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Cardiff (Caerdydd ) - Wales - United Kingdom - Europe
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Cardiff Transition
Sam Holt
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Cardiff Transition is a community movement trying to support resilience to food poverty, fuel poverty and develop stronger communities.

Statement of Purpose

To connect the communities and organisations of Cardiff with activity supporting a more sustainable future.
To strengthen communities, raise awareness and increase activity in growing more food across the city.
To promote positive action and developments.

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Cardiff Transition (CT) began in 2008, running awareness-raising events on core Transition themes, including food, transport and community organizing. In conjunction with Chapter, an arts centre in Cardiff, CT ran a week-long film festival around the themes of peak oil and climate change, incorporating a series of well-attended discussion events. Following the interest these events created, CT invited Rob Hopkins to speak at Cardiff's Temple of Peace in March 2009.

Following this event, the project expanded its membership and organised into geographical groups (Cardiff West, North and East), which began running projects, some of which were rooted in particular communities and others which operated city-wide. Examples include Cardiff Orchard (mapping fruit and nut trees on public and private land across the city), Canton Carbon Cutters (promoting energy efficiency), Feed the 500 (using "waste" food from supermarkets to cook a free curry for 500 people) and the Cardiff Taffs local currency. Awareness raising continued via a series of speakers' events and public talks showcasing the progress of individual projects.

In late 2010, CT decided it was time to re-organise its core group and launch the initiative as an official Transition initiative. In 2011, we are registered with the Transition Network as an official Transition City.

Cardiff is a city of approx 350,000.

We are now carrying out many projects and events in the city to improve community resilience and lower the carbon footprint. One main project is the green mapping of the city to improve community awareness of what is available on the ground to engage with. The project will run for 1 year initially.

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