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Tomorrow (Tuesday 20th) brings us a Q&A event from Zero Carbon Cambridge called Account for Climate Chaos at Sidney Sussex College, 19:00. The core topic will be holding power to account on environmental issues. On the 21st (Wednesday) at 17:00 there will be a talk in the David Attenborough building entitled Save Our Bumblebees hosted by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. And then on the 22nd (Thursday) the Cambridge Climate Lecture Series can give us an insight on Engaging youth with climate change at Trinity College, 19:30. Come the weekend, Cottenham has a repair cafe on Saturday at 10:00, and Transition Cambridge would love to see you at the Empty Common Community Garden on Sunday at 10:30- any and all welcome.

And that's far from all as there are plenty more talks, cafe meetups, and outdoor events- read on at your leisure...


Transition News and Events

  • Sunday 25 February: Empty Common Community Garden
  • Thursday 01 March: How to organise a Repair Cafe
  • Wednesday 07 March: An evening for Repair Cafe organisers and repairers
  • Saturday 10 March: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day
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Other News and Events

  • Tuesday 20 February: Account for climate chaos
  • Wednesday 21 February: Talk: 'Saving our Bumblebees'
  • Thursday 22 February: Cambridge Climate Lecture Series 2018
  • Saturday 24 February: Cottenham Repair Cafe
  • Monday 26 February: From climate racism to climate justice: decolonising divestment panel
  • Wednesday 28 February: The Climate Buzz
  • Saturday 03 March: Climate Change, Poverty and Ethnicity - Asad Rahman Executive Director War on Want
  • Monday 12 March - Sunday 25: Cambridge Science Festival
  • Thursday 15 March: Metis Future Scenarios: In conversation with the natural world
  • Thursday 22 March: Talk: 'Small steps to change the world'
  • Thursday 22 March: Talk: 'Are food miles worth worrying about?'
  • Saturday 14 April: Mark Cocker: Can We Save Britain's Wildlife?

Transition News and Events

Sunday 25 February: Empty Common Community Garden

10:30-12:30, Empty Common Community Garden

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 details here.

Thursday 01 March: How to organise a Repair Cafe

19:30-21:00, Confirmed when booking

An evening for anyone who has ever considered (either fleetingly or seriously!) running a Repair Cafe in their community. Cambridgeshire is recognised as a UK hub for Repair Cafes and we have a strong team that supports new groups and individuals who'd like to have a go. This evening will introduce you to how they are organised and answer any questions you may have. We cover venue, publicity, safety, recruiting volunteers and repairers etc. Repair Cafes not only keep resources out of landfill but are brilliant community building events too. The feedback from visitors is almost 100% positive and the organisers tend to find it really rewarding too. This evening is for information only, there's no commitment to running a Repair Cafe at all. If you'd like to join us on 1st March, please email Nicole by Fri 23rd Feb giving your name, contact details and area in which you are thinking of organising a Cafe. You can also call Nicole on 01223 301842. The event will be held in the Cambridge city centre, more details will be provided closer to the time. More details here.

Wednesday 07 March: An evening for Repair Cafe organisers and repairers

19:00-21:00, Barclay's Eagle Labs, 7-8 Clifton Court, Cherry Hinton Rd, CB1 7BN

Repair Cafes have been phenomenally successful in our region. The Cambridgeshire Repair Café Network would like to invite all existing repairers and Repair Café organisers to come together in this exciting Cambridge Maker Space. We'll be celebrating what we've achieved together, sharing interesting repair news and updates and working with you to consider how we continue to thrive and make a difference. Topics we'll be considering when thinking about our evolution include: promoting skillsharing between repairers, which (if any) related campaigns might we support and how we increase the learning experiences of visitors to Repair Cafes. We'd love to see you. There'll be time to share a drink with people throughout the area and a there'll be a tour of the Maker Space and its gear! Please let us know if you are coming by emailing Nicole or use the booking form on the Circular Cambridge website. More details here.

Saturday 10 March: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day

10:00-16:00, Willow Farm, Lode, Cambridge, CB25 9HF

Join Transition's community farming project, CropShare, to experience life as a real organic farmer for a day... This week we will be having fun helping out on the farm from 10:00am to 12.30pm, and 2pm to 4.00, sharing a lunch and a chat in between. You can join us for the morning or afternoon session, or both. Family friendly, everyone is very welcome! See our blog to get a flavour of what workdays are like. It will be good healthy fun, a great chance to see our local countryside, and how food is grown on a large scale. Please fill in this form if you would like to take part, and we'll also help you arrange travel to the farm. Can't make it this week? Click here to check which Saturdays we will be on the farm next. Hope to see you soon!

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<b id="phdgsi2018">Funded PhD - 'Future cities: governing low-carbon energy transitions'</b> This fully funded PhD at the Global Sustainability Institute in Cambridge will explore the critical conditions for enabling local low-carbon energy transitions, particularly through networks of city local authorities (LAs) across Europe. It is in partnership with Energy Cities - the European Association of LAs in Energy Transition - which is a network organisation with a membership of 1,000+ LAs over 30+ countries. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Chris and Rosie to discuss further. The annual stipend (paid quarterly) will track RCUK levels across the three years, which is set to be £14,777/year (tax free) for 2018-2019. Only EU/UK nationals are eligible to apply. Deadline for all paperwork is 5th March. More details here.

Other News and Events

Tuesday 20 February: Account for climate chaos

19:00, Mong Hall, Sidney Sussex College

Climate justice means system change, and both legal action and activist mobilisation are essential strategies in achieving a more equal and ecological world. Zero Carbon Cambridge are hosting representatives from Plan B (, Global Justice Now and Client Earth to discuss the various means and ends of litigation in the context of a warming climate, and will discuss the essential need to hold power to account. This will be a panel event followed by a Q+A. More details here.

Wednesday 21 February: Talk: 'Saving our Bumblebees'

17:00-18:00, Large Seminar Room, Level 1, The David Attenborough Building

Professor Dave Goulson is Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex, specialising in bumblebee ecology and conservation. He's also a campaigner and founded The Bumblebee Conservation Trust - more info. As well as 200+ scientific articles, he writes popular books - his latest is 'Bumblebees', which follows 'A Sting in the Tale' and 'A Buzz in the Meadow'. More details here.

Thursday 22 February: Cambridge Climate Lecture Series 2018

19:30-21:00, Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College, Cambridge / Streaming online

This year's Cambridge Climate Lecture Series is taking place at 7.30pm each Thursday evening from February 15th to March 15th. Our speakers are: 15th Feb - Dr Saleemul Huq, International Centre for Climate Change and Development, 22nd Feb - Renee Juliene Karunungan, Climate Tracker 1st Mar - Professor Stephen Briggs, European Space Agency 8th Mar - Lisa Walker, Ecosphere+ These talks are free to attend with no booking required. They will be held in Winstanley Lecture Theatre Trinity College. Please aim to be in your seats by 7.25 at the latest so online streaming can begin promptly. Our final event on March 15th will be a panel discussion featuring Sir David King, former UK special representative for climate change. NB This final event requires booking through the Cambridge Science Festival and will be held in the Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Avenue. More details here.

Saturday 24 February: Cottenham Repair Cafe

10:00-14:00, Cottenham Community Centre, Coffee Shop, High St, Cottenham, CB24 8RZ

Repair Cafes match experienced repairers with people who need stuff fixing. You can 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 and bobs. Booking is optional, or you can just turn up on the day. Check back soon for details on how to book. The repairers are experienced and can fix most things but there are no guarantees. This is a free event. However, donations to cover venue hire and other costs are very welcome. Enquiries: 01954 253903 or by email More details here.

Monday 26 February: From climate racism to climate justice: decolonising divestment panel

19:30, Keynes Hall, King's College

Panel event on decolonising the divestment movement! Come along on the evening of the 26th of February to hear speakers unveil the links between climate change, white supremacy, colonialism and global power structures, before we relate this back to activities in Cambridge and in activism. Speakers: Suzanne Dhaliwal is director and co-founder of the UK Tar Sands Network, and is a long-time campaigner for indigenous solidarity and a decolonised climate movement in the UK. Dalia Gebrial is a PhD candidate at LSE and an editor at Novara Media. She has previously worked at People & Planet, on both their Fossil Free and Undoing Borders campaigns. Trishant Simlai, PhD candidate in Geography at Selwyn College, Cambridge, who will be speaking on his experiences of the militarisation of conservation in India. Nilufa Ahmed, President of BanglaSoc at Cambridge, who will be speaking on the lived experience of climate colonialism in Bangladesh. More details here.

Wednesday 28 February: The Climate Buzz

19:00-21:30, No 30 (Cafe) Chesterton Road, CB4 3AX

Welcome to The Climate Buzz - a get together on the last Wednesday of each month for CCF volunteers and others interested in climate change. Held in the the cosy setting of Cambridge's No 30 cafe, The Buzz is an opportunity to learn and practice new skills, keep on top of environmental news and meet like-minded people. This month Peter Gilheany, Director at Forster Communications, a renowned social change communications agency, will run a workshop on how to communicate confidently and effectively on climate change, giving participants the confidence to convey the issues in public and with friends and family. Free. No booking required. More details here.

Saturday 03 March: Climate Change, Poverty and Ethnicity - Asad Rahman Executive Director War on Want

13:00-16:00, Ross Street Community Centre

Asad Rahman, Executive Director War on Want, formerly worked for Friends of the Earth on Climate Issues. He is passionate about the responsibilities of the developed world to pay off its climate debts and to tackle climate change in ways that do not disadvantage the countries of the South. He argues that emissions reduction targets need to be greater and earlier. This is an event of the Labour Party Ethnic Minority Forum, convenor, May Shafi, but please contact Tony if you have questions. Food at 1pm Talk starts at 1.30 pm All welcome.

Monday 12 March - Sunday 25: Cambridge Science Festival

09:00-09:00, various in and around Cambridge

The Science Festival is back for another year - 2018's theme is 'making sense of the world'. There are talks, exhibitions, performances, films and hands-on events, including some for children and families. We've included some events of interest to Transitioners below. Most events are free and you'll probably need to book. More info here.

Thursday 15 March: Metis Future Scenarios: In conversation with the natural world

19:00-21:00, Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way CB1 7GX

Time is running out for us to deal with climate change effectively. Cambridge Junction hosts a METIS 'research-in-public' event with three natural scientists who address the question: what is the best alternative economic structure for responding to climate change? And what would the impact of such a change be on the natural world? This event is part of METIS' preparation for the performance installation, WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE MAY BE at the Barbican in September 2018. More info about Metis here. A Science Festival event.

Thursday 22 March: Talk: 'Small steps to change the world'

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

We see sustainability as looking after ourselves, each other and the planet, but what does this look like in practice? The Global Sustainability Team at Anglia Ruskin University present an interactive talk to help explain how we understand sustainability, why it matters and what we can do to address its central themes; from our global research, to organisational change, to practical steps we can all make in our everyday lives. A Science Festival event - booking here.

Thursday 22 March: Talk: 'Are food miles worth worrying about?'

17:30-18:45, Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, 8 Mill Lane CB2 1RW

Trying to make sensible food choices can be confusing. 'Eat local' is claimed by many to be the way to have minimal impact on the environment. But the total greenhouse gas emissions depend on the product in question - overall they are lower for tomatoes grown in the warmer climes of Spain using natural sunlight and imported to the UK, than for tomatoes grown locally in heated glasshouses in the middle of winter. How can we make sense of 'food miles', and as environmentally and socially conscious consumers what else should we be considering? This Science Festival event is organised by the Cambridge Global Food Security Initiative and Cambridge EIT Food programme. Booking here.

Saturday 14 April: Mark Cocker: Can We Save Britain's Wildlife?

14:30-15:30, Palmerston Room, St John's College, Saint Johns Street, Cambridge,

Join writer and naturalist Mark Cocker at the Cambridge Literary Festival in a rabble-rousing exploration of the history of conservation. At a time when green and clean living is increasingly a part of mainstream culture, it's time to ask ourselves the most important question: 'Can we save British nature before it is too late? Tickets £12/10 booking required More details here.

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