24 Nov 2005
Kinsale Energy Descent Action Plan
**The Kinsale Energy Descent Action Plan** is now available on this site as a pdf. file. This plan was produced at Kinsale FEC by myself and the college’s second year students, and was, as far as we know, the first attempt by a community to design an intentionally designed way down from the oil peak. You can read more about how it was carried out in the article called **”Designing Energy Descent Pathways”** in the Articles section on this site. We printed 500 copies, and they are already very scarce.
We heard the other day that the Action Plan has been awarded Cork Environmental Forum’s prestigious **Roll of Honour Award** for 2005. It is wonderful for the Plan and for the town of Kinsale to be recognised in this way. Although it was only the first attempt at such a plan and it has its weak bits, I think, as far as I can tell from those who have written to me or spoken to me about it, it is more what it tries to do that touches people. Whether the final model we end up using with communities up and down the land ends up looking like this or not scarcely matters, what is important is that we had a go.
In his review of it in Permaculture Magazine, Patrick Whitefield wrote,
>“Rob Hopkins and the students of Kinsale are to be congratulated. Not only on being the first to act when most of us are still just becoming aware of the problem, but also for the quality of their work. I recommend their plan to people everywhere who would like to see some positive action happen in their own commuity. The challenge of implementing a plan of this kind is huge, but the cost of not doing so would be much greater