...is much like in previous bulletins- exciting through and through!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wishing everyone a great week,