Transition Norwich meets monthly for a shared meal and to plan activities. For details contact us
Transition Norwich is part of an international movement that began in the UK as a constructive response to the potentially catastrophic threat posed by climate change. The Transition movement is about developing our local communities in such a way as to create more sustainable ways of living that also make us feel happy and fulfilled. People around the world are coming together in their communities to make positive changes in the way that they do things, so as to reduce consumption of energy and non-renewable materials and production of waste, while enjoying shared activities and goals.
We in Norwich aim to work with others around us to develop the local economy and reduce our dependence on the complex and vulnerable global web of trade. We are coming together to support each other and share our contributions to the venture, rebuilding a real sense of community and enjoyment of local nature and culture.
However, we remain outward-looking and interested in the wider world, and welcome the opportunity to learn from other societies and cultures, and the exchange of ideas and people.
Scientists who monitor the increasing world temperature have shown it is due to human activity. We need to make much better and wiser choices in the way we live in order to reduce our impact on our environment.
One of the most important choices we can make as businesses, organisations and households is to obtain our energy from renewable energy suppliers.
Safe, clean renewable energy technology such as wind, solar, hydroelectric, tidal, wave and geothermal are now becoming readily available all over the world.
These sources combined with huge developments in battery design and storage technology and the creation of a Smart Grid make a much better alternative to coal, oil and gas.
Using renewable energy will contribute substantially to stabilising our atmosphere and also maintain a healthier world for ourselves and our children.
We only have this world. Standing on the side-lines is no longer an option. Together we can throw our weight behind a better future.
Our Suggested Choice of Energy Supplier
We recognize that cost concerns will be relevant for your business and a choice of suppliers of clean energy is desirable. We have chosen to follow the recommendations of the Big Clean Switch organisation (https://bigcleanswitch.org/) in order to offer a list of suitable providers.
The term “clean energy” is fairly elastic and can cover a wide range of different ways of generating energy. Often biofuels are included in the sources used, but these have come into serious question if the source of the fuel is virgin timber (https://www.carbonbrief.org/guest-post-bioenergy-flaw-under-eu-renewable-target-could-raise-emissions), the use of which does not reduce carbon emissions, as solar-, wind- and wave-generated energy does.
Some of the suppliers who use biofuels in their mix do not, however, make large-scale use of virgin biofuels, such as that generated at the Drax power station. Even though some of our recommended suppliers may fall short of perfection, in terms of using some virgin, possibly imported, materials as biofuels, they do represent a genuine improvement over suppliers who rely entirely on fossil fuels, and we believe that a switch to one of the recommended renewable energy providers would be better than not switching to renewable energy at all.
The recommended energy suppliers are:
Energy mix of suppliers (data from https://bigcleanswitch.org/)
Transition Norwich hold six informal, friendly meetings to encourage and support people who have decided to lower their carbon footprint. Taking part in group sessions provides tools and activities to help keep track of our home energy and travel emissions and to measure our food and consumption footprints.
The next course will start in February 2019!
The course is free. There is a one off donation of £10 towards the cost of venue hire.
We use the Surefoot Handbook ‘In Time for Tomorrow‘.
Talking and working with others helps us to find alternative options, make smarter choices and achieve changes. We can enjoy contributing to a more sustainable world.
Diana Church: 07816 089880