Chapter I : the UK

 

“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.”
George A.Moore

Last summer 2016, we both agreed to do something different to our usual “beachy” holidays. This time we wanted to see, the initiatives we came across in the documentaries. Realizing we did not need to go far to get a glimpse of sustainable projects; we packed our bags, video equipment and went on a road trip around the UK meeting people that are already, building, and shaping a kinder world.

“Kind people break rules !”

We kicked off our trip in Transition Town Totnes. Here we met Hal and Ben, they told us about Totnes’ projects running since 2008. Afterwards, we headed up to a permaculture farm called Landmatters, and sat with Caroline. She shared the agro-farming process, and how a small community can be self-sufficient, with food and energy. Several days later we drove to Bristol, and met around a coffee with Adam, whom works for the Bristol pound organisation. He helped us understand how a local currency,can benefit an entire city against upcoming economical crises. Next, we hit the road to a small village called St Patrick’s Head, in Wales. We spent a few days at the Bug Farm. An incredible place, run by Dr. Sarah Beynon and chef Andy Holcroft. There they work on delivering change through edible insects; an alternative solution against the environmental ravages, perpetrated by the exploitation of livestock in our industry.
Following a few days spent in Snowdonia and the Peak District, we met with Mary Clear and Estelle Brown, from Incredible Edible Todmorden. They kindly gave us a tour, showcasing the transformation of their whole town, into a free edible landscape. Then, after receiving an email from a follower telling us about the Ashton Hayes Carbon Neutral Project, we decided to change our plans, and drive over. We met with Garry Charnock. Thanks to him, we learnt how an entire community can work together and achieve incredible results, under the motivation of one inspiring individual.

If you want to know more about all these fantastic initiatives, please click on the links bellow :

  • Transition Town Totnes (TTT):
    is a community-led and run charity that exists to strengthen the local economy, reduce our environmental impact, and build our resilience for a future with less cheap energy and a changing climate.
  • Bristol Pound Organisation :
    The Bristol Pound is money that’s made by local people for local people. It can’t be used outside BS postcodes, so money circulates around the city again and again, making our local economy greener, fairer and stronger
  • Incredible Edible Todmorden :
    Aims to increase the amount of local food grown and eaten in the town. Local businesses, schools, farmers and the whole community are all involved.
  • Ashton Hayes Carbon neutral project :
    Located in rural Cheshire, Ashton Hayes is a well knit community of about 1000 people that is aiming to become England’s first carbon neutral community.