Isabel Carlisle is part of a team that co-designed a Community Charter for the peoples of Falkirk, Scotland, who are opposing the application of Dart Energy to start coal-bed methane extraction in the area. The Charter is now being offered nationally to communities such as Balcombe in Sussex who are opposing fracking. By mapping local assets and laying out the responsibility of local communities to support the wellbeing of their local ecologies as well as economies, the charter process is a powerful way to vision and commit to a low-carbon vision of the future. It also opens up questions about what is in the National Interest as food, energy and water compete for land and resources in a bio-region. How might a community-based and holistic approach offer a way forward?
This talk, given on October 23rd 2013 at Totnes Methodist Church, was the fifth of 12 talks during the autumn of 2013 on Adventures in New Economics – a wide-ranging speaker series covering the key topics in new economic thinking today, presented by Transition Town Totnes, Totnes REconomy Project, and Schumacher College.