Well there is a whole selection of topics to talk about- There are some activities advertised by the transition network to introduce the ideas of peak oil. Is that what we want.
We should move this discussion to email so Charlene can join as well.
email me at email@example.com
Yes, I am! It would be good to get together, and perhaps include one or two others who are interested. I could meet up sometime next week, Monday to Thursday mornings around 9 or 10. Lenny's is a good venue... let me know which day suits.
Nir, I'm very sorry, I didn't get your message in time to make the meeting (only checking it now at 10). As we hadn't confirmed time/place I hadn't fully diarised it, and in the hurly burly of this very busy week overlooked that. Can we try again for next week, Monday or Tuesday morning? 9:30 is fine for me as a time.
Nir, I saw this and thought you might be interested.
By the way, we don't seem to be a group on the Ning site. Or am I missing something? Shall we set one up?
WORKING WITH SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES ON CLIMATE AND ENERGY
> Thursday 9 October 2008 - Centre of the Earth, Birmingham
> There is ever increasing concern about Climate Change - its potential
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> EVALUATING CLIMATE CHANGE PROJECTS
> Tuesday 14 October 2008 - Islington Ecology Centre, London
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thanks yes, I know of pfaf and had used their site when we planted up the swimming pond - a good proportion of the plants (and more than were originally proposed) are edible or useable in some way - though of course now I need to find some skill sharer who knows what to do with reedmace etc (yes, I know that pfaf does describe it fairly well but its not the same!) xR