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

Transition to a Better Future: Online Talk Series

January to March 2021 The next talk on 2 March is on "Safeguarding our local water resources" with Stephen Tomkins from Cam Valley Forum.
See all the talks and book tickets here. Watch past talks here.

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Tuesday 9th March: Preserving Food Naturally - a talk by Meg Clarke and Jacky Sutton-Adam

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What did we do before fridges? The process of fermenting foods - to preserve them and make them more digestible and nutritious - is as old as humanity, and gives complex flavours and health benefits. The talk will be about some fermentation basics - why and how - and will cover some vegetables and grains. 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. More...
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Tuesday 16th March: Why the next 10 years needs to feel like a Revolution of the Imagination? A talk by Rob Hopkins

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Rob Hopkins co-founded the Transition movement, inspiring numerous Transition groups to form worldwide. He has written several books, including "From What is to What If", "The Transition Handbook", "The Transition Companion", and "The Power of Just Doing Stuff". 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. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge

Tuesday 23rd March: Pathways to zero energy at home - a talk by Nicola Terry

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How do you decide what is the best low carbon energy route for your home and budget, and having decided, how do you get there? We will discuss the options and their pros and cons. Nicola Terry has been volunteering with the Transition Cambridge Energy Group for more than 10 years and also with Cambridge Carbon Footprint. She works as a consultant with Cambridge Architectural Research and Cambridge Energy, doing research relating to energy use in buildings, mainly for the government and NGOs. She writes a blog: Energy Thoughts and Surprises. 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. More...
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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.

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Webs of resilience - visual webs of Cambridge groups

Over the past few months, two separate "webs of connection" showing local environmental, sustainability and social justice groups in Cambridge city and Cambridge university have been created. The city web, "Cambridge Resilience Web" was originally created by Meg Clarke, and has now been digitised by Diner Ismail and populated with information by Helen Cook - it's wonderful to see how many local groups there are, all working on similar or related issues to what we are doing as Transition Cambridge. It's also amazing to see how many university groups there are on the Cambridge Map of Sustainability-Related Initiatives created by Lena Morrill - this map includes college societies and departmental research groups (choose what groups to view in the menu, and click generate). This university map is part of the new Wolfson College Interdisciplinary Research Hub on Sustainability & Conservation, led by Charlie Barty-King.

These webs are still works in progress - please let us know of any missing groups, connections or information, and any bugs with using them (the Cambridge Resilience Web doesn't work on mobile phones yet). We welcome your feedback and ideas for improvement (there are feedback links on the individual webs too), and we ask that you bear with the developers while they improve the webs over the next few months.

We hope that the webs will act as a navigation tool for those interested in getting involved locally, as well as enabling different groups to connect up and possibly collaborate more, and that overall the webs will inspire us all in our work by showing that we are part of a growing movement of positive change.
Source: Transition Cambridge and Wolfson College Interdisciplinary Research Hub on Sustainability & Conservation 01 Mar 2021

A Transition pop-up space in town?

There are currently several empty shops in the town centre, and when the current restrictions ease, it might be possible to use one of these spaces as a pop-up Transition space, e.g. to showcase some of our projects, as a meeting or workshop space, or as a space to invite other community groups to host events in. It could perhaps be a "What if...?" shop, to invite people to imagine and take part in creating a better future for Cambridge. Transition Kentish Town have recently set up a similar space, called the "Think and Do" shop - you can hear more about it in this online talk. We are interested to hear from you if you would like to be involved in such a project, in whatever capacity. For example, you might have an idea you'd like to showcase, or you might have time free to volunteer, or you might like to help create the space, or to coordinate some aspects of it (or something totally different - we are open to other ideas about how to use such a space, with the only requirment being that they should be aligned with Transition objectives). If this appeals, we'd love to hear from you. Please contact us here, and we can arrange a chat by phone or a meeting.
Source: Transition Cambridge 01 Mar 2021

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