Woo-hoo!! IMG_20130130_190624DRCET is taking part in an exciting new national media experiment – the creation of a new quarterly newspaper about environmental and economic issues.

It’s called Transition Free Press and “it’s an attempt to tell the national and international stories of the day through a different lens, one which doesn’t reflect the priorities of corporations or rich individuals, and which aims to report solutions just as much as problems.” 

Transition movement

The Transition Towns movement was founded in the UK in 2006 as a response to climate change and the end of cheap energy. It’s a grassroots movement with over a thousand affiliated groups all over the world.

DRCET is part of Towards Transition Glasgow, a city-wide hub created to spread the word about the Transition movement.

The news editor of Transition Free Press, Alexis Rowell, said: “The Transition movement is about moving on from fossil fuels to a cleaner, less dangerous future. It’s also about creating resilient communities that can work together to withstand external shocks like floods or unemployment or high fuel prices. Transition is about living with nature rather than in opposition to it.”

TFP_HeaderIntroducing the paper, editor Charlotte Du Cann writes: “In this issue we look at the key story of our times – the shift from an individualistic, grow-at-all-costs culture to one that values sharing and community. For many of us this means learning to work together – engaging in social projects, creating community gardens, regenerating our neighbourhoods. It requires a keen awareness of the bigger picture as well as a capacity  be resourceful in times of economic and environmental challenge.”

Neil Lovelock, DRCET Project Manager, said, “The Transition movement is about harnessing the power of human brains for the good of all not for the few. It’s about sustainable solutions to problems like climate change, rising energy prices and the fragility of the financial system. Transition is about us creating our own vision of the future, one that will allow our children to live safe, healthy, happy lives.”

Distribution

DRCET are one of more thfree_press_by_cheshirebatan 40 initiatives around Britain which will be distributing the first issue of Transition Free Press. The 24-page quarterly newspaper will contain a mix of news, reviews, features and cartoons, and will have pages dedicated to energy, land, people, economy, food, well-being, arts and education.

DRCET has taken delivery of a bundle of 250 papers and we are then breaking them down into smaller bundles of 20 to make the paper more accessible to organisations that want to get involved. In addition to DRCET and Towards Transition Glasgow other organisations that will be distributing smaller bundles of the first issue include Urban Roots, Glasgow University Environment & Sustainability Team, Glasgow Bike Station, Transition Linlithgow and the Scottish Community Alliance.

The next issue will be due out in April/May and if you want to get involved in the distribution in and around Glasgow then please get in touch.

You can also support Transition Free Press on the Buzzbnk crowdfunding platform

The first issue is also available to view online (although having a printed copy in your hands is much more exciting!!)