WELCOME TO TRANSITION CHESTER
Working together for a sustainable future
Transition is a movement that has been growing since 2005. It is about communities stepping up to address the big challenges they face of dwindling resources and increasing prices of energy by starting local. By coming together, they are able to create solutions together. They seek to nurture a caring culture, one focused on connection with self, others and nature. They are reclaiming the economy, sparking entrepreneurship, re-imagining work, re-skilling themselves and weaving webs of connection and support. Courageous conversations are being had; extraordinary changes are unfolding.
Transition is an ongoing social experiment, a movement of communities coming together to re-imagine and rebuild our world through a process of creating healthy human culture. It’s a movement you can join. It is inspirational, positive, evolving, and if you’ve made it here, it may well be just what you’re looking for.
BECOME A MEMBER
You can keep up to date with all the latest developments at Transition Chester by becoming a member. Membership will allow you you to view the minutes of the AGM and the notes of the monthly meetings. It also gives access to details of the groups constitution, organisation and officers. You can register to become a member by clicking here. Already a member? Click here . To access the 2017 meeting notes click here and for 2018 notes click here.
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We send out 4 regular newsletters a year and had hoc newsletters for one off events or items of interest. You can sign up to join our mailing list by completing the sign form in the margins on every page of the website (except the home page)
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Next meeting – to be advised
Quaker Meeting House, Frodsham Street CH1 3LF.
It was decided at the AGM on the 6 March that meetings will be held every 3 months starting in June.
Agendas for meetings can be accessed by clicking here
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It’s that time of year again when apples are ready to be picked the and this year is promising to be a good harvest. The apple press service provided by Transition Chester and organised by Simon Brown is available if you want to turn your apples into juice for drinking straight or turning into wine or cider. You will find details of the service and a booking calendar by going to “Groups” on the main menu and then “Apple Press”.
WASTE NOT - WANT NOT
Let’s Support these two local campaigns to reduce plastic waste
In 2008 a Californian family decide to live without producing any waste, something most of us would think is impossible. Since then Bea Johnson has become a zero waste guru and travels the world encouraging people to take up the challenge of zero waste living. The family’s secret to living waste-free is to Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot (and only in that order). Her website is www.zerowastehome.com
Since 2008 Zero Waste has been taken up by individuals, communities and organisations around the world and finally it has reached Chester. Chester friends of the Earth are campaigning in the city and looking for partners from all sectors to drive forward the ZERO WASTE CHESTER campaign. There website is www.friendsoftheearth.uk/groups/chester.The timing of the campaign is particularly significant as public awareness of the disastrous consequences of plastic waste are being highlighted in the media. We at Transition Chester are wholeheartedly behind the campaign and appeal to all our members to support the FoE initiative.
The place to start on reducing waste is obviously at home. Whether a beginner or avid recycler, there’s always more to do until you are finally a zero waster. If you are looking for inspiration on how to reduce more, two good sites are www.myzerowaste.com and www.wrap.org.uk. If you want to get started on waste reduction click here.
At some point most recyclers start to look for alternatives to the heavily packaged foods in supermarkets. Two such alternatives that I use are the Chester Food Assembly and the ExSqueez Me greengrocer at 13 Handbridge. The Food Assembly is a great way to buy local produce and support small businesses around Chester. You order your fruit, veg, dairy, meat, bread etc. online and collect it each week on Wednesday between 17.30 and 19.00 at Pipers Lane, Hoole, CH2 3LS. When you pick up your order you get to connect with the producers and like-minded people, just as shopping used to be in supportive communities. To join the Food Assembly go to their website at www.thefoodassembly.chester.
Ex Squeeze Me is a greengrocery run by two young entrepreneurs dedicated to a healthy lifestyle and sustainability. They have a growing selection of organic items and sell freshly squeezed juices and smoothies, with a small space for drinking in. They have a return bottle scheme for their takeaway drinks and use biodegradable bags, cups and drinking straws and are planning to acquire an electric vehicle for their business use. Their website is www.exsqueeze-me.business.site
STRAW FREE CHESTER
Dr Christian Dunn has started the scheme in his home city of Chester, after seeing plastic washed up on beaches while surfing in North Wales. He decided that he would campaign in his home town to raise awareness and encourage consumers and businesses to reduce their use of plastic, starting with plastic straws and the Straw Free Chester initiative. Transition Chester will be supporting this campaign and members are encouraged to do what they can and spread the word to their family and friends.
Christian has been quoted as saying:
“We want everyone in the city to realise what a complete waste using a plastic drinking straw is, and we need their support to get the ball rolling. You use a straw for about 20 minutes to drink your coke or gin and tonic and then it goes straight in the bin. But that little drinking straw will stick around for hundreds of years because most of the plastic we use simply gets dumped into landfill, and plastic doesn’t break down like cardboard or paper. What’s worse is that lots of plastic finds its way into our natural habitats, especially the seas and oceans where it can cause horrendous harm. In fact some research has shown that plastic waste causes the death of up to one million seabirds, 100,000 marine mammals and countless fish every year. Plus, tiny fragments of plastic can find their way into the food chain and even end-up on our dinner plates. I’m calling on the people of Chester to think twice about the plastic products they use and an ideal way to start this is saying no to use disposable drinking straws.”
There are already several organisations supporting Christian’s campaign, notably Chester Zoo, the Grosvenor Hotel and FoE Chester are making it one of their campaigns for this year. Transition Chester will be supporting the campaign and encouraging other environmental and sustainability organisations to join.
To find out more search your browser for Straw Free Chester.
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