Newsletter20120109

Hi Everyone,

I hope you've got your calendars - paper, electronic or otherwise - ready. There is so much going on in the next few weeks you'll need to get organised!

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 10 January: Energy Group Meeting
  • Thursday 12 January: Transition cafe: "Argentina: hope in hard times" - DVD and discussion.
  • Sunday 15 January: Grow Your Own Session in Trumpington
  • January to March: Carbon Conversations course
  • Tuesday 07 February: The Economics of Happiness (film) + talk by Sir Partha Dasgupta
  • Wednesday 15 February: Advice on Wood Stoves

Other News and Events

  • Wednesday 11 January: HICCA Film Club - The Story of Stuff
  • Friday 20 January: Mad Hatter's Tree Party
  • any time on Saturday 28 or Sunday 29 January: Big Garden Birdwatch
  • Monday 30 January: An Evening with Danny Chivers
  • Wednesday 01 February: Sustainable Materials with both eyes open
  • Wednesday 08 February: The power of markets to protect nature
  • Wednesday 08 February: Winter Cookery Demo
  • Wednesday 15 February: Making Progress Toward Sustainable Societies in the Context of Global Climate Change
  • Wednesday 29 February: Sustainable Capitalism: if not now, when?
  • Wednesday 07 March: Making peace with the Earth
  • Wednesday 14 March: The next 40 years

Transition News and Events

Tuesday 10 January: Energy Group Meeting

20:00-21:30, Judith's house on Leys Road

We will be making plans for the SPEP energy day on 14th, and for our forum on Wood Burning Stoves on 15th Feb, and for the Open Eco-homes launch event, plus catching up on other news. Contact Nicola for details of venue.

Thursday 12 January: Transition cafe: "Argentina: hope in hard times" - DVD and discussion.

19:00-21:30, CB1 Cafe, Mill Road, Cambridge

Come and watch the inspirational film: "Argentina: hope in hard times". Many countries will see their economic environment worsen in 2012 and this will mean significant social dislocation but there will also be opportunities to redesign societies, economies and politics. Parallels can be drawn with the 2001 Argentinean crisis: in the face of one of the largest government debt defaults in history and with soaring poverty rates, the film highlights how community spirit and solidarity helped rebuild society from the bottom up. Q&A to follow. All welcome. Free. The cafe opens at 7pm, film to start at 7.30pm.

Sunday 15 January: Grow Your Own Session in Trumpington

10:00-13:00, Trumpington allotments

Join experienced allotmenteer Dave Fox on his plot in Trumpington. Get stuck in as we plant, nurture and harvest veg and fruit. 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! If you'd like to join in, see our web-page here, and book soon as spaces are limited.

January to March: Carbon Conversations course

19:30, Contact Bev for more info

Thursday evenings between January and March (fortnightly, starting January 19th) Following the very popular Transition Carbon Conversations group last January, Liz and Bev will be running another group for Transition in Cambridge (near the station). As many of you know, Carbon Conversations is a wonderful course about low-carbon living, and this is a great opportunity to share more about sustainable living with like-minded people. (Jade Cawthray, who participated in the January group, says 'This course is sensational, it is the best educational experience I have ever encountered.') If you want to find out more about Carbon Conversations, visit the website. If you are interested in joining this group, email Bev. Organised by Cambridge Carbon Footprint. We look forward to hearing from you!

Tuesday 07 February: The Economics of Happiness (film) + talk by Sir Partha Dasgupta

18:45-20:45, Cambridge Arts Picturehouse (St Andrews Street)

Transition Cambridge and Cambridge Carbon Footprint invite you to a showing of "The Economics of Happiness" at the Arts Picturehouse. The film will be followed by a talk and Q&A session with renowned economist Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta. “The Economics of Happiness” questions whether our current economic model is damaging our well-being. It explores the many negative consequences of economic globalisation – climate change, fundamentalism, economic insecurity and species extinction as well as the personal costs such as stress and depression. It then suggests a solution to these problems – economic localisation. Rob Hopkins (co-founder of the Transition Network) writes: "This passionate film presents a clear and articulate vision of what a shift in the scale at which we do things would look like... Very timely and powerful." The film will be followed by a question and answer session with Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta, who is the Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics and has written several books including "Human Well-being and the Natural Environment". Tickets will be available through the Arts Picturehouse box office. You can view the film trailer and learn more about the movie here.

Wednesday 15 February: Advice on Wood Stoves

19:30-21:30, Emmanuel United Reform Church, Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge

The next Transition Cambridge Energy Group forum will be on wood stoves - how to be warm, cosy and economical from local resources. We will let you have more details when we have them. Here is a fact sheet we have prepared on wood-burning stoves. More details here.

Calendar of events

 

Related News and Events

Wednesday 11 January: HICCA Film Club - The Story of Stuff

20:00-22:00, The Stable Rooms, St Andrew's Church, Histon

The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. It exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues. We welcome you to come and watch with us and then join in a discussion afterwards (with tea and cakes). Free Admission, donations welcomed. More details here.

Friday 20 January: Mad Hatter's Tree Party

19:00, The Missing Sock

Benefit gig for trees for a forest garden at The Missing Sock. Featuring the ones ...and onlies; Jonny Marvel, Shaky Naval Bones, Spaghetti Faction, Tiger Blue, Carol Wood, Andy Bucklaw + more acts to be confirmed. As well as; Toby Isley + other's paintings. We will be watching forest garden films, discussing garden plans and distributing literature on forest garden plants in the Wisdom room. Wholesome food will be cooking on the fire and teas and coffees will also be on sale. The Missing Sock bar will also be open. There will be a suggested donation of £3, all of which will be put towards the cost of the trees for the forest garden at the Missing Sock. A minibus will be available to bring people from Cambridge town. Please call Rosie on 07979757843 to book a place. More details here.

any time on Saturday 28 or Sunday 29 January: Big Garden Birdwatch

09:00-09:00, your garden

Watch birds for an hour in your garden (or nearby park or other suitable venue), record the results, and report your findings to RSPB via their website. Big Garden Birdwatch has been going for over 30 years, and is really useful in monitoring which bird species are thriving or declining. More details here.

Monday 30 January: An Evening with Danny Chivers

19:30-21:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane

Cambridge Carbon Footprint is teaming up with the Cambridge World Development Movement to host an Evening with Danny Chivers. He will be presenting ‘Some good news about climate change,’ a fun interactive session for up to 40 people, looking at the latest climate science and politics but with a focus on the positive. It is still possible to achieve climate justice, and this session will help you to work out what role you can play in making it happen! Booking essential – email to book or call 01223 659962. Admission free but donations always welcome. More details here.

Wednesday 01 February: Sustainable Materials with both eyes open

18:00-19:30, Engineering Department, Trumpington Street

The world target is to reduce industry’s carbon emissions by 50% by 2050. However, projections are that world demand for materials will DOUBLE by 2050, so to meet our emissions target, we have to achieve a 4-fold reduction in emissions per unit of material used. Dr Julian Allwood will present a practical, evidence based vision for change based on scientific detail. His lecture will not be about climate change—but about using materials wisely, and getting more for less. Part of the 10th Annual Lecture Series in Sustainable Development. More details here.

Wednesday 08 February: The power of markets to protect nature

18:00-19:30, Engineering Department, Trumpington Street

Ian Cheshire is Group Chief Executive of Kingfisher Group. He is lead non-executive member on the Department for Work and Pensions Board. He is also a member of the Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change and a Member of the Employers’ Forum on Disability President’s Group. Part of the 10th Annual Sustainable Development Lecture Series. More details here.

Wednesday 08 February: Winter Cookery Demo

19:30-21:30, Cambridge Cookery School at Unit 9D, The Imre Building, The Michael Young Centre, Purbeck Road

Tine Roche, founder of the Cambridge Cookery School, will give a demonstration of how to cook gourmet food with local, seasonal ingredients in the middle of winter. Don't eat too much beforehand so that you have room to sample the results. The recipes will be mostly vegetarian. There are only 30 places so booking is essential. Entrance is free but donations towards costs (about £5/head) would be gratefully received. More details here.

Wednesday 15 February: Making Progress Toward Sustainable Societies in the Context of Global Climate Change

18:00-19:30, Engineering Department, Trumpington Street

A talk by Don Huisingh, regarded by many people as the father of the Cleaner Production concept. He is dedicated to interdisciplinary education and integrated approaches to defining and solving society’s problems. He has addressed topics ranging from toxic substances and hazardous waste in industry and the home to the philosophical, ethical, and political implications of improper land-use management, human population growth and control, and energy use. Part of the 10th Annual Sustainable Development Lecture Series. More details here.

Wednesday 29 February: Sustainable Capitalism: if not now, when?

18:00-19:30, Engineering Department, Trumpington Street

This talk will be given by Jonathon Porritt, well-known as a writer, commentator and campaigner in the field of sustainable development. In 1996 he helped set up Forum for the Future, and he was Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission between 2000 and 2009. He is author of “Capitalism as if the World Matters” and "Living Within Our Means". Part of the 10th Annual Sustainable Development Lecture series. More details here.

Wednesday 07 March: Making peace with the Earth

18:00-19:30, Engineering Department, Trumpington Street

A talk by Vandana Shiva, whose work highlights the fundamental connection between human rights and the protection of the environment. Dr. Shiva offers solutions to some of the most critical problems posed by the effects of globalisation and climate change on the poorest and most populous nations. She is a philosopher, environmental activist, and eco feminist. Part of the 10th Annual Sustainable Development Lecture series. More details here.

Wednesday 14 March: The next 40 years

18:00-19:30, Engineering Department, Trumpington Street

A talk given by Professor Jorgen Randers, currently Professor of Climate Strategy at the BI Norwegian Business School, where his work is concentrated on climate issues, scenario planning and system dynamics. He also serves on the sustainability boards of several companies. He has authored and co-authored several books and articles, notably the controversial The Limits to Growth (1972) with updates in 1992 and 2004. Part of the 10th Annual Sustainable Development Lecture Series. More details here.

Hope to see you all out there!

Cheers

Rob

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