Book Launch

Heart felt thanks to everyone who came along and especially those of you helped with the book launch event in Llanrhaeadr on Oct 11th. Between the two sessions we had well over 70 visitors and so far we have distributed 300/ 400 of the complementary copies available for those resident or working in Powys.

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The final output of One School One Planet Project, 100 page book of practical insight into how to work with the environment.
Small and Slow Solutions, sector39
Coming together as community to face complex challenges

The books tackles the challenge of our time, how to energize and inspire people to take meaningful action on the ecological emergency. The work is framed by permacutlure design, which co-ordinates actions to be in line with both community and the natural world. Combined synergistic actions could create all sorts of unexpected positive outcomes. It is via these processes we believe we have the potential tools to make meaningful inroads into preparing ourselves for our low carbon and climate disrupted future.

climate change generation
How we chose to respond to the climate emergency will impact greatly
on the options available to the next generation.

Permaculture design course

Really sorry the Sector39 website www.permaculturedesigncourse.co.uk is off line currently and we are trying to fix it. the site contains blogs and posts from past courses as well as booking details for current ones, please contact us via this site for information on our courses

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I moved the dates forward 2 weeks than first advertised, it won’t change again
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Dragons, Llanrhaeadr

Meanwhile we had begun promoting our next PDC which will be i in Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant, Powys, Wales SY10 0JN

Here is suggested watching in advance of attending the PDC

In grave Danger for Falling Food, Bill Mollison's story
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRy0FXd-1QA

Cliamte science and the SDG goals, Johan Rokstrom
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_gX0cTt10A&t=6s

David Holmgren, origins of permaculture
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=Syw1yfaWieQ

Food Inc, Michael Pollen and Eric Schlosser
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmUvuEDd3eY

Dirt, the movie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvrww8iMl-A

That should get you warmed up on the subject. I will get back to you after
Oct 11th when we are not quite so busy with more details about the course
and hopefully will have my other website back up by then.
Clips from a previous residential PDC held in Wales i 2017

Small and Slow Solutions

slow and slow solutions is a teaching resource for secondary schools, using cross curricular themes to understand the process of change and how to initiate your own changes
Coming soon, tackling the climate crisis with permaculture design

It has taken our team three years to complete this text book. We have been working with our local high school and across our whole community to investigate how we can raise this essential issue in a meaningful and constructive way.

Permaculture gives us the statment, ‘the problem is the solution’ recognising that a problem is the inverse of its solution, problems are not unrelated but directly connected to their solution. Further more simply presenting dire predictions of a problem so huge humanity cannot face it achieves nothing but either continued denial or all out nihilism. Permaculture is a design process that is inclusive, works out from one’s own experience and helps build a co-ordinated and unified response.

The 1975 ft Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg began her activism at 15, starting alone yet within months creating a world wide movement. We take our inspiration from her work, we challenge everyone who cares to set in motion their small and slow solution and lets see how it builds and where it takes us.

Roger Hallam talking recently on the power of civil disobedience
There is precedence for change by mass action

PM 101 feature for S39

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We are featured in PM 101

We are excited to be featured in the latest Permaculture Magazine (PM101) in a piece exploring our work in refugee settlements in Uganda last year. It was a huge experience for all of us involved. We trained 40 refugees in permaculture and then supported them over the following 6 month period to become teachers and leaders , each trainee was tasked to train 4 families from their own surrounding communities.

Here are the pioneers, those who are now on the front line of bring permaculture into the community of Bidibidi refugee settlement and beyond. We are hoping we can find ways to continue to support them in this vital effort to combat poverty, de-forestation and food insecurity by bringing design and purpose via permaculture to their communities

The trainees, first generation permaculture team, Maaji and Bidibidi 2018

These stunning portraits were taken by Angharad Rees

Training and support team

Biochar

This is a fascinating insight into soil formation and possibly one of best ways to fight back against cliamte change using biological systems.

This is a classic documentary form 2002, introducing a fascinating topic, biochar

Dragons Co-operative & regenerative agriculture, a vision

vision statement for Dragons Co-op project
Vision statement, I am working on this… this is where I am at so far.

Biodiversity in Wales has collapsed over the last 4 or 5 decades. This became blatantly clear on the publication of the State of Nature report in 2013. No one articulated this more strongly than local Welsh naturalist Iolo Williams when he spoke at the Senedd in 2013

A damming indictment of the direction that policy has driven farming practices

In our response to the changing climate and the loss of biodiversity it is apparent we need new models and approaches. Ones the restore depleted soil carbon, reducing flooding and reverse erosion and that protect and enhances biodiversity.

Permaculture is a design approach that has nature at its heart and increasingly we have been applying these ideas to more and more challenging situations and at greater scale. Sector39 are currently building a coalition of partners to take on a 124 acre hill farm on the edge of the Berwyn mountains here in Wales with the specific aim of creating a model for regenerative farming that could perhaps lead the way in land reform and demonstrate how a diversity of incomes can lead to a diversity of biological life on the farm.

Cae Bodfach, is our local attempt to restore some of the diversity and habitat lost from the landscape, we hope to be able to do this kind of restorative work on a much larger scale.

We have 25 years of housing co-operative experience and community building and this would give us the change to couple this experience with large scale habitat restoration. We have 2 objectives, one to establish a trust to purchase this unique farm and hold it in perpetuity so that we have establish a land based community to live and take care of the land.

The Trust needs to secure £400,000 in investment to secure the land for the proejct itself to go ahead. We already have finance in place for the actual project itself. As a training and teaching organisation we dont anticipate a problems recruiting members to the proejct or tenants for the farm and buildings.

This unique farm takes in a whole water system, several springs and 124 acres of land, not all of which has been ploughed and ‘improved’ with fertilizers and rye grasses. Rather than see it disappear under the uniformity of even more ‘sheep monoculture’ our vision is to take in the other direction, finding economic and responsible ways to restore diversity and create new possibilities for especially farms on marginal and upland locations.

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Personal statement
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Rebellion is now

The urgency of the situation demands that we stand up and be counted. Our governments have failed us, they sign agreements, nod to the science but do nothing real in response. We have to make an intervention. Human society needs to be governed in line with the laws of ecology and society. Solving climate change means building a whole different type of society and that will only happen if we all take part. It is time for the lunatics to leave the asylum.

When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.” –

Thomas Jefferson

Extinction Rebellion is our best chance to bringing climate change into everyday language; it needs to be on everybodies lips, we need to be talking about it every day.

The next two weeks of disruption in London aims to be the spark the lights the tinder. The public needs to seize the narrative away from this corporate catastrophe and together we can evolve a new society that restores diversity and abundance to the earth. We know how to do it. Permaculture, co-operation, organic, solar powered we have to accelerate to the only future that can sustain us.

We are not innocent bi standers, the general public has obligations, . and if they are not performing their obligations then it is justifiable to disturb the population. Failing enact their social obligations to maintain and sustain a democratic and civilized society is a dereliction of social duty. We are trying to mobilize the general public

Roger Hallam, Extinction Rebellion

Extinction rebellion are asking three things

  • 1: Full disclosure of climate science, lets talk realistically about this crisis we are in
  • 2: Develop policies in line with science and the agreements we have made
  • 3: Form General citizens assemblies to hold governments to account and to involve everyone in shaping a sustainable future.

videos: Calls to Action and an extended interview with Roger Hallam of XR

Jonathon Porritt calls to rebellion

Extinction rebellion is here. The next 2 weeks are going to be a turning point in our collective history

different voices, same message
Emma Thompson speaks out
Why public disruption is necessary

PDC: Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant, 6 weekends

The dates for the first weekend is set for 16th and 17th of March and we will negotiate the remaining dates with the group on the first weekend.

Times: Saturday 9.30 – for 10.00 am start until 5.30 pm
Sundays 9.30 – for 10.00 am start until 4.00 pm
Meet at Dragons, for coffee from 9.30, Llanrhaeadr High Street or Llanrhaeadr Village Hall, Back Chapel street from 9.50

Lunch is bring and share + soup and sourdough provided by Sector39

This page will be updated with more course info when available

Please consider making a donation to Ramadam Mutebi in support of this course. Rama is a PDC graduate in Uganda from 2017 and has amde significant contributions to his community since. We really hope to support him to achieve very much more.

Rama with Grace and Amy back in 2017. His colleague Prince Sebe Maloba is in the pale blue shirt

https://www.gofundme.com/ramadhanmutebi?sharetype=teams&member=1591190&rcid=r01-155170852751-33643049f64e4309&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_w

End of Empire

Chris Hedges is one of the foremost ‘public intellectuals’ in the USA. One of the clearest voices on the left and a harsh critic of US imperialism. Hedges takes a clear, uncompromising view of the reality that is confronting us.

He advises us to abandon hope, as that leads to disappointment and desolation, and to focus on what we can practically achieve and through that process find deep personal meaning in our engagement.

He references many key texts, and draws on his deep experience of 20 years as foreign corespondent for the New York Times before quitting his influential position as head of the middle east office over the NYT’s refusal to accurately convey the disaster that was the Iraq war. The interview is deeply revealing of how the state controls the narrative and also how journalism has been eroded to ‘court gossip’.

Keiser Report

Ex Wall Street bond trader, turned financial journalist presents a fresh perspective on economics and social change. This episode fits perfectly into the theme of climate emergency and collapse. Its a good watch and on topic, witty, acerbic, insightful and informed.

  • Are we living in an era of soft totalitarianism?
  • Will there be a Davos 2020?
  • ‘Bitcoin is the guillotine of the 21st century’

Thinking about the fragility and beauty of the natural world

We need to cultivate a culture of deep reverence for nature and be prepared to accept the lessons of our own observations. I added this as a counter balance to the other two videos.

However we see the times we are living though it seems to me it is this interaction between our economic world and the real ecology we are embedded in that we need to concentrate on fully as we are clearly getting this very wrong currently. The issue both of the first two videos addresses is the mechanism by which we can over throw the status quo. The over throw of Wall Street, of the Imperialism and the empowerment of all people to face our collective challenges together seems to be a common theme.

permaculture, climate change and community transition event in Llanfyllin
Join us on thursday evening to explore how these key issues impact on us at a community level

Powys CC to consider Climate Emergency motion

13.2 Notice of Motion: Green Heart of Wales

This Council in seeing Powys as the Green Heart of Wales;

1.     acknowledges the Climate Change Emergency and thus:

2.     Asks the pension trustees to develop a strategy of divestment from fossil fuels

3.     Supports the principles of Zero Carbon Britain and the work done by CAT (Centre for Alternative Technology)

4.     Encourages the development of Hydrogen production and technologies in Powys utilising the clean environment, water and energy supply

5.     Highlights that green technologies and the new economic opportunities as part of environmental sustainability should be a fundamental part of the Mid Wales Growth deal thus giving us a USP (Unique Selling Point)

6.     That the authority should put in place a strategy for net zero carbon of its activities and develop best environmental practice in its buildings

7.     That the authority should look at best practice from other authorities such as robinhoodenergy.co.uk with Nottinghamshire Council and theleccy.co.uk/about/ with Liverpool City Council, in not only developing local energy ownership and supply chains but also assisting tackling fuel poverty.

Proposed by County Councillor Elwyn Vaughan

Seconded by County Councillor Bryn Davies