From horse poo to parliament!

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Posted 10 Nov 2010 in Uncategorized


Yesterday we went to look at some horse manure that a local farm is kindly donating to Change4Chalfont for our apple orchard. We wanted to make sure that it was adequately rotted down, so one of us climbed into an enormous skip of the stuff and started digging to find a really choice bit for the gardening expert to sniff…’ll be happy to know that it is Prime Stuff and we’ll be going back for plenty of it to fertilise our trees!

Then, and in sharp contrast a couple of us went to attend a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Peak Oil (APPGOPO) at the House of Commons. This group meets regularly and last night’s subject was entitled ‘The Transition Movement: What Does It Need From Government?’

The name of the committee and the subject for discussion tell you loads of things; first, that concern about diminishing resources is beginning to reach the highest levels – although really and truly, the people in government are the guys with the information and they should be ahead of the game (apparently national armies have long be preparing reports on peak oil and how to handle it, presumably because they have to long-term plan to cope with possible civil unrest). It also is interesting how seriously the Transition movement is being taken, again at the highest levels.

It was an interesting discussion, with a room full of transitioners from all over the country although we felt that there was a lot of information coming from the guys from Transition HQ whereas presumably they were primarily there to hear our ideas. However, it was heartening to be in a room full of people who care about the environment and climate change as actively as we do and interesting to see a bit more of the bigger picture.

If you would like to attend such a meeting, you can register your interest at

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