Newsletter20120116

Hi Everyone

Keen gardeners can go to the annual Trumpington seed swap on Sunday - an added bonus this year is a talk about the Millenium Seed Bank Partnership. If you wanted to take part in the Transition Carbon Conversations, email Bev to find out if there are cancellations or join another group (email Mary).

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 17 January: Food Group meeting
  • Thursday 19 January: start of Transition Carbon Conversations course
  • Sunday 29 January: Seedy Sunday (seed swap)
  • Sunday 29 January: The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership – a global network for plant conservation
  • Tuesday 07 February: The Economics of Happiness (film) + talk by Sir Partha Dasgupta
  • Towards an EDAP for Transition Cambridge

Other News and Events

  • Thursday 19 January: Generation from wind and waves: power for the future or misguided fad?
  • Friday 20 January: Mad Hatter's Tree Party
  • Monday 23 January: Pilgrim Beart: Founder of AlertMe
  • Thursday 26 January: 2030 vision for the Cambridge sub-region: Agriculture and green spaces
  • Friday 27 January: 'Life in Ruins' - lecture by Robert Macfarlane
  • any time on Saturday 28 or Sunday 29 January: Big Garden Birdwatch
  • Saturday 28 January: Swishing Party
  • Saturday 04 February: The Incredible Veggie Roadshow
  • Saturday 18 February: Alternatives to Economic Growth

Transition News and Events

Tuesday 17 January: Food Group meeting

18:30-20:30, The Emperor pub, 21 Hills Road, CB2 1NW

This is the food group's regular fortnightly meeting. We'll review current projects, and bring forward new initiatives.

January to March: Carbon Conversations course

19:30, Contact Bev for more info

The Transition Carbon Conversations starting on Thursday is now full. If you want to join the waiting list or find out more about other Carbon Conversations groups starting soon, contact Mary at Cambridge Carbon Footprint (phone 659962 or email from the website

Sunday 29 January: Seedy Sunday (seed swap)

13:30-16:00, Trumpington Village Hall

Come and swap unwanted seeds and get whatever seeds you need for 2012! There'll also be talks on GrowZones (a fun way of getting lots of people together to give your garden a makeover) and on how to set up a seed circle (another way of seed sharing), a demonstration of how to chit seeds to see if the seeds you have taken are viable, seeds for donation from the Heritage Seed Library, tea and cakes from Trumpington W.I., and Heritage Seeds for sale from Thomas Etty Heritage Seed Merchant. Transition Cambridge will have a stall there (let us know if you'd like to take a turn on the stall). This is always a great event, so come along and bring your friends! £1.50 entry. If you have seeds you have saved or packets you are unable to use up please bring them, but don't worry if you don't have any seeds to swap as there are usually plenty to go round. Full info here. Organised by Trumpington Allotments Society with help from Transition Cambridge. Poster here if you know of somewhere to put one up - thanks!

Sunday 29 January: The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership – a global network for plant conservation

14:00-15:00, Trumpington Village Hall, High Street, Trumpington, Cambridge, Cambs CB2 9HZ

This talk (at Cambridge Seedy Sunday) will be given by John Dickie BA PhD Head of Botanical Information Seed Conservation Department, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Brought to you by Trumpington Allotment Society with Transition Cambridge. Entry fee (to Seedy Sunday event) £1.50 -- children free More details here.

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.

Towards an EDAP for Transition Cambridge

Transition Cambridge is nearly 4 years old and has accomplished so much already. To keep us moving forward and working effectively, it would be beneficial to develop a long-term vision and strategy for our role in building local resiliency and sustainability in Cambridge. I am therefore looking for other members of Transition Cambridge who would be interested in leading this initative. Generally it would involve organising backcasting sessions, gathering visions and ideas for a future Cambridge into a document, and working with TC groups and projects to develop their strategies for contributing to and achieving this vision. What would eventually result would be an Energy Descent Action Plan for Transition Cambridge, hopefully to be approved by the next AGM this September. If this sounds like something you would passionate about and able to commit to for the next 8 months or so, please get in touch with me so we can get started.

Calendar of events

Wednesday 15 February: Advice on Wood Stoves

Related News and Events

Thursday 19 January: Generation from wind and waves: power for the future or misguided fad?

18.30, Lecture Room 0, University Engineering Department, Trumpington Street

The presentation will look broadly at the generation of power from wind and waves, drawing on the presenter’s own experiences. The talk will cover the strengths and weaknesses of these technologies, and offer a view of their prospects. Richard is an electrical engineer with an interest in renewable energy generation and energy efficiency of electrical appliances. Current research focuses on low maintenance generators for wind turbines; linear generators for wave power and energy efficient power conversion for power supplies and electric appliances such as compact fluorescent light. This talk is part of the IET Cambridge Network Lectures series.

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.

Monday 23 January: Pilgrim Beart: Founder of AlertMe

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

Pilgrim Beart is the founder of AlertMe, a smart platform for home energy monitoring and he will share with us the story behind this company, the challenges they’ve faced and his vision for the future. The sector will be of increasing importance as the need to monitor and control our energy becomes more urgent. Entrance is £5. More details here.

Thursday 26 January: 2030 vision for the Cambridge sub-region: Agriculture and green spaces

18:30, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge CB3 0WA

2030 Vision is an ambitious two-year project to look at what we want Cambridge and its surrounding area to be like in 2030 and to ask what we need to put in place now to achieve that. The aim is to develop a vision that local authorities and others can take into account in their statutory processes. What is the value of green spaces? How do providing green spaces and growing enough of our own food go together? Come and give your views, with the help of introductory talks by Catherine Cairns (Cambridgeshire Green Infrastructure Forum Chair) and Elizabeth Ranelagh (Farm Conservation Advisor – Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group). More info here and here is some background to this project. Please email to confirm that you are able to come or call Nigel Bell on 01223 243830 x 205. Soft drinks and nibbles will be provided. A limited amount of parking is available on site; please let us know if you need a space or have any other special requirements. Organised by Cambridge Past Present and Future.

Friday 27 January: 'Life in Ruins' - lecture by Robert Macfarlane

17:30-18:30, Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Avenue

Robert Macfarlane is a local author on nature, as well as being an academic. He is the author of 'The Wild Places' (Granta: 2007) which starts in the beech wood near Fulbourn. This lecture is part of the Darwin College Lecture series. 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.

Saturday 28 January: Swishing Party

14:30-16:00, Jane's House (near Train Station/Hills Road)

Love fab new clothes but not the price tag to your wallet or the planet? Swishing parties are the answer! If you’ve never been to one before here’s how it works: Attendees bring nice, clean, presentable clothes that are lurking unloved in our wardrobe, and other women fall in love with them and give them a good home. We’ve all bought things in the past that we’ve never worn or have outgrown one way or another, and now’s the time to swap them for something that you’ll love to wear! Event free and open to all, but numbers are limited so booking is essential! To book pleasecontact the Cambridge Carbon Footprint office. The full address of the event venue will be given upon booking. More details here.

Saturday 04 February: The Incredible Veggie Roadshow

10:30-16:00, The Guildhall, Market Square, Cambridge, CB2 3QJ

This event includes lots of talks and cookery demos, including: 11am-11.30am: Five Easy Steps to Going Veggie, with Kat Affleck; 11.45am-12.15: Everything You Wanted to Know About Tofu but Were Afraid to Ask!, Jane Easton; 12.30pm-1.20pm: Saving the World With Your Knife and Fork, Tony Wardle; 1.30-2.10: Mood Food, Helen Rossiter; 2.20pm-3pm: Why You Don't Need Dairy, Tony Wardle; 3.10pm-3.50pm: 'Cheese-free' and Delicious, Jane Easton. Full info here. Entry to show, talks and cookery demos is free (there is space for 45 people at each talk/demo). Organised by Viva!.

Saturday 18 February: Alternatives to Economic Growth

10:00, St Paul's Centre Hills Road

Chaired by Tony Juniper and featuring, in the morning session, prominent speakers Molly Scott-Cato, Rupert Read, Miriam Kennett and a voice from the New Economics Foundation. How can we escape the dependency of a system based on continuous economic growth? What alternatives are there? The afternoon session will turn to grass roots initiatives (contributions invited) and an inspirational Open Space workshop to stimulate thought and action. More details here.

Have a good week and keep those items coming!

Bev

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