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Formby: Perfect Storm

Yesterday the Government's chief scientist Professor John Beddington warned that world upheavals will come to a head in 2030. A perfect storm of food shortages, scarce water and insufficient energy resources will combine to produce 'chaos'.

Regular readers will know that I have written about peak oil and climate change in other entries, this oncoming crisis needs to be addressed now. Our local strategies and plans should begin to reflect a concern for these issues and be setting out action plans that account for these threats.

For more on this look up yesterday's Guardian Newspaper or visit this blog for further coverage.

The latest

Last night I attended the usual monthly meeting of the finance committee. This is always held in the Bier House of St. Peter's Church in Freshfield. It is a very pleasant place to meet and can accommodate up to a dozen people, though so far, no member of the public has chosen to attend. By the way, it was reported at the meeting, that Sefton have agreed to add a gold finishing stripe to the planters recently installed in the village centre, for more on this see an earlier entry.

This morning I held my normal surgery in the Swimming pool cafe. As the weather improves the numbers in there seem to be increasing.  The Pilates class was very well attended and is one of many activities centred on the space. Outside I noticed my fellow Crown Green Bowler, Jim Wilson eagerly leading a small group of enthusiastic Boules players.

Finally a word of commendation for the outside cover of today's edition of The Formby Times, it is especially focussed on the 'Shop Locally' campaign.

Formby Trees

TreeImage I recently wrote to the Sefton MBC tree officer on behalf of some Formby residents, I'm pleased to report that I received a reply yesterday with answers to my questions.

I am forwarding the email to the residents concerned for their information and consideration, once they have had time to reflect I'll share the results with you on the blog.

I am grateful to the officer concerned for the detailed attention given to my questions.

In the future?

In 1965 I went to a College in Twickenham to train as a teacher. I chose to study, drama, sociology and education studies. One of my friends eventually went on to much bigger and better things, as Pete Postlethwaite, he has carved out a unique career in film and theatre. His latest role is in a film called 'The Age of Stupid'. As a subscriber to the blog, 'Transition Culture', I received a link to the film's trailer.

On YouTube, the trailer is accompanied with the following text:
The Age of Stupid is a 90-minute film about climate change, set in the future. Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite (In The Name of the Father, Brassed Off) stars as a man living alone in the devastated world of 2055, looking back at archive footage from 2007 and asking: why didn't we stop climate change when we had the chance?

Regular readers will know of my interest in this issue, we know that climate change and peak oil are occurring, the question - what are we doing locally to prepare for the changes they will bring?