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Assembly 2022

Jan 03, 2022

This is a summary of the second anniversary assembly, represented by Montreal, Wilmington, Boston, Abingdon and Cambridge (with reports from St Albans and London). Carbon footprints are little smaller but steps are being put in place.

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What are families to make of COP26

Nov 18, 2021

If COP26 was the last chance for soveriegn countries to salvage a livable planet for our children and grandchildren we must all hope that the climate and ecological crisis can be dealt with elsewhere; in communities and families

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Family assembly August 2021

Aug 01, 2021

Having made the emergency declaration at the end 0f 2019 six households met to discuss progress on carbon reduction (targeting zero by 2030) and natrure recovery. Systemic redcutions for those in the US and UK limit our achievements.

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Behaviour change and the three As

Jul 13, 2021

Low and then zero carbon lifestyles will be necessary and should be influential in aiding and abetting the transition. Pary of this will be the power of money, managed by actuaries, analysts and algorithms underwriting the green normal.e

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To beef or not to beef?

Jan 19, 2021

Working together as families in negotiating the transition is never more important than at mealtimes. Accommodating different diets has always been a challenge and veganism has become part of climate chat anage iof not all family members

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Family Assembly 2020

Dec 27, 2020

After 12 months of trying the family met to record achievements and difficulties in reducing carbon, regenerating nature and in activism (ie influencing system change).

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It's also Africa

Dec 03, 2020

The idea of a family climate and ecological emergency cannot and must not exclude attempts to empathise with other families without any blood ties but being profoundly affected by action and inaction by those with the choice of what to do.

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Birth strike - again

Nov 29, 2020

A year ago this site referenced a Guardian article on the concern of bringing children into a world in (climate and biodiversity) crisis. Peer reviewed research has now revealed a startling level of concern about having children, or not

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Money really matters

Nov 24, 2020

Money is what makes the world go round and the way it goes round can and probably will make the difference between a planet on which 9billion people can live decnet lives and one where vary few would eke a living

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Academic research into social relations and the environment

Nov 06, 2020

There is no lack of academic research into the affect social relations can have on environmental behaviour. The attached paper has 85 references to reflect the attention being given to this aspect of behavioural change or inertia.

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One Planet Living

Oct 23, 2020

One Planet Living is the best three word slogan with the words carrying significance individually and together. It is the latest carnation of Bioregional that started in 1994 and continues to lead in ideas and actions

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Wild back better

Oct 09, 2020

At a time when most if not all governments are obcessing about how to salvage economies struck down by a virus alternatives need to be found to the calls for building back better if building implies high levels of embodied carbon.

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Climate priorities

Jul 13, 2020

Two claims that should be of serious concern to climate families are that investments matter more than any other individual actions and that generatinf low carbn energy is more cost effective than green refitting.

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The presentation

Jun 25, 2020

A power point presentation and susequent discussion has been added to the site under "How to". This tells the story of the concept of family emergency declarations and show the potential of social mmedia to overconme social distancing.

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Neighbourhood assemblies and declarations

May 29, 2020

The family assemblies and climate/ecological emergency declarations were suggested as an attempt to fill the space between a disinterested government and the individual to act purposefully in addressing these problems.

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Get Covid done so that we can get climate done

Mar 30, 2020

The family has learned a number of lessons from the currrent crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic; the family can assemble online, and that the health crisis blots out the climate crisis rather than focusing minds on a new normal

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Get Climate Done

Feb 23, 2020

The 2019 General Election showed "Get Brexit Done" triumph over Labour's shopping list of measures that would create a fair and sustainable future. In that spirit "Get Climate Done" should resonate in the ears of the PM until COP26

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Is it worth the effort?

Jan 11, 2020

Given the difficulties that are implied by a transition to net zero by 2030 it is important to see the benefits beyond just avoiding extinction. Fortunately, many of best things in life are carbon free and also revolve around our families.

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Family connections

Jan 11, 2020

Extended families connect acrosss generations and the globe. But maybe not all families are equal? Could acquaintances/relations of the Johnsons (including Boris, Leo and Stanley), the Dimblebys, Attenboroughs, Windsors or Archers reccruit?

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A second family assembly

Jan 09, 2020

Many of us are members of different families. When a declaration is made in one family group then another can be brought into the same place.

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The first family assembly?

Dec 27, 2019

The first family assembly has taken place in preparation for Resolutions for the New Year and New Decade. The assembly included family members from three generations and three continents and confirmed a sense of collective responsibility.

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Wilding

Dec 26, 2019

The book Wilding by Isobella Tree describes the regeneration of nature at the 3500 acre estate of Knepp in West Sussex. This is a very encouraging story about how nature repairs itself and might also capture some of the excess carbon

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Christmas 2019

Dec 22, 2019

Now is the time to prepare ourselves for holding assemblies and making the family declarations. This is a way to make tough choices and share the responsibility and rewards.

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Virtue out of necessity

Nov 23, 2019

2019 will probabaly be seen as the year when the balance in civil societies in the developed (fossil consuming) world acknowledged the need for radical changes to stop global heating. Could families grow stronger from these changes?

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The family and regenerative culture

Nov 23, 2019

'Regenerative culture' is the term adopted but not invented by XR but is part of why families could be so important to negotiating the road to zero

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