Category Archives: Wales

news and ideas specific to Wales, especially the mid wales and borders where we live

2050 Vision

The evidence is all around

The Paris agreement creates a vision for 2050 of a carbon negative future. We should be challenging our selves now to what we want our future to look like.       One School One Planet

consequences

Preparing for a different future, based on what we know is coming.

We are planning a community scale permaculture course to build a vision for a sustainable future, join us!

Plotting the path to the future

Paris accord targets graph 0- part of Images of Paris competition

One School One Planet is Moving Forward!

One School One Planet is a groundbreaking educational project, emanating from Llanfyllin in Mid-Wales but with a global outlook.

Following the success of our first year (2016-17), we have secured funding from Arwain/LEADER and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development for a further two years of work on the project!

The project simply asks the question: what is our collective vision for Llanfyllin in 2050? Through the lens of the Future Generations Act, the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Accord, we are looking forward to a world very different from today.

With the Trump White House locked down in denial of climate change while the USA is battered by a series of once-in-a-thousand-year storms – a pattern long predicted by climate scientists – we are certainly living in interesting times!
Dystopian future visions aside, we are challenged to visualise our own path to a sustainable future, while our governments struggle to lead us out of the quagmire. Maybe it is time to ask the next generation what kind of world they want to grow into?

Paris accord targets graph – part of Images of Paris competition

It is perhaps not surprising that the oil funded denial industry has gone into overdrive to try to keep its monopoly alive a little longer, while the world contemplates the almost total shut down of the fossil fuel industries over the coming decades. France, the UK and China are already talking dates to phase out petrol and diesel cars, and electricity from renewable sources is rapidly becoming cheaper than coal, gas and even nuclear. The world is entering a new era!

What should we be talking about in our schools and across our communities?

How do we prepare ourselves for this scale of change? Businesses, governments and public institutions are going to have to be dragged into the future, because the more rapidly we make these changes the more quickly we reap the benefits and escape the worst ravages of climate change.

The leading climate science bodies tell us it is still possible to avert disaster. The destination we need to get to is known. What needs exploring is the path that will get us there.

Let’s get creative! Let’s generate a clear vision of how we can do this! One School One Planet proposes that we as a community engage in a collective design process to see what we can come up with.

We are kicking off a community scale Permaculture design project which is going to be led by a design team of students from Llanfyllin High School and facilitated by Sector39, the initiators of the project.

Over the next 9 months we are going to be releasing the 12 stages of this process, one by one. Everyone will be able to join in and feed their own ideas into the project. Permaculture design breaks down into 12 sequential themes, that lead to a final vision and design proposal. We will be exploring these through 12 cross-disciplinary units to be delivered simultaneously at Llanfyllin High School and online.

Solving the climate, energy and economic challenges of the day is going to take some fresh perspective and fresh thinking, and we hope we can contribute meaningfully to this process with this project.

The permaculture process asks us to first prepare emotionally and then intellectually for what is coming. We need to be informed, and we need to have a plan. Co-ordinated action is what is required, not a scatter gun approach of unconnected responses. Permaculture design provides that framework, steering ideas and actions into a co-ordinated whole that leads to more resilient and genuinely sustainable alternatives.

Join us, regular updates to follow!

Future Generations

Future Generations will have to embrace the Paris Accord as the minimum we need to achieve collectively to avoid climate catastrophe. Wales now has the Future Generations act and it is very much in line with the vision of the One School One Planet schools project and reinforces the timing and objectives of the project

That is quite something. Halving emissions in decade then repeating that twice more is only the beginning of what is required of us over the coming three decades. Poverty, inequality, health, education, jobs and community all tie into this bigger pictures.

One School One Planet is working with Llanfyllin High School and with schools in Africa to create a vision for 2050 the time by when we are supposed to be entering a carbon negative economy what is that going to look and feel like and more importantly how are we gong to get there? We are leading our community to build a vision for its truly sustainable future.

We want the school and its pupils to see themselves as the leaders who will bring in the new era. We live in such dramatic times we hope to present a positive take on that. An opportunity and renewal. A transformational journey even.

Please help us publicise our work and network with those who can help us.

Steve Jones

Design Competition – Calling All Creatives!

Deadline for Submissions: 11am 7th September 2017!

Help us communicate our critical message…

Since September 2016 we have been working with the aim to find the leaders of the future, creating exciting new opportunities for work, play and learning.

Our goal is to build an inclusive vision for schools and communities that recognises and understands our responsibilities as global citizens, while also meeting our commitments to the Paris Climate Agreement.

We need a powerful and clear image to communicate effectively the significance of the Paris Climate Agreement…

The targets the global community has to reach to have a realistic chance of avoiding climate change calamity are tough:

  • Reduce emissions by half in the coming decade, and then again in each of the 2 following decades
  • Re-invent farming to become a net carbon sink instead of being a significant source
  • Create new technologies that can effectively extract carbon from the air and store it somewhere safe such as underground

The targets for these objectives look like this on a graph and the treaty allows us thirty years to make the changes required:

We think this is a powerful image and it many ways it represents a map to the future. However a steep slope down into uncertainty makes a daunting site, so we flipped it round to represent the rising up out of the mire of pollution and fossil fuel addiction to a bright new future. Much more appealing but it’s not the clearest image.. But hey, I am just an economics teacher what do i know?

The challenge is for all you creative people out there to turn this image into something inspirational that be shared and used around the world to inspire change and action.. Over to you!

Your Prize!!

Communicating such a vital message is a difficult challenge, and we are offering 3 fantastic prizes to the successful creative!

Your work will not only be used as the face of our schools wide campaign, which is educating and inspiring the young minds who will make the decisions of our collective future…We will also provide and plant 3 tree guilds in return for your creative input.

The guild comprises of: 1 heritage apple tree and a set of supporting plants to help with pollination, fertility and weed control.

The first guild will go to Llanfyllin High School as part of their transition to a green leader in North Wales.

The second will be for the winner of the competition.

For the third guild, the winner of the competition can choose 1 other school or educational body to receive a tree guild provided and planted by Sector39’s own Permaculture Academy!  

Planting these  guilds will help us spread the word and inspire your school or institution to produce the climate change leaders we so badly need!

This competition video is the seed of an idea..

its over to you to come up with your own images & messages

It really doesn’t have to be a masterpiece to win, just a cool idea,

Use images, words, sounds, music, spoken, hand drawn, photo-shopped or not, jsut give us your idea!

Competition Submission Date Deadline:

11 am Thursday 27th September 2017

Submissions will be judged by a panel of Ysgol Llanfyllin Pupils, whose decision will be final

Creating a positive view of the future

Pupils at Sabina School, Rakai Uganda in their permaculture designed food forest

These school girls at Sabina School Uganda are in the forest garden planted back in 2010 which has since grown into a jungle of edible plants surrounding the campus. There are coffee bushes and papayas in the under-story, a ground cover of squashes and pumpkins, you can also see amaranth and herbs in the foreground as well as banana and citrus growing happily in the shade of the towering avocado trees above.

Surely this is a vision of the future we must now realize we are heading for? A school garden such as this can not only provide a significant boost to the nutrition of the pupils and represents cost saving on all sorts of resources the forest can also mop up excess rainfall and soak up the nutrients from the compost and organic wastes produced by the school.

This forest of food is a

  • A class room
  • a play space
  • a recycling centre and
  • a nature reserve – all at the same time.

Every year it becomes a little bit more productive and every year it takes a little bit less work to maintain it. As schools and communities alike begin to consider the realities of the transition to low-carbon, climate friendly lives and economies we will have to learn how to

The Ski jump to uncertainty

We have been using this graph on the project a lot. It maps the emissions reduction required to give our selves a chance of avoiding run away climate catastrophe and maps the transition to a low-carbon future.

The problem with the graph is that it looks like a plunge into the unknown,  Halving CO2 emissions each decade is gin to get progressively harder and demand more and more creativity from us to find ways to resolve our resource needs in new and different ways. So via this project we are inviting people to look at the future somewhat differently.

paris graph

The ski jump of uncertainty

Re-imagining the future

We have to embrace change as an opportunity.. it is one of the core ideas in permaculture, change is inevitable and fighting against it will always fail ultimately. Lets us see this differently —  just by flipping the graph upside down we instantly get a different picture. Rather than something diminishing into uncertainty, lets us see this as a rising out of the depths of fossil fuel addiction and pollution to a new dawn of low-carbon and increasingly sustainable world.

The human project as a whole needs to begin to find ways to think and behave as a single species with a common destiny. The more I have been thinking and researching into climate change the more I have come to realise that in solving this challenge we will have to face and solve a great many other challenges at the same time.

Following the Paris targets still only gives us something like a 66% chance of avoiding climate catastrophe and each new report published seems to bring ever more urgent cries for change with it. So change we must and if we can embrace this change as a transformation journey then we have the opportunity to create a much netter, fairer, interconnected and more localised society and economy in the process.

 

I see it as a win win but however we see it we certainly need to get on with it.

The Dragons Sessions

We are planning some informal evening sessions at the Dragons gallery 
on Thursday evenings.
I am planning a couple of introductory ones first, then a series of 
12 starting in September. 
The One School One Planet project is keen to facilitate a discussion 
about how we are going to make this transition?

The first two of a series of evening events discussing permaculture, education and transtion at Dragons Co-op in Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant.

Forging Connections

Adrian Pickles, Cathy Preston and Steve Jones at Llanfyllin Wetlands.

We have just returned from a great meeting at the Wetlands in Llanfyllin with Cathy Preston of the  Field Studies Council’s Growing Confidence Project and Adrian Pickles, Head of the Preston Monford Centre, seeking to build links between our projects.

The One School One Planet Programme Proposal.

We talked through our work with Llanfyllin High School and our proposed programme for bringing permaculture themes and ecoliteracy into mainstream education. The aim is to bring about a shift in thinking about our collective responsibilities as global citizens facing the challenges of climate change. We think education has a vital role to play in this!

We are very hopeful that we will be able to work together to make connections between the goals of the FSC, the One School One Planet project and Llanfyllin High School. We discussed possible field trip days, residential courses for young people with an interest in ecology, opportunities for interdisciplinary study and much more.

A view of the Cae Bodfach Community Orchard from the Wetland.

Keep your eyes peeled for future developments, and we look forward to more collaborations in the coming weeks and months.

Permaculture in Schools Programme

We are pleased to release our ‘One School One Planet’ ‘Permaculture in Schools Programme’ proposal. We are developing a twelve unit scheme of work based on the twelve principles of permaculture, which will be delivered through a wide range of academic subjects – from Mathematics, Photography and Geography, to English, Welsh, Religious Studies and everything in between. Indeed, there is hardly a subject that doesn’t intersect with our climate crisis in one way or another. We are hoping to start implementing the programme over the coming months.

Keep your eyes peeled for developments!

Click here to download the full document

First Day of Busoga High School Permaculture Club!

Charles Mugarura from Permaculture Research Institute of Uganda with the president and leadership team of the Busoga Permaculture Club.

June 3rd 2017 saw the first meeting of Busoga High School’s new Permaculture Club!

Students at the school have been working with members of the ‘Saving the Planet, One School at a Time’ team to develop a permaculture design for their own school and wider communities.

Permaculture design always starts with a plan.

These are precisely the same initiatives we want to introduce to Llanfyllin High School. Permaculture design principles can be applied whether we are living in the temperate Welsh hills, or the humid tropics of Uganda.

Chapter 10 of Bill Mollison’s permaculture design manual covers the humid tropics and is full of ideas of how to work the land in Uganda in line with natural principles, using what is already available to us.

We hope to be able to foster closer links between Busoga High School and Llanfyllin High School. One project we have in mind to achieve this is our ‘Tree Guild Project.’

Students at Busoga High School have been designing their own tropical tree guilds, making use of permaculture principles. We want to help students at Llanfyllin High School to do the same!

It doesn’t matter that the climates and plant species of Uganda and Wales are so different, the principles are exactly the same!

This project captures the essence of the positive message we want to share – through adapting to our local climatic and ecological conditions we can live more productively, responsibly and sustainably.

Keep your eyes peeled for developments as we seek to roll out this project to students at Llanfyllin High School!

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New Events Calendar

We now have a new Events Calendar on the website, check it out for upcoming transition project events!

http://llanfyllin.sector39.co.uk/events/

Communicating Change From Llanfyllin to Kamuli

It is great to see the message of our collective need for social and cultural change in the face of climate change reaching all the way from Llanfyllin in Wales to Kamuli in Uganda.

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In Llanfyllin with participants at the 2017 Chester and Reading PDCs, publically launching our “Big Change is Coming” leaflet.

Students on the 2017 Kamuli PDC with our “Big Change is Coming” leaflet.