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Stone Age Technology Used to Communicate with Future Generations

April 20th, 2011

Spent last night in Lewes Town Hall. It was packed – about 200 people. A great event that marked the launch of the UK’s first community-owned solar power station. One small step that will hopefully lead to a lot more bigger ones…

A few extraordinary facts from the presentations:

On March 22nd this year in Germany solar power put more energy into their grid than did their nuclear power stations.

The UK is building what is set to become the world’s largest offshore wind generation system in the world. (Any pride at this fact is offset by the news that the UK currently only generates 3% of its power through renewables).

The UK spends…..wait for it….80 billion pounds a year on storing nuclear waste.

Norman Baker, MP for Lewes and the government’s transport minister, told of how he visited NIREX who are in charge of this disposal. When they showed him the deep shafts where they were putting the horrid stuff, he asked them how people in 500 years time would know what was in the concrete boxes they were depositing there. What if civilizations had come and gone, Ice Ages and heaven knows what? “Ah we’ve thought of that!” They exclaimed cheerfully. “We’re going to carve messages in great blocks of stone so they can last forever.”

Maybe we should send NIREX some messages carved in stone…

A Tree or Grove Planted in Your Name

April 20th, 2011

UPDATE 25 APRIL 2011 – They raised the $10,000 needed and filming has started. Thank you to all who contributed!

the When Ward Serrill, the producer and director of the Tree Story film project told me about his fundraising idea I hadn’t appreciated how clever the device is that he’s used to fund it. It’s called ‘Kickstart’ and it works through Amazon. There are two interesting features to the way it works: one is that you can choose to give any amount from $1 upwards and if you’re giving anything over $5 you can choose a ‘reward’ – anything from a tree planted in your name, AND a thank you on our website + a DVD credit if you give say $25, to a grove of trees planted in your name, a Supporting Producer credit, AND a thank you on our website, a DVD credit, a TreeStory Photo + two signed copies of the DVD if you give $1,000.

The second feature of kickstart is that they don’t charge your card and no money changes hands UNLESS the whole amount is raised by the deadline. As they say on the site: “So my card is only charged if funding succeeds? Yes! That’s part of what makes Kickstarter special. If a project isn’t fully funded, no one pays anything.”

Ward needs $10,000 to get this off the ground and by today $6775 has been pledged. We’re almost there – so do see if you can help! Here’s the link: