Empty Common Community Garden was looking beautiful and we had a fine time at our summery party. Picture by Ben.

Who we are

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.

Transition Cambridge joins the hundreds of Transition towns across the UK, and the thousands of them around the world in an effort to make more resilient and sustainable communities. To see how it all started, have a look at the Transition Guide.

Want to get involved? Here are links to groups with regular meetups over the coming months. -> Empty Common Community Garden, Communications Group, Energy Group

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Sunday 17th November: Empty Common Community Garden

Empty Common Community Garden 10:30-12:30 add to google calendar
There is generally a group of us in the garden on Sunday mornings from 10.30 am to 12.30 or later, and people are also coming and going during the week - you don't even have to garden just come and enjoy the space! More...
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Wednesday 20th November: Water - are we using too much?

The Waterman (The Potting Shed in the back of the pub), 32 Chesterton Road, Cambridge, CB4 3AX 19:00-21:00 add to google calendar
Have you noticed the low flow rates in the River Cam lately? The Environment Agency classified both river flows and ground water levels as exceptionally low through the summer including September. The local Wildlife Trusts and Cam Valley Forum think we are abstracting too much water; they are so concerned they have just launched their River Cam Manifesto calling for all of us to use less water, and other measures. Climate change is likely to make this situation worse.

What can we do? The Cambridge Local Plan requires homes in new developments to use no more than 110 litres/person/day. The average Cambridge resident uses 30% more than this! How much do you use?

Today we will have a speaker from Cam Valley Forum to explain their concerns and their manifesto. Plus we will have an ambassador from Anglian Water - because this is not just a Cambridge problem, water is short across the region. We will also discuss water saving strategies we can deploy ourselves, including rainwater harvesting.

This is a free event but spaces are limited. Please book here

Transition Cafe is a monthly event series about all the things we're passionate about to build a great community in our city. You're invited to stay on afterwards to meet like-minded people, network, explore new ideas, and get to know others involved with Transition Cambridge. More...
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Tuesday 26th November: Coping with Climate Anxiety

Friends Meeting House Jesus Lane Cambridge 19:30-21:30 add to google calendar
Ro Randall will talk about how we can cope emotionally - and help others cope emotionally - with the complex and painful feelings which the climate crisis produces, offering insights and practical guidance from her background as a psychotherapist.

Ro Randall is a psychoanalytically trained psychotherapist, co-founder of the Carbon Conversations project and founding member of the Climate Psychology Alliance.
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Meet the Energy Group

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.

Latest News

Big Compost Experiment

A new nationwide citizen science research experiment in compostable and biodegradable plastics has been launched by UCL's Plastic Waste Innovation Hub. The aim is to determine the viability of biodegradable and compostable plastics, using a survey for everyone, even if you don't currently compost. Home composters can sign up to join a UK-wide experiment to discover if biodegradeable plastics really do break down in a home compost system. Visit the excellent Big Compost Experiment website for all you need to know about the project and how to join in.
Source: Transition Cambridge 12 Nov 2019

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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.

We have set up a local giving account, or you can donate via bank transfer or cheque (details here). Donating via Local Giving means that your donation can also have Gift Aid applied. Thank you!

Volunteer vacancies

Are you a budding photographer, journalist or event coordinator? Have a few hours to help out and meet great people like you? We always have opportunities for you to get involved over here on our volunteering page.