Category Archives: Wales

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

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.

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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!

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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.

 

 

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More Photographs by Llanfyllin Students

A selection of images created by Year 10 Photography students at Llanfyllin High School with the Llanfyllin Transition Project.

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Introducing Our New Team Member!

Welcome to our new team member Jemma Dixon!

“Jemma is the projects co-ordinator and administrator. One School One Planet was designed as a template for change, and Jemma’s role is co-ordinating the project’s replication. She has completed a Bsc (hons) Psychology degree from Leeds Beckett University and has a background in management. She has been working on a freelance basis for Sector39 since August 2015; helping design and co-write this project bid, as well as other successful Sector39 fundraising bids, such as the Uganda Permaculture Academy project. Jemma is passionate about the psychology of climate change communication. She is very active in sustainable education, working part-time for The Permaculture Association, where she co-ordinates the educators network. She obtained her permaculture design certificate from Sector39 in August 2015 and is currently working towards her Permaculture diploma, whilst working as an organic gardener.”

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First Images from School Photography Project

The first images from our photography project with Year 10 students at Llanfyllin High School have come in, and they look great! The following represent just a portion of the images pupils have created, more will be uploaded in the coming weeks so keep your eyes peeled!

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From Paris to Llanfyllin

The Paris Accord is our chance, we must take it. When Trump announced that he wanted the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement this month even the US coal industry advised him against it. ‘We need to be at the table, not out in the cold’ they told him. 195 countries signed the ground breaking global treaty in December 2015 and to date 142 countries have ratified it. It must be the single most important piece paper ever signed.

So what does it say? At the Llanfyllin Transition project we have been stopping people in the street and asking them what the Paris Agreement means to them. It is revealing that very few have heard of it enough to know exactly what it says or what the huge ramifications are as we begin to implement it.

The core ideas are this: every region, city, state and nation needs to work on its own carbon reduction plan. We have until 2020 to develop these ideas and be ready to implement them.

paris targets

This is the path laid out by the Paris Agreement

Between 2020 and 2030 we are required to halve our CO2 emissions.

Then we need to do exactly that again the following decade and then again. By 2050 our emissions need to be close to zero and not only that but farming, one of the most significant sources of green house gasses needs to move from being a big emitter to a net carbon sink. Yes, we have to transform agriculture into a carbon sequestering process, one that also protects biodiversity and feeds a rising population. It is a huge challenge and one that will over-ride all our other concerns or objectives as the seriousness of the encroaching climate crisis bights ever deeper.

Will this save us? Science gives us a 66% chance of avoiding run-away climate change if we achieve these targets. That is like playing Russian Roulette with 2 rounds in your 6 shooter, it is still far from safe. Every day we delay facing up to this challenge is a day wasted and a day our children and grandchildren will live to regret.

Before you all get too gloomy I have to say I think this is a fantastic opportunity.

Achieving our Paris commitments has the potential to rejuvenate our economy, creating numerous opportunities for the next generations in a way that will revitalise our communities at the same time. Facing up to this requires a complete transformation of food, energy, farming, transport, housing and economy. The era of economic growth at all costs and throw-away consumerism is already over. The evidence is all around us, solving climate and biodiversity challenges will require new economic models and new thinking creating a whole raft of opportunities.

Greening local Politics

With the encouragement of colleagues and I friends I have put my name forward as a Green Party candidate in the local elections on May 4th, not least because I believe we need to register our recognition of the new directions required. My work with the Llanfyllin Transition Project and in permaculture education means that on a daily bases I am immersed in the reality of the challenges we face as well as the many responses and strategies at our fingertips to set us in a new direction. I am convinced this is a change we can embrace and benefit from. We are gong to have to!

Join us, we are organising on-going events and publishing regular articles on our website and blog.

Steven Jones
steve@dragons.cymru
www.llanfyllin.sector39.co.uk

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Image attached: Paris targets graph

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