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

Are we ready to face the climate challenge? – Lecture Screening and Discussion


Rachel Carson, author of the groundbreaking Silent Spring, warned us many years ago of the dangers of allowing politics to influence our understanding of the natural world:

“The real wealth of the Nation lies in the resources of the earth — soil, water, forests, minerals, and wildlife. To utilize them for present needs while insuring their preservation for future generations requires a delicately balanced and continuing program, based on the most extensive research. Their administration is not properly, and cannot be, a matter of politics” Rachel Carson, The Silent Spring.

This begs the question what the role of science is when the politicians of the day can cast aside the dire and detailed warnings of the climate science community, despite the agreements and commitments they so publicly made to respond to this unfolding crisis?

We teach science in our schools yet we fail to adhere to it in our daily lives. What message does this send to the growing generation? The smoking ban, compulsory seatbelts in cars, these were considered responses to known and measurable threats, so why then do we ignore the much more serious warnings about climate and energy?

We know of the disproportionate hold the oil industry has over our economy, over the US presidency and the Russian rouble, yet to allow that reality to frame our responses will have dire consequences for all.

Last year we launched the Llanfyllin Transition Project, ‘Saving the Planet One School at a Time,’ with the specific aim of exploring these ideas across the whole community, and asking ourselves the question of how we can better prepare for what awaits us.

To begin, surely we are obliged to refer ourselves back to the science – what can we expect, what is happening, how much do we know? Also, we need to look at this information outside of the political and economic framework that surrounds the debate in the media.

The global scientific community will stage mass demonstrations to celebrate World Earth Day on April 22nd. This year’s event and campaign will fight against efforts to silence science and focus on creating and supporting knowledge sharing, community engagement, citizen science and stewardship.

We will be holding a series of events leading to Earth Day, the first of which is at Llanfyllin High School, 23rd March, building to the global event in April. It is free and will be informative, challenging and inclusive.

Community Discussion

We have set up a new Community Discussion Group on Facebook to support and facilitate conversations and plans for community growing projects in and around Llanfyllin and Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant. If you would like to get involved in any way, please join the group and start a discussion! We would love to hear from you.

Photography and the Llanfyllin Transition Project

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David Buckland, Another World is Possible.


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Facing up to a changing climate

Facing up to the challenges of our changing climate goes much deeper than erecting a few wind turbines and switching to a Honda Prius, it challenges the very heart of our economic model. The transition before us will require active involvement from everybody. Some people believe our environmental woes are due to the sheer weight of population but the truth is more complex, a small percentage of the global family are responsible for the vast majority of emissions and we are faced with the reality that it is not possible for India, China, Brazil and Mexico to follow the same economic path as the West without tipping the balance into a catastrophe. What if, we can find new ways of working that are actively beneficial, that lock carbon away in plants and soils whilst also meeting the needs of the 7 billion of us. If each person can have a net benefit on planet and climate then maybe at this moment that we face our greatest challenge the many hands available to us become a big part of the solution.

Steve and Dewi with students from GCSE Land Based Studies, planting trees in Llanyllin.

Steve and Dewi with students from GCSE Land Based Studies, planting trees in Llanyllin. Photo by Aine Larmour-Jones

We are bringing these ideas into the mainstream curriculum. Kids at school today are growing up into a different world than the one we did and will need to be equipped with new concepts and ideas. I call it permaculture, it goes beyond agro-ecology and green technology and fashions a mindset, it provides design tools that facilitate this great change. We are saving the planet one school at a time, we are working with schools in Powys – children of farmers and rural communities where we hope to start a revolution. That is an emotive word – let’s call it transition, evolution maybe, one that embraces our planet’s ecology and understands that society and economy are a subset of a healthy living biosphere. Everything falters and fails when the rains stop, the soils erode, and our stable weather systems collapse. Join us.

This piece was written on request for ARWAIN lead funding partner in this project for promotion of the outcomes of their LEADER programme.

We are funded by ARWAIN EU Leader programme

We are funded by ARWAIN EU Leader programme

Permaculture Wales

Permaculture Wales

Permaculture Association Britain

Permaculture Association Britain

Planting Trees in Llanfyllin with GCSE Land Based Studies Students

Some photos from a practical day of tree planting in Llanfyllin, with students studying the GCSE Land Based Studies course at Llanfyllin High School.

Also a big thanks to Aine Larmour-Jones who was the photographer for the day.


More from our survey…

Here is another short extract from our Public Opinion Survey, which we carried out just before Christmas 2016:

PSE and the Llanfyllin Transition Project


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Public Opinion Survey 1

Just before Christmas we (Llanfyllin Transition Project) went out onto the High Street in Llanfyllin in a wonderful Gypsy Caravan to interview local people about their views on Climate Change, their knowledge of the Paris Climate Agreement and to ask what they would do differently to help achieve a sustainable future. Here is the first fruit of our labours. Another video will be uploaded shortly featuring different interviewees.

We hope you find it interesting!

Climate Change and the Countryside – New Article Published

The Jan-Feb 2017 issue of Welsh Country: The Countryside Magazine for Wales, features a new article from Llanfyllin Transition Project members Steve Jones.


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Llanfyllin Transition Project School Flyer