Transition Cambridge Hi everyone,

This week we have an exciting storytelling and art event on Saturday, and the food group would love some help growing vegetable seedlings to give away this summer. If you'd like to get involved with Transition Cambridge, there are currently lots of opportunities, such as helping to organise events for the Environment Festival in June and the possible start of a renewable energy group. If these or other aspects of Transition interest you, we'd love to hear from you!

Transition News and Events

  • Transition Tales and Visions this Saturday - all welcome!
    • Can you help with art materials for this session?
  • An evening of The Work that Reconnects Tuesday 28 April
  • Help needed growing seedlings for environment stall
  • Transition Cafe + Renewable Energy Thursday 30th April

Related events:

  • Recycling old tools for charity
  • Talk: The Last Oil Shock, this Thursday, organised by Walden-in-Transition
  • Courses, opportunities and house-doctor session with Cambridge Carbon Footprint
  • Green Economics Training

Transition News and Events

  • Transition Tales and Visions this Saturday - all welcome!

An afternoon of storytelling with local storytellers on a Transition theme, with an opportunity to explore our own vision of a low-carbon future. There'll be a mix of ancient tales and modern stories, including a self-consuming king, the paper garden of a despotic emperor, modern replanted forests in Kalimantan and futuristic tales of compost digesters, followed by a session with a local artist who'll help us create our own images of a post-oil world using paints and fabrics. All ages welcome! 2:30-5pm Friends' Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge. Suggested contribution: 3 towards room hire, materials and tea. Wear clothes you can get messy in! For more information contact

  • Can you help with art materials for this session? If you have any of the following to give away, the organisers of this session would love to hear from you! Items that would be useful include:
    • tissue paper in various colours including white, drawing paper/card,
    • lightweight natural collage items e.g. shells/ leaves/ feathers/ cones/ driftwood etc,
    • other collage stuff e.g. wool/ ribbons/ buttons/ fabric scraps/ old greetings cards etc,
    • various picture-rich magazines/ newspapers for cutting out images,
    • pens/ paints/ crayons/ coloured pencils,
    • paintbrushes/ water-pots/ sticks for glue (as opposed to glue sticks), and
    • old newspapers to protect surfaces etc.

Please contact us at and we'll try to collect things together on Friday. Thanks!

  • An evening of The Work that Reconnects Tuesday 28 April

Are you concerned about the condition of our world? Would you like to strengthen your ability to respond? This workshop will introduce the Work that Reconnects, an approach developed by Joanna Macy It aims to deepen our feeling of connection with life and open up the spiritual and psychological resources needed to face and respond to global issues. Through experiential exercises we will explore how to use the energy of our emotional responses, reconnect with our passion to act for life and transform our concern for the world into creative engagement. Tuesday 28 April, 7.30-9:30pm at the Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane. Suggested contribution of 3-4 to cover cost of room hire. All welcome! (Offered by the Well-Being Group and lead by Anna McIvor and Debbie Warrener)

  • Help needed growing seedlings for environment stall!

Can you help grow some vegetable seedlings (peppers, courgettes, squash, outdoor cucumbers) in pots ready for the Transition Cambridge Food Group Stall at Environment Week on Saturday June 13? We can provide pots, compost and seeds. We just need your help to grow them - ideally on a window sill, in a greenhouse or cloche - ready for pick up around 7th June. If you can help in this way - or will have your own seedlings to donate - then please contact martin. Thank you!

  • Transition Cafe + Renewable Energy - Thursday 30th April

Come along and meet some other transitioners! There'll also be a chance to discuss renewable energy and think about forming a Renewable Energy Group - contact Jono for more information. From 8pm, 22a Jesus Lane.

Related Events

  • Recycling old tools for charity!

A charity called Tools For Self-Reliance re-furbishes your old tools that have been gathering dust (& rust) in the garage or shed and sends them to third world countries where they are used in building projects enabling otherwise un-employed people to earn a living or train to become craftsmen. The tools are sorted, restored and put together into requested useful toolkits for various activities before being shipped to where they are needed (see for more info). If you have some unwanted tools, take them either to Mackays in East Road (opposite Grafton Centre Car Park) or Ridgeons Building Supply Depot in Cromwell Rd (Tool-Hire counter). Or locally, a volunteer who lives in Willingham will be delighted to answer your queries and if necessary collect or receive items you want to donate. Phone David Byers 01954 203235.

  • Talk: The Last Oil Shock

Walden in Transition continues its current series of events on Thursday 23rd April with a talk by award-winning journalist and documentary film-maker David Strahan on the potentially catastrophic effects of the terminal decline in global oil production. The talk will be in the Council Chamber, Uttlesford District Council, London Road, Saffron Walden at 8.00pm. Entrance is free. David Strahan has many years experience of popularising some of the most difficult and important stories in business and science. For a decade he reported and produced major investigations for BBC television's The Money Programme and Horizon strands. He is now also the author of a provocative but authoritative book about 'peak oil', called The Last Oil Shock.

  • Courses, opportunities and house-doctor session with Cambridge Carbon Footprint

- Four new carbon conversations courses are starting soon, with a focus on how to lower our carbon footprints using their beautiful new "Carbon Conversations" handbook - course information can be found here: or contact karin for more information or to enrol. - If you'd like to know more about Cambridge Carbon Footprint and get involved, Cambridge Carbon Footprint will be having a New Members Meeting on April 20th, 7:30 pm at the CAR office, Unit 6, Gwydir Street Enterprise Centre. All welcome! - Create a low-carbon home! CCF are hosting a 'House Doctor Session' on Wednesday April 22nd, from 8 to 9:30pm at the Friends Meeting House on Jesus Lane with local housing experts. Please let karin know if you plan to come. More info here:

  • Green Economics Training

The Green Economics Institute is running a training course on an "Introduction to Green Economics: The clash between Ecology and Economy" on Saturday 16 May 2009, from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, at The Old Music Hall, Cowley Road, Oxford, UK. Cost: 99 per person including course notes and all refreshments. 15% reduction for members of the Green Economics Institute and concessions available. Please email for a booking form. For more information about this course and a conference on the same topic, see and follow links to Green Economics Training 16 May.

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