Energy guru offers Exmouth self-sufficiency blueprint

PUBLISHED: 16:28 07 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:15 10 June 2010

WAKE up Exmouth! was the call to arms by a leading figure in a worldwide movement to bring communities together to break reliance on fossil fuels and work toward a sustainable future. A fledgling Exmouth group seeking to establish self reliance and a new

WAKE up Exmouth! was the call to arms by a leading figure in a worldwide movement to bring communities together to break reliance on fossil fuels and work toward a sustainable future.A fledgling Exmouth group seeking to establish self reliance and a new way of life was inspired on Tuesday by the founder of Transition Town Totnes (TTT), Naresh Giangrande.Now Transition Town Exmouth (TTE) has begun, and the group joined Exmouth Residents' Association and Exmouth Community Association in booking the speaker.Now the TTE movement will follow the Totnes model toward a closer community working together for greater self-sufficiency.Founder Chris White said: "We had 150 people, including the mayor, at the talk and it has given us a great platform for people to make ecological change."Once people have come together to act on this it can clear the doubt about the problems we face. "Thinking globally and locally will give people back their power to make a difference. The TTT model gives us the strength as a community to make a change."The Totnes project began in earnest two years ago, as forward thinking environmentalists sought to combat impending fuel and food crises caused by 'Peak Oil' - the unavoidable truth that world oil production has reached its upper limit and will tail off as supplies dwindle. Mr Giangrande - who has spread the word to more than 900 projects worldwide, and is advising Radio 4 on a Transition storyline for The Archers - said he had never seen such enthusiasm at an initial Transition meeting."Energy prices go up and fuel prices go up when we reach Peak Oil, and this represents an unprecedented problem," Mr Giangrande told his audience. "Sooner or later we will have to face up to this."Totnes schemes have included a move towards 'energy descent' - using renewable energy on a small scale, producing food in the town and for the town, and even experimenting with a 'Totnes Pound' to keep wealth within the community.

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