Transition Cambridge Bulletin: The news this week...

Transition Cambridge Bulletin: The news this week...

...is much like in previous bulletins- exciting through and through!

Greetings All,

Plenty of events over the next few weeks to get involved in, ranging from focused group meetings to talks with broad purviews trying to anticipate the future. For the sake of having a slightly condensed bulletin some events are not included here, so if you think there's something missing please check previous newsletters or the Transition Cambridge website.

I should also introduce myself quickly- my name is Jonathan and I'm a recent graduate from Newcastle University. I'll be taking over Anna's position as a co-editor of the bulletin. It might also mean that some of these emails come out a few hours later than usual as I get to grips with the procedure. Onwards and upwards:

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Monday 12 October: Energy Group Meeting
  • Tuesday 13 October: Food Group meeting
  • Wednesday 14 October: Sustainability Hacking social: Green Manufacturing
  • Saturday 17 October: Paradise LNR Wandering
  • Monday 26 October: Transition Cambridge hub meeting
  • Events for your calendar

Community News

  • Divestment in Cambridgeshire needs your support
  • Cambridge-wide green tool library - October collection points

Other News and Events

  • Tuesday 13 October: Open Eco Homes follow-up event: Air Tightness and Ventilation
  • Tuesday 20 October: Open Eco Homes follow-up event: Personal Stories
  • Friday 23 October: Limits to growth - a new generation of action, GSI lunchtime seminar
  • Monday 26 October: Environmental Melancholia, GSI lunchtime seminar
  • Wednesday 28 October: Talk: The challenge of feeding 9-10 billion people without losing most biodiversity
  • Thu 29 - Fri 30 Oct: Behaviour Change From the Inside Out: psychosocial approaches to sustainability
  • Thursday 29 October: Clim-art therapy: where do climate change, the arts and psychotherapy meet?
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News and Events

Monday 12 October: Energy Group Meeting

20:00-21:30, Peter's place, Fen Road

We will discuss overheating in our homes and how to avoid it - such as shading, reflective surfaces, ventilation, managing heat gains (internal and external). Also, we will hear a proposal from Craig Calient, a new volunteer, and we will catch up on other news. All welcome. Contact Nicola for venue details. More details here.

Tuesday 13 October: Food Group meeting

18:30-20:00, CB2 cafe, Norfolk Street, CB1 2LD

The Food Group meets monthly, to make plans together for future events and to exchange news on food projects and initiatives in and around Cambridge. This meeting will include plans for our stall at Apple Day on 25 October and our pumpkin event on 27th. All welcome - we'll be upstairs in the library.

Wednesday 14 October: Sustainability Hacking social: Green Manufacturing

19:30-21:00, Mill pub, 14 Mill Lane, CB2 1RX

Join the Sustainability Hacking social to chat about possible and current projects and share ideas for making things the existence of which more than makes up for the carbon footprint of their production and use. The main chat topic for this month's social is "Green Manufacturing", foreshadowing Pivotal's December 9th event at the Junction "Can ipods (and chairs, and lampshades) grow on trees". If you'd like to have a seat reserved for you on the 14th, want to join the group's low-volume mailing-list or are interested in the group in general, contact Toni to say hi. More details here.

Saturday 17 October: Paradise LNR Wandering

10:00-11:00, Driftway Car Park

Signs of Autumn. Paradise LNR on the Cam will be our next walk on 17th October meeting at 10am in the car park next to the site at the end of Driftway. This standard walk will be practicing our mindfulness, observation skills and a slow meander with the group through the diverse areas of this small reserve. More details here.

Monday 26 October: Transition Cambridge hub meeting

19:00-21:00, Anna's house off Coleridge 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 Anna for details of the address.

Events for your calendar

Community News

Divestment in Cambridgeshire needs your support

Do you think our council pension funds should divest from fossil fuels? There will be a vote on this at Cambridgeshire County Council on Tuesday 13th but it needs more support, especially from conservatives. If you have a conservative county councillor it would be good to tactfully lean on them right now. In fact the proposed motion is just a first step toward divestment, suggesting they work with Cambridge University to decide if this is a good thing. You can read the motion here. Apparently this the best we can hope for at the moment. For more on divestment in general, see this from Fossil Free Cambridgeshire.

Cambridge-wide green tool library - October collection points

Did you know the averare power drill gets on average a mere 20 minuts of use in its working life? If you have under used tools that are taking up space why not donte them to the new Cambridge wide community Tool Library which is gathereing momentum. There are two collection events in October: For small clean tools, at the Transition AGM on the evening of Monday 5 October. For anything portable, at Cambridge Botanic Garden Apple Day on Sunday 25 October (you will need to pay admission - but it is a good day out). We'd like to gather, and eventually purchase tools for gardening, conservation, ecology, DIY/repairs and food harvesting and processing tools. At the events we will also have information about other local tool gathering projects. For more information contact Rebecca Jones. More details here.

Other News and Events

Tuesday 13 October: Open Eco Homes follow-up event: Air Tightness and Ventilation

19:30-21:30, Anglia Ruskin University, Helmore 251, East Road CB1 1PT

Nobody wants to live in a draughty house, nor a stuffy house; we want the best indoor air quality. Whatever kind of home you live in our panel of experts will help you understand the issues and solutions. Open Eco Homes host Peter Pope, innovator Tom Lipinksi from Ventive. Pete McKeown from local company Cernunnos and scholar Ray Galvin from Cambridge University will answer your questions and resolve the dilemma - how much fresh air is enough? One of a series of free events on putting home energy inspiration into practice. Donations welcome. More details here.

Tuesday 20 October: Open Eco Homes follow-up event: Personal Stories

19:30-21:30, Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, CB5

Hear three Cambridge householders' stories of choosing, installing and living with a variety of energy-saving measures. Learn first-hand the how and why of living in beautiful, energy-efficient homes. What's it been like? What are the benefits? All welcome to this free event. Donations appreciated. One of a series of events on putting home-energy inspiration into practice. More details here.

Friday 23 October: Limits to growth - a new generation of action, GSI lunchtime seminar

13:00-14:00, HEL302, Anglia Ruskin University, East Rd, CB1 1PT

The Global Sustainability Institute's work with the Institute of Actuaries brings together the latest evidence on limits to growth and resource constraints. It explores the potential impact of resource constraints on the global economy and society through the use of scenarios. Join us on 23 October (1-2pm) to hear more about these issues, from speakers Irma Allen (All Party Parliamentary Group on Limits to Growth) and Roberto Pasqualino (Global Sustainability Institute). No need to book. Any questions email Julie More details here.

Monday 26 October: Environmental Melancholia, GSI lunchtime seminar

13:00-14:00, LAB109, Anglia Ruskin University, East Rd, CB1 1PT

Join us for this Global Sustainability Institute seminar (1-2pm) given by visiting fellow Dr Renee Lertzman, a psychosocial researcher who has applied her work across public, private and governmental sectors for two decades. She will cover issues raised in her recently published book, Environmental Melancholia, in which she deconstructs the idea that there is a gap between what people care about and what is actually carried out in policy and personal practice. In doing so, she presents an innovative way to think about and design engagement practices and policy interventions. No need to book. Any questions email Rosie More details here.

Wednesday 28 October: Talk: The challenge of feeding 9-10 billion people without losing most biodiversity

17:00-18:30, Large Lecture Theatre, Department of Geography, Downing Place, Cambridge, CB2 3EN

Charles Godfray is coming from the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford to speak on this topic. More information on the other topics to be covered in these weekly Cambridge Conservation Seminars can be found here.

Thu 29 - Fri 30 Oct: Behaviour Change From the Inside Out: psychosocial approaches to sustainability

Anglia Ruskin University

The Global Sustainability Institute (anglia.ac.uk/gsi) at ARU and Dr Renee Lertzman (reneelertzman.com) are running a two-day workshop in Cambridge. Psychosocial approaches place affect and emotion centrally within design, drawing on learnings from social work, psychotherapy, counselling and community work. They have traditionally been applied in the health sphere, and this workshop represents a rare opportunity to explore their application in the environmental field. We welcome individuals from academic, policy and third sector/ voluntary contexts interested in learning how these ideas could be applied to their work or personal interest. Here is a 2-page flyer with full details; we advise booking soon. You might also be interested in: Dr Renee Lertzman's GSI seminar, Mon 26 Oct, 1-2pm; our Festival of Ideas event "Clim'art' therapy: where do climate change, the arts, and psychotherapy meet?", Thu 29 Oct, 6:30-8pm (both at the ARU Cambridge campus). More details here.

Thursday 29 October: Clim-art therapy: where do climate change, the arts and psychotherapy meet?

18:30-20:00, LAB 002, Anglia Ruskin University, CB1 1PT (nearest entrance on Broad St)

A public panel discussion exploring human responses to climate disruption, and the arts. Psychosocial researcher Dr Renee Lertzman will lead an exciting line-up of speakers in conversation: Ackroyd & Harvey (associates of Cape Farewell), Marina Velez (Cambridge Sustainability Residency founder), Zoe Svendsen (creator of TippingPoint award-winning 3rd Ring Out), and Natalie Jeremijenko (founder of xClinic). Hosted by the Global Sustainability Institute as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2015. 6:30-8pm followed by refreshments. No booking required but for more information email Rosie. More details here.

Events for your calendar

Wishing everyone a great week,

Jonathan

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