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There's lots going on as usual - we hope you can make it along to some of these events and meetings!
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It’s official - Transition Cambridge now has a new ‘hub’ as the central co-ordinating group! The previous steering group have become the new awareness-raising group, and a new admin group is forming. So from now on, central decisions and coordination will take place at monthly hub meetings, on the 3rd Monday of each month, and these hub meetings will be made up of 2 representatives from each sub-group (e.g. food, energy, Cherry Hinton). Meetings will be facilitated by a process group, who'll organise the meetings, compile an agenda, and take minutes (if you’d like to be part of the process group, let us know by replying to this e-mail). The first meeting of the hub will be next Monday 15th Feb, from 6:30 to 8pm, in CB2 Café’s basement, Norfolk Street. If you're not representing a sub-group, you're still welcome to come along as a silent observer. And if you'd like to see the notes on the discussions that lead up to this new hub structure, they're all on the web-site here.
Transition Cambridge are starting a new project that will connect people to their food and the land on which it is sustainably grown. The project will follow the Community Supported Agriculture model that has been successfully used in the UK, Japan and the USA. The initial meeting will be on Wednesday 17th Feb from 7:30 to 9:30pm at a central Cambridge venue - details to be confirmed. The primary role of this group is to develop the ideas from paper to reality and establish the trading enterprise (likely to be structured as a Social Enterprise) that will become the CSA. Currently we have a number of people who have expressed an interest in serving on the CSA and we welcome additional participants. For more information, contact the food group.
On Thursday we held an initial meeting of the Transport Group, starting with a short video and followed by a discussion about a range of transport issues and ideas, including car clubs, lift-sharing, school transport, education and new service provision. If you’re interested in these or have any other ideas please contact James or keep an eye on the bulletin for our next meeting.
Tonight: energy group meeting, 8-10pm at Patrick's house near the Beehive Centre, contact Nicola for directions
Tomorrow (Weds): food group meeting, 8-10pm (note later time), the Geldart pub on Ainsworth Street
Friday 12th Feb: Tales and Visions group meeting, to discuss future events. 10:30am, Bev's house near the station, contact Anna for directions.
Monday 15th Feb: 1st meeting of the new Hub group, 6:30-8pm, basement of CB2 cafe on Norfolk Street (see above)
Wednesday 17th Feb: 1st meeting of Cambridge Community Supported Agriculture Project, details to be confirmed (check web-site)
Thursday 18th Feb: awareness-raising group meeting 6-7:30pm, the Café Project, 22 Jesus Lane
Thursday 18th Feb: Transition Cafe night in the Cafe Project, 7:30 to 10ish, 22 Jesus Lane
Everyone is welcome to attend all these meetings - for full details see our web-site.
* Transition books now available from Heffers bookshop
Heffers have let us know that they now stock a selection of Green Books, including the Transition Handbook, Local Food and Transition Timeline in their sustainability section in the basement – all highly recommended!
Dr. Alan Kendall, a senior lecturer in UEA's renowned environmental sciences department, will speak on the controversial subject of peak oil. His thesis is that global warming is very much less a threat than oil supply failing to meet demand, and that this will happen sooner rather than later. The talk will be in the Queen’s Building Lecture Theatre, Emmanuel College, on Tuesday 9th February, 7-9pm, and is part of the Cambridge University Student Union’s green week (8th-12th Feb). More info below and here.
There will be a facilitation workshop on Tuesday 9th February. The workshop will be a skill-share / participation based workshop about facilitating consensus, discussing different tools and going through the basics, as well as troubleshooting some difficult scenarios. The new Transition Hub will use consensus decision making, and this workshop will be a great introduction to how that works. The workshop will start at 6:30pm, wrapping up by 8pm, in Room 4, The Humanitarian Centre - part of the Cambridge Uni cricket ground & sports centre, map here (go in the main door, and ask at reception for the Hum centre, or just turn left after reception and the meeting room, room 4, is on your left down the corridor). Please feel free to bring food to share for a picnic dinner at 8pm.
Come and find out from your local Cambridge Parliamentary candidates on Wednesday 10th February 6.30pm at B Bar, 6 Market Passage, top floor. The event is hosted by The Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership. This is your chance to hear direct from them what their vision for the future of Cambridge holds. Confirmed candidates are Julian Huppert - Liberal Democrats, Tony Juniper - Green Party, Nick Hillman - Conservatives (invited - TBC), and Daniel Zeichner – Labour. Please join us for an interesting evening of debate and discussion! To register your interest in attending, please email irma
What "green" can do for you and why it's not enough to switch of your lights now and then... A week of films, discussions, speakers and other events to bust the myths! From the screening of Age of Stupid or a speaker from the Optimum Population Trust to a collective pancake session, the events in this week will highlight the diversity of impacts we have on the environment... and how to positively focus on addressing them! Have a look at the official website: http://www.camgreenweek.com. Organised by CUSU Ethical Affairs.
The new Oscar-nominated food documentary ‘Food. Inc.’ will be showing at the Cambridge Vue Cinema on 15 Feb at 6:30pm. ‘Food, Inc.’ lifts the lid on the food industry, exposing how our food supply is controlled by a handful of multinational corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health and the environment. We have bigger breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won't go bad - but we also have new strains of E. coli that cause illness, widespread obesity particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults. Featuring interviews with experts such as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield's Gary Hirshberg, ‘Food, Inc.’ reveals surprising and often shocking truths about what we eat, how it’s produced and where we are going from here.
Professor John Shepherd from the National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton, will give a talk entitled ‘Geoengineering the Climate: Science, Governance & Uncertainty: the Royal Society Study '. The lecture will take place at Buckingham House Lecture Theatre, Murray Edwards College (formally called New Hall) on 18 Feb, starting at 5:15pm. This talk is part of the Environment on the Edge lecture series. Please register by sending an e-mail if you would like to come.
Tony Juniper is a campaigner, writer, sustainability adviser and one of the UK's best known environmentalists. For the last 25 years he has worked for change toward a more sustainable society at local, national and international levels. He is the former Director of Friends of the Earth and is currently green party parliamentary candidate for Cambridge. He will give a talk about the environment and how local communities can be more sustainable at Great Shelford Memorial Hall on Friday 26 March at 7:30pm. After the talk there will be an opportunity for a glass of wine and other light refreshments and a chat with group members. For more information, contact Andrew Unsworth e-mail or see http://www.sustainable-shelford.org.uk
A group of Histon & Impington residents are setting up a Car Club in their village, to provide per-hour access to cars conveniently parked in the village. This will give access to anyone who doesn’t have a car, and allow those who don’t use their cars every day to save expensive servicing, insurance and fuel costs by using a club car. We estimate that someone running a car 4,000 miles a year could save £800 through the car club, and there are a lot of environmental benefits; it has been shown that people who don’t have a car sitting on their driveway are more likely to choose the best mode of transport for them for each journey – and in many cases around here that’s public transport, walking or cycling. We will have a variety of cars, including small & economical ones, and a larger MPV for trips to the tip or ferrying groups of kids around. This will be a real community-led adventure, with jobs rotating amongst the membership. We already have the first car arranged, and will be starting the club on an informal basis almost straight away, and this will become more professional quite quickly. If you live in Histon & Impington, please fill out our survey to register your interest, and please get in touch with Chris Brown if you have any ideas or think you can help get things started.
After the success of last year's programme Graham and Nicky Elliott are re-running their grow-your-own, store-your-own courses again in Barsham, Norfolk (between Beccles and Bungay). This year they've added some extra dates that focus on hedge laying and fruit tree management. The courses are all held at Graham and Nicky's fantastic and inspiring organic small holding. More info here: http://www.bikeways.org.uk
Jeff Rubin, the former Chief Economist of CIBC World Markets and the author of ‘Why your world is about to get a whole lot smaller’ built his reputation as one of Canada's top economists based on a number of successful predictions including the housing bust of the early 90s and the rise of oil prices. In his recent book, Mr. Rubin predicts $225 per barrel oil by 2012 and with it the end of globalization, a movement towards local sourcing and a need for massive scaling up of energy efficiency.
There is a video of him here at The Business of Climate Change Conference 2009.
Chris Keene, of the Zero Carbon Caravan, has sent the following message: Unfortunately, Copenhagen didn't get the climate deal we needed. There is therefore another opportunity to publicise the issues and get through to the politicians before the next climate summit in Mexico at the end of this year. We could hold a zero carbon world concert to demand a zero carbon world. Please get in touch if you have any ideas on how to do this, or contacts with musicians, organisers, or renewable electricity energy providers, by emailing Chris.
So that's all for this week -thanks for sending in all this information!