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Cambridge Car Free Day Petition

Cambridge can be a beautiful place to live in and enjoy. But the menace of air pollution is unseen. Studies show that almost 40,000 people die prematurely a year from air pollution in this country. Cambridge Commons has started a petition for a Car Free Day on Saturday 22 September 2018. It will be a day of community celebrations and street parties, when people gather outdoors and breathe fresh air. it could be a catalyst for a better urban future for all. Please sign and share the petition! More...
From: Transition Cambridge 19 Jun 2018

I dig trees celebrate 500,000 trees planted - can we do more?

The Conservation Volunteers are delighted to announce since 2015 the I Dig Tree programme has successfully planted a whopping half a million trees. This is such great news especially at the beginning of National Tree Planting week.

I Dig Trees is designed to make a real difference where you live. Reducing CO2, improving green spaces and encouraging wildlife to set up home. Every year, we join thousands of volunteers and community groups, to get our hands dirty and breathe fresh, new life into your cities, parks and schools.

We've still got plenty of free trees packs remaining and anyone can register their community group to receive one of the 2,700 free community tree planting packs (each containing 50 trees), through the My Community Digs Trees initiative on the TCV website. Alternatively, you can volunteer to take part in a local tree planting activity. All trees planted are native species and all will be planted in the UK, directly impacting our local communities. More...
From: The Conservation Volunteers 28 Nov 2017

Community Centres Draft Strategy - public consultation

Cambridge City Council has now completed a draft Community Centres Strategy, which proposes "a positive and ambitious vision for improved Council-owned community centres, based on evidence of need, across the city." Local residents and stakeholders (including Transition groups who use community centres for meetings and activities) have been invited to comment on draft proposals for the 8 community centres owned or managed by the City Council. Here is a link to the consultation, which runs until midday on 5 May 2017. Postal and phone responses are also possible, see the contact section in the link for details.
06 Mar 2017

Try out some new Energy saving online tools

Cambridge City is a pilot in the development of a new set of online tools to help residents and public authorities in Cambridge save energy across the city. The online tools include an Awareness tool: enabling residents to upload their energy bill information and analyse their use over time, as well as hints and tips to save energy; a Best Practices tool, which will recommend more specific actions such as improvements in insulation based on your property; and a Renewable Energy simulation tool to calculate the cost of investment and return on investment. Sign up and have a go! More...
From: Cambridgeshire County Council 29 Nov 2016

Experiments in Democracy -

The second event in our Experiments in Democracy series was a discussion around various topics, including: standing as an independent councillor; the role of the media in effecting or preventing change; governance for sustainability and climate change; transport and buses; being a change agent; decentralising power to local communities; how to build engagement and "voice" to be heard; and shared values in a diverse society (no notes for this topic). The notes generated during these discussions are shown here. Thanks to everyone who contributed these ideas! This event was co-organised by Michelle Golder and Peter Daldorph from Pivotal - Cambridge Festival of Change; Chris Forman from 38 Degrees; Keith Garrett from the Reboot Democracy party; and Anna McIvor from Transition Cambridge. More...
16 Aug 2016

Exciting news from Positive Investment Cambridge

On Tuesday 2 February, around 300 Cambridge and Oxford academics released statements in favour of positive investment. The letters praised the University of Cambridge for its move to undertake a large≠ scale investigation of ethical investment strategies for its endowment, and expressed support for evidence-≠based adoption of positive investment strategies for institutional investors such as the two universities. This made the front page of The Independent: "Unprecedented alliance of leading intellectuals calls on universities to use their wealth to support green energy instead" (article here). And the news made various other national papers too. Full info and updates here.
02 Feb 2016

Circular Cambridge

Last Monday saw the launch of a new Cambridge initiative from Cambridge Carbon Footprint, called "Circular Cambridge". How can we encourage Cambridge to adopt a circular economy, i.e. how can we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, and then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of their useful life? (There's a nice definition and schematic on the WRAP website.) Circular Cambridge is a season of events that celebrates progressive ways to design, manufacture, access and reuse the things that we want and need in our lives. Their new website,, explains all, and they welcome everyone's involvement...
01 Feb 2016

Cambridge Zoology Museum temporary art exhibition

Helpers are wanted for an exciting temporary exhibition in April/March in Cambridge city centre. This is a good opportunity for people interested in the intersection of fine art, science and environmental issues. Internationally renowned artists, Ackroyd & Harvey, are acclaimed for their unusual fusion of sculpture, photography, architecture, ecology and biology. In 2013, Ackroyd & Harvey were awarded a major public art commission by the University of Cambridge to celebrate the work undertaken in the new David Attenborough Building on the New Museumís Site and its development as a new Ďconservation campusí. This exhibition will premier new artwork and ideas relating to conservation of biodiversity, museum collection and human ecologies, building links between biology, conservation and human needs. We are looking for keen individuals who are interested in supporting us achieve this ambitious exhibition. Qualities sought: A reliable team player with a friendly confident manner for this public facing opportunity who enjoys engaging with a diverse range of visitors. To register your interest, please reply via email to the exhibition space managers: Seana Wilson or Bridget Cusack.
From: Seana Wilson 05 Jan 2016

Buzz Tour film now available on-line (includes TC and CropShare!)

Itís out! You can now watch the Buzz Tour documentary on-line, which traces the journey of the Buzz Tour as Eve and her companions walk 1,300 miles around England to interview local communities about their work to protect the environment. Their journey took them through Totnes, Bristol, Cambridge, Norwich, Manchester, York and Berwick-upon-Tweed. The documentary is 1 hour long and is an inspiring insight into a whole range of different projects - highly recommended!
27 Oct 2015

Nine short films exploring successful permaculture projects

Permaculture Magazine has teamed up with Permaculture People to produce nine short films exploring successful permaculture projects across a range of topics, such as large-scale, regenerative agriculture, forest gardening, urban permaculture and natural building. Watch the films here. Topics include forest gardening, natural building, binding soil with regenerative agriculture, urban permaculture, no-dig gardening, animal-free farming, off-grid living, transformation through learning, and 21st century foraging.
25 Sep 2015

Streetlife - a great sharing web-site

Streetlife is a local social network that makes it easy to connect and share with people in your neighbourhood. There are quite a few people in Cambridge and a lot of traffic on the website, including advice on just about everything, the opportunity to lend and borrow, local groups, and more - definitely worth a look!
20 Jul 2015

Low-carbon holidays...

If you're planning your holidays, here's a quick reminder about the wonderful "The Man in Seat61" website that has helpful advice about how to get just about anywhere without flying. And if you like being in the great outdoors, WWOOFing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) is a great way to learn about food growing by helping out on a farm in exchange for food and accommodation (UK website here).
26 Jun 2018

Job Opportunity with The Real Farming Trust

The Real Farming Trust are seeking a "Just Growth" Programme Manager to work part-time (3 days a week) fromJune 2015 to December 2016 (this is a paid position). "We are seeking a skilled and experienced Programme Manager who will enjoy the challenges and opportunities of setting up and running a pilot project, Just Growth, and is committed to supporting the development of new and innovative approaches to community finance for ďreal farmingĒ. The project is part of Funding Enlightened Agriculture (FEA) which was launched in 2012 at the Oxford Real Farming Conference (also a project of The Real Farming Trust)." Full information is available on the Real Farming web-site here. Closing date for applications: May 4 2015. (Editor's note: we know that these job adverts are popular and can result in a lot of people applying - so if you are hiring, or see a "Transition-y" job advertised somewhere, please send it our way and we'll advertise it.)
14 Apr 2015

The Fruit Factory - Brighton Permaculture Trust - Crowdfunding Appeal

There are only 2 days left to help Brighton Permaculture Trust scale up the scrump and build THE FRUIT FACTORY in Stanmer Park. They're so close to their £12K target and every donation can make a big difference. Read more and donate here. Brighton Permaculture Trustís Fruit Factory is all about local food. Across Sussex huge amounts of fruit is left unharvested and goes to waste. Turning unwanted fruit into jams, chutneys and juices, The Fruit Factory will create delicious produce. The Fruit Factory will also educate and share with all what seasonal and environmentally sound food looks (and tastes!) like. Help them scale up the scrump! Thank you.
30 Mar 2015

East of England Gleaning Coordinator needed

The Gleaning Network UK is looking for an East of England Gelaning Coordinator - full info here. There is more information on the Gleaning Network here and you can also read about this opportunity on facebook. The role is voluntary and part-time but with expenses paid. The deadline is 2nd February.
21 Jan 2015

Daily Bread Co-operative has a vacancy for a full-time prospective working member

Daily Bread Co-operative, packer & seller of ethically-sourced wholefoods, has a vacancy for a full-time prospective working member. This is an opportunity to learn about and be involved in running a successful independent Christian Worker's Co-operative. Please ring 01223 423177 or e-mail us to ask for an application pack. Closing date 6th February. More...
13 Jan 2015

BikeBus Explorer

For days out exploring the countryside on foot or bike, let the BikeBus Explorer help you on your way! See the website for guide maps, fares and more information about how to use the BikeBus Explorer. More...
09 Jan 2015

Online community resource for South Cambridge residents

A local Transition volunteer has compiled a new community website for the South area of Cambridge. This includes Trumpington (which extends far enough North to include the Centre for St Paulís!), Queen Edithís and Cherry Hinton. The aim is to inform residents about places to meet, groups, events in the area and also public consultations. The purpose is to avoid politics and support community projects. The website administrator is delighted to receive updates & events via website. No charge and no adverts. More...
07 Jan 2015

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