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Monday 22nd February - Friday 5th Mar: Climate and Environment Fortnight

free online events 12:00
Commencing on Monday 22 February, South Cambs District Council is marking Climate and Environment Fortnight 2021 with a series of webinars to help people think about how to live more sustainably, reduce carbon emissions and in turn help tackle climate change. Join us for a fortnight of events featuring guest speakers, activities, and information for a variety of audiences within our District and beyond. All are welcome to join any of the free online events on greener businesses; sustainable farming (see separate entry); greening your older home; shrinking your carbon footprint (with the experts from Cambridge Carbon Footprint); and food for our future. Links to dates, times and booking here.
Source: South Cambridgeshire District Council

Saturday 27th February: Thrive: An online art workshop with Hilary Cox Condron

Online 15:00-16:30 add to google calendar
What does it mean to thrive? What do we all need in order to thrive? During this workshop we will explore these questions through artwork and discussion (please make sure you have some art materials or paper and pen to hand). We will also start to map the places in Cambridge where we can thrive, and begin to imagine the changes we would like to see, to enable us all to thrive while protecting our planet's resources. The artwork and maps we create will form part of an interactive walk-through map at The Museum of Technology in the summer (if covid rules allow), which will be used to further explore. The workshop is open to everyone - whether you think you are an artist or not (matchstick men and doodles are hugely encouraged!) - it is family friendly and is free. Book here. It is offered by Hilary Cox Condron as part of her work as Ironworks Artist in Residence, and as part of Forge - the community exhibition she installed at The Museum of Cambridge exploring how we can move towards a kinder future. The workshop is offered in collaboration with the Cambridge Doughnut Economics group and Transition Cambridge using a grant from the Transition Network: Bounce Forward Project and the National Lottery Community Fund.
Source: Transition Cambridge

Tuesday 2nd March: Safeguarding our local water resources - a talk by Stephen Tomkins

online 19:30-20:30 add to google calendar
Stephen Tomkins's work with Cam Valley Forum to alert us all to the dangers threatening our rivers and streams is well known. His talk will show us why action is needed now to safeguard our water resources. 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

Wednesday 3rd March - Saturday 20th: What Next? Summit - Transition Bounce Forward

Online - programme now live 10:30
The "What Next? Summit" will build community power across the UK by bringing together hundreds of community activists already making change happen, so together we can have a bigger impact. It will be a space to empower us to imagine and create our own future, make new connections and share knowledge to build a stronger movement. There will be a wide rage of events and workshops spanning three weeks, and all on-line: inspiring stories of change; mapping the plethora of community groups and projects; a workshop series; and inspiring speakers to explore the power of imagination to transform our current practice. There's a whole day to imagine and co-create our ideal UK ('Pop up 2030'), and we'll be finishing the Summit with a weekend of practically planning next steps. There's also a Summit Fringe throughout to enable connections and conversations. More info on the programme and how to sign up (it's free) here. More...
Source: Transition Bounce Forward

Wednesday 3rd March: Talk: 'Architecture, Health Inequalities & Healthy Place-Making in Cambridge'

online 18:00-19:00 add to google calendar
Socio-economic inequalities have long been tied to health inequalities. And the design of places where we live can either raise obstacles to healthy choices or create a natural and socially inclusive setting. Charlie Stuart has recently completed an MPhil where she researched how architecture could help address health inequalities through health-promoting environments. She used Cambridge as a case study and gained insight into King's Hedges in north-east Cambridge, the ward with the city's lowest life expectancy, by doing fieldwork with community organisations. Charlie will demonstrate how architecture and the design of neighbourhoods can influence our physical, mental, and social well-being. She will propose design strategies to create a healthy and flourishing life and will address how these strategies should be prioritised and incorporated into the city's current planning agenda. More info and booking. More...
Source: Cambridge Commons

Saturday 6th March: Building doughnut icons together

Online via zoom 15:00-16:30 add to google calendar
Humanity's 21st century challenge is to meet the needs of all within the means of the planet. The Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries is a playfully serious approach to framing that challenge. In this 1st workshop, we will identify universal images for the social and ecological dimensions of the doughnut. These images, together with a brief, will be given to a local artist to develop copyright-free icons for all to use. TO JOIN: get your ticket here. We plan to use the co-created icons on a 2-metre-wide doughnut installation (and within its digital twin) to engage Cambridge residents in collective visioning and more. Crowdfunder have agreed to waiver their commission fees in assisting us to fund this project. The funds will be used to pay for the local artist's time. DONATE HERE and find out more about our project and mission here. More...
Source: Cambridge Doughnut

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

online 19:30-20:30 add to google calendar
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...
Source: Transition Cambridge

Saturday 13th March: Cambridge Festival: Citizen Science

online 10:00-12:00 add to google calendar
Citizen science is an exciting way for individuals to contribute to conservation in the UK and across the world. There is an ever growing number of ways that people can get involved in recording various species. Come and join us for an engaging and lively workshop, where you can discover how to become an ambassador for biodiversity conservation and help conservation organisations collect data to monitor and protect wildlife. More...
Source: University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute

Saturday 13th March: Building Doughnut icons together - Workshop 2

Online via Zoom 15:00-16:30 add to google calendar
In the words of Kate Raworth, "The most powerful stories throughout history have been the ones told with pictures." In this 2nd workshop, we will identify universal images for each of the remaining social and ecological dimensions of the doughnut. These images, together with a brief, will be given to a local artist to develop copyright-free icons for all to use. TO JOIN, get tickets here. We plan to use the co-created icons on a 2-metre-wide doughnut installation (and within its digital twin) to be used at outreach/public engagement events to facilitate data collection, visioning, story-telling, art creation, and more. Crowdfunder have agreed to waiver their commission fees in assisting us to fund this project. The funds will be used to pay for the local artist's time. Donate here, and find out more about our project and mission here.
Source: Cambridge Doughnut

Tuesday 16th March: Why the next 10 years needs to feel like a Revolution of the Imagination? A talk by Rob Hopkins

online 19:30-20:30 add to google calendar
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

online 19:30-20:30 add to google calendar
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...
Source: Transition Cambridge

Friday 26th March - Sunday 4th Apr: Cambridge Festival 2021 and Earth Optimism

online 10:00
The Science Festival and the Festival of Ideas have merged for 2021 and gone online. There are 350 events in total, with themes of Society, Health, Environment and Explore. We particularly recommend the Earth Optimism festival from CCI with strands of 'Stories of Hope', a Solutions Fair and a film festival. Full programme and booking here. Some events are streamed live, some are available for the 10 days of the festival. You can browse the full programme of Cambridge Festival events here.
Source: Cambridge Festival and Earth Optimism

Tuesday 30th March: Nature recovery - A talk by Tony Juniper

online 19:30-20:30 add to google calendar
Tony Juniper CBE is a campaigner, writer, sustainability adviser and a well-known British environmentalist. He has worked towards creating a more sustainable society for 35 years in a number of roles. He is currently the chair of Natural England. Amongst many other activities, he has provided ecology and conservation experiences for primary school children, made the case for new recycling laws, and orchestrated international campaigns for action on rainforests and climate change. His books include 'What has Nature ever done for us?', 'What Nature Does For Britain', 'What is really happening to our planet?' and the 'Ladybird Expert Guide to Climate Change', co-authored with HRH the Prince of Wales and polar scientist Dr Emily Shuckburgh OBE. Book here to receive the Zoom link; the talk is free, donations welcome.
Source: Transition Cambridge

Monday 24th May: Talk: 'Can biodiversity make children happy?'

online 19:00-20:30 add to google calendar
Kate Howlett will explore the benefits of exposure to biodiversity and green space for our health and wellbeing. Kate is a PhD student at the Museum of Zoology, Cambridge. She will explore the benefits of exposure to biodiversity and green space, including how this can reduce social health inequalities, and how this could be used to improve children's wellbeing at school. She will also talk about her own research with local primary schools, what biodiversity can be found there, how these green spaces are used by teachers and what children's drawings can tell us about children's awareness of local wildlife and their favourite animals. Tickets are £4, or £2.50 for Wildlife Trust members. Link to more info and booking here.
Source: Wildlife Trust - Cambridge local group

Starting after Easter - 'What now? What next? A small group for thinking about our future'

As the ongoing pandemic impacts on our health, our security and our hopes for the future, the climate crisis seems to have slipped into the background. Some of us might absorb ourselves in activism regardless or others retreat into despair or denial. But wherever we find ourselves the old adage still stands, talking with others helps: this group will be a place where people can share their concerns, hopes and fears. It will be held weekly over a period of 9 weeks and we aim to start after Easter, either face to face in Cambridge or online.

To find out more or to register your interest please contact Jacqui Davis or Anne Murray. More...
Source: Cambridge Climate Therapists 10 Feb 2021

Transition to a Better Future - Online talk series

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), Tony Juniper (Chair of Natural England), Jeremy Purseglove (author of "Working with Nature"), Nick Anim (Inclusion and Diversity Advisor at Transition Network), Stephen Tomkins (Cam Valley Forum), Hilary Cox Condron (community artist), Ann Mitchell (Cambridge Sustainable Food), and Transition members Nicola Terry, Jacky Sutton-Adam and Meg Clarke. Topics range from democracy, imagination and nature to water, food, art, diversity and energy. Full details here, with booking links for each talk.
Source: Transition Cambridge 29 Jan 2021