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Thursday 30th March - Thursday 6th Apr: Sustainability Art Prize for students

Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University 17:00-17:00 add to google calendar
Join us for the Private View of the Sustainability Art Prize for students at the Ruskin Gallery in the Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University.

The artists of tomorrow tackle the issues and challenges of today with the sponsorship of the Global Sustainability Institute, Cambridge School of Art and Stem+Glory Vegan Cafe.

Curator Marina Velez. More...
From: Marina Velez, Anglia Ruskin University associate

Friday 31st March: Mayoral Hustings on Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability

Lord Ashcroft International Business School, ARU, East Rd, Cambridge. CB11PT 18:00-20:00 add to google calendar
Do you wish politicians would listen to your views on the environment, climate change and sustainability? Not sure how (or whether) to vote in our newly devolved region's Mayoral Election in May 2017?

Do you want cleaner air? Better, cheaper trains and busses? More energy efficient homes? More abundant nature? More action to prevent climate change? These are all questions on which the Mayor and the new combined authority will have a big say, because they will be responsible for housing and transport, and will have a big budget.

Come to this free event and put your questions to the leading Mayoral candidates, with Dr Aled Jones in the chair to ensure fair play and a good debate. Booking via eventbrite More...
From: Cambridge Carbon Footprint

Saturday 1st April: Floating Pennywort Action party to tackle the upper Cam

Scudamores 09:00
The target is to remove as much pennywort as possible on the day, from Byron's Pool to Scudamores boat station. Scudamores are giving CamValley Forum ten punts for the task, which will need a minimum crew of one experienced poler, a raker and a netter. But just as important, Cam Valley Forum also need people on the bank to rake out easy-to-reach Pennywort and to help with lifting out filled bins from the punts and to dispose of the material on the bank. Please contact Mike Foley (Cam Valley Forum)

Start time is between 9 - 10 am and those punts that go the furthest (Byron's Pool) will not necessarily be out for longer as there is much to do in the Grantchester Meadows area. It would be very helpful if you could supply details of your experience, (punting etc) how long you want to be involved, and whether you prefer/can help on land or on water. If you have a long handled rake and are prepared to bring it that would also be useful.
From: Cam Valley Forum

1st & 2nd April 2017: Grow food that virtually looks after itself (aka permaculture design)

Cambridge Steiner School
Growing healthy food doesn't need to be such hard work. Redesign your garden to grow reliable supplies of yummy food with fewer costs by letting nature give you a helping hand. The course will be led by Dr Wendy Seabrook, a world-renowned research ecologist, permaculturist and teacher. For more information about the course, see Wendy's web-site here. The cost of the course is £140 per person. For a booking form and payment information, please email the Cambridge Steiner School or ring on 01223 882727.
From: Cambridge Steiner School

Wednesday 5th April: Wildlife Wednesdays

Trumpington Meadows Nature Reserve 10:00-12:00 add to google calendar
Easter fun for families!

Join the rangers and the Wildlife Watch for a great morning of fun outdoors! Search for signs of spring, create your own wildflower meadow for bees and butterflies, and discover how to make homes for insects. More...
From: The Wildlife Trust BCN

Saturday 8th April: Wildflower meadow invasive species clearance

Northwest Cambridge 11:00-15:00 add to google calendar
Weeding thistles & nettles to encourage wildflowers to grow. E-mail Sophy for more information & to sign up. Free lunch provided at university cafe. More...
From: Another Time Wildflower Meadow

Wednesday 12th April: Bushcraft - Easter Holiday event for unaccompanied children

Wandlebury CB22 3AE 10:00-16:00 add to google calendar
A day of independence and fun, learning bushcraft skills: building shelters, fire-making, cooking over the fire, tracking and whittling. Bring a packed lunch to eat around a camp fire. Dress for being outdoors and according to the weather. For ages 8-12 years.Booking and payment in advance is essential. £45 per child (members £40). Parking £3 per vehicle for those staying in the park, free to members all year round, no charge for dropping children off for the event. More...
From: Cambridge Past, Present and Future

Saturday 15th April: Five Rhythms - All Ages Dance

St Paul's School, Coronation Street, Cambridge 10:30-12:00 add to google calendar
What better way to connect with yourself and others than through free choice, meditative dance? All Ages Dance is a chance for babies, elders and everyone in between to enjoy a free form of dance together. Experience a wide selection of excellent music with an experienced Five Rhythms Teacher. Bring water and wear lose fitting clothes. Adult £8, Concession adults £6, 1st child £4, 2nd child £3, 3rd child £2, and concessions children each £1 cheaper. Usually on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. Email us for more details. More...
From: Suzie Webb

Saturday 22nd April: Earth Optimism Summit

David Attenborough Building, New Museums Site, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QZ 10:00-19:00 add to google calendar
The Cambridge Conservation Initiative is organising an exciting day of talks and events to celebrate some of conservation's success stories, and to highlight how we can all contribute to protecting nature and the planet. The talks are 'Stories of Hope', featuring a mix of leading conservationists and experts as well as local initiatives. Alongside is a 'Solutions Fair' with stalls offering practical solutions for sustainable life - including food, energy and a repair cafe. Transition Cambridge is participating - with a short talk and supporting the repair cafe. Also the Energy Group will have a stand in the 'Bright Ideas' section alongside others including Cambridge Carbon Footprint (featuring Open Eco Homes and thermal imaging), Cambridge Solar (for PV and batteries) and Anglian Energy Solutions (for heat pumps).

Tickets are free - you can choose sessions and book via eventbrite here. Note that some sessions appear to be sold out - the organisers say they are arranging for sessions to be relayed to an overflow lecture theatre next door. More info here.

Saturday 22nd April: Talk: 'Doughnut Economics' with Kate Raworth

Divinity School, St Johns College, St Johns Street, CB2 1TP 11:30-12:30 add to google calendar
The organisers say: 'A chance to hear about a greener, fairer, safer way to think about the global economy, Kate Raworth renegade economist, Senior Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute, former Senior researcher at Oxfam and co-author of the UN Human Development Report from 1997-2001, looks at how economists can bring humanity into the global sweet spot that combines human prosperity with ecological sustainability. Too important to ignore.' You can see a trailer here. Tickets are £10 (£7 concession) and you can book via the Cambridge Literary Festival site here More...


Wednesday 26th April: Free screening of Between Earth and Sky

Anglia Ruskin University, LAB002 17:30-19:30 add to google calendar
Dr Davind Weindorf, Associate Dean for Texas Tech University, USA is coming to Cambridge to screen his new documentary Between Earth and Sky. This feature-length, science-based film, directed by Paul Allen Hunton, is the first of its kind to explore global climate change through the lens of soil science. It presents the impact of global climate change through the perspective of arctic soils and ecosystems of Alaska.

The film will be preceded by an introduction by Dr. Weindorf and following by a Q&A session. Doors open for registration at 5pm

Thursday 27th April: 2G3S Transport Evening

Little Shelford Village Hall, The Long House, 11 Church St, Little Shelford, Cambridge CB22 5HG 19:30-21:30 add to google calendar
Nigel Brigham will talk about the 'Greenways' Report on future local walking and cycle ways in Cambridgeshire. Nigel was formerly the Eastern Region manager for Sustrans, and in that role he negotiated for the Shelford to Addenbrooke's Genome path.

Jim Chisholm will consider 'Five Transport Myths about Cambridge(shire) - can you even guess what they are?'. Jim is perhaps best known as a local cycling campaigner - it is no coincidence that the proposed Chisholm Trail through Cambridge, part of the Greater Cambridge City Deal, is called what it is! But he has other transport interests as well.

After plenty of time for questions and discussion, the evening should finish by about 9.30 pm. Free admission including refreshments; but donations welcome. More...
From: 2G3S (Green Groups in the Shelfords, Stapleford and Sawston)

Thursday 27th April: Multimedia event - The Extraordinary Story of Human Beings, Energy and Happiness

The Wesley Methodist Church, Christ's Pieces, Cambridge, CB1 1LG 19:30-21:30 add to google calendar
'The Extraordinary Story of Human Beings, Energy and Happiness' is an inspirational multimedia presentation from Paul Allen, key thinker from the Centre for Alternative Technology and author of the recent research report 'Zero Carbon Britain: Making it Happen'. Paul will be joined by composer pianist Lola Perrin performing her specially composed accompaniment to the Story.

The stories that we tell about our lives and the world that we live in are bigger than the story of energy and happiness. First laid down 400 million years ago, fossil fuels have enabled human civilisation to transform fantastically but our overuse of them and the resultant climate change now conjures, for many, a dystopian ending to our relationship with coal, oil and gas.

The Extraordinary Story of Human Beings, Energy and Happiness challenges us to radically rethink our story and to visualise what a climate positive future might look like.

A free event. More...
From: Nicole Barton

Friday 28th April: 'Zero Carbon Britain:Making it Happen' with Paul Allen

Lord Ashcroft Building, ARU, East Rd, Cambridge. CB1 1PT 19:00-21:30 add to google calendar
Currently the UK has no roadmap for meeting its carbon reduction targets nut the solutions, technology and vision are out there and captured - read 'Zero Carbon Britain: Making It Happen'. Author Paul Allen, from the Centre for Alternative Technology will join us in Cambridge to share its findings, and work with attendees to consider how the learning and case studies might be relevant to our city.

CCF and Pivotal invite community and voluntary sector groups, as well as academics, professionals and students from the fields of psychology, geography, social sciences, politics, science, history, economics, arts and culture to listen and share their own expertise and ideas. Attendees will be asked to reflect on the report and think together in small multi-disciplinary groups.

Key findings from the discussion groups will be captured and shared with the new Mayor, City Council, local universities and community groups. A Free event. Please book at the event link below. More...


Thu 8th June - Thu 29th June: CirculART 2017

Cambridge City
CirculART is a project in which the work of local artists who work with repurposed materials is showcased in the windows of Cambridge's finest charity shops.

For 3 weeks from the 8th of June 2017, the public will be able to pick up a CirculART Trail map from participating shops and other select locations around Cambridge. Using the printed trail map or its online version members of the public can follow the CirculART trail, visiting charity shops around Cambridge and enjoying beautiful artworks, all made by recycling, re-purposing and reclaiming.

For the 2017 edition we are looking for new artists to get involved in this project. The artist application form is now live. Sign up here More...
From: Cambridge Carbon Footprint

Saturday 30th September: Histon Repair Cafe

St Andrew's Centre, School Hill, Histon Cambridge 10:30-13:30 add to google calendar
Repair Cafes match experienced repairers with people who need stuff fixing.

You can bring along the following to be repaired and maybe pick up a few repair skills at the same time: small household appliances and electrical items, computers, mobile phones, bicycles, clothes (clean clothes only please) and general bits and bobs. Please book your item in by emailing us telling us what the item is and what's wrong with it (if you know!), or you can turn up on the day. The repairers are experienced and can fix most things but there are no guarantees.

This is a free event. However, donations to cover venue hire and other costs are very welcome. More...
From: Cambridge Carbon Footprint