Newsletter20090309

Hi everyone,

Transition Cambridge is going from strength to strength. Our new grow-your-own course has gotten off to a superb start, with all the places booked and a long waiting list! This week we have various events to announce, as well as a new way to get involved.

Our upcoming events:

  • Sociable sewing - making reusable shopping bags
  • Next Food Group meeting Wednesday the 18th
  • Knitting Circle also on Wednesday the 18th
  • Could you help us spread the transition message in Environment Week?
  • Sociable sewing run by Nic Rogers:

"Stuck for birthday present ideas? Want to help build a sustainable community but not sure where to start? Combine the two: join me and make reusable shopping bags our of recycled material. Pol Morsman wanted to make a difference to the number of plastic bags used and thrown away each year; she started www.morsbags.com . One cotton shopping bag can eliminate 100's of plastic ones over its life time. I want to extend Pol's guerilla baggin in Cambridge. Bags are easy to make; I'll provide sewing machines, help and instructions, thread, material and cups of tea - you'll bring your self, a sense of fun, old material (if you have some) and some biscuits to share. Together we'll make lots of bags!" Nic.

Date: Saturday 14th March Time: 13:00- 5.00 (arrive before 4.00 so you have time to make a bag) Address: 2a Brackyn Rd, CB1 3PL Email: Nic Donation: 2 each

  • Food Group Meeting-Wednesday the 18th at 7:30pm, at the Geldart

The garden share scheme and the enormously popular grow your own vegetables course are the latest projects to come from this well-established transition group. If you are not currently one of their members you are very welcome to attend the meeting, to get a feel for the group and decide whether it's for you.

  • Knitting Circle-also on Wednesday the 18th of March at 7:30pm. Click here for more details.

No experience necessary, although it's helpful if you bring knitting needles and yarn if you have them. The group is at Lulu's house, and she lives off Coleridge Road, very near to the Station. For more details email Lulu. She suggests a 1-00 donation towards refreshments.

  • Could you help us spread the Transition message in Environment Week?

Environment week begins on the 13th of June, and we are currently looking for volunteers to help with planning and organising of the various Transition events we will be running. If you are interested, please contact James. Your help will be very much appreciated!

Related events:

  • "Innovating to sustainability" lecture, next Wednesday the 11th
  • Cambridge food footprint survey
  • "Innovating to Sustainability" lecture

The next installment in this highly recommended lecture series will be held on Wednesday 11 March.

The lecture will be presented by Professor Charles Ainger (MWH Ltd and Department of Engineering) and will be held in Lecture Theatre 0 on the ground floor of the Department of Engineering, Trumpington Street. Refreshments will be available from 5.30, with the lecture to begin at 6.00 pm.

  • Cambridge food footprint survey

Gillean Denny (PhD Environmental Design in Architecture) is conducting research which requires tracking food purchases and growing practices of Cambridge Residents. Please take part in her survey! She has promised to let the food group make use of the results, which will be very useful to us as they will determine the food footprint of the average Cambridge resident. There is more information on the survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=Vj3_2bJubuOHBOju_2fE_2fvQtBQ_3d_3d

Please keep sending things in for the bulletin, and we're always keen to hear your ideas for how you'd like to get involved!

Jono

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Transition Cambridge aims to help Cambridge make the transition to ways of life that are more resilient in the face of rising energy prices and a changing climate.

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