Dear all,

I do hope you are enjoying the Environment Festival events! I certainly am, and there is a whole week more of them! Do have a look at the short-listed stories for our Storywriting competition. Also the new Zero Carbon Britain 2030 has just been published by the Centre for Alternative Technology, and is definitely worth a look.


Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 22nd June: Film: ‘In Transition’ - find out what Transition is all about
  • Wednesday 23rd June: Transition story competition prize-giving ceremony
  • Thursday 24th June: Transition café night
  • Tuesday 29th June: Energy group meeting
  • Upcoming meetings and events
  • Transition Cambridge Resource Centre

Related News and Events from other groups in and around Cambridge

  • Monday June 21st: Live the future today – Meet Cambridge Carbon Footprint
  • Wednesday June 23rd: 7.30 pm Wicken Fen and the Wicken Fen Vision (CCF)
  • Saturday 26th June: Cambridge Open Eco-Houses (CCF)
  • Other Environment Festival events
  • 13th and 18th July: medicinal plant/hedgerow plant walks
  • New report: Zero Carbon Britain 2030

Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 22nd June: Film: ‘In Transition’

7.30-9.30pm, URC Church Hall, Cherry Hinton Road (on the corner with Hartington Grove)

All welcome (suitable for children too), free, by donation.

This film is a great introduction to what the Transition movement is all about. It features towns all over the world that are transitioning to more sustainable ways of living. It is a very inspiring film about the many practical ways that we as communities can bring about positive change in our towns and cities, to end our dependence on fossil fuels and reduce the negative effects of climate change. Followed by a short discussion about what we can do in Cambridge.

  • Wednesday 23rd June: Transition story competition prize-giving ceremony

7:30pm, Michaelhouse Cafe, Trinity Street, Cambridge

Come along to find out who's won! Many of the short-listed stories are now on-line here. There are all types of stories, and they're a great read! They're all set in 2050 in a prosperous low-carbon Cambridge, but their visions of what this might be like differ wildly...

  • Thursday 24th June: Transition café night

All welcome! From 7.30pm in the Cafe Project, 22 Jesus Lane.

  • Tuesday 29th June: Energy group meeting

8pm – venue to be confirmed. Contact Nicola for details.

Upcoming meetings and events

  • Tuesday 6th July: Renewable Energy at Home – find out about solar electricity (photovoltaics), solar hot water and ground source heat pumps.  8-9:45pm, Michaelhouse Café on Trinity Street.
  • 9-11th July: Wind-turbine making course – learn to make a wind-turbine from scratch! 3 day workshop, £150 if you book before 25 June, £180 after.
  • Weds 14th July: Knitting Circle with Lulu - learn to make your own clothes as part of the Great Reskilling!

Transition Cambridge Resource Centre

Do call our new Resource Centre in the United Reformed Church on Cherry Hinton Road (corner with Hartington Grove, map here). We welcome callers, either by phone on 246747 or in person, between 10.30am and 12.30pm every Tuesday. We can provide information about Transition and other events and local resources and also books on sustainability to borrow. (If you have any books to donate to our small library, then let us know.)

Related News and Events in and around Cambridge

  • Monday June 21st. Live the future today – Meet Cambridge Carbon Footprint...

...and discover how we can prepare for a low-carbon future together. Find out how our award winning projects can help you: Carbon Conversation groups, Low-Carbon Network, Climate-Friendly Homes, Akashi, Eco-renovation club, Grow-Your-Own Group and more…Delicious low carbon snacks and drinks will be served. Meet our members, staff and volunteers and find out how to get involved.

Venue: The Barn, St Barnabas Church, Mill Rd/St Barnabas Rd, CB1 2BD.

Organised by Cambridge Carbon Footprint. Admission free, donations welcome. For more information, please see, or phone 01223 971353.

  • Wednesday June 23rd 7.30 pm Wicken Fen and the Wicken Fen Vision

Talk and slide show by Chris Soans of the National Trust. Wicken Fen NNR is one of Europe\'s most important wetland sites for biodiversity. Chris Soans will explain the Wicken Vision; a hundred year project to safeguard the existing biodiversity of the site, help the reserve adapt to climate change and develop as an example of best practice landscape scale sustainable conservation management. He will also discuss how the Vision could become a "Green Lung" for Cambridge, providing sustainable leisure and health opportunities.

Venue: Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane. Organised by Cambridge Carbon Footprint. Admission free, donations welcome. For more information or to book e-mail CCC or phone 01223 971353.

  • Saturday 26th June: Cambridge Open Eco-Houses

Booking essential, places limited and filling up fast! Call our booking line number: 07837 183271 or ring the office 01223 971353.

Cambridge householders open their doors to show great examples of how you can renovate your home to make it truly climate-friendly. Super-insulation, photo-voltaic panels, solar-thermal, triple-glazing, off-grid heating, sedum roofs and more will all be on display. Organised by Cambridge Carbon Footprint. For details please see

  • Other Environment Festival events!

Here are the rest of the events making up the Environment Festival, organised by the Sustainability Team of Cambridge City Council and many local environmental groups in Cambridge. Full details about all the events are available here, and much more beautifully presented!

Mon 21st: Summer Solstice Stroll, Romsey Recreation Ground

Mon 21st: Environment Pub Quiz, Cambridge Blue, Gwydir Street

Mon 21st: Live the future today, St Barnabas Church, Mill Road

Tues 22nd: Gardening and Green Spaces Walk, Mill Road

Weds 23rd: Rags to Riches Fashion Show, Manor Community School, Arbury Rd

Thurs 24th: Film: “Bee” is for Biodiversity, Cambridge Arts Picturehouse

Thurs 24th: West Cambridge Wildlife Walk with the Wildlife Trust, Trinity Lane

Fri 25th & Sat 26th: Abbey Black Bin Challenge, Barnwell Rd Library

Sat 26th: Marvellous Minibeasts, East Pit Local Nature Reserve

Sat 26th & Sun 27th: Wildlife Trust Garden Watch

  • 13th and 18th July: Medicinal plant/hedgerow plant walks

Cambridge herbalists lead walks to increase the knowledge in indigenous/local plants. They have 2 medicinal plant/hedgerow herb walks coming up in July. Cost £6, children and dogs free. They’ll go ahead rain or shine! Tuesday 13th July 6.30-8.30pm at Paradise Nature Reserve in Newnham (meet at the entrance to the car park) and Sunday 18th July 8.30-10.30am at Milton country park (meet outside café). For more info please email them

  • New report: Zero Carbon Britain 2030

Zero Carbon Britain 2030, the Centre for Alternative Technology’s visionary report, grounded in the latest climate science and devised from extensive research by leading experts in climate change, has just come out. ZCB2030 explores just what it is Britain must do to meet the scale and speed of the challenges defined by the most recent climate science. I’ve looked at some of the executive summary and it looks really interesting – it is recommending we aim for zero carbon emissions by 2030, starting a major power down as soon as possible. You can download it from

Have a good week and keep on sending in the ideas!

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