organising this so well):

If we’re serious about ‘our bit’ meeting the Emergency, there’s lots to do and we need ‘All Hands on Deck.’

Here is where you can get started: Fill in the short survey, sign up to stay in touch by periodic emails, and register with our Facebook page. Lots to learn, lots to do – it’s going to be a quite a ride!

Town Survey – register your views on the best direction, and give us a mandate for action by completing this short survey – click here: tiny.cc/tcnsurv.

Sign up for emails – click here: tiny.cc/tcnemail.

Join an action – see Actions on this site for more info and options – we will be developing this further, so keep watching!

Join the discussion; stay in touch on Facebook: FB.com/TransitionChippingNorton

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Clean Air for Chippy – join the Action Group

A newly re-vitalised Action Group, ‘Clean Air for Chippy’, will pursue effective action to keep dangerous and polluting HGVs out of our town centre.

There’s a link to a very clear presentation describing the problem, here.

You can sign a petition, here.

A very active and determine group has already started working but we need more people to help record traffic and assist with other actions – if you can spare an hour or more, email gordon.aum@gmail.com or call 07887 735011.

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Should Chipping Norton declare a Climate and Ecology Emergency?

There’s a town meeting on this; 7:30pm Wednesday 19th June, in the Methodist lower hall.

With recent ‘climactic’ events in parliament, media and public, many things previously unthinkable, now suddenly seem achievable! Change in our emissions, environment and communities is now urgent, but our concern and ambition have also dramatically increased. Who would have dreamed a few weeks ago that all parliament would declare a climate emergency, and a global science panel (IPBES) announce that species loss seriously threatens our future?

The town meeting will discuss these points:

  • Should Chipping Norton declare a climate and ecological emergency?

  • What actions can we take locally, as ‘our part’ in UK’s response?

  • Should Chippy hold a citizens assembly, to devise measures that work for all?

  • Can we come together on a timely local strategy for this?

There’ll be a short address from Oxford climate modelling expert Karsten Haustein, a platform for some local youngsters to express concerns and wishes for their future, a Q&A and brief group discussions to review our thoughts and feelings. Come and share your ideas and views!

If any queries, email TransitionChippingNorton@gmail.com.

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TCN’s new Plastics Action group

Concern about the harmful consequences of our waste is very topical today; almost daily we see new studies showing the level and impacts of waste plastics in the land and marine ecosystems which provide our food and sustain our lives in many other ways.

To thrive in the 21st century, we need to move promptly from a ‘consume and throw’ society into a Caring Circular economy, which re-uses all our precious resources in more efficient and effective ways.

Plastics have given great benefits, such as fresh hygenic storage of products, and lightweight, durable articles that use less energy over their lifetime.

But it’s now becoming clear that indiscriminately consuming and throwing away materials is causing all kinds of problems, and we need to quickly move to a Circular Economy, where resources are re-used more effectively.

Progress is quite challenging, since current alternatives may even be worse; for example conventionally grown cotton has a very harmful ecological footprint involving pesticide, energy and water consumption, and even compostable plastics have a high processing footprint.

We need better understanding and action at all levels, including our own families and communities. Transition Chipping Norton has started a Plastics Action group, where we work together to share inspiration and encouragement on how we each can best improve, signpost people to useful sources and resources, and discuss with and persuade local retailers, cafes and pubs to give better options and more responsible practices.

Transition Chipping Norton has started a Plastics Action group, where we work together to share inspiration and encouragement; how we each can best improve, signpost people to useful sources and resources, discuss with and persuade local retailers, cafes and pubs to give better options and more responsible practices.

For more information or to join in, email transitionchippingnorton@gmail.com, or visit FB.com/TransitionChippingNorton or TransitionChippingNorton.org

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Welcome to Transition Chipping Norton

We are a community group for the Chipping Norton area, promoting and developing Local Solutions for Sustainable Communities – actions that help our local communities to thrive and be resilient in the face of challenges and changes to our climate, environment, economy and society. We recognise that it is our natural environment which sustains life in the long term, and we are committed to reducing our own adverse impacts on this environment.

You can find out more about our activities on these pages and on our Facebook page. Forthcoming events are also listed on Facebook.

We are part of the worldwide Transition Network, with other similar organisations across the UK and worldwide taking positive practical actions to help villages, towns and cities ‘transition’ to a more sustainable future, using current challenges as a real opportunity to envision and create the kind of communities that ordinary folk really want and need.

We are also part of Community Action Groups Oxfordshire, a local network of over 50 groups across Oxfordshire who are at the forefront of community led climate change action, organising events and projects to take action on issues including waste, transport, food, energy and biodiversity. The network runs over 1,000 events per year, attended by over 60,000 local residents.

We work closely with Hook Norton – Low Carbon, who share similar aims to ours and who offer many good things for the Chipping Norton area, including a Car Club, energy saving advice for homes and buildins, and a low/zero-interest ‘eco loans’ scheme.

We would love to hear from you – drop us an email at TransitionChippingNorton@gmail.com or via our Contact Us page.

 

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Our Community Allotment has started

We have now started work developing our new Community Allotment – plot 59B on the William Fowler allotments, by the school, almost opposite Glyme Hall.

We want our community allotment to be a place that will encourage and help people who are new to or unsure about growing their own produce, to more easily explore what is involved or get started. Often it’s more enjoyable and less difficult to do as part of an open group. We’d like to develop some information displays and activities that help introduce people to growing things, or explore new ideas and approaches. We hope it will aid and inspire more people to have a go!

Where feasible we would like to design and run the allotment on agroecology/permaculture principles (making a more self-sustaining and resiliently productive system, by imitating how natural ecosystems work). This includes a greater emphasis on perennials, minimum tillage, ‘forest gardens’ and mixed plantings, (for example we can inter-plant low plants and ground-covering plants with fruiting shrubs). We also want to encourage better biodiversity in our space (for example, bee and beetle ‘hotels’, plants to encourage butterflies and other pollinators or attract good insect predators).

It will take a bit of time to get properly up and running, but where feasible we would like to organise activities like these:

  • Open events with educational/informative displays or interesting activities where people can come for ideas or inspiration.
  • Simply join in with whatever is going on each week
  • Or perhaps take on some area to see what you can do with it
  • ‘Taster’ introductions for people who want to explore
  • An ‘easy entry’ for new starters, with help if growing plants seems new or scary
  • Fun educational activities and displays for children
  • And perhaps activities or information for other adult groups including people with disabilities
  • Opportunities to discuss or explore new ideas and approaches
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