Finding reliable information in the online maze

As the Country begins to ‘re-open’ after 3 months of ‘lockdown’ and the talk is of bouncing back to normal, many people and groups are concerned that this is not such a good idea. We now have a real opportunity to make the changes that will help the world keep breathing.

The Maze at Glendurgan – photo by Kate O

There are many positive approaches being put forward, from the BBC’s Rethink programmes to  more radical approaches such as Extinction Rebellion, and it’s quite hard to keep up with them all.

So several Transition Falmouth members have compiled some links to sources that we think offer fair perspectives, reliable information, ideas which can be used to support campaigning activities, letters to MPs etc, or simply to keep up to speed on developments, as well as some truly inspiring possibilities and practical ways we can do things better now

As a starter:

https://neweconomics.org/
http://buildbackbetteruk.org/
https://www.resilience.org/
https://www.un.org/en/observances/cooperatives-day (International Cooperatives Day 4th July)

The World Economic Forum has a Great Reset Agenda that appears to be leaning in the right direction!

Also, briefings from Campaign groups

Surfers against Sewage, Greenpeace, Woodland Trust etc

Local and national Government

Cornwall Council Climate Emergency pages
Reducing UK emissions: 2020 Progress Report to Parliament

To follow parliament and hold our local MPs Cherilyn Mackrory and George Eustace to account, see https://www.theyworkforyou.com. The former is on the Scrutiny committee for the House of Commons Public Bill Committee on the Environment Bill 2019-21

Localisation

Localisation and supporting the means to make an economic shift away from the global towards the local – a shift that enables communities to control their own affairs. These sites show what is going on globally and locally.

https://www.localfutures.org/learn-take-action/learning-guides/learn-about-localization/
https://exemplarnet.org.uk/
https://tevi.co.uk/latest-news/

News

Online newspapers are very useful, as content is released well in advance of paper versions. We prefer

https://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/
https://www.theguardian.com

for local and (inter)national news respectively. Indymedia used to be great in the early 2000s as an alternative news source but sadly seems to have disappeared at least in the UK – closest alternative now is probably https://www.aljazeera.com/

https://www.positive.news
https://www.edie.net/news/

Transition Network and Rob Hopkins’ websites

TF twitter feed https://twitter.com/Tr_Falmouth follows many useful news sources to see our own tweets and re-tweets (you need a twitter account to see latest posts from those we follow, and who they are).

Petitions

https://avaaz.org (probably has the most global reach)
https://home.38degrees.org.uk/
https://petition.parliament.uk/
https://www.change.org/

Some Local Initiatives

TF’s Local Food Guide with over 140 entries and our links page

Local repair cafes are practical ways to give and receive help, re-use tools and avoid extra waste and over consumption.

Falmouth LETS (skills exchange)
Freegle Falmouth (saving unwanted goods from landfill)
Ambos (Local Housing Collective)
Helston Climate Action Plan


Finally, for those who don’t like too much online info Jonathan Porritt has a new book out titled ‘Hope in Hell’, see http://www.jonathonporritt.com

More useful links are welcome as comments below.


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