Tackling Peak Oil and Climate Change Together
TT Derry is part of a worldwide initiative aiming to build community resilience to face the challenges of peak oil and climate change.
Posted by marian farrell on April 29, 2013 at 19:03
Making Links and Sharing Skills to Build Local Resilience for Powerdown
How do you see life in the North West after Peak Oil?
When oil production is on the decline and we no longer have access to the benefits of a cheap supply will we be able to cope with the end of the world as we know it?
Could we see the challenges as an opportunity to build on the networks which are already strong in our communities; to share skills; learn from our elders; create a new way of living which cares for people and the environment?
Transition Derry works locally as part of a worldwide initiative which is building community resilience to face the effects of Climate Change, Peak Oil and Economic Breakdown. To find out more go to
Transition Derry was started in October 2008 with the aim of developing community based networks to enable sustainable, local 'eating, heating and means of exchange'.
After four years of workshops, films, partnerships and proposals, in 2012 Transition Derry had a rest period, allowing space to develop the vegetable plots and relationships. Vegetable growing has certainly taken off in the City. I'm looking forward to meeting other growers at the Walled City Market where we can now buy community produce thanks to Gareth and DCC.
Timebanking has so far only been been taken up by a small group of people but the system is still there when needed at www.foylejustxchange.org
Ingenious people have also been making their own informal arrangements without the need for recording transactions. I really like the Free Stall run by Caroline and Claire at the Carndonagh Market every month.
I'm mostly keeping up to date with the excellent and focused work Positive Money is doing in the campaign for monetary reform. They do have their work cut out in educating the policy makers.
With my gas system staying unrepaired this winter, I've been heating my terrace house with manual labour and locally grown hardwood, except when it's really cold and I need turf :( My dream is to install a much more energy efficient thermal mass stove; I've done the research and know the engineer who can design and build it. I just need to be very creative around the means of exchange.
Please keep an eye on this site for updates, sign up as a member for regular information or get in touch if you have expertise, ideas or enthusiasm relating to any or all of these areas: Food; Sustainable Energy; Green Economics; Transport; Health; Heart and Soul (recovering from oil dependency).
Transition Derry doesn't have regular meetings but there will be plenty of opportunity to meet up, learn and share. New members and ideas always welcome.