If you've been following our activites from the computer screen, but not yet ventured out to meet Transitioners, this week makes it easy for you! Almost all the Transition sub-groups have gatherings this week, and if you can't decide which to attend, the cafe evening on Thursday will give you a good overview, film screening and a Q&A session with some of our members. You can see permaculture in action on Saturday with a site visit to the Stonebridge community allotments and farm, and tomorrow, (Tuesday) hear about the personal experiences of eco-home owners. Finally there's a fascinating lunchtime seminar on Friday from Anglia Ruskin's Global Sustainability Institute about whether climate change films and individual sustainable lifestyle changes are really helping the wider population transition to a safer more resilient future.
17:30-20:30, Upstairs at CB2 Bistro, Norfolk Street, Cambridge
Come along to the Fruit Harvest Project meeting. We aim to redistrubute unwanted fruit from gardens to people and organisations who need or can use it. If you can help with picking or delivering fruit, or you just want to find out how else you can get join in, please come along! More details here.
19:30-21:00, CB1 cafe, 32 Mill Road, CB1 2AD
If you're relatively new to the Transition movement and would like to find out more about what we do and why, we'll be showing the latest Transition film "In Transition 2.0" followed by questions and answers with some Cambridge transitioners. Free, all welcome!
10:00-13:00, Trumpington allotments
Join experienced allotmenteer Dave Fox on his plot in Trumpington. These sessions are for novices and people with any amount of practical growing experience - it's a mutual sharing, not a lesson! In the September session we will sow or transplant spring cabbage, sow over-wintering onion sets, weed in the forest garden, care for tomatoes, and hopefully snack on ripe pears and raspberries, at least. Join in here. More details here.
11 am Visit the Community Allotment followed at 12.30pm by a move to Stonebridge Farm, which is 1 mile from the allotment, where you can have lunch and there are several challenges based on Permaculture design. Challenges: Planting up a 40 x 40 ft plot; Water collection system; Sites for trees and hedgerows; Animal care; Human/volunteer involvement; Income generating activities; Local food production and marketing shop or box scheme; CSA? More details here.
20:00-21:30, Judith's house
We will decide on the next forum and discuss anything else that crops up. Contact Nicola for details of venue.
19:30-21:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane (Meeting Room upstairs)
At our AGM we'll start with presentations from each group about their activities over the past year (a great time to find out what everyone has been up to!), followed by the usual business items (election of officers, presenting accounts), then there'll be a chance to bring up any other business, and we'll finish by thinking about where we'd like to be heading this coming year. And this will all be followed by tea and cake, in good TC tradition! If you'd like to bring a cake, that will be very welcome. Nominations for officers should be sent to us by Friday 4th October; the positions are chairperson, secretary and treasurer and the current officers are willing to continue in these roles.
09:30-17:30, Trumpington Pavilion
Permaculture is the underpinning philosophy behind Transition Towns. Learn about the ethics and principles of Permaculture and how to use them in every part of your life with two inspirational teachers. Cost £75 (£65 low/ unwaged). Places are still available. To book, please fill in the booking form. For more information visit our Permaculture homepage.
The charity for homeless people, Cambridge Cyrenians, would like to receive donations of unwanted fruit, tomatoes or any other chutney ingredients so they can make chutneys over the next couple of weeks to sell on World Homeless Day (10.10.13) They are also looking for empty and clean jars with lids. If you have excess garden produce or spare saved jars, please contact Ruth Nichols
09:00-09:00, online and community venues
Would you like to have your voice heard in shaping the future of Cambridge? Maybe you feel passionately about what's happening where you live, new housing, low-carbon buildings, food-growing spaces, biodiversity, cycling? The City Council's draft Local Plan 2014 is now going through its final round of community consultation. There are exhibitions in community venues all around the city and in some of the nearby villages during the consultation period (find dates and venues via the link below) - and of course you can comment online too. Participate in this important consultation - it's your chance to give your views and shape the future! <a href="https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/draft-local-plan-2014">Full info here</a>.
19:30-21:30, Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA
Paul Hasley is Cambridge University’s Energy Manager, helping the university meet its target of reducing its energy use by 34% within 10 years. He will share what the University is doing, particularly focussing on what happens within the buildings. Surprisingly, although some of the historic buildings are hard to heat, energy use is much higher in some of the modern buildings because of the IT and labs. He will discuss how the university is tackling this, and share some of the challenges he faces. This should be a fascinating evening for anyone trying to reduce energy use within an organisation, or who is simply interested in what’s happening behind the scenes in Cambridge University to reduce its carbon footprint. There will be plenty of time for discussion with Paul and other participants. More details here.
20:00-22:00, Annexe, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane
'Econo…what?' is a project designed to help anyone understand the economy, the financial crisis and who is paying the price. In this introductory session at the Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, we will show two short film clips and discuss two chapters from Jim Stanford's book 'A Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism'. See link for full details and the articles to read (Session 1). If there is sufficient interest we will run the remaining sessions in the following weeks. Free but donations welcome to cover costs. Contact Ellie for more information or to book your place. More details here.
19:30-21:30, Friends Meeting House
Interested in eco-renovation or building a new eco-home? Not sure where to start? The problems aren’t just technical: first discover what you really want… Whether you are an expert or simply curious, come to this event where three homeowners will be sharing their stories of how and why they came to live the way they do now, what the process was like, and whether there is anything they would do differently. Come along and experience some of the different journeys that people are taking to create greener homes. Please book your place by calling 01223 301842 or email us More details here.
13:00-14:00, LAB 222, Anglia Ruskin University, East Rd campus
'Does talking about climate change promote lower-carbon living?' a talk by Dr Rachel Howell from Aberystwyth University. She'll review findings from two projects, one that examined the motivations and values of people who have adopted lower-carbon lifestyles and the other an analysis of how films about climate change engage viewers and motivate behavioural change. This talk should interest anyone making sustainable lifestyle changes and those who want to find out how best to talk about the subject to promote lifestyle change in others. All welcome, no need to book, contact Rosie Robison for enquiries or further information.
Reducing the carbon footprint of our general shopping gives us an excellent opportunity to reduce our carbon emissions at the same time as saving money. Following on from the success of our first year-long Living Well with Less Stuff challenge, Cambridge Carbon Footprint is offering the opportunity for you to get involved on a more flexible basis with several different levels of commitment. We will be offering an initial meeting, followed by four or five meetings throughout the year, including our popular “make and mend” sessions. Three of us who participated in the original challenge will be continuing and are happy to share our experiences with you. You can read more about it here. The challenge will start with an initial meeting on Wednesday October 2nd at 7.30pm. If you want to hear a bit more about it first, come to the Gadgets to Go event on September 20th. Contact Alana if you are interested and to get the address of the first meeting (Newnham).
10:00-17:00, Bishop's Stortford Essex
Join the gleaning revolution for an idyllic day on a farm near Bishops Stortford in the Essex countryside, saving tens of thousands strawberries, raspberries and sweetcorn from being wasted. All the food we collect will be going to charities dealing with food poverty via FareShare. Travel expenses are covered for those travelling from Cambridge, and nearby – just check with us first! Contact Jennie Debenham join the group.
Cambridge Carbon Footprint are offering two Carbon Conversations groups starting in October, one in north Cambridge with the first meeting on Oct 9th and one in south Cambridge with dates to be confirmed. People find these enjoyable and often life-changing - it is so much easier to switch to a low-carbon lifestyle in a supportive group! For more information see the CCF website.
Cambridge Carbon Footprint is delighted to announce that, following nearly two years of successful sustainable food challenges, we are teaming up with Dr Marie-Ann Ha, a nutritionist at Anglia Ruskin University, to look at the food we eat from an environmental, ethical and financial as well as nutritional perspective. Participants will compare their usual food choices with their meals during a two-week sustainable food challenge. There will be three or four meetings with the researchers over the month of the project and participants will need to keep food diaries for a total of eight days spread over the period. If you are interested in participating in this research, please contact Alana.
Sites around Cambridge and nearby villages are being planned for housing and commercial development. The Councils will be finalising their Local Plans by the end of the year. Only a small fraction of the Local Plan is based on Green Belt land and its use can be avoided. Sign the petition to protect the Greenbelt. More details here.
That's all for this week,