Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Terra Fluxus

As my thinking develops around Managed Retreat and the debatable lands of the English Orient, its hard to ignore all the flooding happening currently across the rest of the UK. This flooding is primarily pluvial, from rain over land rather than from incursions of sea (although the west coast has got a battering too) but the pattern of increasing indefensibility is common to both. A newly released report from the European Environment Agency, 'Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2012' offers some more sobering predictions. The map below comes from the report and shows increasing risk of coastal and river flooding in the UK.

Without the flooding even happening, it looks like risk alone is going to start causing economic damage to people living in prone areas, with insurance being either unavailable or unaffordable, making houses unsaleable. So we are already retreating, but are we doing it consciously, strategically, and in a manner that is fair and cares for people and the planet? Clearly not I would say.

Floods at Curry Moor, Somerset (May, 2012)

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Survey - Where the Time Goes

Hours spent on various activities in average week.
Graph generated using "Create A Graph" on the NCES Kids' Zone site: nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/default.aspx

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Frameworks for Design - Presentation

Below is the slideshow element of my presentation of Permaculture Design Frameworks as given at the 2012 Permaculture Association AGM. I gave more information in my accompanying talk which will appear later when I've written something up. The slides should give something of the flavour though, and hopefully be an aide memoire for those that attended (thanks for your contributions!). It's best viewed full screen to avoid losing text on the right hand margin.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Eastern Region Permaculture Gathering 19-21July 2013

I am involved with the planning for the first East of England permaculture convergence. Details are emerging as plans firm up - but here are the dates and the venue:

Eastern Region Permaculture Gathering   19-21July 2013

Ringsfield Hall Eco Centre
Deepest Darkest Suffolk
NR34 8JR
Put a date in your diary so you can come along to the first Eastern Region Permaculture Gathering.


Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Permaculture Association AGM 2012

The schedule & programme of events for the 2012 Permaculture Association AGM has just been released (to see it bigger click on it so its on a page on its own, then click on it again).

 I'm on at 16:05 with my presentation on 'Frameworks for Design'.