Ever wondered if there is a better way to do what you want to do? This Thursday you can find out how two people brought a patch of forest back to life and built a house from virtually nothing; on Saturday you can try harmonious ways to grow your lunch, and next Monday you can get the inside story on creating a community food enterprise. And that's not all... see below for this week's other seeds of change:
19:30-21:00, CB1 Cafe, 32 Mill Road, Cambridge
Gay Veal will introduce the film that she and her husband made while living in Brazil over a 10 year period. They had acquired 100 acres of land in the beautiful setting of the Serra Sao Jose (mountains) near Tiradentes in the state of Minas Gerias. The area was designated the equivalent of a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is home to rare dragonflies, butterflies, monkeys and orchids. Nevertheless the forest had been felled 20 years previously and most of the trees were secondary growth. It had recovered well in that time and they planted many more trees, including native fruits. Their aim was to increase the natural habitat and build a sustainable house from local materials. Their 40-min film shows the methods and materials they used across the two years it took to complete it without electricity, using basic tools and water from springs on the land. They had horses and chickens as well as an organic vegetable garden. Their builders, from the nearby village, still had the memories and skills of building with earth. Gay will give a short introduction to the film and will answer questions at the end. All welcome, free.
10:00-16:30, Waterland Organics, Willow Farm, Lode CB25 9HF
Join Transition's community farming project, CropShare, to experience life as a real organic farmer for a day. Please sign up for our next farm day, Sat 6th April. We will be having fun helping out on the farm from 10am to 12.30pm, and 2pm to 4.30pm, sharing a lunch and a chat in between. You can join us for the morning or afternoon session, or both. 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. Fill in this form if you would like to take part , & we'll also help you arrange travel to the farm. Everyone is very welcome! Family friendly. More details here.
Charlotte and Richard's House. Contact Ceri and Dave for details. 14:00-16:00
The next permaculture meeting will be at Charlie and Richard’s house: The principle we will be looking at is ‘slow and small solutions’. We will discuss this principle, and look at how it is being put into action in the garden and in Richard’s home baking business. There will be a chance to bake soda bread which we can then all enjoy together, and possibly some practical work in the garden.
19:30-21:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, CB5 8BA
This green enterprise session focuses on “Community Food”, looking at three different early stage community food enterprises in the Cambridge area: Cropshare (a Community Supported Agriculture scheme working with a local farmer), Cambake (a community supported bakery), and Sustainable Souk (an online ordering and cycle delivery service for local food). All have been incubated in the Transition Cambridge Food Group. We will hear the inside story – the principles that underlie a community food enterprise, and the vision, opportunities and challenges for each. Do join us to learn more about these inspiring local examples, contribute your ideas about how they can overcome the challenges they are facing, and discuss how we can build a resilient local food system. As usual in Green-enterprise events, the evening will be participative and will include plenty of time for discussion with the speakers and other participants. All welcome, cost £5. More details here.
18:30-20:00, CB2 restaurant (upstairs room), Norfolk Street, CB1 2LD
All welcome at the Food Group's regular meeting. We'll be making plans for the Nuffield Road seed and seedling swap and talking about our projects. Note that we're meeting at CB2 restaurant - upstairs room, go towards the back of the building.
19:30-21:00, CB1 cafe, Mill Road
Once again, it's film night at the Transition Cafe. We'll be showing 'A Convenient Truth - Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil'. This informative, inspirational documentary is aimed at sharing ideas to provoke environment-friendly and cost-effective changes in cities worldwide. It focuses on innovations in transportation, recycling, social benefits including affordable housing, seasonal parks, and the processes that transformed Curitiba into one of the most livable cities in the world. The film includes exclusive interviews from Curitiba’s world renowned mayors Jaime Lerner and Cassio Tanigushi, as well as other brilliant minds who made Curitiba a world class model. All welcome - donations requested to cover the cost of the screening licence. More details here.
20:00-21:30, Judith's house
We will consider plans for our next forum and progress on the community energy project for PV panels. Contact Nicola for details of venue.
It's that time of year when we're being invited to lots of summer fairs, so if you'd like to help us do these stalls and events, please let us know (or just reply to this e-mail). It's a fun thing to do, you get to meet lots of people, and we can give you some ideas on what to talk about (usually our leaflets provide plenty of talking points). And if you could help designing or making leaflets/posters, that would also be great! We are also planning a summer Transition festival so ideas and help will be welcome for that too!
Lots of new skill-shares coming up in the next few weeks: "Where do I go from here?" Finding new directions in life (20 April), reading music (22nd April), keeping chickens (27 April),beginners sewing project (5th May) and housing a swarm of bees (11 May), cycle maintenance (11 May) and screen printing (27 July) (last two not yet on the Greeniversity web-site). All classes are open to everyone and are free/low cost. If you'd like to attend any of these classes, sign up here. And get in touch if you'd like to teach or request a class, or help us organise more classes!
After 18 months of meeting in the room over the Emperor pub in Hills Road, the Food Group needs a new meeting venue. If you know of somewhere which is central, free and suitable for our fortnightly evening meetings (which at the moment are Tuesdays, 6.30 till 8.30), please contact us. It could be a room over a pub, or a community space or any other creative idea you come up with. Thank you!
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From Audrey: "I have an allotment on Romsey allotment society's site just off Coldhams Lane which I've worked very hard on (this will be my 3rd summer) and have had some success with. But unfortunately I have a chronic back condition which is unlikely to get better. So I am looking for some help digging over some of my plot. It only requires a day of getting the ground ready for planting, so if you might be able to offer assistance I would be very grateful." If you can help, please contact Audrey.
Fed up with waste and want to help others reuse, reduce and recycle more? The Recycling Champions are spreading the word throughout Cambridge, from chatting to neighbours to helping at events. We've just set up meetings in the south of the city -at Cherry Hinton village centre, so why not come along and meet us? We meet at 7pm, on the last Wednesday of the month. The next meeting is Wednesday 24th April. More details here.
19:30-22:00, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane
The Cafe Project is reopening! Until we find a new venue, we'll be opening in other spaces. This week, there'll be tea and cake, a free / swap shop (bring nice things you want to give away to people, or swap for other people's nice things). We're particularly encouraging people to bring all the weird and wonderful teas lurking in their cupboards, to try other people's, and perhaps take someone else's home! See our Facebook page for more info. Next week there'll be 3 skillshares - crochet, vegan cookery and massage, and the week after there'll be a "bring your own art" exhibition and "songs in the dark" (probably not at the same time, so we can actually see the art!). All welcome, come along and bring your friends!
19:30, April 16th, 30th, May 14th, 28th, June 11th, July 9th, Central Cambridge
This is a opportunity to join a Carbon Conversations group facilitated by the founders of the project Andy Brown and Ro Randall. Carbon Conversations groups help people explore their impact on the natural world, particularly in relation to climate change, and the scheme won a Guardian award as 'one of the 20 most promising solutions to climate change'. The small supportive groups look both at the practicalities and at the social/familial/personal dilemmas of making real changes. People who take part describe the groups as 'eye-opening', 'really enjoyable', 'renewed my belief in the possibility of doing something'. The cost is £15 for all six meetings and includes a copy of the 'Carbon Conversations handbook and refreshments. Email Andy to book your place.
09:30-14:00, Mill Green Brewery, Suffolk
Cambridge Carbon Footprint is pleased to offer a tour of Mill Green Brewery in Suffolk this April. Mill Green Brewery is a multi award-winning forward-thinking, but traditional brewery, using green technologies and local resources in brewing their beer. We will be carpooling to the brewery for our very own tour. Cost is £20 and includes tour plus lunch and a pint (3 x 1/3 pints actually, so you can try different ales) at the pub next to the brewery. Booking is required so please see our website for more details.
18:00-19:30, The Polar Museum, Lensfield Rd, Cambridge
The Polar Museum have decided to celebrate Earth Day this year by hosting a free screening of the new film 'Thin Ice: The Inside Story of Climate Science'. This event coincides with the global launch of this film with screenings around the world. It is a free event, but places will be limited, so please follow this link to book. Feel free to spread the word to anyone who you think may be interested. Thin Ice is a joint initiative between Oxford University, United Kingdom, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (VUW), and London-based DOX Productions. Both Universities have active programmes with world-wide networks of collaborators in climate change and related research. The aim from the outset was to give people from all walks of life the chance to see the astonishing range of human activity as well as scientific endeavour that is required to help us understand our changing climate. Their idea was then we would all be better able to decide both individually and collectively how we might deal with it. More details here.
19:30-19:30, Sawston Village College
Food is responsible for 30% of UK greenhouse gas emissions. This course will explore how to feed ourselves well without it costing the earth; we will discuss fish fights and fair trade, reducing food waste and lowering our carbon footprint through our shopping baskets. We will share ideas, recipes and taste some samples. Participants will become aware of some of the principles, data and arguments around sustainable food; they will learn how to reduce their carbon footprint through food choices.This course runs for 1.5 hours a week for 5 weeks at a cost of £35. More details here.
19:30-21:30, CCF Office, Milton Road, CB41UY
Would you like to join our outreach team and co-facilitate workshops or give presentations to different organisations on climate change and low carbon living on behalf of Cambridge Carbon Footprint? We are now accepting new outreach team members and offering a training course for people interested in running workshops and giving presentations, as part of CCF’s essential outreach. Our outreach team ran 14 workshops for other organisations during 2012, from schools and colleges to businesses and the British Antarctic Survey. Click on this link for more information and to sign up!
10:00-14:30, Nuffield Road Allotments, Chesterton, CB4
Come along and swap seeds and seedlings with other fruit and veg growers. Transition Cambridge Food Group will have a stall, so you can meet some friends too. If you can donate seeds or seedlings, or help out on the stall, please contact us You can find the location on this map. Please note change of date due to late arrival of spring!
19:30-21:30, St. Andrew's Hall, St. Andrews Road, Chesterton
Join us for a unique auction experience, with over 25 experiences, services and goods to be won through silent and live auctions. Each lot has been donated by a local business or individual so all the money raised will go straight to helping Cambridge Carbon Footprint continue our important work to help people reduce their carbon footprints and enjoy low-carbon living. Lots include getaways in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, behind-the-scenes experiences at the Parker Library at Corpus Christi College and the Polar Museum, lessons in topics such as beaded jewellery making, music and bicycle maintenance, plus one-time services such as styling consultation, mending, cooking, and so much more! Mark 27th April in your diary now and pass along the invitation! More...
18:30-21:00, Parkside Community College (CB11EH)
Following from our highly popular Burgers Delight and Super Salads workshops earlier this year, CCF is pleased to offer a workshop on Vegan Baking this May. Our expert vegans, Oscar Gillespie and Tehnuka Ilanko will show you common substitutions and give you the chance to try out a couple recipes on the evening. Materials will be included, but to cover the costs of these materials, we suggest a donation of £3-5, which can be paid in person on the night. To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. More details here.
09:00-18:30, Lord Ashcroft Building, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT
On May 15th 2013 the Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) will host its 1st Annual Research Conference on the theme of “Big Challenges, Creative Solutions”. The innovative conference structure will provide a platform for open discussion and genuine collaboration between actors across academia, politics, business, finance, science, economics, health, education, art, the creative industries, and beyond. Our aim will be to develop creative cross-sector solutions to delivering a sustainable future. For further information on the forthcoming conference contact Julie-Anne Hogbin here, or call 0845 196 3176. You can register here or find out more here. If you find the registration fee is a barrier to attending, please let them know and they will do their best to see you are not excluded. More details here.
This will be a weekend of stories in beautiful ancient woodlands near Cambridge, also with hot tubs, saunas, dancing, and delicious food. There will be opportunities to tell stories as well as listen, and space to chill out and explore the woodland. The first Hare Moon festival will be a wonderful journey! Storytellers will include Hugh Lupton, Dave Tong, Marion Leeper and Liam Carroll. Full details and booking here.
The Low Impact Living Initiative promotes sustainable living. They are committed to the principles of permaculture and are here to educate and help people and groups achieve this through information on our website, running permaculture courses across the country, and producing a series of DIY guidebooks which can be found on on their website and on many on-line retailers. They hope that you can find some useful information on their website and can find and book a course with them. (LILI is based near Milton Keynes.)
An opportunity has arisen for a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow to join the Global Sustainability Institute (GSI), at Anglia Ruskin University, on the Cambridge campus. Formed in 2011, the GSI plays a critical role in bringing together academic disciplines with business and government organisations to develop practical solutions to sustainability challenges. Our core research questions are focused around (i) personal motivations and (ii) systems change, set against the challenges of sustainability. This post will be expected to focus on the first of these, with the opportunity to be involved in an exciting new collaboration with researchers at the Universities of Oxford and Surrey exploring the use of digital tools to facilitate energy reduction. The GSI is looking for an outstanding individual with an interest in this area and we are ideally looking for a candidate with a background in energy use (including science/engineering) and/or behaviour (including psychology/sociology/the use of digital technologies). You will have a PhD and evidence of an excellent qualitative and/or quantitative research track record. Strong statistical skills and/or experience of computer programming would be desirable. Further details here.
Have a great week! All the best,