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Monday 14th October - Sunday 27th: Festival of Ideas

various in and around Cambridge 09:00-17:00 add to google calendar
The theme of this year's Festival of Ideas is 'Change' - which of course includes climate change and what people can do about it. Talks, performances, film screenings, exhibitions...Most events are free, you need to book for some. Booking opens on 23 September. More info and booking via their website here.
Source: Festival of Ideas

Wednesday 23rd October: Climate Justice: Gender, Poverty and Climate Change in Cambridge and Beyond

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
Climate justice frames global warming as an ethical and political issue. This cafe highlights how understanding the interrelatedness of climate change, poverty and gender inequality may be key to effectively navigate towards a more sustainable future. Susan Buckingham - an independent researcher and consultant on gender and environmental issues - will describe the relevance of climate justice locally. Sandy McClure - Director Of Philanthropic Partnerships of Global Greengrants Fund - will describe the relevance of climate justice internationally. Find out more here. Spaces are limited, so please make sure to book on Eventbrite here. Transition Cafe is a monthly event series about all the things we're passionate about to build a great community in our city. The bar will be open before and after the event. 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...
Source: Transition Cambridge

Thursday 24th October: Small Mammals in the Meadows

Trumpington Meadows Nature Reserve 07:30-09:30 add to google calendar
Join the Wildlife Trust and the Cambridgeshire Mammal Group to take a close look at the small mammals that live on the reserve. The group will be setting Longworth traps the night before, then opening them in the morning. Come along to find out more and get a close look! More...
Source: The Wildlife Trust BCN

Thursday 24th October: Weekly Healthy Walking

Wandlebury Country Park 10:00-11:00 add to google calendar
Weekly Healthy Walking every Thursday throughout the year: 10am and 10.30am. Each walk lasts around 30 minutes and covers about 1.5 miles. This social group meets all year round at 10am every Thursday morning, with the slower walk starting at 10.30am. Walks are well-attended, with 50-60 people joining most weeks. Some people like it so much they do both walks! Teas and coffees are available afterwards. NB: Free of charge and no need to book. If you want to take part for the first time then please arrive 10 minutes early to register. The meeting point is the Stables Education Centre. Donations towards the upkeep of the park are always welcome. Directions: Wandlebury Country Park is on the A1307, 2.5km south of the Addenbrooke's roundabout. CB22 3AE. Parking is available on site and costs £3 per vehicle, members free. For queries: email us or call 01223 243830 extension 207. More...
Source: CambridgePPF

Sunday 27th October: 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...
Source: Transition Cambridge - ECCG

Tuesday 12th November: Seminar: 'Are we facing up to climate reality?'

COS310, Coslett Building. Anglia Ruskin University 13:00-14:00 add to google calendar
To mark the publication of new book, 'Facing Up to Climate Reality: Honesty, Disaster and Hope', editor John Foster, University of Lancaster, presents one of the lunchtime seminar series. This edited collection, published by Green House in association with the London Publishing Partnership in Spring 2019, is a sequel to Green House's earlier book 'The Post-growth Project' (eds. Blewitt and Cunningham, 2014), which sought to get countries like Britain to recognise the need for ending 'economic growth'. In this new collection, we begin the even more challenging process of facing up to the brutal reality of long-term climate damage world-wide. Such honesty is the necessary prequel to effective climate action. More info on the book here. There will be a talk followed by opportunity for a Q&A. More...
Source: Global Sustainability Institute, ARU

Saturday 16th November: Barrington Repair Cafe

Barrington Village Hall, 55 High Street, Barrington, CB22 7XQ 14:00-17:00 add to google calendar
This will be Barrington's second Repair Cafe. This is a free event to which you can bring along your broken item, be it a kettle, torn jeans or bicycle - our experienced repairers will try their best to help give it a new lease of life.

There will be plenty of cake and tea for sale in our pop-up café to keep everyone refreshed. We welcome electronics, small kitchen appliances, clothing, toys, jewellery, books to be rebound and bicycles. But no large outside tools or TVs can be fixed! If you can give us some advance notice re what you might bring along, and what the problem is, then that'll help our repairers prepare. They may even be able to advise you on bringing along a spare part if needed.

If you have any queries and potential items to repair then please ask away - to make things fair we politely request only one item per person but if we have time and you can join the queue again, we'll happily take a look. We ask all repairees to read and sign our repair agreement as we are all volunteers. Donations for repair time are more than welcome!

Please book your item in via the online form or contact us via email. Bookings will take priority but you are welcome to turn up on the day and wait to be seen. More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint

Tuesday 19th November: 'Waterlight' film showing + a River Cam arts & conservation social

David Attenborough Building, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QY 18:00-20:30 add to google calendar
'Waterlight' is a project inspired by the river Mel, a chalk stream tributary of the Cam. Moving downstream, the film follows the story of the Mel and human impacts on it over time. It began as a collaboration between poet and writer Clare Crossman and Cambridge filmmaker James Murray-White, and grew to include local expert Bruce Huett and filmmaker Nigel Kinnings. The poet, film makers and musicians who worked on this project will speak briefly and perform their work, inspired by the Mel which flows through Melbourn and Meldreth villages. This will be followed by a panel discussion with practical ecologists and conservationists, who will answer your questions on local chalk stream management and improvement and the present challenges facing the River Cam. The event will close with a wine and nibbles reception, hosted by CCF and CVF, to celebrate the River Mel and to thank those that are committed to river protection and conservation. Free - please book here. More...
Source: Cambridge Conservation Forum and Cam Valley Forum

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. 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...
Source: Transition Cambridge

Wednesday 27th November: Thermal Imaging Training

St Andrew's Hall (Annex), St Andrew's Road, Cambridge, CB4 1DH 19:30-21:30 add to google calendar
Find out where your home is leaking heat! Thermal imaging vividly reveals where a building is leaking heat through weaknesses in insulation and air tightness.

This popular training session is presented by Nicola Terry, a Cambridge energy expert, is for anyone who is interested in examining their own homes and those of friends and others. In two hours you'll learn how to use our cameras and interpret their images. After this session, you'll then be able to borrow one of our cameras to conduct your own surveys.

This session is free, but booking is essential. More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint

Saturday 30th November: Talk by Rob Hopkins: 'Creating the future we want'

Old Divinity School, St Johns Street, Cambridge CB2 1TP 11:30-12:30 add to google calendar
Rob Hopkins, the founder of Transition is visiting Cambridge soon...With the news of climate-breakdown and biodiversity-loss worse by the day, has the time come for a Transition in the way we live? Permaculture designer Rob Hopkins founded the Transition Town network in Totnes in 2006. It's now a global movement - including a thriving Cambridge branch. He comes to the Cambridge Literary Festival with his new book 'From What is to What if?' to challenge us to unleash our collective imagination to create rapid change for the better. Through the stories of individuals and communities around the world who are 'doing stuff', Rob reveals new hope for a sustainable future. In conversation with Hettie O'Brien, online editor at the New Statesman. More info and book tickets (£11/£9) here. This event is supported by Transition Cambridge. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge

Saturday 30th November: Afternoon with Rob Hopkins and Transition Cambridge

St Barnabas Church (St Barnabas Centre in the back), Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 2BD 14:00-17:00 add to google calendar
Spend an afternoon with members of Transition Cambridge and our special guest, Co-founder of Transition Network and author, Rob Hopkins, after his Cambridge Literary Festival book event. Come and meet friends and new faces, share conversation and community. All are welcome, whether you are a Transition member or not. Vegan refreshments are provided. In true Transition style, we ask guests to please bring their own plate, cup and cutlery.

Please book your place by Saturday, 23rd November 2019, (regular £8 / concession £5). There will also be a donations bowl at the venue - this is to cover our costs and ensure inclusivity with lower priced tickets.

We will be offering vegan refreshments. If you have any special dietary needs (e.g. gluten-free), please contact us by Saturday, 23rd November 2019. Wheelchair access is available. Bike racks are in front of the church. Car parking is not available. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge

Car Insurance and Energy Comparison Zeroes your Carbon Footprint.

Compare To Zero, a startup with big ambitions to tackle climate change, and supported by Cambridge Social Ventures at the University of Cambridge, has recently launched a new car insurance and energy comparison website that allows its customers to drive their cars and power their homes with a net zero carbon footprint.

Like Compare the Market and GoCompare, they help find great deals on insurance and energy. When a customer buys, they guarantee to offset the carbon produced by the average annual use of either the car insured or energy switched.

Their grand plan however is to use the majority of funds to invest in technologies and innovation that remedies the problem long term. Through excellent innovation centres, such as Cambridge, they see the UK as the best place to make this happen.
Source: Compare To Zero CIC 23 Oct 2019