It’s been a busy year, but as ever we’re looking forwards to 2010... In January we’ll be launching our new story writing competition, inviting stories set in 2050 in a flourishing low carbon Cambridge. Then in February we’re running our first permaculture course, to be followed by more workshops throughout 2010. We hope that the local currency discussion in January will be the start of creating a local currency for Cambridge, and there’s also talk of setting up a new Transition Transport group (contact James if you’re interested). So we’re looking forward to seeing what 2010 will bring, and we hope that you’d like to get involved with some of these projects, or perhaps start one of your own!
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Would you like to live more sustainably, reconnect with nature and meet like-minded people? Then permaculture is for you! Permaculture is an approach to designing human settlements and perennial agricultural systems that mimics the relationships found in the natural world; it is also one of the principles underlying the Transition movement. We are offering our first permaculture course in Cambridge on 13-14 February 2010, and we hope you can come! It will be an introductory weekend course – more details here, with information about how to book. Cost £60 (£45 low waged).
In January we hope to launch a new story writing competition. We’re asking people to write short stories set in Cambridge in 2050, based on the premise that we will have found ways to live well using fewer fossil fuels, and that we will have successfully adapted to the changing climate. We hope that the competition will engage people with the issues of climate change and peak oil in a fun positive way, and that their future visions can guide future Transition activities.
At this point, we’re looking for your help: can you take a look at the draft competition info https://www.transitioncambridge.org/storycompetition, and let us know your comments? Can you think who we could approach for prizes/other sponsorship or could you offer a prize? Could you help us take the competition into local schools? Would you like to act as a judge for some of the stories? Or perhaps you’d like to enter a story yourself? (illustrated stories also welcome!) Please e-mail Nicola or Anna if you can help!
Trumpington Allotment Society's Seedy Sunday event is on Sunday 17th January from 1:30 – 4pm at Trumpington Village Hall, Trumpington, Cambridge CB2 9HZ. It's OK if you don't have any seed to donate - just bring yourself! There's always plenty to go round. Entry fee: Adults £1, children free. Everyone welcome! More info and directions here.
Thurs 7th Jan: Transition Café night 7:45pm 22 Jesus Lane
Wed 13th Jan: Food Group Meeting 7.30pm Geldart Pub
Sun 17th Jan: Seedy Sunday in Trumpington - more info above.
Tues 19th Jan: Community meal and "Age of Stupid" showing
Tues 19th Jan: Energy Group Meeting (details to be confirmed)
Thurs 21st Jan: "A local currency for Cambridge" talk and discussion
Fri 29th Jan: 1st Transition Cherry Hinton event: Cuban night
The Transition Network has created the first in an occasional series of ‘How to’ guides: “THE LEWES POUND A Transition Network ‘How To’ Guide”. There’s a meeting for everyone interested in setting up a local currency in Cambridge on 21st January (8pm, Transition Café at the Café Project, 22 Jesus Lane – short talk by Justin Morgan followed by discussion).
More and more Transition initiatives are making films about what they are up to. Here is a collection of Transiton related films on YouTube: http://transitionnetworknews.wordpress.com/2009/12/10/ti-on-film/. Have you got an idea for a Transition Cambridge short film? If so, we can put you in touch with local film-makers who have cameras and expertise!
This talk, entitled “Transition to a World Without Oil” is an excellent introduction to Transition. It’s 16 minutes long, and the transcript is also available. A short quote from it: "When we look at the span of history, at what we might call the petroleum interval, it is a short period of history, where we've discovered this extraordinary material and then based a whole way of life around it. .. we move from a time where our economic success, our sense of individual prowess and well-being is directly linked to how much of this we consume to a time when our degree of oil dependency is our degree of vulnerability."
Here’s a relatively new web-site where you can give away or take up things: http://www.fridgemountain.com. “Fridge Mountain is a free UK-wide service for giving and receiving unwanted stuff. Find free stuff near you and give away anything you no longer have a use for -- old furniture,electronics, white goods, books, the lot!” You can search for items by location, e.g. your part of town or your postcode. Freecycle is another great way of exchanging items, and yet another variation on the recycling theme is the idea of setting up a shelf outside your house with a sign saying something like “Put and Take” - people put things they don’t want, and take things they need – this idea was talked about at a recent film showing – thank you to the person who suggested it! I’ve found this a very effective way of giving away excess veg in the summer!
The Great Turning Times is an occasional e-newsletter with lots of Transition-related info – the latest issue is here. It’s compiled by Chris Johnstone, and brings together ecology, psychology, spirituality and global issues, listing events, news and resources to support the shift towards a life sustaining society. He writes: “Our starting point is a recognition that our world is in danger. We face a number of serious threats that include climate change, depletion of resources, rising toxin levels, destruction of ecosystems and a growing gulf between the materially rich and poor parts of our world. … Many great tales of adventure begin with the appearance of an overwhelming threat. But what makes these stories compelling is the way the central characters rise to the challenge and respond. The same can be true with our lives too. If we succeed in making the changes required in our times, future generations may look back on the early twenty-first century and talk of it as the time of The Great Turning.”
Professor David MacKay is local to Cambridge, and is the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department of Energy and Climate. This talk, from 18:00-19:30 in the Cambridge University Engineering Department (room LR0), is part of the Sustainable Development Annual Lecture Series. David Mackay is the author of “Sustainable Energy – without the hot air”, and he will discuss ways in which we can replace fossil fuels, ensure energy security and tackle climate change by 2050.
So that’s the last transition bulletin for this year. We hope you have a great Christmas, and wish you all the best in the New Year!
Anna and the Transition team