Did you know that 75% of consumers are on the most energy expensive tariff? Did you know that the numbers of energy consumers switching suppliers continuing to decline? The average consumer switching saved only around 50p a year and an awful lot ended up on a higher tariff! Fuel Poverty is now sky-rocketting again. So the Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) has stepped in this year to try and help people get a better deal. Odd isn’t it? A few days ago almost nobody knew or cared – but now home-energy leads the TV News & is on the front page of every newspaper. Great publicity under appalling circumstances. So let’s get on and do something about it. YOU do not deserve to choose between food and heating this Winter.
ISBN 978-1-60358-467-8 “2052 – A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years” by Jorgen Randers was published by Chelsea Green in 2012. This is the hardback copy with 392 pages consisting of Acknowledgements, Preface, three parts with 12 chapters, Appendices, Notes and Index. Randers is, of course, best known for his role as co-author of the original Limits to Growth study in the early 1970s. This is, essentially, his third update - this time with a new twist. Rather than just offering scenarios, Randers chooses to perform an actual forecast for the next forty years based upon what we did (or didn’t do) since the Limits To Growth was first published. Continue reading
It has been ten months since the High Wycombe Society kindly invited me to deliver a talk about Transition Towns. On Friday 6th July 2012 it was finally time and we gathered with a group of 40 members of the public upstairs in the Guildhall at 7.30pm to see the result. Now this isn’t the first time for me. I have delivered talks about our work to groups as diverse as Ecobuild and Flackwell Heath Women’s Institute.
ISBN 978 1 905570 33 1. “The End of Growth – Adapting to Our New Economic Reality” was written by Richard Heinberg and published by Clairview Books in 2011. This is a “living book” and updates can be found at www.endofgrowth.com (although this just takes you to http://richardheinberg.com/!). For your money you get 322 pages including Acknowledgements, an Introduction of ten parts followed by 7 chapters broken down into 48 topic-based sections, Notes and Index. The inside cover bristles with “advance praise” (how does that work?) from the likes of Herman E Daly, Lester Brown, Bill McKibben, Caroline Lucas and James Gustav Speth. This is Heinberg’s sixth major outing in print. His seminal work “The Party’s Over” has been a springboard for countless thousands of people who previously didn’t comprehend what Peak OIl meant for them. Continue reading