Empty Common Community Garden was looking beautiful and we had a fine time at our summery party. Picture by Ben.
January to March 2021 Our new talk series starts this coming Tuesday 19 February, with a talk by Peter Macfadyen, creator of Flatpack Democracy. Book tickets and read more about all the talks here.
Faced with uncertain energy prices and climate change, our response is to build a stronger, more versatile community – a community with the capacity to adapt to whatever happens and where we can be happy and healthy.
All of our events will follow the current local coronavirus regulations, and most of of our events are currently online. More
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Talk by Peter Macfadyen, founder of the Flatpack Democracy movement. In pandemic Britain many people have discovered new ways to help their communities. Why not make working together for the benefit of all the residents permanent? Since 2011 the Flatpack Democracy movement has shown that, by standing as a group of independent local councillors working closely together, people all over the country can and do steer their local councils to thrive and prosper, democratically. Now, more than ever, we have the chance to refocus our local councils on what really matters to us and our neighbours. With many local elections postponed until 2021 we've got time to get prepared. Peter Macfadyen's book "Flatpack Democracy" is a practical guide to doing this, based on his experience of creating a council of independent councillors in Frome. Book here to receive the Zoom link; the talk is free, donations welcome. This talk is part of our online talk series "Transition to a Better Future", with topics ranging from democracy and nature to imagination, water, food, art, and energy. Full details here. More...
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Peter Bates present this topic for us to discuss. Peter is chair of the Cambridge Cleantech Sustainable Smart Homes special interest group. More details to come.
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Jeremy Purseglove is an environmentalist who has spent his life working with civil engineers and agriculturalists to enhance nature rather than damage it. He will be talking about how we as consumers can all help preserve landscapes and habitats by choosing sustainably grown commodities. Examples will include palm oil, cereals, chocolate and cider. His book 'Working with Nature' was shortlisted for the Wainwright prize for environmental writing in 2020. Book here to receive the Zoom link; the talk is free, donations welcome . This talk is part of our online talk series "Transition to a Better Future", with topics ranging from democracy and nature to imagination, water, food, art, and energy. Full details here.
Source: Transition Cambridge
An important part of our response to climate change is to contribute as little as possible to it, and a large part of that is weaning ourselves off fossil fuels. The energy group aims to do whatever we can to save energy and to generate renewable energy to replace fossil fuels .
Over the years we have distilled a lot of online advice about this which you can use and learn from. There tips on things you can do at home, insulation, renewable energy like heat pumps and wood stoves and, since climate change is going to bring us warmer weather, on how to keep cool. Look at our homepage for details of the next meeting or get in touch.
Tuesdays in January, February and March, 7:30-8:30pm, via Zoom. Full details and booking here.
The "transition" to a better future is as relevant today as ever, with numerous environmental and human-made challenges facing us. In this online talk series, local and national speakers will talk about different aspects of this transition. Confirmed speakers include Rob Hopkins (cofounder of the Transition movement), Jeremy Purseglove (author of "Working with Nature"), Peter Macfadyen (Flatpack Democracy), Stephen Tomkins (Cam Valley Forum), Hilary Cox (local community artist), Ann Mitchel (Cambridge Sustainable Food), and Transition members Nicola Terry, Jacky Sutton-Adam and Meg Clarke. Topics range from democracy, imagination, nature, water, food, art, and energy. Full details here. We'd welcome a couple of volunteers to help with Zoom or with the publicity - please get in touch if you'd like to help!
Source: Transition Cambridge 05 Jan 2021
As many of you know, we run on a shoe-string budget, and we generally find that we can do a lot with very little money at all. However, there are some basic costs we have to meet each year, and we'd be very grateful for your donations.
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