The Brixton Energy Descent Action Plan draft ‘first visions’

What is an Energy Descent Action Plan?

The Energy Descent Action Plan looks at the challenges that will face our society from Peak Energy and Climate Change and economic destabilisation, visions what a good low energy resilient Brixton would look like in the future and ‘backcasts’ to the present to create a routemap, complete with timetable and milestones, to help us get there. Of course the EDAP itself is not a fixity but a way of helping us grasp this huge issue and plan and prioritise so that we can take good strategic first steps and evaluate our progress and modify the plan as necessary. TTB has spent nearly 2 years raising awareness of where we are. We have formed ‘themed groups’ (click Group Pages for a list) to focus on key areas for Transition.


The next step is to vision what a good low energy future would be like. These visions were produced in 10 minutes by the convenors of the various TTB working groups at a meeting on Monday 23 February 2009. They are first thoughts and dreams, by no means a finished statement. TTB wants to engage the collective genius of an informed community to enhance and deepen these visions and to think about how we get there. Please get involved. For now feel to add to these visions constructively. (click ‘Edit’, and ask us for the password)


Arts and Culture
No vision or group exists so far. Please get in touch if you would like convene or be part this group.

Built Environment and Energy
It is 2030. Everyone in Brixton now lives in comfortable homes that stay warm in winter and cool in summer with very low active energy inputs. The energy that is needed for homes and businesses is provided by renewable energy, much of which is generated locally. Across the year, enough renewable energy is produced within Lambeth to meet local energy needs but this relies on connection to a national renewable energy grid. Electric cars, plugged into houses and businesses, provide battery support to smooth out mismatches between demand and supply. Everyone has learnt to use energy with care

Our vision is that by 2030, Transition Town Brixton is a familiar concept to everyone in Brixton, and the goals of the Brixton Energy Descent Action Plan are embedded in the thinking of the local Council, businesses, voluntary and faith groups, as well as individuals and families. Transition Town Brixton is a vehicle for local connectedness.

Internally as an organisation, Transition Town Brixton groups understand the need the need to communicate their activity both between groups and to the community at large, and are skilled in the methods for achieving this. Where specialist communications skills – design, media – are lacking within groups, group members know members on hand to share theses skills. We are a learning organisation, actively engaging the surrounding community on a day to day basis.


Economy and Business
The Local Economy and Business Group vision

In 2030 people who live and work in Brixton understand what they want to achieve in their lives and communities, they welcome people from all over the world. There are street based communities rather than a high street focus on shops. There are local community and technology hubs where we can get together to trade our services and goods. There are wall sized screens for us to communicate with our twin villages all over the world in the regions of Africa Asia Americas Middle East and Australasia. We are so connected we can almost play a game of football with them. We can certainly sit in our refreshments venues and watch our local sports teams together. We can learn how everyone lives and how they grow food together and trade resources. We create local exchange or tokens systems that are beneficial to the health of the givers, the receivers, our local community and the world. We have developed ways of interdependently providing for mutual physical and social and aspirational needs.

This group does not exist so far. Please get in touch if you would like convene or be part this group.

Neighbourhood, community schools involve a broad range of the community including children themselves in teaching. The schools provide a holistic, permaculture based education and skills training based around the real needs and actual resources of the community. Food skills, re-use, renewable energy and building repair are all key skills. The schools have growing land where possible and are organised around the rhythm of the year. Summer camps at Brixton’s ‘community supported agriculture’ community partners in Sussex combine holiday, learning and work. The curriculum includes self-made culture and entertainment, storytelling, music making and facilitation and non-violent communication. The schools try and supply most of their needs as part of their education programme.

Reskilling is available in the form of ‘apprenticeships’ to people at all levels. There is a networking system for connecting people with something to teach to those who want to learn. Learning and skills are often exchanged on the Brixton LETs scheme

Duncan, 23/2/09

Full working draft of Food visions

Brixton is a Productive, Resilient and Well Connected Local Food Centre

A Brixton that is full of productive gardens and small market gardens will be a healthier, more grounded and resilient community to live in; a place where people are connected to each other and can look forward to a future they are prepared for.

Children will grow up with an understanding of where their food comes from and of the importance of working as part of an environmental system with no ‘waste’.

Local shops and local services will work together to provide markets for local food which is grown without reliance on oil-based agricultural methods and products. Food will pass through few hands and over only a short distance on its way from grower to purchaser – people will walk past the places their food is grown everyday. Communities will reclaim unused land and put it to creative, beautiful and productive use by converting it into orchards, patchwork farms and small holdings.

South London will become a place where good ideas tucked away in local and government policies become a reality and local thinking on food is connected up in productive ways with broader food security, climate change and peak oil concerns.

Bonnie (24/2/09)

No vision or group exists so far. Please get in touch if you would like convene or be part this group.

Heart and Soul
A critical mass within Brixton and Lambeth will have been achieved to work for a life-sustaining world, which includes all people, races, cultures and all species, equally, through finding and implementing shared solutions in place of exclusive self-interest Jim 23/2/09

Local Government
This group does not exist so far. Please get in touch if you would like convene or be part this group.

Governance & Justice System

We have come to realize that a steady state qualitative economy is the only way to ensure well-being over the long term. We have replaced representational democracy with participatory democracy to engage people in the process of change and fight corruption. Resources are now taxed on extraction from the earth, are therefore more expensive, so we are more careful with natural resources and there is little or no waste. Systems design is valued as a primary skill in creating sustainable systems. Systems of law and justice take into account the rights of other species and the necessity to protect natural habitats and ecosystems. This has produced some laws that are more restricting but overall there is more freedom as oppressive institutions are a thing of the past. This has occurred as a direct result of the fact that corporations were found to be unsuitable business models in the context of sustainability, so corporate law was re-written to address the systemic problem associated with the corporatism.

Jody 23/2/09

Local Government

Arising from the Sustainable Communities Act, communities have had more say in what happens in Brixton. Local government has transferred more of its powers to the community. In particular, there is more community-owned land and buildings.

Margaret, 23/2/09


Land Use
No vision or group exists so far. Please get in touch if you would like convene or be part this group.

Remade in Brixton
In 2030 there will be no such thing as waste: every discarded resource will become “food” for something else.

More things will be made to last, be reused many times, be repaired when broken, and be designed for easy disassembly into different parts and materials that can be reused or recycled.

Wherever appropriate, resources will be reused / recycled / composted locally rather than remotely.

“No more throwaway people” (Edgar Kahn): everyone’s energy, skills and talents are valued and used to the full. Hannah 23/2/09

Textiles and Clothing
No vision exists so far. Please get in touch if you would like to be part of this group.

Transport Mission & Vision

No vision or group exists so far. Please get in touch if you would like convene or be part this group.

(see Remade in Brixton, above)

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