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Books and organisations

Sustainable Energy – without the hot air: A book by David JC MacKay. Available for free download, or buy the book via its website or from booksellers. Deals with actual numbers where others just hand-wave. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in realistic solutions to global warming/peak oil issues.

The New Economics Foundation is concerned with the ‘triple crunch’ of financial crisis, climate change and oil depletion. It has published many interesting reports on a variety of issues.

The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) does research, education, and offers support for renewable and sustainable technologies. It is open to the public and has interesting exhibitions. many of them interactive. Its comprehensive project Zero Carbon Britain, offering an integrated set of proposals backed up by a wealth of data, is free to download.

WWF started out by focusing mainly on wildlife (as indicated its original name World Wildlife Fund), but as this raises far broader issues their concerns have expanded.

Transition Towns

The Transition Handbook by Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Network, is the basic text on how to reduce your town or village's dependence on oil.

A Transition Community works together to respond to the challenges, and opportunities, of peak oil and climate change. In particular (there are many others), Hawkes Bay, New Zealand and Salt Spring Island, Canada show how two communities approached transition.

The Transition Free Press, in a newspaper-like format, has a wide variety of interesting and useful articles.

Other noteworthy initiatives, etc.

The Ashton Hayes Going Carbon Neutral project is a community-led initiative that is aimed at making their village the first carbon-neutral community in England.

The Future Farms project, in Martin, Hampshire has set up an interesting co-operative to produce food locally.

Colin Tudge's Campaign for Real Farming website and books are well worth dipping into.

Local organisations

Oxford University Environmental Change Institute: The Institute aims to organise and promote interdisciplinary research on the nature, causes and impact of environmental change and to contribute to the development of management strategies for coping with future environmental change.

CAG Oxfordshire: Sustainable Blewbury, along with many other local, voluntary groups, is a member of Oxfordshire Community Action Group. It provides support for local organisations to organise events and initiatives to raise awareness and take action on climate change issues including waste reduction, carbon reduction, sustainable transport, and food, energy and water issues to live a more sustainable and less resource

Sustainable Wallingford covers recycling, swap shop, local produce market, school vegetable garden producing usable quantities, encouraging interest with films, etc..

Sustainable Wantage has interesting events and initiatives, including films and freecycling, a list of local food sources and information on dealing with waste.

Abingdon Carbon Cutters is concerned with issues relating to food, waste reduction, energy, education and transport.

HEAT (Hungerford Environmental Action Team) has a very useful website with some exciting and original ideas, such as a page indicating what foods are in season and map showing foraging possibilities

Pangbourne and Whitchurch Sustainability Group (PAWS) is a nearby group that has started up recently.

Deddington Green Matters pages have useful information and links.

Blewbury Energy Initiative aims to reduce energy consumption in Blewbury, and to encourage the use of renewable energy resources to help the global environment. Its extensive website includes both general information and more specific items about what you can do.


The Earth Trust (formerly the Northmoor Trust) is very much into education for children and adults and is working to help understanding of the effect of energy changes on the future. They run some useful courses (e.g. fruit-tree pruning) at reasonable cost.

Campaign groups

10:10: A national drive by individuals and organisations for everyone to cut carbon emissions by 10% during 2010, and now continuing into 2011.

TckTckTck: TckTckTck is an unprecedented global alliance of non-government organizations, trade unions, faith groups and people like you – all calling for an ambitious, fair and binding climate change agreement.

350.org: An international alliance aimed at reducing CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere to under 350 parts per million.

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