Transitioners Down Under!

News from a Wilmslow Transitioner now living in Western Australia

Living smart

Transition is really taking off in Australia.  Of course they have very similar problems to those in the UK but there are some stark differences too:

  • the weather – it’s a lot hotter and good for generating solar power
  • there’s a lot less water – months of no rain and bush fire problems
  • the soils here, particularly here in Western Australia are very poor, in fact Perth is really one big sand dune
  • it’s BIG so things are very spread out and people drive a lot more

The Living Smart Programme

The whole idea started out in Fremantle 2002.

The Living Smart course is a 7 week affair (3 hours every Tuesday evening) consisting of ten key modules:  Water     Power    Waste    Simple Living    Gardening for Food     Transport   Healthy You    Gardening for Biodiversity   Healthy Homes    Community

It’s about training people to understand what can make the difference to living sustainably. Importantly, it includes behavioural change techniques that provide participants with the skills and knowledge to take action in their own homes to improve their quality of life and reduce their environmental impact – so critical to getting more of what people learn in the course implemented.  See more at the Living Smart Website

Here is Marianne’s account of one of the sessions.

Tonight we did a great ice breaker – called “Sustainability Bingo” where we had to find people who did something in each of the categories (these were things like “use your own shopping bags” “cycle to work or shops” “drive a small economical car” etc.).  Then we were asked in small groups to declare why we were there (and write it down) and then assess which things individuals in the group had in common.  This was followed by an interesting discussion about behavioural change and how important goal setting is (a way of talking to your subconscious as well as a way of recognising and breaking down barriers to change).  The course involved being very hands on with lots of activities, tonight mostly focused on what we wanted to know, why we were interested and the behavioural change stuff.

We hope to bring you more news from Marianne soon.

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20’s Plenty and Safer Roads Petition – Relaunched!

Getting petitions distributed and signed is a piece of cake in comparison with 2012!

Hopefully attitudes have also come round with people realizing how important this is for our quality of life: we want our roads to be and feel a whole load safer in order to encourage more walking and cycling around our town.

So join us by signing this petition, which gives an example of just how dangerous even our smallest residential roads can be and how fearful we’ve become as a result… I should add that the events and people described here are real and have not been invented…

Thank you!

WSR Petition

 

September’s Challenge is in!

How did you get on with “plastic free”? Email us now to tell us your experience!

walking and cyclingIt’s time for our new challenge…  This month, as it’s back to school, we decided on looking at our travel choices so September is all about getting around.  See if you can make a difference by walking, cycling and using public transport more, and cut your car journeys by 50% this month.

#12MonthlyChallenges

Happy travels!

12 Monthly Challenges

Our monthly challenges have begun!

Join us each month on a new challenge, a year-long journey towards a more sustainable way of life.  We are more than half way through June with the WWW challenge: Why Waste Water?  Check out our simple water saving tips, and send in your stories and anecdotes.  And keep it up!  Next month, it’s the first part of a Rubbish Diet: reduce food waste!

Smooth Weekend

Successful ‘Big Weekend’

Thanks to all who came to our Skills Share Event Saturday 14 June and learned how to knit, do patchwork, make herb tea, make raised beds for growing vegetables, pedalled the bike to power a blender to make smoothies, drank tea, ate homemade cakes…and much much more.  Look out for our next Skills Share event later in the year.

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The following day Transition Wilmslow was out again, this time at the Wilmslow Artisan Market.  The main feature was the family bike ride, setting off from our stall with 25 cyclists participating in the eight mile route, taking in the new multi-use path through The Carrs.  The pedal powered smoothie maker was once again a crowd puller.  Thanks to Wilmslow Sainsbury’s for providing the fruit on both days.

The smoothie maker will be making another appearance at our stall at the Wilmslow Show, Sunday 13 July.

See you then!

Transport News

Great news about the Government’s planned investment in making cycling safer and more accessible in Greater Manchester.

Our council could make it safer for our community too by spending as little as £2-3 per head in introducing 20 mph limits.  We have over 150 signatures in Wilmslow so far in support of this – without leafleting!

If you haven’t done so already please sign the petition at:

20’s plenty for Wilmslow

Also, see Gorsey Bank’s travel survey results.  We would love to hear from other schools and institutions about their travel habits and needs – do get in touch!

Don’t forget our next family bike ride at the September Artisan market!

20's plenty cupcakes at the family bike ride

20’s plenty cupcakes at the family bike ride

News Updates

Transition Wilmslow Transport Group at the Artisan Market 20th April.

The Transport Group will be hosting the Artisan market stall (Grove Avenue) in April from which we will continue to run the 20’s Plenty petition, to reduce speed limits to 20 mph and enhance the quality of life for everyone on our roads.  There will be a family bike ride led by Cycle Wilmslow; registration can be done at any time in the morning at the stall; departure will be at 1:30 pm.

Transition Wilmslow Community Garden event at “The Temp” Gravel Lane, Wilmslow.  Vegetable Seed and Seedling swap,  2 pm Saturday April 27th.

Having raised the money and built the raised beds in the Autumn the time has now come to start planting the veg in the community garden. Please come along and take part, share your gardening knowledge as well as surplus seeds and seedlings. New to vegetable growing? Come along and learn!

Transition Wilmslow ‘Skill Sharing Coffee Morning’ Saturday May 11th, 10am ‘til 12noon at St Chads Church next to the Library in Handforth.

In this throwaway society we are losing the skills of past generations to make and mend. Come and join us for coffee and a chance to learn some new skills.

Green Infrastructure Plan for Wilmslow

Manchester University Students are seeking public consultation for their audit of Wilmslow’s green spaces.  Take part in their survey which can be found on http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2H9LH23.

Read more about these and other events in the April 2013 Newsletter

Open Space meeting Saturday March 2nd 2013

Come along to our Open Space meeting from 9.45am – 1pm with the aim of discussing “How can we make Wilmslow a more sustainable and beautiful place to live?” This is an ideal opportunity to let us know what changes you would like to see in Wilmslow and what our groups should be focusing on to make Wilmslow a more resilient community. The meeting will be held at the Quaker meeting house in Wilmslow.