An exciting week ahead - it's Seedy Sunday this Sunday in Trumpington, with a seed swap, film, talk, stalls and refreshments - hope to see you there! Also this week we have the Big Garden Birdwatch in Romsey Community Garden on Sunday morning - a chance to learn about the birds that live in our gardens with the Wildlife Wanderings group. There are also some interesting opportunities for getting involved, both with Transition, and with other organisations such as Daily Bread Cooperative and the Gleaning Network. And lots more below...
19:30-21:00, at Glyn's house in east Cambridge (Coleridge ward)
After a first show-and-tell of various Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, sensors, thoughts on time series data analysis of fridge temperatures and the option of a mobile app project, the sustainability hacking group will be meeting again this January to work together and exchange ideas. If you'd like to join us for this meeting or are interested in the group in general, contact Toni to say hi.
11:00-12:30, Romsey Community Garden
NOTE THIS HAVE MOVED TO THE MORNING TO AVOID OVERLAPPING WITH SEEDY SUNDAY! During the first hour the nature group will be recording the different species of birds visiting the community garden and sending the records to the RSPB to help them with the annual winter monitoring of British bird species (Suitable for teenagers and adults. Please bring warm clothes and some binoculars and a bird book if you have them. After 12, we will make some bird feeding fat balls to place in your garden to help garden birds through the winter (suitable for families). All materials supplied. Small donations welcome. Email Jade if you have any queries
13:30-16:00, Trumpington Village Hall, High Street, Trumpington CB2 9HZ
A big seed swap, plus a talk, a film, stalls, refreshments and a children's activity. Entry costs £2.00 for adults (children free). More details here. We need more helpers, especially for setting up (from 12:00) - please contact the organisers to offer help on the day or a raffle prize. And here's a poster if you'd like to help us publicise the event!
18:30-20:00, Earl of Beaconsfield pub, Mill Road
TTIP stands for 'Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership'. It's a far-ranging piece of proposed legislation which could have impacts on the food system and elsewhere; it was debated in Parliament this week. Bring info about TTIP to share, join us to uncover the implications and what it may mean. There's plenty of info on the net and in the media - a starting points is here for the official EU take on TTIP. See George Monbiot in the Guardian for some of the arguments against TTIP here
19:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane CB5 8BA
Is there a place for businesses, social enterprises and income streams within Transition Cambridge? How can we fund core Transition Cambridge activities? Is it acceptable or desirable for volunteers to earn income in a voluntary community? Perhaps you have an idea for a fundraising event, or work in an organisation that identifies with Transition values and aims. You're warmly invited to join us to explore these and other issues around the relationship of money in Transition Cambridge - All welcome! Contact Jacky Sutton-Adam for more information. Booking advised Read more about the Reconomy movement.
10:00-12:00, Rock Road Library, Rock Road, off Cherry Hinton Rd (Hills Rd end)
Free, drop-in skillshare in new Library community room and, weather allowing in the community garden. All ages and abilities. Learn from Liz our master composter about the why and how of composting. Cambridge Woodworks will donate a compost bin from pallets and have hotlogs to sell. Help us turn the existing compost, and see what mini beasts are living in it. Recycling champions will be giving out free green kitchen waste bins and samples of free soil conditioner. You could use the latter to start some fruit and veg seeds off in recycled containers. It will be cosy and warm and there will be refreshments too! Looking forward to meeting you. Donations to Friends and Transition would be welcome. More details here.
19:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane CB5 8BA
'Voices of Transition' has been described as a film which is optimistic but clear-sighted. It reframes current and impending crises as positive challenges! The film explores: farmers and researchers demonstrating agroforestry in France; Transition groups bringing food production into the heart of UK cities - showing how city-dwellers can become active players transforming communities towards local resilience; decentralised, organic food production in Cuba. You can find trailers and more info on the film's website. Rob Hopkins, co-initiator of the Transition movement says: “Voices of Transition educates, opens minds to new possibilities and presents a new vision of how our food system could be. As a historic transition unfolds, this film is a very powerful tool.” You can see his recommendation for the film here. Following the film showing, we will chat about food initiatives in and around Cambridge, and what we might do towards local food resilience. We suggest a donation of £3-£5 to enable us to cover costs. More details here.
20:00-21:30, Margaret's house
We will be discussing the recent low energy prices - what does this mean for everyone, does it change our policty at all, what message should we give people. All welcome. Ask Nicola for details of the venue. More details here.
19:30-21:30, Rushmore Room, St Catherine's College
The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism and Community is an artistic documentary exploring how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life support system of the planet. In the film, activists, artists, musicians, academics and faith leaders explore what a sustainable society might look like. The event is free, and will be followed by a facilitated discussion. Refreshments provided. More details here.
19:30-21:00, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane CB5 8BA
Many of us are making changes in our lives towards a low carbon world, but to make this happen on a wider scale we need serious, hard-hitting economic measures too. What are the options, how do they work, and are they practical in the real world? Come and find out about carbon taxes, cap and trade and other options from Prof. Michael Grubb, Professor of International Energy and Climate Change Policy at UCL and senior advisor to Ofgem. More details here.
19:30-21:00, Lord Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University East Road CB1 1PT (Main entrance)
Do you wish politicians would listen to your views on the environment and sustainability? Not sure how to vote? Come to this free event and put your questions to Cambridge’s parliamentary candidates, with Dr Aled Jones in the chair to ensure fair play and a good debate. Informal discussions can continue afterwards. The following parliamentary candidates will be present: Chamali Fernando (Conservative), Julian Huppert (Lib Dem), Rupert Read (Green) and Daniel Zeichner (Labour). Dr Aled Jones is Director of the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University. Organised by Transition Cambridge and Cambridge Carbon Footprint, with support from Anglia Ruskin University.
We really need some help with a few things at the moment, e.g. we're looking for an assistant treasurer while our treasurer is away for 2 months, and Romsey Community Garden is looking for two new coordinators. Also we're looking for someone to represent us on a new environmental coordination group in the city (working particularly with student/university groups). Interested? More info here or e-mail us to find out more!
Read an interview with Dave Fox, who runs the Grow Your Own sessions on his allotment in Trumpington. In this interview with the Transition media group (aka Oscar), he talks about his passion for growing and saving seeds. Dave is also one of the organisers of Seedy Sunday this coming Sunday (25th January). Read more here.
The Daily Bread Co-operative has confirmed a collaboration with the Growing Spaces project for raised herb and vegetable beds outside their store. If you are interested in helping with or supporting the project, let us know!
18:00, EBRD HQ, 1 Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN
For the first time in history, more people live in urban areas than in rural. What are the implications of this movement of people in the context of increasing climate shocks and stresses? This is of particular concern where current building stock is poorly adapted; pricing of energy and water has incentivized inefficient resource use; and policy levers are difficult to identify and influence. The Centre for Science and Policy will be launching their policy briefing on resilient cities, with contributions from a wide range of expert policy makers, practitioners and researchers. For this public event, CSaP is working in partnership with the European Development Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment to bring together a panel of distinguished speakers to focus on some of these pressing challenges. More information.Sign up here
10:00, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT
Bringing together leaders from academia, business, government, NGOs, this conference is an invitation to debate how research can contribute to meaningful steps towards a sustainable future, and to cultivate interdisciplinary collaborative partnerships. With keynote addresses, presentations and interactive workshops, the conference is designed to bridge the boundaries of sustainability research and policy development. Transition Cambridge members can get a 50% discount by registering using the students delegate rate, enter 0000000 where you are asked to enter your student number. Registration and more information here
10:30-17:30, Wysing Arts Centre, Fox Road, Bourne, Cambridge CB23 2TX
Bringing together thinkers, artists and innovators, this day of talks, performances and workshops will explore the new ways of working that are shaping a more sustainable future for the arts and culture. Presented at Wysing in partnership with Julie's Bicycle and The Junction Cambridge. The day aims to inspire debate and equip participants with new insights and practical actions, with spotlights on: working internationally, materials and suppliers, skills sharing economies, how 'green' digital technology really is, and presentations of new work from The Cambridge Junction in collaboration with Angharad Wynn Jones. More details here.
19:30, Latimer Room, Clare College, CB2 1TL
Burning biomass (mostly imported wood) to generate electricity is the government’s main solution to meeting EU renewable energy targets. But is it sustainable? And what are the impacts? Duncan Law from Biofuelwatch examines the evidence. Duncan will also discuss some positive solutions, such as Brixton Energy co-operative, and look at how campaigns are building nationally and locally. Including a short film by the Dogwood Alliance: ‘Our forests aren’t fuel: wetlands up in smoke’. Discussion and Q&A after the talk. More details here.
19:30-21:00, The Fort St George pub, Midsummer Common, CB4 1HA
CCF would like to invite you to spend a winters evening in a cosy, riverside pub thinking about and possibly planning a more climate friendly holiday for 2015. We hope the event will be informal yet inspiring, with opportunities to hear about others experiences and maybe share your own. We’ll cover: * Wild camping and cycling holidays *Home swapping * Eco-holiday greenwash * WWOOFing:World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms * Train travel at home and abroad * How to calculate the carbon footprint of your holiday Please email us to book. This event is free to attend More details here.
10:00-17:00, Murray Edwards College
The organisers say: "If we want to stop climate change, we need to start seeing the issue from all angles. The hardest thing about climate change isn't the changing climate. It's everything else: Disease, Poverty, Food, Water, Energy, Water, Wildlife - the list goes on... But dealing with climate change isn't just about driving electric cars, recycling the trash and switching the lights off. It's bigger than that - it connects all of us, all over the world. Which means that you can't tackle climate change if you only see it from your own perspective. We want you to consider climate change from a new perspective - not just the one you already have. Our aim is to open your eyes to the wider context of the issues that surround climate change. In doing so, we hope to inspire you to transform the world for the better." Tickets will be on sale via the website (there's an early bird discount). More details here.
14:00-16:00, Newnham Scout and Guide Centre, Chedworth St, Cambridge CB3 9JF
Creative Communities is back on February 8 for another family-friendly, faith and climate change event. So why not come along (and bring your kids, if you have them)? We’ll have crafts, snacks and a series of short talks from members of different faith groups on their perspectives on the interaction between faith, climate change and how we respond. There will also be helpful tips and space to reflect on what we might all do practically to reduce our carbon footprints. More details here.
The Gleaning Network UK is looking for an East of England Gelaning Coordinator - full info here. There is more information on the Gleaning Network here and you can also read about this opportunity on facebook. The role is voluntary and part-time but with expenses paid. The deadline is 2nd February.
Daily Bread Co-operative, packer & seller of ethically-sourced wholefoods, has a vacancy for a full-time prospective working member. This is an opportunity to learn about and be involved in running a successful independent Christian Worker's Co-operative. Please ring 01223 423177 or e-mail us to ask for an application pack. Closing date 6th February. More details here.
For days out exploring the countryside on foot or bike, let the BikeBus Explorer help you on your way! See the website for guide maps, fares and more information about how to use the BikeBus Explorer. More details here.
Hope to see you all soon!
Anna and the bulletin writing team (who would love some new members!