Low carbon New Year's Resolutions - Transition Cambridge Bulletin

Hi everyone,

As the new year begins, we've a range of activities coming up, including Seedy Sunday (seed-swapping event on 24 Jan), our next Repair Cafe (bring along anything and we'll do our best to repair it on 30 Jan), Wildlife Wanderings (find out about our local wildlife on 16 Jan) and a workshop on the council's climate change strategy (2 Feb). You can also find out more about what we do in Transition Cambridge at the hub meeting this coming Monday, and at the food group meeting on Tuesday.

Now is a great time to make new resolutions, so why not choose something that reduces your carbon footprint and increases your resilience to climate change? Some interesting ideas include becoming a climatarian (eating less meat/animal products - nice article here from Huffington Post), buying fewer things (e.g. swap consumerism for something more creative - discussed here by the Minimalists), or switching to a renewable energy company (e.g. Good Energy or Ecotricity - read reviews by Which?). And if you've come up with your own low-carbon New Year's Resolutions, we'd love to hear about them!


Transition News and Events

  • Monday 11 January: Transition Cambridge hub meeting
  • Tuesday 12 January: Food Group meeting
  • Saturday 16 January: Wildlife Wanderings Grantchester to Trumpington Meadows
  • Sunday 24 January: Trumpington Seedy Sunday
  • Saturday 30 January: Transition stall at Volunteer for Cambridge Fair
  • Saturday 30 January: Cambridge Repair Cafe
  • Tuesday 02 February: Workshop on Climate Change Strategy
  • Seedy Sunday poster and prizes needed for tombola

Other News and Events

  • 5 Rhythms: All Ages Dance, and new venue for Friday sessions
  • Sunday 10 January: Connecting with ourselves and the natural world (half-day retreat)
  • Sunday 10 January: Wassail at Trumping Orchard
  • Wednesday 13 January: Cambridge Food Assembly Launch Party
  • Tuesday 19 January: Training in how to use a thermal imaging camera
  • Tuesday 26 January: Sustainable Futures: Finding your way
  • Wednesday 27 January: Climate Friendly Holiday Choices
  • Cambridge Zoology Museum temporary art exhibition

Transition News and Events

Monday 11 January: Transition Cambridge hub meeting

19:00-21:00, Nicola's house on Chesterton Road

At the hub's monthly meeting, representatives of the groups and projects report on what they've been up to. We also make plans together to coordinate future events. Meetings are open, so all are welcome to attend. Attending hub meetings is a good way to see how Transition Cambridge works, and to get a sense of the range of projects that we are involved with. Contact Nicola for details of the address.

Tuesday 12 January: Food Group meeting

18:30-20:00, CB2 Cafe, Norfolk Street

At this first meeting for 2016, the food group will be making plans for the year, including the Seed Swap on 24th January. Got an idea for a food event? A great film, an informative book, a succesful project to visit? Maybe you have skills to share or there's something you've always wanted to learn. Come along and contribute your ideas! As well as creating a programme for the coming months, we'll exchange news on food projects and initiatives in and around Cambridge. All welcome - we'll be upstairs in the library.

Saturday 16 January: Wildlife Wanderings Grantchester to Trumpington Meadows

10:00-12:00, Meet by the Red Lion public house, CB3 9NF

Will you spot the kingfisher this time? Our sociable nature walk from Grantchester to Trumpington Meadows will be a great opportunity for a walk or bike ride out of Cambridge to keep those New Year's resolutions flowing! Did you know you there's a green, off-road route all the way from Cambridge to Hauxton and beyond? Our meeting will flag up new routes with the recently opened paths at Trumpington Meadows, taking a close look at nature along the way. More details here.

Sunday 24 January: Trumpington Seedy Sunday

13:30-16:00, Trumpington Village Hall, High Street, Trumpington CB2 9HZ

It's soon time for Seedy Sunday! As ever, this is a chance to bring and swap self-saved seeds, exchange surplus bought seed, and take seeds in exchange for a small donation. If you don't have any spare seeds, don't worry, there are always plenty to go round. There'll also be talks: "Seeds and the Smallholder" with Paul Robinson of Waterland Organics at 2pm; and "Wildlife Gardening" with the Transition Cambridge Wildlife Wanderings group at 3pm. As ever, there'll be refreshments and cakes, and lots of stalls including seed merchants, bread makers, and community groups. Entry costs £2, children come in free. If you'd like to volunteer (lots of helpers needed!), please contact the organisers. And if you can offer a raffle prize, we'd also love to hear from you (e.g. yummy home-made jams, chutneys, cakes, books, or a skill you could share?). You can also follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.

Saturday 30 January: Transition stall at Volunteer for Cambridge Fair

11:00-16:00, The Guildhall, Market Square, Cambridge

Transition Cambridge will again have a stall at the Volunteer for Cambridge Fair, which is a celebration of volunteering in Cambridge, and a chance to explore volunteering opportunities across a wide range of organisations. We invite Transitioners to come along in order to meet future potential volunteers, or to let us know beforehand what volunteering opportunities you have in your groups currently so that we can advertise them. We will try to make "Volunteering Opportunities Sheets" detailing the roles (e.g. volunteering in which Transition group, aims and activities of the group, types of activities volunteers can get involved in, time commitment etc). As ever, we'd love to have your help on the stall, or making these sheets, and we'd love to meet you at the fair if you'd like to know more about volunteering with Transition Cambridge. Please get in touch if you can help with any of these things!

Saturday 30 January: Cambridge Repair Cafe

13:30-16:30, St Andrew's Hall, Chesterton, CB4 1DH

Transition Cambridge and Cambridge Carbon Footprint are getting together again to bring you the next Cambridge Repair Cafe. It's a free event (donations very welcome) where we match amazing repairers with people who need stuff fixing. Bring along the following to be repaired and to pick up repair skills: small household appliances and electrical items, computers, mobile phones, bicycles, clothes (clean clothes only please) and general bits’n’bobs. You can turn up with your broken item on the day, but it’s best to email us to book your item in so the repairers have an idea of what to expect. The repairers are brilliant and can fix most things but there are no guarantees.

Tuesday 02 February: Workshop on Climate Change Strategy

18:00-19:30, The Guildhall

Cambridge City Council has a Climate Change Strategy for how to reduce energy use and carbon emissions not just from buildings in their own estate but from homes and business in the ares. Also the strategy covers transport emissions, reducing waste and changes we can make to reduce the impact of climate change. The plans for 2016 to 2021 are now in draft and the council seeks our views and ideas - at this workshop we will hear about the draft plan and discuss it directly with council officers. Watch this space for more details to come.

Seedy Sunday poster and prizes needed for tombola

Our Seedy Sunday seed swap is coming up fast on 24 January and we now have a lovely poster. If you could send this poster round to anyone you know who might be interested, or print it out and display it where you think is suitable, we would be very grateful! Also we are appealing for small donations to the Tombola that day: unwanted gifts, garden produce, or whatever you can manage will be gratefully received. You can either bring it along to the Transition Food Group meeting on Tuesday 12 Jan at CB2 at 6.30pm in CB2 cafe (Norfolk Street, upstairs) or let Sue know and bring it along on the day. Thanks for your help, and hope you can make it along!

Other News and Events

5 Rhythms: All Ages Dance (and new venue for weekly sessions)

Fridays (weekly) 7-9pm or Saturday (monthly) 10:30am - 12pm; see below for details of venues (different on Fridays and Saturdays)

Transition Cambridge was born out of friends who met via 5 Rhythms dancing 8 years ago, and the 5 Rhythms sessions continue on Friday evenings (weekly) and Saturday mornings (monthly, first Saturday of the month). The Friday evening sessions have just moved venue to St Philips Church (by the Coop on Mill Road), and this week, it's a special first session costing £5, so come along and enjoy (all welcome, even if you've never danced before!). On Saturday morning, there's another special "all ages" session for everyone, and this will be from 10:30 till 12 at St Paul's Primary School Coronation Street Cambridge CB2 1HJ. Looking after our well-being is an essential part of the Transition to a more sustainable way of life. 5 Rhythms is a powerful dance and movement meditation practice that can help us to become more present in our bodies and wake up in these changing times. Come and channel your passion for the earth and for this life into your dance and see what happens. 5 Rhythms is a free form of movement meditation to music that anyone can do, whatever their age, gender, mobility or fitness level. Normal prices for Friday session are £12 (£10 concessions) and for Saturday sessions £8 (£6 concessions), children £4 first child and £3 all others. For the family sessions, an accompanying adult must stay at the dance and remains responsible throughout the class for all children that they bring. For further information see the Cambsdance or email Nicole.

Sunday 10 January: Connecting with ourselves and the natural world (half-day retreat)

10:00-17:00, Granchester Village Hall

Our bodies are our connection to the natural world. By listening deeply to the world within we find sustenance and compassion in our relationship to the planet. In turn this can help us to find the inspiration to act for our planet. This half day retreat will provide an opportunity to dwell deeply inside, and connect with our surroundings. We will talk, move, rest and reflect. Movements will be inspired by yoga and tai chi. Choose from morning (10-1pm) or afternoon (2-5pm), and perhaps combine with a winter walk on Grantchester's meadows. £30 for half day, bring a friend and come for £24 each. Concessions on request. More info here.

Sunday 10 January: Wassail at Trumping Orchard

14:30, Trumpington Community Orchard

Come to the Orchard to sing to the trees and ensure a good harvest. Event is free but donations appreciated. Do practice the songs from the website and bring a musical instrument if you have one. You can find directions here More details here.

Wednesday 13 January: Cambridge Food Assembly Launch Party

17:30-19:00, Espresso Library, 210 East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1BG (round the corner from the Fire Station)

Come along to celebrate the launch of the Cambridge Food Assembly! We're passionate about making the best local, sustainable food more accessible in Cambridge. Meet our producers and share a drink with other Cambridge foodies at the wonderful Espresso Library. Tickets for this event are available from Eventbrite (they're free). Online food orders will open on Wednesday 6th January, and you will then have 5 days to complete your orders before they will close on Monday the 11th. Producers will then deliver all orders to the collection point on the 13th. If you have not already registered on the Food Assembly website you can do so here.

Tuesday 19 January: Training in how to use a thermal imaging camera

19:30-21:30, CCF Offices, Hooper ST, Cambridge, CB1 2NZ

Want to borrow a thermal imaging camera to examine your home, those of friends and then to visit others who’ve requested a survey? Tom Bragg and Nicola Terry will be teaching a small group on how to use our two cameras and interpret their images. Find more about the benefits of infrared surveys and how those trained can borrow the CCF’s thermal imaging cameras on our thermal imaging page. Booking Essential. Please email us or call the office on 01223 301842 (Mon-Fri, 9-5). More details here.

Tuesday 26 January: Sustainable Futures: Finding your way

19:30-22:00, St Paul's Church

Are you concerned about climate change, but not sure what to do about it? Whether it’s a way with words, an ability to empathise or organise, a wealth of business contacts, or something else entirely, the truth is that each of us has particular skills, interests and aspirations that might contribute to building a rich and rewarding low-carbon future. The first of these two workshops will give you the chance to reflect upon what that future might look like and how you might help to build it. We’ll explore what motivates you, what might get in the way, and begin to find a way forward which is right for you. The follow-up workshop will provide a chance to consider how your plans are developing and how to keep up your momentum. Talking about climate change with friends, family and colleagues can be challenging, since the topic arouses strong emotions in ourselves and others. So the workshop will also consider ways of making exchanges fruitful rather than awkward or confrontational. Workshop I – Tuesday 26th January, 7.30-10.00pm Workshop II – Tuesday 16th February, 7.30-9.30pm Free events. Please email usto book.

Wednesday 27 January: Climate Friendly Holiday Choices

19:30-21:30, The Red Bull (Newnham), 11 Barton Road, CB3 9JZ

Cambridge Carbon Footprint would like to invite you to spend a winters evening in a cosy pub thinking about and possibly planning a more climate friendly holiday for 2016. We hope the event will be informal yet inspiring, with opportunities to hear about others experiences and maybe share your own. FREE but spaces are limited so please let us know if you’d like to come by emailing us More details here.

Cambridge Zoology Museum temporary art exhibition

Helpers are wanted for an exciting temporary exhibition in April/March in Cambridge city centre. This is a good opportunity for people interested in the intersection of fine art, science and environmental issues. Internationally renowned artists, Ackroyd & Harvey, are acclaimed for their unusual fusion of sculpture, photography, architecture, ecology and biology. In 2013, Ackroyd & Harvey were awarded a major public art commission by the University of Cambridge to celebrate the work undertaken in the new David Attenborough Building on the New Museum’s Site and its development as a new ‘conservation campus’. This exhibition will premier new artwork and ideas relating to conservation of biodiversity, museum collection and human ecologies, building links between biology, conservation and human needs. We are looking for keen individuals who are interested in supporting us achieve this ambitious exhibition. Qualities sought: A reliable team player with a friendly confident manner for this public facing opportunity who enjoys engaging with a diverse range of visitors. To register your interest, please reply via email to the exhibition space managers: <a href="?n=%20https://www.transitioncambridge.org/mail-contact/sendmail.php?who=snwl34">Seana Wilson</a> or Bridget Cusack.

So there's plenty going on at the beginning of 2016 - have a great start to the year!

Anna and the bulletin writing team

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