Newsletter20121119

Hi Everyone

With the weather getting colder maybe it's time to start thinking about a low-carbon Christmas! Do check out our Christmas gifts that don't cost the earth - and add to them if you can! And put the date of the Transition Christmas party in your diaries now: Thursday 13th December!

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 20 November: Food Group meeting
  • Thursday 29 November: Cafe evening - 'Seeds of Freedom' film + discussion
  • Saturday 01 December: Mill Road Winter Fair - visit the Transition stall
  • Thursday 13 December: Transition Cambridge Christmas Party
  • TC Food Group Joins Campaign for Food Sovereignty
  • Transition Cambridge Energy group in the news with Switch
  • Christmas gifts that don't cost the Earth
  • Energy group teams with Switch

Other News and Events

  • Monday 19 November: Talk: Sustainable Materials: with both eyes open
  • Tuesday 20 November: Starting a Community Garden
  • Tuesday 20 November: Talk by Paul Riley, director of the Score Project
  • Thursday 22 November: Growing Change: a film about Food Sovereignty
  • 24th November: Fairtrade Regional Forum for the East of England
  • Monday 26 November: Green Tide Turbines
  • Saturday 01 December: Visit to National Self Build & Renovation Centre
  • Saturday 01 December: Tree Dressing Day
  • Saturday 01 December: National climate change march against fracking
  • New project: "Means of Exchange"
  • Allotments available at Vinery Road - Burnside Road site
  • Changing the banking system

Transition News and Events

Tuesday 20 November: Food Group meeting

18:30-20:30, The Emperor pub, 21 Hills Road, CB2 1NW (upstairs room)

This is the Food Group's regular fortnightly meeting - we'll be finalising plans for the Mill Road Winter Fair and reviewing our projects.

Thursday 29 November: Cafe evening - 'Seeds of Freedom' film + discussion

19:30-21:00, CB1 cafe, Mill Road

The film highlights the story of seed - from its roots at the heart of traditional diversity-rich farming systems around the world, to the ways that seeds are being turned into a commodity and used to monopolise the global food system. The film is narrated by Jeremy Irons and features interviews with Vandana Shiva, Caroline Lucas and others. Following the film, there will be a discussion of the issues raised. More info on the film's website. More details here.

Saturday 01 December: Mill Road Winter Fair - visit the Transition stall

10:00-16:30, Donkey Green - at the end of Mill Road, near the swimming pool

Mill Road Winter Fair is Cambridge's most vibrant and wonderful community event, with an amazing variety of stalls, art, food and music the whole length of Mill Road - more info below. Transition Cambridge's stall at the fair this year will be in a gazebo, on Donkey Green (which is the open space on the corner of Mill Road and East Road, around the swimming pool). Come and visit the stall to meet some friendly Transitioners and find out more about our projects (food, energy and more). You can also sample bread baked by Cambake (Cambridge's community bakery project). More details here.

Thursday 13 December: Transition Cambridge Christmas Party

19:30-23:00,

More details to follow - please save the date! (and let us know if you'd like to help organise.)

TC Food Group Joins Campaign for Food Sovereignty

Transition Cambridge's Food Group signed up to join the campaign for Food Sovereignty recently,approving the 6 principles of the Nyeleni Declaration. These call for food as a right not a commodity, valuing food providers and localising food systems. It aims to put control of food locally, building knowledge and skills and working with Nature. For more info, check out our Food Sovereignty Principles page.

Transition Cambridge Energy group in the news with Switch

Transition Cambridge Energy group held a stall in the market place outside the Guildhall with Switch - the university team who have written a book called 'A Brief Guide to Saving the World' about climate change and how to use less energy. Here is a write-up in the Cambridge news

Christmas gifts that don't cost the Earth

A couple of years ago, Martin and the TC Food group put together this great list of Christmas gifts that don't cost the Earth. We hope you find it useful, and we'd love to update it, so please let us know if you have some more ideas for gifts with low/zero carbon footprints. Thanks!

Energy group teams with Switch

Switch is a group of 4 students with an unusual strategy to raise awareness of climate change issues. They have a booklet on the subject illustrated by children and an energy calculator which uses human effort instead of kWh. On Friday 2nd November the Transition Cambridge Energy group shared the stage with them at the Grafton Centre and the Mayor came to visit. She even tried out the exercise bike and pedalled long enough to make a couple of slices of toast!

Other News and Events

Monday 19 November: Talk: Sustainable Materials: with both eyes open

19:30, Bristol Myers-Squibb Lecture Theatre, Chemistry Dep't, Lensfield Road

Talk by Dr Julian Allwood, hosted by the Cambridge Philosophical Society. One third of the world's carbon emissions are emitted by industry. Most industrial emissions relate to producing materials, and steel and cement are by far the most important contributors. The industries that make materials are energy-intensive, so have always been motivated to be efficient, and have now reached a fantastic level of performance. However the world's demand for materials is growing, and likely to double by 2050. So, by default, industrial emissions will also double, unless we do something differently. This talk sets out an agenda for making a big difference to global emissions, by requiring less new material. Based on a 5 year project, with eight researchers and a consortium of 20 large industrial partners, we have gathered evidence on six 'material efficiency' options which allow us to provide the same final services (such as housing or transport) with significantly less material. The talk will present a series of case studies to demonstrate how these strategies can be applied in practice, and explore the actions by government, businesses and consumers that would bring them about.

Tuesday 20 November: Talk by Paul Riley, director of the Score Project

13:00-14:00, Lecture room 6, Cambridge University Engineering Department

Paul Riley will be talking about the Score Stove, an innovation which can save 10 million tonnes carbon per year and transform the lives of 3 billion people. Score holds the world record for electricity generation from a wood-burning thermo-accoustic stove.

Tuesday 20 November: Starting a Community Garden

20:00-21:30, Wesley Methodist Church, Victoria Ave, Cambridge

Want a community garden but not sure where to start? Let our panel of experts, including two from Transition Cambridge share what they've learned in starting their own community gardens and answer your questions. Hosted by Cambridge Carbon Footprint, please book ahead by emailing us or calling 01223 301842. More details here.

Thursday 22 November: Growing Change: a film about Food Sovereignty

19:00, Cherry Hinton

Want to see how to encourage local food producers and distributors? This film shows what is possible when communities not corporations take control of food. Farming in Venezuela got left behind when the country became a major oil exporter. But farmers are now solving Venezuela's food crisis and breaking its reliance on food imports. Communities are moving towards Food Sovereignty, a process with social justice and sustainability at its core. To book a place please ->https://www.transitioncambridge.org/mail-contact/sendmail.php?who=s.w45%5D%5D]] More details here.

24th November: Fairtrade Regional Forum for the East of England

09:00, Cambridge

Hosted by Anglia Ruskin University on Saturday 24th November 2012 this is one of 12 such Forums to support and develop local fair-trade campaigning, and to improve communication between local groups. The day will include: plenary speakers from the Fairtrade Foundation; a wide choice of taster-sessions and workshops by people involved in local fair-trade; time to network and enjoy sampling fair-trade products. More details will follow. Fairtrade products not only ensure better working conditions and pay for producers, but also promote environmental protection as part of farm management in order to increase long-term sustainability (more info here). More information and booking here, or contact Cambridge Fairtrade or follow the Cambridge Fairtrade blog.

Monday 26 November: Green Tide Turbines

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

Michael Evans will share the story of Green Tide Turbines and the challenges they’ve faced in developing ways to generate renewable power from rivers and estuaries. Michael is an experienced entrepreneur who’s clearly innovative about financing his ventures: Green Tide turbines started as a crowd funded charity! As usual in Green-enterprise events, the evening will be participative and will include plenty of time for discussion with the speaker and other participants. Cost £5. More details here.

Saturday 01 December: Visit to National Self Build & Renovation Centre

09:00-18:00, Staring out from Letchworth

Transition Letchworth are organising a coach to the National Self Build and Renovation Centre for Saturday 1st December. If you would like to join them, there is more information here or contact Roger Lovegrove.

Saturday 01 December: Tree Dressing Day

11:00-15:00, Wandlebury Park

Take a walk to collect natural materials and use them to make decorations to take home and to help the Rangers decorate a tree in the park as part of National Tree Week (National Tree Dressing Day) Cost: £6.00 per child (£5 for members). Contact Head Ranger 07833 598155 or email More details here.

Saturday 01 December: National climate change march against fracking

12 noon, Grosvenor Square, London (assembly point)

Organised by the Campaign Against Climate Change, this demonstration is against the use of destructive fracking techniques in mining. See here for more information.

New project: Means of Exchange

You may have heard of Ken Banks, an award-winning social entrepreneur who is best known for his work creating FrontlineSMS, a highly successful text messaging platform used for a wide variety of development applications throughout Africa and beyond. He is also behind the cash mob concept. He is currently working on a new idea, and to do so he needs to connect with the widest range of people possible at this point.The new project seeks to leverage everyday technologies to help people reconnect with local business, local resources, and each other. As the current economic crisis demonstrates, cycles of turbulence and disruption are now part of everyday life. Means of Exchange seeks to help buffer people from economic shock, and to help build resilience among communities. Find out more about the project here </a>, and read the full message from Martin at Future Business here, including details of how to register interest in getting involved.

Allotments available at Vinery Road - Burnside Road site

The Vinery Road Permanent Allotment Society has several half plots available on our Burnside Site. If you know of anyone who is interested in taking on an allotment please get them to contact us. Potential plot holders can find out more here. The available plots are generally over grown but now is an ideal time to get them dug over ready for the spring. Half plots are approximately 5.5 m wide by 18 – 20 m long.

Changing the banking system

If you feel as if you'd like to do something to make a difference and help to create change in our banking system you might be interested in "Move Your Money" campaign. The Ethical Consumer magazine has joined forces with other organisations such as UK uncut, The New Economics Foundation, Co-Operatives UK and others to support a new national campaign – "Move Your Money UK" aimed at drawing attention to ethical banking behaviour and calling on people to move their money to more ethical alternatives. The Ethical Consumers contribution is central to the project providing research to help everyone to understand which banks are the most sustainable so that they have an idea about where to move our money too. This special issue contains four buyers guides on: current accounts, mortgages, cash ISA's and saving accounts it also offers lots of information about the campaign, a raft of interesting contributions about banks and building associations, choosing a new direction for banking, Islamic banking, etc and their own analysis on these issues. If you'd like a copy of the magazine Ceri has 20 Free copies available. Please send a correctly stamped A4 addressed envelope to 124 Foster Road, Trumpington, CB2 9JP.

As usual, a wide range of events to suit everyone. We hope to see you at one of these - and keep the events and news coming!

Bev

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