Transition Town Brixton
The Great Unleashing
Thursday 2 October, 8-10pm
The Assembly Hall, Lambeth Town Hall
(Food & acoustic music from 7pm)
Credit crunch gloom is dominating newspaper headlines and TV news reports.
But a growing, vibrant grass roots movement in Brixton, London, is saying that things donÂ’t have to be this way.
Transition Town Brixton is offering nothing less than an antidote to a runaway consumer society in which rocketing fuel bills, sky-high food prices, over-priced housing and climate meltdown are giving us all sleepless nights.
A group of people from all walks of inner city London life, TTB are working on a plan to turn this most urban of environments into the first city-based model of a low carbon, sustainable community.
Our basic belief is that Gordon, Dave and the usual political suspects are not going to deliver a safe, happy, fossil fuel-free future for us and our children Â– so weÂ’re going to have to do it for ourselves.
Teams of dedicated, enthusiastic local volunteers are looking at new ways to tackle everything from transport and energy generation and use to food production and distribution and waste management.
One of our more eye-catching plans is the Abundance Project, a scheme to grow and distribute food locally by identifying and using every spare centimetre of growing space in Brixton
Another is a one-day test run for the Brixton Brick, a local currency useable in stores and businesses in the area and designed to encourage local shopping habits.
Thursday 2 October will be the Great Unleashing, the day when we officially commence work on the Brixton Energy Descent Plan, our blueprint for weaning us off our dangerous addiction to rapidly-vanishing fossil fuels.
ItÂ’s a big moment. The Transition Town movement, started in Totnes, Devon, in 2005, now includes more than 100 towns and initiatives worldwide. But Transition Town Brixton is the first to launch in a major city.
So there will be an inspirational talk by Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Town movement, and Duncan Law, coordinator of TTB, will work with everyone present to Â‘visionÂ’ a roadmap to a brilliant, low carbon Brixton.
Oh, and thereÂ’ll be food and music too. This a celebration after all Â– a celebration of an exciting future that TTB are already starting to make happen.
Note to newsdesks:
For further details, suggestions on photo opportunities or to discuss attending the Great Unleashing, please contact:
Duncan Law, TTB coordinator
Blanche Cameron, TTB facilitator