Another week, another list of exciting events- first and foremost, the film 'This Changes Everything' is showing tonight (Monday 25th) on Mill Road at 19:45. Told on a global scale whilst drawing from individual stories, the piece tackles climate change in a positive light, considering it as a spark that could ultimately be used to improve humanity's place on earth. Interested? If so, quickly register here to find out more. Then tomorrow (Tuesday 26th) Georg Kell will consider corporate responsibility and economic transformation in the light of positive investment- the wellbeing of both the environment and persons that live in it. Read more here.
But if you're looking for something a bit gentler on the brain, we can suggest softer fare! There are two upcoming walks- the Cambridge March for Divestment this coming Saturday (the 30th) and the Dawn Chorus Walk on Sunday (1st May).
Lastly it should be clarified that the 'Landscape Lives and Literature' event will take place on Saturday 7th May, NOT Saturday 30th May- apologies for any confusion caused!
There is, of course, more:
18:30-20:00, CB2 Cafe, Norfolk Street
The Food Group's monthly meeting will move forward with our plans for the year (ideas welcome!). So far we have the following - a talk on soil health, a stall at Arbury Carnival and a tour of productive spaces around town. We'll also be exchanging news on food projects and initiatives in and around Cambridge. All welcome - we'll be upstairs in the library.
20:00-21:30, Judith's place, Leys Road
The main topic will be the circular economy - what we can do to minimise waste and reduce use of non-renewable primary materials (including fossil fuels). We will also catch up on the latest energy related news. All welcome. Ask Nicola for details of the venue. More details here.
11:00-15:00, The Missing Sock, Stow cum-quy
The willows have now been planted and we will continue maintaining this beautiful forest garden at the equally wonderful Missing Sock pub site. We will be mulching around the trees, pulling up nettles and replacing them with other plants, and possible doing some sign writing. We will also be cooking nettle soup on the newly arranged outdoor fire so bring a mug.
14:00, Empty Common Community Garden, Brooklands Avenue
Like to grow your own fruit and veg? Involved in a community garden or orchard? Join us at Empty Common Community Garden for a workshop on healthy soil - the basis of all that grows. What is healthy soil? How can you improve the soil on your patch - and benefit from better crops? Come to the garden any time from 10.30 to join the regular gardening activities, or from 1pm (approx) for a picnic lunch (bring food to share or a picnic for yourself). The soil workshop (from 2-3pm) will be led by Charlotte Synge, the garden coordinator and permaculturist. There will be plenty of time for questions. If you want to bring a sample of the soil from your own garden to take a look at, please do. The garden is off Brooklands Avenue, near the Trumpington Road traffic lights. There is a black gate, and the garden is at the south end of the allotments. More info on the garden here. Any questions, contact us. Come and share the beauty and community spirit of this special community space!
13:30-16:30, St Andrews Hall, Chesterton CB4 1DH
Cambridge Repair Cafe returns for its second outing this year. Cambridge Skillshare and Repair, a partnership between Transition Cambridge and Cambridge Carbon Footprint, organise this free event where we match amazing repairers with people who need stuff fixing. Donations to cover venue hire etc are very welcome. 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. You can turn up with your item on the day, but it is best to email us to book your item in so the repairers have an idea of what to expect. The repairers are brilliant and can fix most things but there are no guarantees.
19:45-22:00, The Lounge, St Philip's Church Centre - 185 Mill Road, CB1 3AN
From the film's website: "Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, 'This Changes Everything' is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller 'This Changes Everything', the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better." More info about the film plus link to the trailer here. Free - register here
19:00-20:30, The Main Lecture Theatre, Old Divinity School, St John's College
Georg Kell, founder and former executive director of the UN Global Compact, gives an inspiring talk on how sustainable finance can transform our financial markets. All are welcome. This talk has been organised by Positive Investment Cambridge, which works to ensure that the University and its colleges engage in socially and environmentally responsible investment practices. More details here.
19:30-21:30, Townley Hall, Fulbourn Centre, Home End, Fulbourn
AGM starts at 7.30pm followed by a refreshment break before the talk starts at 8.30pm. You are welcome to come just for the talk and the preceding refreshments if you wish. Free entry. Circular Cambridge - Living well with less stuff - is a project of Cambridge Carbon Footprint. The aim is to encourage the reduction of waste and consumption, including of raw materials and energy, by refusing, reusing, rehousing, repairing, relating and recycling. Anne's talk will give the background to the project and outline the activities being promoted to address some of the issues. For more information contact Fulbour Forum More details here.
12:00-13:00, Magdalene Bridge
Cambridge Zero Carbon Society invites everyone in Cambridge to join their March for Divestment - to show that we all want Cambridge University to divest from fossil fuel investments. Transition Cambridge supports this Zero Carbon Society Campaign. (We also support Fossil Free Cambridgeshire, which is promoting divestment for the City Council). The details of the march are not yet confirmed so keep an eye on their facebook page
06:00-08:00, Trumpington Meadows Nature Reserve
A magical morning at Trumpington Meadows! It's International Dawn Chorus Day so come to the reserve just after sunrise to listen to the wonderful cacophony of birds singing in the early morning. More details here.
All the fun of the 800 year old fair, Maypole, rides, beer and food tents, entertainment and meeting fellow cyclists. Be prepared for stunning views of open country, all the fun of the fair and changeable weather.The pace will be leisurely: the riding time to Reach is under two hours each way. The cycle ride is open to everyone, and this includes accompanied child cyclists who are strong enough to ride for around 29 miles. Marshals will guide the route and can help with simple bike problems. This ride is just for fun, there is no charge and no sponsorship. Assemble in front of the Guildhall, Market Square, Cambridge from 9am for a 10am departure, or join the ride at any point on the route. More details here.
10:00-17:00, Eat Festival, Corn Exchange, Cambridge
Cambridge Sustainable food will again be at this year's EAT Festival main event at the Corn Exchange on the 7th May, focusing on locally produced foods of all kinds. We'll be running a lively interactive stall and need volunteers to help from 10-5 on the day. If you could set up or run the stall for anything from 2 hours to all day if you wish please get in contact - please email Bev or use our contact page on the Cambridge Sustainable Food website. And if you are really keen, Cambridge Sustainable Food will be running many events throughout the coming year and this is a great time to start planning and brainstorming some new and exciting ideas. We're hoping to have a meeting at the beginning of May with all our volunteers to listen to your ideas for activities, what works well and how we can make a big impact. So if you would like to come to this meeting, or be part of future events, please get in contact so we can send you details. More details here.
14:00-18:00, Grantchester Village Hall
Wildlife Wanderings & Nature Writing In The City collaborate to take you through Grantchester meadows along the river to Byron's Pool. A day to dream with readings, creative writing excericises and a nature walk. Discover Cambridge's creative heritage with poet Clare Crossman and nature blogger Jo Sinclair. Tickets £20 payable on Eventbrite More details here.
19:30-21:00, The great hall foyer room, the Leys School, CB2 7AD
Come and discuss the significance of Fairtrade in the city. Doors open at 19:00 for registration, Fairtrade refreshments and Fairtrade stalls. Keynote address by Barbara Crowther, director of policy and Public affairs followed by a discussion with Fairtrade shops, cafes, schools, universities,faith communities, campaigners, community organisations and all who care about poverty and sustainability. Access is from Trumpington Road. For further information email Paul More details here.
19:30-21:30, St John's College, The Main Lecture Theatre, The Divinity School, All Saints Passage, Cambridge, CB2 1TP
What IS the deal with meat? There's been a lot of media attention around the impact of meat on our health and the environment. What are the facts? Cambridge Carbon Footprint invites festival goers to 'What IS the deal with meat?', a hot topic panel discussion and Q&A. Speakers, including leading figures on food sustainability Tara Garnett (founder of the Food Climate Research Network) and Clare Oxborrow (Head of the Land, Food and Water Team at FOE) will discuss the health, welfare and environmental issues related to the our ever increasing consumption of meat. Are there solutions out there? What technologies, policies and behaviour change might help? Join us in the beautiful setting of 'The Divinity School' at St John's to find out more. More details here.
Hoping everyone has a great week,
Jonathan and the Bulletin Bunch