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Sunday 17th November: Empty Common Community Garden

Empty Common Community Garden 10:30-12:30 add to google calendar
There is generally a group of us in the garden on Sunday mornings from 10.30 am to 12.30 or later, and people are also coming and going during the week - you don't even have to garden just come and enjoy the space! More...
Source: Transition Cambridge - ECCG

Tuesday 19th November: 'Waterlight' film showing + a River Cam arts & conservation social

David Attenborough Building, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QY 18:00-20:30 add to google calendar
'Waterlight' is a project inspired by the river Mel, a chalk stream tributary of the Cam. Moving downstream, the film follows the story of the Mel and human impacts on it over time. It began as a collaboration between poet and writer Clare Crossman and Cambridge filmmaker James Murray-White, and grew to include local expert Bruce Huett and filmmaker Nigel Kinnings. The poet, film makers and musicians who worked on this project will speak briefly and perform their work, inspired by the Mel which flows through Melbourn and Meldreth villages. This will be followed by a panel discussion with practical ecologists and conservationists, who will answer your questions on local chalk stream management and improvement and the present challenges facing the River Cam. The event will close with a wine and nibbles reception, hosted by CCF and CVF, to celebrate the River Mel and to thank those that are committed to river protection and conservation. Free - please book here. More...
Source: Cambridge Conservation Forum and Cam Valley Forum

Tuesday 19th November: Free Help for Small Firms to Save Energy

Kings Parade (TBC) 19:30-21:00 add to google calendar
Do you need help to work out how to make your organisation's buildings more energy-efficient and reduce your carbon emissions? Are you part of a local company, public-sector organisation or a social enterprise employing fewer than 250 people? Even if there are only three of you, and you rent your premises, we can provide help. The only proviso is you must have an office and get an energy bill. Jason Palmer and Nicola Terry are running a workshop for small local companies and organisations to assess their buildings and do simple cost-benefit analysis of possible upgrades.

Places are limited so please book here. Or contact us if you have questions. More...
Source: Cambridge Energy

Wednesday 20th November: Water - are we using too much?

The Waterman (The Potting Shed in the back of the pub), 32 Chesterton Road, Cambridge, CB4 3AX 19:00-21:00 add to google calendar
Have you noticed the low flow rates in the River Cam lately? The Environment Agency classified both river flows and ground water levels as exceptionally low through the summer including September. The local Wildlife Trusts and Cam Valley Forum think we are abstracting too much water; they are so concerned they have just launched their River Cam Manifesto calling for all of us to use less water, and other measures. Climate change is likely to make this situation worse.

What can we do? The Cambridge Local Plan requires homes in new developments to use no more than 110 litres/person/day. The average Cambridge resident uses 30% more than this! How much do you use?

Today we will have a speaker from Cam Valley Forum to explain their concerns and their manifesto. Plus we will have an ambassador from Anglian Water - because this is not just a Cambridge problem, water is short across the region. We will also discuss water saving strategies we can deploy ourselves, including rainwater harvesting.

This is a free event but spaces are limited. Please book here

Transition Cafe is a monthly event series about all the things we're passionate about to build a great community in our city. You're invited to stay on afterwards to meet like-minded people, network, explore new ideas, and get to know others involved with Transition Cambridge. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge

Thursday 21st November: Weekly Healthy Walking

Wandlebury Country Park 10:00-11:00 add to google calendar
Weekly Healthy Walking every Thursday throughout the year: 10am and 10.30am. Each walk lasts around 30 minutes and covers about 1.5 miles. This social group meets all year round at 10am every Thursday morning, with the slower walk starting at 10.30am. Walks are well-attended, with 50-60 people joining most weeks. Some people like it so much they do both walks! Teas and coffees are available afterwards. NB: Free of charge and no need to book. If you want to take part for the first time then please arrive 10 minutes early to register. The meeting point is the Stables Education Centre. Donations towards the upkeep of the park are always welcome. Directions: Wandlebury Country Park is on the A1307, 2.5km south of the Addenbrooke's roundabout. CB22 3AE. Parking is available on site and costs £3 per vehicle, members free. For queries: email us or call 01223 243830 extension 207. More...
Source: CambridgePPF

Friday 22nd November: GE2019 Hustings - Climate & Environment Emergency questions

Room LAB 002 Lord Ashcroft Building, Anglia Ruskin University CB1 1PT 19:00-21:00 add to google calendar
GE19 Voters! Come and hear what candidates standing for election in the Cambridge Constituency have to say about their plans to tackle the climate and environment emergency. Candidates who have confirmed attendance are Jeremy Caddick, Green Party; Rob Cantrill, Liberal Democrat Party; Peter Dawe, Brexit Party; and Daniel Zeichner, Labour Party. The newly appointed conservative candidate, Russell Perrin, will also be invited. The event will be chaired by Terry Macalister, former energy editor of The Guardian, and will focus on pre-set questions on major issues (20 minutes) and audience questions (60 minutes) following short speeches and introductions from the Chair and Panel. You can send questions in advance if you can't attend to Claire Preston. Entry is free but please register here

Register to vote in the election on 12th December by 11:59pm on 26 November. For more information and to register as a voter, visit https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. More...
Source: Extinction Rebellion Cambridge

Tuesday 26th November: Coping with Climate Anxiety

Friends Meeting House Jesus Lane Cambridge 19:30-21:30 add to google calendar
Ro Randall will talk about how we can cope emotionally - and help others cope emotionally - with the complex and painful feelings which the climate crisis produces, offering insights and practical guidance from her background as a psychotherapist.

Ro Randall is a psychoanalytically trained psychotherapist, co-founder of the Carbon Conversations project and founding member of the Climate Psychology Alliance.
Source: Transition Cambridge

Wednesday 27th November: Thermal Imaging Training

St Andrew's Hall (Annex), St Andrew's Road, Cambridge, CB4 1DH 19:30-21:30 add to google calendar
Find out where your home is leaking heat! Thermal imaging vividly reveals where a building is leaking heat through weaknesses in insulation and air tightness.

This popular training session is presented by Nicola Terry, a Cambridge energy expert, is for anyone who is interested in examining their own homes and those of friends and others. In two hours you'll learn how to use our cameras and interpret their images. After this session, you'll then be able to borrow one of our cameras to conduct your own surveys.

This session is free, but booking is essential. More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint

Saturday 30th November: Talk by Rob Hopkins: 'Creating the future we want'

Old Divinity School, St Johns Street, Cambridge CB2 1TP 11:30-12:30 add to google calendar
Rob Hopkins, the founder of Transition is visiting Cambridge soon...With the news of climate-breakdown and biodiversity-loss worse by the day, has the time come for a Transition in the way we live? Permaculture designer Rob Hopkins founded the Transition Town network in Totnes in 2006. It's now a global movement - including a thriving Cambridge branch. He comes to the Cambridge Literary Festival with his new book 'From What is to What if?' to challenge us to unleash our collective imagination to create rapid change for the better. Through the stories of individuals and communities around the world who are 'doing stuff', Rob reveals new hope for a sustainable future. In conversation with Hettie O'Brien, online editor at the New Statesman. More info and book tickets (£11/£9) here. This event is supported by Transition Cambridge. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge

Saturday 30th November: Afternoon with Rob Hopkins and Transition Cambridge

St Barnabas Church (St Barnabas Centre in the back), Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 2BD 14:00-16:45 add to google calendar
Spend an afternoon with members of Transition Cambridge and our special guest, Co-founder of Transition Network and author, Rob Hopkins, after his Cambridge Literary Festival appearance. Come and meet friends and new faces, share conversation and community. All are welcome, whether you are a Transition member or not. Vegan refreshments are provided. In true Transition style, we ask guests to please bring their own plate, cup and cutlery.

Please book your place by Saturday, 23rd November 2019, (regular £8 / concession £5). There will also be a donations bowl at the venue - this is to cover our costs and ensure inclusivity with lower priced tickets.

We will be offering vegan refreshments. If you have any special dietary needs (e.g. gluten-free), please contact us by Saturday, 23rd November 2019. Wheelchair access is available. Bike racks are in front of the church. Car parking is not available. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge

Saturday 30th November: Greenpeace Quiz Night

Ross Street Community Centre 19:30-22:00 add to google calendar


The quiz is back by popular demand! There'll be fun, cake, Superheroes and a raffle, so get a team together and join us for a wonderful evening!

Tickets £7 per person, teams of up to 6. There will be many delicious cakes to enjoy, as well as tea and coffee, all included in ticket price. BYOB. More info here and on facebook
Source: Cambridge Greenpeace

Tuesday 3rd December: Fossil Fuel Divestment and why it matters

The Three Horseshoes, Stapleford 20:00
Dr James Smith, Public Health Consultant, University of Cambridge, will lead our discussion on the importance of divestment and whether we are moving quickly enough to have a significant ameliorating effect on climate change. All welcome.

Coming soon:
Monday 20 January: Are natural disasters OUR FAULT? Professor Bob White
Monday 24 February: Africa: Source of OR solution to Climate Change? Bill Powell
Contact here More...
Source: 2G3S (Green Groups in the Shelfords, Stapleford and Sawston)

Wednesday 11th December: Energy Group Meeting - social

Judith's place on Leys Road 20:00-22:00 add to google calendar
It is practically Christmas so we will celebrate the year, and then have a party. For the main meeting, please case you try to bring:

  • One thing, relating to climate change, that you think everyone should know. (This can be inspirational news, or a tip for energy saving, or something you discovered during the year that you wish you had known before.)
  • One thing, relating to climate change, that you'd like to know, or know more about, to help us plan next year.

Plus some snacks and drink to share. All welcome, Contact Nicola for venue details. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge Energy Group

Tuesday 17th December: Transition Cambridge's Winter Social - all welcome

Six Bells, 11 Covent Garden CB1 2HS 19:00
What sort of year has it been for you? Here's a time and place to get together with transition friends old and new, and round off 2019 with drinks and food and social time. The Six Bells is a lovely community pub (more info here - we'll be in the back room from 7, so come along when you can. If possible, please bring a seasonal/local snack to share - if not, don't worry as there's usually plenty to go round. All welcome!.
Source: Transition Cambridge

Wednesday 18th December: Transition Cafe - Car clubs and electric vehicles

River Lane Community Centre, 50 River Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8HP 19:00-21:30 add to google calendar
Transition Cambridge set up a group to lobby and provide advice about car clubs in January 2018, hoping to replace the inactive and petrol-based car club licensed by the city council with a more ambitious and electric version. Transition Cleanwheels was the name we chose for the project. We had many meetings with city council, county council, University of Cambridge transport team, and hosted a seminar with speakers from Ubitricity and CoMo.

We've got something better now, but is this the end of the road? Come to our cafe night to hear the story of Cleanwheels and compare it with car clubs and innovative community-oriented transport solutions in other cities. Spaces are limited, so please make sure to book on Eventbrite. This is a free event.

Transition Cafe is a monthly event series with lively conversations, talks, films, workshops and presentations about all the things we're passionate about to build a great community in our city.
Source: Transition Cambridge

Saturday 4th January: True Tales for Change - Storytelling Workshops

Escape @ The Grafton Centre (opposite Trespass), Cambridge, CB1 1PS 13:00-16:00 add to google calendar
Everyone has a story to tell and everyone should have a chance to tell it. Join two experienced storytelling artists to learn how to tell your own true story, live. Attend one or both of these FREE workshops. With an optional opportunity to perform your story on Sat, 11th January 2020 in a public event. Nibbles and drinks are provided. Help with transport costs is available. Time credits will be offered to all participants. Friend groups very welcome! Interested? By Tue, 31st December 2019, book online.

These workshops are part of an inequality art project, which is a collaboration between The Cambridge Commons and Pivotal. The mission of the project is to recognise that the wonderful city of Cambridge is also a city of inequality where many people's stories remain unheard - and to change that! More...
Source: The Cambridge Commons & Pivotal

Wednesday 8th January: True Tales for Change - Storytelling Workshops

Escape @ The Grafton Centre (opposite Trespass), Cambridge, CB1 1PS 13:00-16:00 add to google calendar
Everyone has a story to tell and everyone should have a chance to tell it. Join two experienced storytelling artists to learn how to tell your own true story, live. Attend one or both of these FREE workshops*, on Sat, 4th and Wed, 8th January 2020, 1-4pm. With an optional opportunity to perform your story on Sat, 11th January 2020 in a public event. Nibbles and drinks are provided. Help with transport costs is available. Time credits will be offered to all participants. Friend groups very welcome! Interested? By Tue, 31st December 2019, book online.

These workshops are part of an inequality art project, which is a collaboration between The Cambridge Commons and Pivotal. The mission of the project is to recognise that the wonderful city of Cambridge is also a city of inequality where many people's stories remain unheard - and to change that! More...
Source: The Cambridge Commons & Pivotal

Car Insurance and Energy Comparison Zeroes your Carbon Footprint.

Compare To Zero, a startup with big ambitions to tackle climate change, and supported by Cambridge Social Ventures at the University of Cambridge, has recently launched a new car insurance and energy comparison website that allows its customers to drive their cars and power their homes with a net zero carbon footprint.

Like Compare the Market and GoCompare, they help find great deals on insurance and energy. When a customer buys, they guarantee to offset the carbon produced by the average annual use of either the car insured or energy switched.

Their grand plan however is to use the majority of funds to invest in technologies and innovation that remedies the problem long term. Through excellent innovation centres, such as Cambridge, they see the UK as the best place to make this happen. More...
Source: Compare To Zero CIC 13 Nov 2019

Big Compost Experiment

A new nationwide citizen science research experiment in compostable and biodegradable plastics has been launched by UCL's Plastic Waste Innovation Hub. The aim is to determine the viability of biodegradable and compostable plastics, using a survey for everyone, even if you don't currently compost. Home composters can sign up to join a UK-wide experiment to discover if biodegradeable plastics really do break down in a home compost system. Visit the excellent Big Compost Experiment website for all you need to know about the project and how to join in.
Source: Transition Cambridge 12 Nov 2019