Hi Everyone

It’s time to check out our suggestions for low-carbon Christmas presents again! And there really are a lot of interesting talks to go to in the run-up to Cancun.


Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 02 November: Transition Resource Centre open
  • Wednesday 03 November: Food Group Meeting
  • Christmas gifts that don't cost the Earth!
  • February: Carbon Conversations group for Transition Cambridge

Dates for your diary

  • Wednesday 24 November: Film “No Impact Man” in Saffron Walden
  • Tuesday 30 November: Communities, councils and carbon – what we can do if governments won’t
  • Saturday 04 December: Transition Cambridge Stall at Mill Road Winter Fair
  • Sunday 23 January: Seedy Sunday in Trumpington

Related News and Events

  • Wednesday 03 November: Role of Climate Science in post-Copenhagen context
  • Saturday 06 November: The Big Climate Connection
  • Sunday 07 November: Cambridge Green Tech Open Day
  • Sunday 07 November: Wear it, Love it, Share it
  • Monday 08 November: Grow Your Own - Preparing for Spring
  • Wednesday 10 November: Visit to Guilden Gate Farm for organisations
  • Thursday 11 November: Climate Change Campaigning: WHAT NEXT?
  • Thursday 25 November; Anthony Giddens on “The Politics of Climate Change”
  • Saturday 27 November: Village Energy Show

Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 02 November: Transition Resource Centre open

10.30-12.30 in our office at the Emmanuel United Reformed Church (corner of Cherry Hinton Road and Hartington Grove – use Hartington Grove entrance). Phone 01223 246747 or drop in to borrow/buy books or have a chat. Open every Tuesday.

  • Wednesday 03 November 18:30: Food Group Meeting

Nigel's office: Renewables East, 1a Campbell Street (off Mill Road) CB1 3NE

The next Food Group meeting will be 6.30-8.30pm. It will be a Food Group strategy review.

  • Christmas gifts that don't cost the Earth!

If you're looking for some environmentally friendly Christmas presents, then look no further! Here are some gift ideas with transition in mind: minimal greenhouse gas emissions, made locally - ideally both - and some of them cost very little or even nothing at all. These are the suggestions we have had so far - do tell Martin your ideas!

  • February: Carbon Conversations group for Transition Cambridge

Starting starting on February 10th, Liz and Bev will be running a 6-session Carbon Conversations group specially for Transition Cambridge. The group will run fortnightly on Thursday evenings for two hours and will cost £15 per person (to cover the cost of the materials). It's a great course, which helps people to reduce their carbon footprint in all areas - home energy, food, transport and other consumption/waste. And it will be good to participate with a group of like-minded Transitioners. Bev says ‘When I participated in a group three years ago, I thought I already knew quite a lot about living sustainably, but I was amazed at how much more I found out - I was able to halve my carbon footprint.’ If you don't know about Carbon Conversations, it's a combination of clear, up-to-date practical info and a focus on making changes in a supportive, non-judgmental way (the groups feel very safe, so we can discuss things freely). If you are interested in taking part, contact Bev. Carbon Conversations groups are run by Cambridge Carbon Footprint (

Dates for your diary

  • Wednesday 24 November: Film “No Impact Man” in Saffron Walden

Walden in Transition will be screening the NO IMPACT MAN film starting at 8pm on Wednesday 24th November in the Parish Room which is next to St Mary’s Church just off the Market Square in the heart of Saffron Walden. Free entry but donations welcome. Tea, coffee and snacks will be available. This is a new documentary about a New York family who decide to reduce their impact on the environment as much as possible for 12 months - including switching off the electricity supply to their flat. Visit their website.

  • Tuesday 30 November: Communities, councils and carbon – what we can do if governments won’t

Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane

Alexis Rowell will speak on the topic of his new book, “Communities, council and carbon – what we can do if governments won’t”, which has recently been published as part of the Transition series of books. Here’s a little bit about Alexis: “In previous high-carbon lives Alexis Rowell was a BBC journalist and an international businessman. His environmental concerns led him into local politics in the London Borough of Camden, where he was Eco Champion from 2006 to 2010. He won a national Sustainability Councillor of the Year award in 2010. His new book is a blood, sweat and tears account of life as an elected eco warrior trying to encourage local government to work with communities to make the world a greener place. More details here.

  • Saturday 04 December 10:30: Transition Cambridge Stall at Mill Road Winter Fair

Mill Road, probably Donkey Green by the swimming pool (tbc)

We'll have 3 tables with information about Transition, Christmas biscuits, suggestions for low carbon Christmas presents and much more!

  • Sunday 23 January 13:30: Seedy Sunday

Trumpington Village Hall, CB2 9HZ

Trumpington Allotment Society's next Seedy Sunday event is on Sunday 23rd January 2011 at Trumpington Village Hall, Trumpington, Cambridge CB2 9HZ. 1:30-4pm. Bring and share part used seed packets and seed collected from your own harvest. Also there will be rare/delisted/unusual varieties available from the Heritage Seed Library, and commercial seed varieties. It's OK if you don't have any seed to donate - just bring yourself! There's always plenty to go round. This annual event is organised by the Trumpington Allotment Society with help from Transition Cambridge. Cost £1. Children free. More details about last year’s Seed Swap here.

Related News and Events

  • Wednesday 03 November: The role of Climate Science in a post-Copenhagen context. 4-5pm Mill Lane Lecture Rooms. Presented by David Wasdell. This is a public seminar offered by the Dep't of Land Economy. For the last five years, Avid Wasdell has directed the Apollo-Gaia Project, a world-wide action-research initiative focused on the feedback dynamics of the global climate system and the effective human response. No need to book, just turn up – admission free.
  • Saturday 06 November 13:00: The Big Climate Connection

Squire Law Library, 10 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DZ

The Stop Climate Chaos coalition’s next action is “the Big Climate Connection”, a mass lobby of MPs in their constituencies across the UK on 5/6 November. The aim is to bring together representatives of all the diverse groups that want action on climate change – from environment to development groups, from unions to local community and health groups – to show parliament that they want action. They will be lobbying Julian Huppert, Cambridge’s MP. They’re planning to start with a photo opportunity at an iconic Cambridge location (to be confirmed later this week) followed by the lobby itself (indoors), where groups will have an opportunity to put their points to Julian. A lot of people for the photo should get good coverage in the local media. They will be focusing their demands on

  • A green investment bank (to provide finance for green entrepreneurs and clean tech innovators, as well as major capital infrastructure projects)
  • Energy efficiency improvements in housing
  • A fair international deal
  • Sunday 07 November: Cambridge Green Tech Open Day

11am to 3pm Reworks, 9-11 Harvest Way, Cambridge, CB1 2RW

Cambridge Green Tech is looking for new members! Interested in renewable energy? Want to learn how to do it yourself? Or teach others how to do it? Come to Cambridge Green Tech's Open Day! Visit our website. Cambridge GreenTech is a volunteer DIY collective developing sustainable technology appropriate to Cambridge. Combining practical renewable energy generation with educational materials and workshops to show how everyone can create and enjoy a sustainable future.

  • Sunday 07 November 12:00: Wear it, Love it, Share it

Browns Field Community Centre, Green End Road (CB4 1RU)

This is not just a great opportunity to recycle your old clothes and acquire some new discards. There will also be workshops on how to alter or glam up your tired outfits with a little sewing, plus kids workshops making rag rugs, sock puppets and the like from scraps, and finally, a fashion show of clothes donated to charity shops. 4 hours of fun, 12-4pm.

  • Monday 08 November 7.30-9.30pm: Grow Your Own - Preparing for Spring

Venue: Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street, CB1 3UZ

A chance to meet fellow gardeners, share your gardening successes and failures, and pick up some seasonal tips and inspiration with local gardener and allotment holder Keith Jordan and former Trinity College Head Gardener George Thorpe. All levels of gardening experience are welcome! Special to this session: Time for planting garlic and sowing broad beans. Other preparations for the winter months and next spring. Pruning, planting and caring for fruit trees and bushes. Looking after stored produce.

Sessions are free of charge and open to all. No need to book. Donations are invited towards cost of room hire and refreshments. Organised by Cambridge Carbon Footprint.

  • Wednesday 10 November 10:30: Visit to Guilden Gate Farm for organisations

Guilden Gate Farm, in Bassingbourn

This event is organised by Cambridge Climate Change Charter and is for businesses and community groups that want to learn how to reduce their energy use.

Guilden Gate Farm won the Cambridge Climate Change Charter Award for Small Businesses this year. They run a carbon-neutral organic farm in Bassingbourn, and this is a great opportunity for organisations to learn about how they did it. If there is enough demand, the 4Cs will arrange transport to the farm. Sign up here.

Octagon Room, Wesley Church, Christ’s Pieces, CB1 1LG

Martin Harper, RSPB’s Head of Sustainable Development and Chair of the Stop Climate Chaos coalition will brief and update us on:

  • UN negotiations at Cancun
  • UK policy issues
  • The range of demands being made by different groups

Followed by discussion on how we can communicate, campaign and act on this.

All Welcome. Free of charge, but donations towards room cost gladly accepted.

More details from Cambridge Carbon Footprint.

  • Thursday 25 November; Anthony Giddens on “The Politics of Climate Change”

5.15pm in the Buckingham House Lecture Theatre, Murray Edwards College

Anthony Giddens is the most widely cited sociologist in the world. His many books include The Constitution of Society, Modernity and Self-Identity, Beyond Left and Right, The Third Way and Europe in the Global Age. His most recent major work is The Politics of Climate Change. To find out more, contact Sarah Greaves on 762789.

  • Saturday 27 November 13:00 : Village Energy Show

The performance hall at Comberton Leisure (the same site as Comberton Village College). This show has everything you need to learn about saving energy and saving money. Last year there were: tips on energy saving, home composting, insulation, recycling, car clubs, electricity monitoring, generating energy, local campaigning and lots more. This year is going to be even bigger and better. More details <a href="">here</a>.

No shortage of talks and events to go to. And don’t forget to contact us if you are interested in taking part in the special Transition Cambridge Carbon Conversations!

Have a good week!


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