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Sunday 16th May: Volunteer with Cambridge's established community market garden

East Cambridge 14:30-17:30 add to google calendar
Can you help us with an established and productive two acre community market garden in East Cambridge? No experience is necessary: just come prepared to enjoy the farm, the work and each other's company! Sadly children are not welcome for the moment (they're working on it). If you can help, please sign up - booking is essential in order to manage safety. More...
Source: Meg Clarke TC

Tuesday 18th May: Recognising Nature Rights

online 19:00-20:30 add to google calendar
Friends of the River Cam invite you to hear Paul Powlesland, a barrister who campaigns for the legal recognition of the rights of nature. Paul Powlesland set up Lawyers for Nature to argue for Nature Rights and defend environmental activists which he has done with some success. He argues that Nature Rights should be part of law and that recognising them can support the resolve of defenders of rivers, trees and landscapes. Nature Rights have a longstanding history in indigenous cultures in the Americas, Australia/New Zealand and elsewhere. The movement to recognise them more widely is gathering strength is the UK and other countries.

Please sign up on Eventbrite. More...
Source: Friends of the River Cam

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

Monday 24th May: Energy Group: Choosing sustainable investments

ONLINE 20:00-22:00 add to google calendar
How do we find suitable 'impactful' investments (and how do we avoid the terrible ones). This is not just for the wealthy - depending on where you choose, investments can be quite small e.g. £500 or even less and can qualify to be included in a SIP (self invested pension). At this meeting we will discuss what tools we use to find investments and what we look for.

We will conduct this meeting online using Zoom. All are welcome. Contact Nicola for the link to join the meeting. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge Energy Group

Thursday 27th May: Plastic in the Food Chain: Can we do without it?

online 18:30
Do you worry about the amount of plastic your food is wrapped in? Is it a threat to our health? What about all the plastic pollution in the environment? Are there more sustainable alternatives? Is recycling effective?

Find out from our expert panel including representatives from Sainsbury's, local recycling scheme RECAP, and PlasticsEurope, chaired by Dr Claire Barlow, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge.

This event is organised by Cambridge Global Food Security and Energy Transitions @Cambridge IRCs, supported by #AnnualFoodAgenda, an EIT Food project. More...
Source: Cambridge Global Food Security and Energy Transitions @Cambridge IRCs, supported by #AnnualFoodAgenda, an EIT Food project.

Sunday 4th July: Transition Cambridge Summer Picnic

Empty Common Community Garden, at the end of the allotments off Brooklands Avenue 12:30-14:30 add to google calendar
We hope to be able to have our traditional Transition summer picnic in July, to celebrate all we've achieved over the last year, and to celebrate finally being able to meet in person! (This is assuming all goes well with lockdown easing - check the TC website for last minute updates.) Please bring food and drink (it's maybe best if we don't share until covid is a distant memeory), and picnic blankets, and let's hope for good weather!
Source: Transition Cambridge

Cambridge - In Pursuit of Equality

A 6-part docuseries from Conscious Communications in partnership with Cambridge 2030, Cambridge - "In pursuit of equality", shines a light on why Cambridge has been named Britain's most unequal city for the past two years and what people think can be done about it. Hear from the people on the front line in the community, from teachers to foodbank volunteers, and those taking action to create a more equal and inclusive city, one where everyone can live happier, healthier lives. The podcasts are available here to listen to whenever you like.
Source: Meg Clarke TC 09 May 2021

The "What if...?" shop - a future pop-up space in town

There are currently several empty shops in the town centre, and it might be possible to use one of these spaces as a pop-up space, e.g. to showcase community projects, as a workshop space, and as a space to meet, plan and build for the future. 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've had one meeting so far, and there's lots of interest from several local community groups. If you'd like to get involved, please get in touch and we can send you more information - we are very open to ideas in terms of what we might do and how.
Source: Transition Cambridge 29 Apr 2021

Free training for community action on climate change - South Cambs district

Are you based in South Cambridgeshire and care about your community and climate change? The Net Zero Now training scheme can help you identify how and where you can take action on climate change in your local community. This free training course is designed to enable everyone, regardless of knowledge, skills or experience to participate. By the end of the programme participants will have the tools to get started on a carbon reduction initiative. This could be something as simple as setting up a new local clothes swap, or something as big as a community energy scheme. Featuring 8 fortnightly sessions of online interactive learning and skill sharing, the course will connect you with like minded individuals and help you create an action plan for change. The training will run June-October, with a 6 week break in the summer. Note that the deadline for applications is 9 May. Go to the Net Zero Now page of the Cambridge Carbon Footprint website for more info and an application form here.
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint 28 Apr 2021