Devon County Council supports ‘The Art of Rapid Transition’ talks in Totnes

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Posted on: 22 October 2019

A new series of talks which will address a range of environmental and social topics that affect both local and global communities, have benefited from support by Devon County Council.

The Council has donated £1,500 to the ‘The Art of Rapid Transition’ talks which will be hosted by Transition Town Totnes and take place in October and November 2019, and in early 2020.

Transition Town Totnes, Schumacher College and the Dartington Hall Trust have worked in collaboration to produce the talks, which will discuss the rapidly changing society and environment that we live in.

Topics will include climate change and the climate crisis, as well as finance, food, politics and culture.

Each talk aims to provide inspiration on how communities can come together to address increasing ecological and social challenges. They will also give the opportunity to explore ways to create positive social change that will meet the needs of the population and the planet, both on a local and global level.

The talks, which will take place in various locations around Totnes, will each be led by a different guest speaker. Each speaker will introduce the subject and explain their perspective.

They will encompass ideas, models and potential solutions for each topic and will be followed by a question and answer session, when guests can share their thoughts and discuss the topic further.

Together, participants will be able to explore how to apply these principles and ideas to their daily lives, and in their communities, raise awareness of local and global issues and inspire change.

Local member for Totnes, Councillor Jacqi Hodgson said: “The Art of Rapid Transition talks are a great initiative and will help local people to understand and tackle the increasing challenges facing society and the environment today. It is good to see a project such as this creating a platform where people can come together, learn new skills and share ideas to inspire change.”

Roger CroadRoger Croad, the Cabinet Member for Communities and Environment said: “Devon County Council is very pleased to be able to support projects, such as this, which inspire communities to learn and understand more about a range of global and local issues that affect them. These talks will provide an opportunity for people to discuss important topics and engage in making positive changes in their communities and daily lives.”

The first talk, “Changing climate at work: how to talk about the climate crisis at work and make change happen”, will take place in Totnes United Free Church on 22 October 2019 at 7:30pm. The speaker will be Robin Webster, a climate communications specialist, from Climate Outreach. Please note that booking tickets prior to arrival is essential.

More information about booking tickets, dates, and topics can be found on the Transition Town Totnes website.

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