It's an exciting time of year for Transition Cambridge, with old favourites like Seedy Sunday (a community seed swap) this Sunday, and our newest venture, the "Films for our Future" film festival starting on Saturday 3rd February, with ten great films showing over the following two weeks. Included in the line-up are Beauty and the Bike, Demain, Carnage, wetheuncivilised: A Life Story, Qu’est-ce qu’on attend? (‘What are we waiting for?), Dance of Light and Before the Flood as well as old favourites such as The Story of Stuff and The Age of Stupid (more info here). Other events coming up include a chance to get involved in Empty Common Community Garden this coming Sunday, and some interesting talks (see Related News and Events section below). Finally, don't miss the TC energy group's latest guide on Windows, with advice on which types of windows are best to reduce heat loss, how to avoid problems with condensation, the benefits of curtains/blinds etc. Read on to find out more, and for info on many other intersting events which are coming up soon!
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.
13:30-16:00, Trumpington Village Hall, High Street, Trumpington CB2 9HZ
The 12th Trumpington Seedy Sunday is very soon! This is a chance to bring and swap self-saved seeds, exchange surplus bought seed, and take seeds in exchange for a small donation. Don't worry if you don't have any spare seeds as there are always plenty to go round. There will be refreshments and cakes, and lots of stalls including seed merchants, bread makers and community groups. Entry costs £2 for adults, children come in free. If you'd like to volunteer to help (with free entry) or run a stall, please contact the organisers. Please display the poster. You can also follow us on Facebook for the latest updates. More details here.
In just under two weeks the first Films for our Future Festival will be underway across Cambridge and the villages. We have an almost daily selection of films and conversation opportunities to help everyone find the next step on our personal and collective journeys towards a sustainable, low carbon society. We'd love to hear from anyone who's inspired to help with some of the many and varied background jobs that will make this season a success: from sound and techie enthusiasts, social media users, vloggers and bloggers, stewards and bucket rattlers! Please email Jacky if you'd like to play a part in this exciting initiative! More details here.
20:00-22:00, Margaret's place on Oxford Road
At this meeting the main topic will be car share, car clubs and other ways to reduce car ownership. (This also relates to a nascent Transition Cambridge project to promote a car club with electric and hybrid vehicles, possibly community owned. ) More details here.
18:30-20:00, Metail, Janus House, 50 St Andrews St, Cambridge CB2 3AH
Would you like to see more fruit and vegetables growing in Cambridge's public spaces? Join the Growing Spaces project meeting as we plan planting for 2018 and discuss potential projects. All welcome - gardening knowledge welcome but not required. We are also looking for volunteers to help checking our growing spaces. Why not have a look at our map, there might be one of our growing spaces close to you! Click here for the map This meeting's agenda will also specifically address the topics and format of the planned short film to be produced about the group. More details here.
11:00-16:30, Arbury Community Centre, Campkin Road,CB4 2LD
The Arbury Swap, Collect and Fix Fest is all about promoting repair and reuse, offering people several ways to deal with their unwanted items - household items that may be destined for the tip might instead go on the give-and-take shelf, pre-loved clothes might be swapped for 'new-to-you' ones, and malfunctioning appliances could be fixed by a local engineer or sewing-whizz who's donating their time to the Repair Cafe. 11am - 12:30pm Children's and women's clothes swap; 1:30pm - 4:30pm Arbury Repair Cafe; 1:30pm and 3pm Screenings of short films in the 'Story of Stuff' series as part of the 'Films for Our Future' festival. All day: The City Rangers will be collecting bulky items from people's homes. Veolia will supply skips, bins and cages for unwanted items. There'll be a give-and-take shelf and stalls from local organisations. More details here.
More info here, with links to individual films, and here's a leaflet and poster - feel free to print these out and put them up wherever you can. The Festival is co-organised by Transition Cambridge, Pivotal, Cambridge Carbon Footprint and many others. Some films require booking - see here for more info.
18:00-21:00, The Michaelhouse Centre
Part of the Films for our Future festival, this film is hosted by the Michaelhouse/Great Saint Mary's Diocesan Environmental Group and Transition Cambridge More details here.
19:00-21:00, LAB027, Lord Ashcroft Building, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road
Part of the Films for our Future Festival, this event is hosted by the Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University. The discussion, chaired by Dr Alison Greig, Director of Education for Sustainability at ARU's Global Sustainability Institute, introduces a panel of local movers and shakers, people who have decided not to wait for political action, but to make change happen in their communities for themselves. More details here.
19:30-22:00, Jesus Lane Friends Meeting House
Girls in cycling friendly countries continue to cycle into adulthood, whilst in many other countries they tend to give up during the teenage years. Why? This film, hosted by Camcycle is part of the Films for our Future Festival. More details here.
20:00-22:00, Jesus Lane Friends Meeting House
Artist Rhea Quien's two short Dance of Light films link nature, art and science in an invitation to an interactive journey of imagination with the artist. Rhea uses a self-developed technique which combines technology with physical processes. The resulting images are not the products of digital invention, but are captured in a plane of inner reality that we normally cannot see. The films will be introduced by Iain Webb from Cambridgeshire Wildlife Trust. Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Wildlife Trust. More details here.
19:00-21:00, The Edge Cafe
An evening of shorts and talks exploring food waste, its impact and community solutions. This event is part of the Films for our Future Festival. More details here.
19:30-22:00, Saint Andrew's Centre, Histon
Demain - or Tomorrow in English - is a feel-good story about the ways people are working to solve the ecological, economic and social crises that are afflicting the entire planet. This event is part of the Films for our Future festival, hosted by Histon and Impington Sustainability Group. More details here.
19:30-22:00, Johnson Hall, Stapleford
Join the members of 2G3S (Green Groups in the Shelfords, Stapleford and Sawston) to enjoy Simon Anstell's mockumentary about meat. It's fun, but it also packs a punch. This event is part of the Films for our Future festival. More details here.
18:00-20:30, The Guildhall
Pete Postlethwaite stars in this mockumentary from multi-award winning director Franny Armstrong. An archivist living in the devastated future world of 2055 looks back at old footage from our time and asks: why didn't we stop climate change when we had the chance? This film, part of the Films for our Future festival, is hosted by Cambridge City Council. Booking required. More details here.
19:00-22:00, Haslingfield Methodist Church
We join first time filmmakers Pete and Lily on their intimate and life-changing journey, as they confront the stark reality of our times, and discover a hidden culture of connection and belonging. Screening followed by Q&A/discussion/food tasting from Haslingfield Country Kitchen and more, eco products to buy. This event, part of the Films for our Future festival is hosted by Pivotal. More details here.
13:30-15:00, Arbury Community Centre
These two films examine the impacts of stuff we buy and who is responsible - not just us shoppers but also businesses and bad policies. What needs to happen? This event is part of the Films for our Future Festival. More details here.
16:00-20:00, Jesus Lane Friends Meeting House
Leonardo DiCaprio, United Nations Messenger of Peace, journeys across five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. This event is part of the Films for our Future Festival More details here.
17:15-18:30, Buckingham House Lecture Theatre, Murray Edwards College, Huntingdon Road, CB3 0DF
A new geological era has been declared: the Anthropocene. It is characterised by the pervasive impact of a single species - Homo sapiens. Tony Juniper asks, does the new era mark the demise of the civilisations that created it? Part of the 'Just on the Edge' series of talks. Free, book tickets here.
One hour in your garden or local green space
The RSPB organises this annual event - last year, over 500,000 people took part. You just spend an hour outdoors, sometime over the weekend, count the birds you see and submit your results. More info and how to request a pack (you can also submit your results online)here.
13:30-16:00, Trumpington Village Hall
Trumpington Allotment Socieyt invites you to Seedy Sunday 2018: Come to swap seed with other gardeners, but if you haven't got seeds come anyway. As well as seeds (including Heritage seeds) you will find local artisan food, community groups and of course tea and cakes from Trumpington WI. More details here.
18:30, Large Lecture Theatre, Plant Sciences Department, Downing Street CB2 3EA, Cambridge
"Merchants of Doubt" explains how politicians ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades. And demonstrates their tactic by showing what happened with the tobacco industry and makes the parallelism with what is happening now with global warming deniers. More details here.
10:00-13:00, BuildTrain, Unit 4 Lower Gower Road, Royston SG8 5EA
Following their input into the successful Cambridge World Biggest Repair Cafe in November, repairers John, Dale and Chris are joined by other volunteer repairers at the next quarterly Royston Repair Cafe. Assessments and, where possible, fixes are free but we ask owners to book in their broken items online in advance so we know we'll have the right repairers on hand. Book in here More details here.
17:15, Buckingham House Lecture Theatre, Murray Edwards College, Huntingdon Road, CB3 0DF
Humanity's challenge this century is simple but radical: to meet the needs of all within the means of the planet. Can it be done? Last century's economic theories give us little chance of getting us there, and yet are still taught in university departments worldwide. Kate Raworth argues that it is time for a new compass for charting human wellbeing - one that compels us to replace the 20th century fixation on endless GDP growth with a 21st century focus on regenerative and distributive economic design. Info about Kate's book 'Doughnut Economics' here. Part of the 'Just on the Edge' series of talks. Free - book tickets here.
10:00-16:00, Cambridge Union, 9A Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UB
This annual student-organised conference has built a reputation for attracting good speakers. The theme this year is 'Living on the Edge', and speakers include professor David Vaughan, director of science at the British Antarctic Survey, and Craig Bennett, CEO of Friends of the Earth. More info including programme of talks and debates here. Transition Cambridge will have a stall, so come along and say hi! Tickets(including a vegan lunch) are £4 for Union members, £7 for students and £10 for the general public, available here.
10:00-15:30, Girton College and Orchard, Cambridge
Orchards East is an exciting environmental and cultural project covering six counties in the eastern region of England - Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. Funded by the Heritage Lottery fund and based at the University of East Anglia (UEA),the project is devoted to the past, present and future of orchards in eastern England, and will last until spring 2020. A collaborative project working closely Cambridgeshire Orchard Group, Orchards East hopes to stimulate interest and engage a wide range of new volunteers in all things orchard! The Cambridgeshire Launch will be on Sat 17th Feb at Girton College and orchard - it's FREE and everyone is welcome, although you do need to reserve a place as numbers are limited. To find out more and book a place email us More details here.
So there's loads to look forward to over the next couple of weeks - hope to see you at some of these events!
Anna and the bulletin writing team