THIS climate situation is getting a lot worse than we thought.
According to the radio last week the Met Office is predicting awful consequences if we do not get emissions starting downward by 2015.
That's just six years off. So we have 72 months to make the cutbacks.
We have, after massive efforts by campaigners, finally got the government on board, with the Climate Change Act 2008, but in a completely different, 2050 timescale.
That is three decades too late. So it seemed all back to despair. But I have been listening to and learning about projects elsewhere in London where the community is coming together to develop practical ways of doing something about all of this in their own backyard.
Their projects are called Transition Initiatives. They're about making a smooth transition to low-carbon ways.
They are all about people developing ways of reducing energy consumption, building a much better sense of community and taking charge of their own lives to cope successfully in a world after oil - a post carbon community.
Their ideas include transport sharing, neighboursupported home energy efficiency measures, reskilling groups, food-growing groups, local entertainment, promoting local businesses and jobs and lots, lots more.
There are groups like this getting together all over the planet. I am sure we can build a Post-Carbon Portobello in North Kensington (where I live) and also elsewhere, which will improve the quality of all our lives and help us get through the coming years together. If any of your readers are interested in getting together to make this happen, they can get in touch with me via email
Hugh Fraser email@example.com