Podcast: the first year of CAT

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In February 1974, the first people of what would become the Centre for Alternative Technology arrived at an ex-slate quarry in mid Wales. In harsh conditions, they set about taming the quarry, re-building the derelict houses and machine sheds and pick axing paths through the slate waste. It was a hard life, and only those with immense fortitude stayed longer than a few weeks.

In anticipation of our 40 year anniversary, we’ve been collecting memories of those early days – and the subsequent evolution of CAT – through our oral history project. This podcast uses material gathered through the project, and tells the story of the first year of CAT from the perspective of the new incomers, and the local people who came into contact with it.


Previous podcasts

Podcast: What has nature ever done for us?

As more and more rainforests are chopped down, peat lands drained and species wiped out, we ask ourselves: ‘What has nature ever done for us?’ We live in an economically run world, where the immediate returns and profits are the most important outcome, so... Read More ››

CAT pioneers reunite for BBC Radio 4 broadcast as 40th anniversary approaches

  Five early pioneers of the Centre for Alternative Technology were reunited on Sunday 28th April for BBC Radio 4’s The Reunion. Hosted by Sue MacGregor, The Reunion takes a weekly look at significant events and moments in history by reuniting the people who... Read More ››

ZCBlog: the Energiewende

As we write up the research for our third ZCB report on how Britain can decarbonise, it’s interesting to look around at what’s being suggested in other decarbonisation strategies. Germany, for instance, stands out for its ambitious Energiewende (‘energy transition’) that combines a phasing out... Read More ››

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