On 16th July we held our second meeting as Transition Egham. We met in the Englefield Green Village Centre, which has excellent facilities. Together we watched The Power of Community, a film about how Cuba survived a dramatic reduction in oil imports after the fall of the Soviet Union and how this could relate to the theory of ‘Peak Oil’.
Peak Oil is the theory that long before we run out of oil, less of it will be pumped year on year as the difficulty of extraction increases. Peak Oil theorists suggest the point at which we pump the largest amount of oil in a year, will be roughly the point at which we’ve extracted half the total oil.
Along with climate change, Peak Oil is one of the main themes explored by the Transition Network. Both are reasons why we need to think about a less oil dependent future.
At our first meeting it was something of a controversial topic and the concern was expressed that if people think we’ll be forced to reduce oil consumption, then perhaps we’ll be less proactive in making the kind of changes necessary because of climate change.
After the film we had 4 short presentations:
First we had a presentation on Direct Action as a tactic used by the environmental movement.
Next we heard from the Egham Residents’ Association and their work over a number of years including successfully standing candidates in local elections.
Then we had a speaker from the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, who in particular raised the issue of the council’s neighbourhood plan and how this might be an opportunity to spread our ideas.
Finally we were told about a new energy cooperative project funding local renewable energy installations.