Chris Martenson’s Crash Course Condensed

What is the difference between a problem and a predicament?  How do the economy, energy and the environment fit together?  What are some of the implications for the modern world?  Chris Martenson produced an excellent 3 hour video explaining it.  “Who has 3 hours to watch it?” I hear you say.  Well, fear not because he has made a 45 minute condensed version which is very helpful and understandable.   It comes in 6 parts.  You can also visit his website: for lots more.



Online Video club – May is food security month

Tim Lang’s ten ‘new fundamentals’

Tim Lang, professor of food policy at City University, member of the government’s Sustainable Development Commission and president of Garden Organic, is the leading UK researcher on food security.

In the last 30-40 years there has been enormous investment in what is called efficiency. That means there is no spare.

The food system is like a fully stretched rubber band,  If it breaks, there would be a sharp rebound.  I don’t think a systemic failure is imminent but it is very vulnerable to shocks.

They could be technical shocks, ecological shocks or human disease shocks. We don’t have a sustainable UK agriculture base at the moment and we need one

In these videos Tim Lang highlights ten of his “new fundamentals”



Climate change





Nutrition transition

Health care costs

Battles of power

Tim Lang’s new book is “Food Policy: Integrating health, environment and society” buy it from Toppings, your local Ely book shop.

Transition Ely food group

Visit the our food group page for more information on what we can do to increase the resilience of our local food system.

Transition Ely online video club – April 2009

April is Permaculture video month!

Practical Permaculture in Britain – Part 1

Practical Permaculture in Britain documentary by Malcolm Baldwin

Practical Permaculture in Britain – Part 2

Bullock Brothers Homestead – A 25 Year Permaculture Project

A tour with Joe, Doug and Sam Bullock on their Orcas Island homestead, site of a yearly Permaculture design course. Using nature as their model, they create edges and wildlife habitat, move water through the landscape, promote diversity, and raise an astonishing variety of plants from sub-arctic to tropical

City Repair – Permaculture for Urban Spaces

What happens when citizens apply permaculture principles to a city grid? They create friendly places within the grid that invite people to come together. Mark Lakeman, co-founder of Portland, Oregon’s City Repair Project describes these “creative intervention” projects as placemaking at its best.

People learn to work together, build trust and have fun. The results, from painted intersections to cob benches and other organic structures, invite people “to inhabit the planet on our own terms” rather than the imposed grid-locked culture of the city.

Are you interested in Permaculture and how it can help in the gradual descent from a carbon-based world?  Get in touch with us at Transition Ely.

Transition Ely online video club – March 2009

There’s a whole bunch of good video clips for us to watch this month.

Matt Harvey on Transition Towns

Poet, funny man and broadcaster Matt Harvey takes a look at the Transition Town movement. He talks to Transition people in Totnes, Stroud and Brixton.

Interview with Dmitry Orlov

Dimitry Orlov is the author of ‘Reinventing Collapse‘.  In his book, Orlov examines the  the demise of the Soviet Union, comparing it to today’s United States and offers insights into how we might prepare for coming events. His blog is well worth reading, this recent post in particular.

To finish on a more hopeful note…

Natural World – A Farm for the Future

Recently shown on BBC2, this is a wonderful programme on energy, food and agriculture

Any thoughts, comments, suggestions?