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Earth Hour 31st March 2012

A lantern of the Earth hanging outside the TAAG on the evening of 31st March was the symbol around which we gathered to celebrate the amazing planet on which we live and to affirm our determination to protect it. We sang together, we ate together and many of us did our very best to draw a map of the world from memory – all by lantern light and after a few drinks. Not surprisingly the task not only provoked some animated discussion but also a great deal of hilarity!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the evening with lantern making, food and song including our friends in Bishopsteignton who sent over some food from their Earth Hour event for us to share. We would also like to thank Robin Brown and friends for providing the fabulous live music. See you all next year.


Iceland’s volcanoes may power UK

A web of sea-floor cables – called interconnectors – may be connecting the UK to countries around the world in the next decade, providing access to sustainable energy.

‘The energy minister, Charles Hendry, is to visit Iceland in May to discuss connecting the UK to its abundant geothermal energy. “We are in active discussions with the Icelandic government and they are very keen,” Hendry told the Guardian. To reach Iceland, which sits over a mid-ocean split in the earth’s crust, the cable would have to be 1,000 to 1,500km long and by far the longest in the world’.

See this Guardian story at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/apr/11/iceland-volcano-green-power

Earth Hour events: Fri 23rd and Sat 31st March 8pm

Share with Teign Estuary Transition a celebration of Earth Hour on Saturday 31st March at 8.00pm.

Bring food and enjoy an evening of song, food and music by lantern light at TAAG, Northumberland Place, Teignmouth.

To ensure we have some beautiful lanterns for the night please also join us for a fun couple of hours of lantern making from 4pm on Friday 23rd March at TAAG. Materials provided.

Earth Hour
Earth Hour is is an annual global event when people across the world turn off lights for one hour between 8.30 – 9.30 pm to celebrate the planet together and raise awareness of climate change. More than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour 2011 alone, sending a powerful message for action on climate change. See http://www.earthhour.org/.

See what Teign Estuary Transition got up to for Earth Hour last year at:

We also have a flier here for downloading if you would like to print out copies to put in your window or pass on to others

Energyshare: application outcome

I’m disappointed to say that I heard on Friday that we didn’t get through the second round of bidding for Energyshare funds to upgrade lighting for Alice Cross, Meadow Centre and TAAG.

If you feel that you can help to seek funds elsewhere for this project, please let me know. David Onslow has very kindly offered to hold his quotes for a year.

Meanwhile thank you to everyone who supported this bidding process,

Energyshare: full application submitted

The full application to Energyshare for funding was submitted before the deadline of 5pm Friday 30th September.

Thanks to:
• David Onslow for all the time he gave freely for visiting sites, assessing requirements, and getting details back to me so promptly
• Staff from Alice Cross, Meadow Centre and TAAG for providing supporting information about their users and visitors, to create rich details for the bid
• Phil for his IT input with the Energyshare website, successfully resulting in us becoming their “featured group” on the actual closing date.

It was a lot of work which will hopefully benefit a lot of people right across our community. The outcomes of this round of bidding will be announced before the end of December.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far,

September 10 -11: Open Eco-Homes in Totnes

A chance to visit 19 homes in Totnes, Dartington and nearby at different stages on the journey to reducing their environmental impact and household bills.

Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September.

See the Transition Town Totnes web site for more details, with PDFs of their leaflet listing the homes involved and times when they are open.