Transition Edinburgh: Collective hopes for 2018
On Friday 26 January friends and supporters sat down for a convivial evening meal at the Greyfriars Charteris Centre on the Pleasance. A new social enterprise “Prep Table” offers pop-up Friday community meals and fifteen of us went along for a delicious two-course meal for just £12. See Fiona’s next one on www.facebook.com/preptableedinburgh.
After the meal we dreamt up wishes for 2018 and stuck them on a big Wishing Tree:
- Electric buses – electric charging points – bikes easily hired and charged
- Food security – no poverty – equality – electric cars – better quality homes
- I would like to install solar panels, increase availability of allotments and I would like to purchase electric vehicles, reduce congestion and air pollution in Edinburgh
- More love being expressed, more community building across the divide, more courageous vulnerable, open dialogue.
- Genuine glass, plastic, metal recycling with deposits refunded
- Using cotton or fibre bags instead of plastic
- Fruits and veg. without packaging
- Make plastic history / Reduce plastic.
- Effective discussion around energy sharing and smart grids take place
- Free water in cafes, pubs, restaurants and public places like Waverley Station.
Mainly food and growing / green spaces
- Ask the local authority for a key contact in relation to community gardens
- Expand community gardens in the Southside
- Grow some of my food and explore more the ideas in the DRAWDOWN book
- Make community gardening on organic principles, more mutually supporting and join up across the city
- Get everyone community gardening / young people interested in food and learn how to prepare food to be healthy.
- I would like more active travelling in Edinburgh on foot or on bicycle.
- Fewer people traveling by car. Edinburgh car free
- Tax relief for annual bus passes for work and school.
Zero Carbon Edinburgh
- I hope we can achieve a big across parties / across sector commitment to ZCE
- We hold a ZCE exhibition in the Holyrood parliament building
- All Edinburgh planning guidance has a ‘general principles’ statement at the introduction, advocating climate change mitigation and reducing poverty.
Key findings in groups
- Clean, cheap transportation, active travel, electric cars (5 participants)
- No plastic, waste and packaging (4 participants)
- Community gardens, Key point of contact in local authority, expand in Southside, organic, joined up across city (4 participants)
- Poverty and equality, expressed love, social cohesion (2 participants)
- Energy sharing, solar panels and smart grids (2 participants)
- Local food growth, prepare healthy food (2 participants)
- Commitment to ZCE (2 participants)
- Recycling with deposits refunded (1 participants).