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  • Proposed Changes to our Constitution

    Posted on September 27th, 2012 Steve No comments

    We now have an updated set of proposed changes to our constitution and BTT members have until Sunday 14th October to have their say on these proposals.
    On Wednesday 26th September, seven BTT members met on Wednesday night to discuss the changes to our constitution that were discussed at our AGM back in June. The proposed changes have gone through a number of changes since June and we’d like to thank all of those who have added their voices to the discussion. After making some further changes, the meeting on Wednesday unanimously voted to put the new proposals to our membership for approval.

    The proposed changes are listed below and the proposed new constitution is available here (the current constitution is here).

    BTT members have until Sunday 14th October to raise any objections or suggestions. If you are a BTT member, this is your last chance to be included in writing these proposed changes.

    If any objections/suggestions are received then we’ll arrange another meeting (which will be open to all BTT members) to discuss them and come up with a revised set of proposals. Following this, a Special General Meeting will be called to vote on the proposals.

    Proposed New Aims

    To make Buckfastleigh (and the surrounding area) a resilient, sustainable and affordable community.

    Proposed New Objectives

    We shall work toward achieving or aims by:
    1. Reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.
    2. Building a stronger, more resilient local community
    3. Making our community more sustainable.
    4. Creating the community that we want for ourselves and our children.

    Proposed New Explanation of Objectives Section

    1. Reducing our dependence on fossil fuels:

    Almost every aspect of our modern lifestyle depends upon cheap and plentiful energy from fossil fuels (especially oil). As production rates drop and world-wide demand increases, the price of fossil fuels will continue to rise, raising the cost of living for all of us. Finding alternatives to fossil fuels will help us to maintain our quality of life and prepare us for the future.

    Climate change is already impacting upon everyone around the world. Burning less fossil fuels means we will reduce our own carbon footprint as individuals and as a community. At the same time we will work with others regionally, nationally and globally to promote this goal. Taking responsibility for the impact of our actions will help to secure the long-term future of everyone on the planet.

    2. Building a stronger, more resilient local community:

    Local communities have become increasingly fragile and reliant on things beyond their control. We aim to help strengthen and develop the local community by encouraging:

    • social interaction and relationships;
    • education;
    • local production;
    • local jobs and;
    • everyone to take more responsibility for their community.

    In order to work together effectively we have to respect one another’s dignity and rights, and so we want to ensure that we act in the spirit of the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    3. Making our community more sustainable:

    It is not sustainable to keep over-exploiting limited resources. These resources could be social (people’s time and goodwill), economic (savings and/or credit) or environmental (e.g oil under the ground, the fertility of our land, the fish in the sea or the ability of our environment to cope with added CO2, ash from incinerated rubbish, etc.).

    4. Creating the community that we want for ourselves and our children:

    We want to imagine, develop and encourage a more sustainable way of life, that:

    • regenerates and improves the quality of our natural and built environment;
    • reduces waste and pollution;
    • supports quality, diversity and abundance of life, and;
    • manages and husbands the resources we have available for the longer term.

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