Local and Global Thinking and Action

(350 kids in the Hindu Kush)
h-Energy week is over. Was it a success? Well large parts were; many of the events were very well attended, including most of the “small” rural ones and the very successful Transition Towns meeting with Rob Hopkins speaking plus literally dozens of others making 45 second presentations, ably organised by Rob Garner and Nick Sherwood. Saturdays technology showcase in the Shirehall had lots of exhibitors of solar panels and a few other bits of hardware, but was poorly attended and the talks section wasn’t organised at all and was cancelled at the last minute; the first time that’s happened at an event where I’ve been due to speak. Bit of a disappointment. But overall the week was a success, and well organised by Kate and Ali.
All the events of h-Energy week in Herefordshire were registered as just one of the 7347 events in 188 countries that made up the extraordinary 10/10/10 Global Work Party organised by 350.org The global reach of this has been amazing; actions in all but four countries in the world, and reaching into every corner of every continent. Avaaz.org is another of this new wave of global green campaigning organisations who are achieving remarkable results, and with membership growing at 100,000 per month they’re getting a lot done. See http://www.avaaz.org/en/global_victory_report/?cl=785972663&v=7362
The task confronting humanity to reduce atmospheric Co2 to 350 ppm is daunting, but with the growing global campaign and the strengthening technological possibilities of moving to 100% renewable energy it is, I feel, increasingly encouraging. Political will has been lacking, but I see increasing signs that this is changing. Herefordshire Council commissioned Wardle Armstrong to write a report on the possibilities for local generation within Herefordshire and Alex Salmond recently forecast Scotland will be generating 100% renewable electricity by 2025. Things are changing! http://newsnetscotland.com/general/702-renewables-can-supply-all-of-scotlands-electricity-by-2025