The topic for this Thursday's Transition Cafe film + discussion will be Food Sovereignty - i.e. who controls what people eat? It's looking to be a fascinating and truly hopeful evening. You can take a simple step to sustainability at the intro session to the new Growzones group next Thursday evening, designed to offer practical help towards growing your own fruit and veg. Or sharpen your skills and get connected with your community by trying one of the volunteering opportunities with the gorgeous people at Transition Cambridge. There's a ton of other stuff happening this week including tomorrow's hands-on session on with Tom Bragg from the Warm Homes Trumpington event with Cambridge Carbon Footprint. See everything below!
19:30-21:00, CB1 Cafe, 32 Mill Road, Cambridge
After a showing of the 'Growing Change' film, Ceri Galloway and Sue Woodsford will lead a discussion about the issues around food sovereignty. 'Growing Change' looks at how food poverty is primarily a political and land management problem. If you pick any food commodity, over half of the world market is controlled by no more than five corporations. The film does not have all the answers but does show how one country, Venezuela, has gone a long way towards addressing the issues. It shows how putting control of land and food production in the hands of people rather than the corporations has given the Venezuelan people control over their own food production, and raises the unspoken question, 'How can we and others do the same?' Read more about Food Sovereignty here. All welcome, free.
18:30-20:30, The Emperor pub, 21 Hills Road, CB2 1NW (upstairs room)
This is the Food Group's regular meeting - we'll be making plans for the Eat Cambridge event on 9 March, and reviewing our other projects. All welcome.
19:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, CB5 8BA
If you have dreams of growing your own fruit and veg, but need some practical help to get started, the Growzones project could be something for you. A group gets together to do a session in each person's garden or allotment - giving and receiving practical help as well as learning about growing. Come along to find out more, and how to get involved. All welcome. More details here.
19:00-20:00, CB1 Cafe, Mill Road
Come along to discuss future events, workshops and cafe nights. This group is open to anyone interested in organising events, facilitating workshops and hosting cafe nights (and other ideas welcome too). All welcome!
10:00-13:00, Trumpington allotments
Join experienced allotmenteer Dave Fox on his plot in Trumpington. These sessions are ideal for novices and people with any amount of practical growing experience - it's more of a mutual sharing than a lesson! In the February session we will be preparing beds for early crops, and hopefully sowing, depending on conditions. We will also do some formative pruning of the new fruit trees in the forest garden. Join in here. (The February session is now fully booked.) More details here.
14:00-16:00, Cambridge Sustainability Centre at Fen End Farm Cottenham CB24 8UP
Our next meeting will focus on the Permaculture Principle "multiple functions for each element" in the context of the forest garden area at Cambridge Sustainability Centre. How to get there: Some of us will cycle from Cambridge. For those without car and not keen to cycle, Vicky is happy to collect people from the bus stop in the village or from Waterbeach train station if you let them know in advance so she can coordinate lifts. Contact Vicky and Simon here or call them on 07801 719823. Please let Transition Cambridge Permaculture Admin group know here if you can offer a lift . For more info, visit Cambridge Sustainability Centre website or see the Transition Cambridge Permaculture wiki. More details here.
19:30-21:00, CB1 Cafe, 32 Mill Road, Cambridge
When money drives almost all activity on the planet, it's essential that we understand it. Yet simple questions often get overlooked - questions like: where does money come from? Who creates it? This film, made by Positive Money, explores these questions. The film will be followed by a discussion, possibly including some discussion of a local currency for Cambridge. All welcome, free.
There are lots of volunteering opportunities within Transition Cambridge, and these are listed here - for example, would you like to help new groups get off the ground by acting as chair/secretary for their first few meetings while they find their feet? Or could you help us design or distribute posters for our events? Or perhaps you enjoy giving talks (we often get asked to do this)? Or could you help to reply to e-mails? We'd love to hear from you if you'd like to offer your time and skills!
Thanks to support from Cambridge City Council, Cambridge CAB is working with the City's Volunteer Centre to promote Cambridge's two credit unions, Cambridge City and Cambridge Rainbow Savers, to local residents and workers. Credit Unions are organizations that try to make it easy for their members to make regular savings and give them access to low-cost loans. Volunteers are needed for a new project promoting credit unions, led by Cambridge Volunteer Centre, Monday-Friday 11am-3pm central Cambridge. Please contact Cambridge and District Volunteer Centre for more information, quoting CAD 1646 & CAD 1660. (Information taken from the Cambridge and District Volunteering Centre web-site.) (Note from Anna: We continue to think about starting a local currency in Cambridge - get in touch if you're interested in helping take this forward.)
From Guy Seaborn: "Do you have £10,000 that you would like to use to leave a legacy? My proposal is that if we could get 25 or 30 such people we could buy up 10 to 15 acres of land, and perhaps put it in a trust and use it for people to enjoy, walk, picnic etc. It seems to be a very similar approach to Wandlebury. It could be planted up as a food forest. Comments welcome. I appreciate £10,000 is a lot but it seems more likely and more community minded than finding just one benefactor."*
19:45-21:00, Trumpington Pavillion, Paget Road, Cambridge CB2 9JF
One of the most popular parts of Cambridge Carbon Footprint's successful "Warm Homes in Trumpington" day on November 10th was the DIY workshop by Tom Bragg, which focused on straightforward ways we can reduce our carbon emissions and energy bills ourselves, through simple things such as fitting foil behind radiators, lagging hot water pipes and fitting draught excluders. Tom has already been invited to run this hands-on workshop in other places and Trumpington residents who missed the day are keen to have another chance. This event is very practical and interactive so numbers are limited. Book now to reserve your place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01223 301842. The workshop is free but a small donation to cover the cost of the hall hire is appreciated. More details here.
11:00-16:00, Wandlebury Country Park (off A1307, past Addenbrookes)
From Cambridge Past Present and Future: In support of National Nest Box Week come and make a bird box to take home, learn more about garden birds and how to encourage them. Take a stroll up to our new hide. All tools and materials supplied. For information and booking contact Head Ranger. £10 per bird box (members £9). For other events, see the new-style newsletter from Cambridge Past Present and Future.
19:30-21:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge.
Our speaker is Sam Archer, Associate Director of Aecom and head of sustainable design for the £1B development of 3000 homes NW Cambridge. This aims to be one of the UK’s most sustainable developments, so in addition to very efficient buildings and heating systems, they are also keen to encourage other aspects of sustainability, for example cycling, local food, and residents’ behaviour. Sam is also leading work for the UK Government on the “Path to Zero Carbon” (ie all new homes to be zero carbon by 2016). As usual in Green-enterprise events, the evening will be participative and will include plenty of time for discussion with the speaker and other participants. Do come and share your ideas. Cost £5. More details here.
12:00-17:30, Fen End Organic Farm, Oxholme Drove, Cottenham CB24 8UP
This open day is an opportunity for local residents, businesses and farmers to see the Kingspan KW6 wind turbine at Fen End Farm, and to find out from Energy My Way how a turbine is installed, how much electricity it can generate, how much it may cost and what benefits it can provide. Organised by Energy My Way at Fen End Farm with Ken Kelso. Flyer for event.
11:00, Trumpington Community Orchard Project
Susanna will be demonstrating fruit tree grafting and hopes to be able to allow people the chance to use cuttings from the orchards trees to graft on to suitable root stock. The cost will be £5 per root to cover the costs of purchasing materials, there will also be pears rootstock and scion wood available for anyone interested in pears. NB. We are really sorry that the adverse weather delayed production of the rootstocks that we had on order for our grafting session, originally planned for Sunday 10th of February. We hope they will arrive in time for 3rd March 2012 but please can you check our website or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/applefairy">facebook page</a> to make sure it is going ahead before you come. More details here.
13:00-14:00, Anglia Ruskin, East Rd campus, Coslett Building 406
Three Anglia Ruskin researchers, Beatriz Acevedo, Sergio Fava and Nancy Harrison will talk about projects they are running which were seed funded by the Global Sustainability Institute. We are always very pleased to have members of Transition Cambridge at these seminars. *A (sustainable/locally bought) lunch is provided at all seminars* More details here.
19:30-22:00, Anglia Ruskin University
Free screening of the most recent documentary on hydraulic fracturing. The UK is looking into sources of new sources of energy and fracking is being proposed as a way forward. Do you want to learn more about what that means? Come join us to watch this film! Donations are most welcome! The film information on Facebook. (You may need to write to them via Facebook to find out exactly where in Anglia Ruskin this film is being shown.)
Our local Science Festival returns for another year. There's masses of variety - archaeology, polar science, physiology, astronomy as well as physics, maths and chemistry. Events include tours, lab demo's, talks, exhibitions and hands-on stuff. Many events are suitable for children. Most events are free, and you need to book for some.
This will be a highly engaging day discussing the theme of "Local Action. Global Change?". Will technological breakthroughs lead us to a sustainable future? Or will it be individual action that drives the change we need? In addition to speakers from the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University, who will be touching on what research is being done with regard to climate change mitigation, there will also be local and national student societies sharing stories of their efforts - their successes and the challenges they encountered. Look forward to inspiring talks, interactive workshops and plenty of opportunities to network with the speakers, guests and other organisations. This promises to be one of the highlights of the sustainability calendar - a must for anyone interested in tomorrow's world! Join us for a day of exciting conversations and wonderful company. Get your early bird tickets now! For more information check out the forum at www.cambridgeclimateforum.org, or find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!. (This conference is organised by students and is primarily for students.)
Here is an interesting report, "In Place of Growth: Practical steps to a Manchester where people thrive without harming the planet" developed by Steady State Manchester. They write "How do we create a society with local prosperity and justice? How do we prepare for the challenges that climate change and other aspects of the ecological crisis are already bringing? In June 2012 members of what became Steady State Manchester were involved in discussions with Manchester City Council about the idea of a Steady State Economy. While these discussions were open and amicable, we decided that more work was needed to articulate the arguments for Steady State in ways that were appropriate and practical for Manchester. We also wanted to broaden the discussion to include other stake-holders from business (both private and co-operatively run), civil society and academia. This report is a first step in meeting both these aims." Download here.
Cambridge City Council is offering 100 free Green Deal Assessments (£150 value) for those intending or hoping to make their houses more energy efficient. Here is the 'Pioneering Places' brochure which includes an application form, and the Cashback information offering up to £1020 towards the cost of various works. To take part, you need to be prepared to let others see the results of the works, to help promote the Green Deal. This is not only for house owners, but can be proposed by tenants to their landlord. The City is particularly interested in a full range of housing types, including flats. The TC Energy group web-site has more information on the Green Deal here.
Cambridge Carbon Footprint is looking for homes in Cambridge to take part in their popular Open Eco Homes event, back for it's 4th year! If you've done renovations or built your home new to create an energy-efficient, environmentally friendly home, why not show it off and inspire others to do the same? See the homes that were included in last year's event. Open Eco Homes will take place on June 15th and 23rd this year. There are 4 visits to each home available throughout these days, with up to 8 guests per visit. Visits are pre-booked to keep addresses confidential and to ensure only up to 8 people on a visit at a time. Homeowners can opt to do both days or just one, and to have a volunteer from CCF to assist you as well. If you are interested, or just want some more information, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us. More info here.
'Green Catz' have put together a great listing of green events in Cambridge in February - available here!
Have a great week,