July Sustainability News: Transition is key to future

June 26 2015

Sustainability news with Sarah Thomson, Sustainable Bishopston

with Sarah Thomson, Sustainable Bishopston

Bristol is a very green city. At the time of writing, its fifth Big Green Week has just been launched, promising a bigger range of events than ever before, including the Festival of Nature, charity bike rides, green poetry workshops, Big Green Chair talks, a solar day and more. The activities have greater relevance this year as the city celebrates being the first in Britain to hold the title of European Green Capital. At the beginning of July, we will host the 9th International Fair Trade Towns Conference and welcome 300 delegates from 18 countries who will be discussing 'Fair Trade for Sustainability'.

You may well know that we have our own currency - the Bristol Pound. A whopping 800 businesses citywide are part of this marvellous not-for-profit scheme which helps to support local enterprises rather than corporate multinationals. Again, we lead the way by being the first in the UK to have successfully done such a thing.

Bristol is also the first Transition City in the UK. Created in 2007, Transition Bristol follows the aims and inspirations of the Transition Towns network, which strives to help communities become more resilient, self-sufficient and less dependent on fossil fuels. One of the aims of the movement is to encourage the establishment of 'Transition Neighbourhoods' and there are several in Bristol, including Montpelier, Redland, Westbury-on-Trym and, if you are not already aware, there is a Sustainable Bishopston.

Sustainable Bishopston was formed in 2006 by a small group of people who wanted to raise awareness locally about climate change and how to lessen our impact on the planet. They initiate and encourage projects and work closely with other local neighbourhood groups such as The Bishopston Society, Friends of St Andrews Park and the Golden Hill Community Garden. Debate-provoking films such as ‘The Age of Stupid’ have been screened and projects have included distributing fruit trees and reducing plastic bags and food waste.

Sustainable Bishopston values the Transition Town message:

• if we wait for action from government, it'll be too little, too late

• if we act as individuals, it'll be too little

• but if we act as communities, it might just be enough, just in time.

Are you new to Bishopston? Do you want to get involved with green projects and debates? Sustainable Bishopston would love to hear from you! Please get in touch via the contact form on our website: www.sustainablebishopston.org.uk