Autumn 2015 will see the launch of Exeter’s own local currency, the sterling-backed Exeter Pound. The £1, £5, £10, £15 and £20 notes will bear designs reflecting Exeter’s unique history, culture, sporting achievements, environment and buildings and assets in science and technology. Entries to the public design competition for the notes can be seen at
There was an unusual dynamism and excitement about this day, bringing together people working for new and better local economies in Devon. The working group of Transitioners, social enterprise and community activists that brought it together wanted participants to meet each other, have fun, and take away a deep understanding that the economy is about human wellbeing, not abstruse and inhuman theories; and to feel inspired and empowered to do something about it.
It's not that difficult according to Nicky Scott (google him for videos, resources etc) who spoke at our meeting in February. It just needs a few people, some space near the street or flats concerned, and ideally a link with a community garden or place that can use the compost. Local councillors can often provide start up funds.
The trade deal currently being negotiated between the EU and the US poses a great threat to sustainability and much else. It will increase our dependence on fossil fuels, put big barriers in the way of localization and local authorities trying to promote this, and result in job losses in the EU which could reach 1 million.
October's open meeting hosted by Transition Exeter's transport group proved to be positive and a worthwhile event with some useful contacts made. Chaired by Martyn Goss, the meeting started with a questionnaire for the audience on their transport habits and issues.
Transition Exeter has achieved a great deal over the last few years – generating projects on food, energy and most recently, a local currency, holding public information meetings, conversations with Exeter City Council about transport plans, city growth, housing, and energy, and supporting anticonsumerist groups and skill sharing for low carbon lifestyles. There are also activities for families, in the Green Walks and Wildlife Watch sessions.
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