Find out about community food enterprises tonight at the Green Enterprise Forum and come to the cafe on Thursday to see the inspiring film about urban solutions in Brazil: A Convenient Truth. And take a look at the skills you can learn with the Greeniversity!
19:30-21:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, CB5 8BA
The Food Group invites you to the Green Enterprise Community evening on Monday, talking about Community Food Enterprises. Come and hear the inside story of Cropshare, Cambake and Sustainable Souk; there will also be good opportunities for discussion, and contribution of ideas which could help to shape and develop these enterprises. It's at the Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane CB5 8BA, from 7.30 till 9.30, and there's a charge of £5 to cover venue hire.
18:30-20:00, CB2 restaurant (upstairs room), Norfolk Street, CB1 2LD
All welcome at the Food Group's regular meeting. We'll be making plans for the Nuffield Road seed and seedling swap and talking about our projects. Note that we're meeting at CB2 restaurant - upstairs room, go towards the back of the building.
19:30-21:00, CB1 cafe, Mill Road
Once again, it's film night at the Transition Cafe. We'll be showing 'A Convenient Truth - Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil'. This informative, inspirational documentary is aimed at sharing ideas to provoke environment-friendly and cost-effective changes in cities worldwide. It focuses on innovations in transportation, recycling, social benefits including affordable housing, seasonal parks, and the processes that transformed Curitiba into one of the most livable cities in the world. The film includes exclusive interviews from Curitiba’s world renowned mayors Jaime Lerner and Cassio Tanigushi, as well as other brilliant minds who made Curitiba a world class model. All welcome - donations requested to cover the cost of the screening licence. More details here.
19:30-21:30, St. Lukes Church Centre, Victoria Road, CB4 3DZ
Does your home have solid wall? If so now is a good time to be thinking about insulating them because there is financial help available for all through the Green Deal and the ECO grant scheme. Come to our forum and find out all about it. We will have industry experts on external and internal insulation for you to quiz, plus some of our friends who have done it to tell you about the experience. More details here.
Skill-shares coming up in the next few weeks include: a beginners sewing project (5th May) and housing a swarm of bees (11 May), cycle maintenance (11 May) and screen printing (27 July) (last two not yet on the Greeniversity web-site). All classes are open to everyone and are free/low cost. If you'd like to attend any of these classes, sign up here. And get in touch if you'd like to teach or request a class, or help us organise more classes!
It's that time of year when we're being invited to lots of summer fairs, so if you'd like to help us do these stalls and events, please let us know (or just reply to this e-mail). It's a fun thing to do, you get to meet lots of people, and we can give you some ideas on what to talk about (usually our leaflets provide plenty of talking points). And if you could help designing or making leaflets/posters, that would also be great! We are also planning a summer Transition festival so ideas and help will be welcome for that too!
This Tuesday (23 April) at the Cafe Project there'll be several skillshares - vegan baking, massage, and knitting - and of course you can also just sit back and enjoy your tea and cake! The cafe will be open in the Friends Meeting House on Jesus Lane (also next Tuesday). The cafe is free (drinks and cake by donation) and everyone is very welcome.
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Does anyone know of someone who is longing to grow fruit and veg in Shelford but hasn't got the space? Someone in Shelford has a huge and lovely vegetable garden but has trouble keeping up and would welcome help. Contact
From Audrey: "I have an allotment on Romsey allotment society's site just off Coldhams Lane which I've worked very hard on (this will be my 3rd summer) and have had some success with. But unfortunately I have a chronic back condition which is unlikely to get better. So I am looking for some help digging over some of my plot. It only requires a day of getting the ground ready for planting, so if you might be able to offer assistance I would be very grateful." If you can help, please contact Audrey.
18:00-19:30, The Polar Museum, Lensfield Rd, Cambridge
The Polar Museum have decided to celebrate Earth Day this year by hosting a free screening of the new film 'Thin Ice: The Inside Story of Climate Science'. This event coincides with the global launch of this film with screenings around the world. It is a free event, but places will be limited, so please follow this link to book. Feel free to spread the word to anyone who you think may be interested. Thin Ice is a joint initiative between Oxford University, United Kingdom, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (VUW), and London-based DOX Productions. Both Universities have active programmes with world-wide networks of collaborators in climate change and related research. The aim from the outset was to give people from all walks of life the chance to see the astonishing range of human activity as well as scientific endeavour that is required to help us understand our changing climate. Their idea was then we would all be better able to decide both individually and collectively how we might deal with it. More details here.
19:30-19:30, Sawston Village College
Food is responsible for 30% of UK greenhouse gas emissions. This course will explore how to feed ourselves well without it costing the earth; we will discuss fish fights and fair trade, reducing food waste and lowering our carbon footprint through our shopping baskets. We will share ideas, recipes and taste some samples. Participants will become aware of some of the principles, data and arguments around sustainable food; they will learn how to reduce their carbon footprint through food choices.This course runs for 1.5 hours a week for 5 weeks at a cost of £35. More details here.
19:30-21:30, CCF Office, Milton Road, CB41UY
Would you like to join our outreach team and co-facilitate workshops or give presentations to different organisations on climate change and low carbon living on behalf of Cambridge Carbon Footprint? We are now accepting new outreach team members and offering a training course for people interested in running workshops and giving presentations, as part of CCF’s essential outreach. Our outreach team ran 14 workshops for other organisations during 2012, from schools and colleges to businesses and the British Antarctic Survey. Click on this link for more information and to sign up!
19:45, Townley Hall, Fulbourn Centre, Home End, Fulbourn CB21 5BS
After a drink and nibbles a 7.45pm, a brief AGM will precede the film, introduced at 8.30pm by Fulbourn's own veteran glaciologist, Dr Charles Swinthinbank MBE, who says: ‘This spectacular film taught me more about fast-flowing glaciers than I learned in a lifetime of studying ice.’ In his Extreme Ice Survey, acclaimed photographer James Balog overcomes huge technical difficulties in the use of time-lapse photography to record the world's changing glaciers – ancient mountains of ice in motion – as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Winner of the Sundance Festival Excellence in Cinematography Award Documentary 2012. Entry free, donation appreciated. For further info call 01223 881103 or email firstname.lastname@example.org More details here.
10:00-14:30, Nuffield Road Allotments, Chesterton, CB4
Come along and swap seeds and seedlings with other fruit and veg growers. Transition Cambridge Food Group will have a stall, so you can meet some friends too. If you can donate seeds or seedlings, or help out on the stall, please contact us You can find the location on this map. Please note change of date due to late arrival of spring!
19:30-21:30, St. Andrew's Hall, St. Andrews Road, Chesterton
Join us for a unique auction experience, with over 25 experiences, services and goods to be won through silent and live auctions. Each lot has been donated by a local business or individual so all the money raised will go straight to helping Cambridge Carbon Footprint continue our important work to help people reduce their carbon footprints and enjoy low-carbon living. Lots include getaways in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, behind-the-scenes experiences at the Parker Library at Corpus Christi College and the Polar Museum, lessons in topics such as beaded jewellery making, music and bicycle maintenance, plus one-time services such as styling consultation, mending, cooking, and so much more! Mark 27th April in your diary now and pass along the invitation! More details here.
18:30-21:00, Parkside Community College (CB11EH)
Following from our highly popular Burgers Delight and Super Salads workshops earlier this year, CCF is pleased to offer a workshop on Vegan Baking this May. Our expert vegans, Oscar Gillespie and Tehnuka Ilanko will show you common substitutions and give you the chance to try out a couple recipes on the evening. Materials will be included, but to cover the costs of these materials, we suggest a donation of £3-5, which can be paid in person on the night. To register, please email email@example.com. More details here.
09:00-18:30, Lord Ashcroft Building, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT
On May 15th 2013 the Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) will host its 1st Annual Research Conference on the theme of “Big Challenges, Creative Solutions”. The innovative conference structure will provide a platform for open discussion and genuine collaboration between actors across academia, politics, business, finance, science, economics, health, education, art, the creative industries, and beyond. Our aim will be to develop creative cross-sector solutions to delivering a sustainable future. For further information on the forthcoming conference contact Julie-Anne Hogbin here, or call 0845 196 3176. You can register here or find out more here. If you find the registration fee is a barrier to attending, please let them know and they will do their best to see you are not excluded. More details here.
This will be a weekend of stories in beautiful ancient woodlands near Cambridge, also with hot tubs, saunas, dancing, and delicious food. There will be opportunities to tell stories as well as listen, and space to chill out and explore the woodland. The first Hare Moon festival will be a wonderful journey! Storytellers will include Hugh Lupton, Dave Tong, Marion Leeper and Liam Carroll. Full details and booking here.
The Low Impact Living Initiative promotes sustainable living. They are committed to the principles of permaculture and are here to educate and help people and groups achieve this through information on our website, running permaculture courses across the country, and producing a series of DIY guidebooks which can be found on on their website and on many on-line retailers. They hope that you can find some useful information on their website and can find and book a course with them. (LILI is based near Milton Keynes.)
I hope you enjoy the sunshine this week! - maybe see you at some of these events!