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Transition Cambridge Hi everyone,

After a break in August, we'll be back in full swing in September! As you see there's still lots going on, such as the visit from the Otesha Project Bicycle Theatre tour tomorrow (Sunday). So read on for more info on this and lots of other exciting events...

Transition News and Events

  • New Transition Food Guide coming out in September
  • Audio interview on permaculture
  • "Get knitted" - new form of non-violent direct action!
  • Transition Cafe - can you help with co-ordinating?
  • Up-coming events in September

Related News and Events

  • Otesha Project Bicycle Theatre Tour here tomorrow (Sunday 23 August)
  • Transition now to a sustainable lifestyle... with a supportive community to help!
  • Medicinal food walks coming up in Cambridge
  • Strawbale house building courses in Lincolnshire
  • Green buildings in Norfolk - Open Days 10-13 September
  • Question time with local politicians about Copenhagen 27th November
  • Waste plastics - effects on the environment and human health
  • Plastic Bag Free Day 12th September
  • UK Food Sustainability
  • Some interesting web resources

Transition News and Events

  • New Transition Food Guide coming out in September

A new transition book entitled "Local Food: How to make it happen in your community" by Tamzin Pinkerton and Rob Hopkins is due out on 17 September (cost £12.95). More info here

  • Audio interview on permaculture

An audio interview including Hannah Thoroughgood, one of the founding members of our neighbouring Transition Bedford, about the basics of permaculture: (Interview is 10 minutes long.)

  • "Get knitted" - new form of non-violent direct action!

Lulu of the Transition Knitting Circle and Cambridge Friends of the Earth got news coverage for her action against Tesco's on Mill Road. She says: "We will be creating other knitted street art projects further afield in due course. So I invite you to join us for future ideas (even if you don't like the sentiment of this project)." You can look at some ideas and contact Lulu

  • Transition Cafe

The Transition Café will reopen on 3rd September, from 8pm (22a Jesus Lane). If you'd like to help co-ordinate it with Maggie, or just help run it occasionally, please get in touch with her. Thanks!

  • Up-coming events in September

Thurs 3 Sept - Café night
Thurs 10 Sept - Zero Carbon Caravan comes through Cambridge on its way to Copenhagen - evening event with several speakers
Thurs 17 Sept - Café
Thurs 24 Sept - Talk by Samina Khan "Finding your heart's purpose amid turbulent times" (7:30pm, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane)

See our web-site for more info: https://www.transitioncambridge.org/events

Related News and Events

  • Otesha Project Bicycle Theatre Tour here tomorrow (Sunday 23 August)

The Otesha Project (http://otesha.org.uk/) is the UK's finest sustainability awareness raising/ cross-country cycling/ community theatre troupe...and they are Coming to Cambridge this Sunday!

1.30pm Morning Choices Play - the Shop, 18 Jesus Lane The Otesha Morning Choices play explores the themes of fashion, food, media, trade, transport and money. The main character, Gilly, goes on an adventure through the back of her wardrobe, meeting everyone from Simon Cowell to Jamie Oliver and a very handsome credit card - making connections between global issues and her own lifestyle along the way. In each scene, the team presents loads of ideas for simple actions that we can take in our everyday lives to contribute to a better world.
2.30pm Bike Maintenance Workshop - the Shop, 18 Jesus Lane It's no secret that we feel strongly about people-powered transportation! Come and get a hands-on demonstration of basic bike mechanics, maintenance and road safety and do some guided bike maintenance of your own - learn how to clean your chain, check your brakes and fix a puncture. Bring your bike!
3.30pm DIY Ethical Fashion Workshop - the Shop, 18 Jesus Lane Ethical fashion doesn't have to involve ugly knitted jumpers! Learn how to turn tetra packs and other unlikely items into wallets and make connections between your own personal choices and their global impacts.

Bring an empty tetrapak carton!

Join them afterwards for an informal get-together at The Cafe Project, 22 Jesus lane (next door to the Shop) from 6pm

  • Transition now to a sustainable lifestyle... with a supportive community to help!

Cambridge Carbon Footprint are offering a series of Carbon Conversations Courses starting this September, and now is the time to enrol (courses are already filling up). Small groups will be meeting around Cambridge for six sessions: to laugh, to cry, to share, to learn, and to ultimately halve their carbon footprints. The courses were recently named in the Guardian's Manchester Report as one of the top twenty ideas for tackling climate change. Courses run Monday or Tuesday evenings fortnightly in various venues around Cambridge. See for yourself the difference you can make

  • Medicinal food walks

Vanessa and Jude have sent us the following information about some medicinal food guided walks they are leading:

"We invite you to come on a two hour guided walk in which you will learn to identify, harvest, & use our native medicinal plants, sample teas, tinctures and syrups from our dispensary, and get free recipe cards for homemade wines and syrups. The walks are led by professional herbalists Vanessa Neville & Jude Greenan. Bring clothes to match the weather, cost £6, and kids and dogs come free. Limited places so please book in advance : 0796 720 7326. Where & When: Wandlebury (meet in car park) (With kind permission of the Cambridge Preservation Society who care for Wandlebury) Saturday 5th September 10am-12pm Grantchester (meet at tea rooms) Tuesday 1st September 5pm-7pm River Cam (meet outside green dragon pub) Saturday 12 September 3pm-5pm"

  • Strawbale house building courses in Lincolnshire

Would you like to learn how to build straw bale houses while working on a pioneering straw bale building project in Lincolnshire? A not-for-profit company called Amazonails will be building semi-detached two storey loadbearing strawbale residential houses, as part of a social-housing project. They are running a series of courses for people who'd like to learn the skills required - for more details of the dates/courses and contact info, go to the Amazonails webpage. They say "This is a VERY exciting project and possibly the first of its kind in the UK! Amazonails and North Kesteven Council have teamed up to design and build a series of straw bale semi-detached houses in Lincolnshire. This is a pioneering social housing project which could lead the way for future social housing projects across the UK and beyond - come along and help us build this ground breaking project in the heart of Lincolnshire!"

  • Green buildings in Norfolk - Open Days in September

CPRE Norfolk's popular Green Buildings Open Days from 10-13 September will once again be taking place in September. Guided tours at eco-homes, earth buildings and low carbon developments in Norfolk have once again been arranged by CPRE Norfolk as part of the nationwide Heritage Open Days scheme. Tours will take place at 12 energy-efficient properties between Thursday 10th September and Sunday 13th September. More info here

  • Question time with local politicians about Copenhagen 27th November

Cambridge Carbon Footprint has persuaded these local politicians:

David Howarth Lib//Dem Cambridge MP
James Paice Conservative South East Cambs MP
Daniel Zeichner Labour Prospective Cambridge MP
Tony Juniper Green Prospective Cambridge MP
to form a Question Time panel about "Climate Change and Copenhagen" on the evening of Friday Nov 27th. This is advance notice for your diaries (more info nearer the time o the see Cambridge Carbon Footprint's web-site. It will be a great opportunity to:

- hold our politicians to account about climate change
- press the critical importance of the UN Copenhagen negotiations, 7-18th Dec
- publicise the Dec 5th national demonstration on this: http://www.stopclimatechaos.org/march-in-december

  • Waste plastics - effects on the environment and human health

If you'd like to know more about the sustainability of our current usage and disposal of plastics, a recent issue of the scientific journal "Philosophical Transactions B" has several articles on the topic. For more information and to read the abstracts of the articles, see here. (Full print versions are available in several of the university libraries.)

  • Plastic Bag Free Day 12th September

The 12th of September is International Plastic Bag Free Day. This is organised by the Marine Conservation Society, and lots of local groups are participating throughout the UK, US, New Zealand, Australia and Canada, including several Transition Towns. To see who's participating in the UK and for more info, have a look here

  • UK Food Sustainability

There have been lots of interesting articles on the sustainability of Britain's food supply - if you've missed them, have a look here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8189549.stm

  • Some interesting web resources:
    • For a daily round-up of environmental news stories (powered by Reuters), see http://planetark.org/enviro-news/ - you can opt to receive daily e-mails or just view on-line.
    • Here's an interesting and innovative way to cut carbon emissions by buying up pollution permits from companies: http://sandbag.org.uk/ Their Frequently Asked Questions page gives really good explanations of what it's all about
    • and if you need cheering up, have a look at these SurvivaBalls, designed to save people from climate change. To see them in action, and for more info on what the Yes Men are up to, here's the trailer for their new film out soon called "The Yes Men Fix the World" (it's a true story about two political activists who, posing as top executives of giant corporations, lie their way into big business conferences and pull off the world's most outrageous pranks).

Hope you're having a great summer!

Anna

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