April 2019 Climate Change Part 5: Tinkers Bubble

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Embedded in deepest somerset, Tinkers Bubble is the UK’s oldest low-impact community. The grounds are up on a hill in the forest and can support about ten residents at any one time. Everyone lives in wooden cabins made from on-site trees cut into planks using a steam engine powered sawmill. The community grows most of its own food and makes a little money selling produce in order to buy anything they can’t grow. It’s an inspirational place, but it also sounds like hard work!
I first heard about Tinker’s Bubble when my friend and bandmate Jack moved there with his family. I still remember the first time he called to invite me to visit for a band practice.
“Alright Kimwei? I’m just ploughing the field this morning, but why don’t you come by later for a rehearsal. I’ll send you directions, but… hang on, I’ve gotta go. I’ve got to just turn the horse.”
Needless to say, I packed my guitar into the van, and set off, curious to see this horse for myself.
When I arrived, Jack showed me the porch he was building to extend his wooden house. Each log he used to build the structure had to be laboriously stripped using a hand-tool. He stood over the bench, pulling the tool over a log to show me the method.
After rehearsing, we sat around the outdoor fire with the whole community. People were happy, sharing stories from their day and contemplating tomorrow when they planned to harvest the plums and make jam.
Could everyone live like this in the future? Maybe. Maybe not. But one thing is for sure, Tinker’s Bubble shows us an example of how it’s possible to live well without fossil fuels. It takes hard work and commitment, and it takes working together, but surely a sustainable future is worth working hard together for.

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from Pause For Thought: BBC Radio Devon, released January 30, 2017

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