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Transition Events are marked with (TC) and have bold type. Other events are organised by a variety of organisations as indicated.
We don't wish to impose cancellation or postponement of Transition Cambridge events, however it is highly likely that many of our events will be cancelled or postponed. The organisers of our project groups are best placed to decide with their groups whether to run events and meetings online or postpone. Some Transition groups may implement specific precautionary measures at their gatherings which will be explained at their events.
Any cancellations of Transition Cambridge activities will appear on our events pages as soon as we hear. More
online 15:45-17:00 add to google calendar
Cambridge Schools Eco Council are organising a series of eco-seminars on key sustainability challenges and solutions. They're fortnightly on Tuesdays, and feature speakers from the Eco Council plus local experts. Children, students, families and members of the public can register for free over Eventbrite and participate online over Zoom. Details of topics and speakers, plus registration here You may know Cambridge Schools Eco Council from the monthly Schools Climate Strikes which they've organised since February 2019. More info about them here.
Source: Cambridge Schools Eco Council
Connecting with nature has many benefits. So whether you're doing it for health, wellbeing, wildlife or the planet, join in with thousands of people taking part in this annual nature challenge.
30 Days Wild is a fun, feel-good challenge run by The Wildlife Trusts every June. Back for its sixth year, it brings people closer to nature where they live, taking small actions that can collectively have a big impact. From little things such as watching a bee from your window or feeding the birds, to giving up single-use plastics for a month or digging a pond in your garden: every Random Act of Wildness counts. There are versions for families, care homes, schools and businesses. More...
Source: Wildlife Trust for Beds, Cambs, Northants
Welcome to the first screening of 'Communities of Hope', a documentary that takes us on a journey around the mandala of regeneration: how eco-villages relate to the social, economic, ecological and cultural dimensions of sustainability. It offers pathways towards a new way of seeing the world, and a new way of living together.
The organisers say "We are very much looking forward to sharing this documentary with you for the first time. We'll meet at 18:00 CET (17:00 BST) on June 4th. Once we come together, you will receive a link to watch the documentary, which lasts 30 minutes. Afterwards we will come back together for reflection, conversation, and a question and answer session with filmmakers Lou and Diego of The Great Relation, and Ethan Hirsch-Tauber (Tamera ecovillage) and Macaco Tamerice (Damanhur ecovillage)." More...
Source: Global Ecovillage Network
online 19:00-20:30 add to google calendar
Transition demands a fresh narrative for our economic life. Oxford economist Kate Raworth has offered the Doughnut model for our enlightenment and Martin Roach will lead a discussion on how we could apply this in the Cambridge context.
Since the neo-liberal narrative is so powerful and deeply rooted in western economies it is helpful to know that change is afoot at a high level. The Wellbeing Economy Governments (WeGo) are questioning the wisdom of growth culture and this ten minute TED talk by Nicola Sturgeon sets the scene for our Cafe evening. There is no obligation to watch the video but it can provide a helpful perspective.
This is a free event. It is part of the monthly Cafe night series. For the moment all events are online.
Source: Transition Cambridge
Online 19:30-20:00 add to google calendar
How to prepare your home to stay cool in a heatwave. Many homes, old and new, are becoming uncomfortable and unhealthy in increasingly frequent and severe heatwaves. We'll describe and discuss many ways to keep your home cool and healthy, some simple and some building projects.
This free, interactive webinar, will help you get ready for the next heatwave:
Tom Bragg, an experienced presenter on this subject, and Margaret Reynolds, green architect, have both been Open Eco Homes hosts, showing ways they keep their homes cool in summer. More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint
ONLINE 20:00-22:00 add to google calendar
This meeting will be about energy systems: how they have changed already and what is likely to happen next. Where does our electricity come from now, compared to a few years ago, What will happen next? Do we still need gas for peaking plants? How can we benefit from and participate in these changes?
We will conduct this meeting online using Webex software. All are welcome. Contact Nicola for the link to join the meeting.
NB. We have **changed the date** to avoid a clash with the cafe. We are sorry if that has caused inconvenience. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge Energy Group
18:30-19:30 add to google calendar
Mark will show his and Mandy's inspiring home, which is his third self-build. Their choices were constrained by budget and a narrow site, raising a multitude of problems to be solved and decisions made in the design and construction - with beautiful, crafted results.
In this interactive webinar you'll learn lots about the choices and practicalities of a modern, sustainable self-build home. It's the first of this year's Open Eco Homes online tours of inspiring Cambridge-area new-builds and retrofits, instead of our normal tours at the homes. Sign up at the bottom for information on other tours and webinars, when available.
Registration is essential: see webpage. More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint
The Waterman Pub (The Potting Shed in the back of the pub), 32 Chesterton Road, Cambridge, CB4 3AX 19:00-21:00 add to google calendar
This final workshop in the series explores emotional responses to the climate and biosphere crisis. Participants can expect a variety of experiences including meditation, pair work, group work, role play, and ultimately the opportunity to connect, release and fundamentally embrace emotions both joyful and painful. This can help galvanise action by first accepting pain and fear in spite of the overwhelming change the world is facing. The work is inspired by environmental activists and eco-psychologists Joanna Macy and Ro Randall.
Booking is free but places are limited.
When attending please be aware that the workshop may bring up difficult emotions. The space is a confidential space: all participants attend with commitment to respecting this agreement.
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
Camcycle believes that people in the Cambridge region need spaces to breathe to allow them to stay safe, happy and healthy. During the coronavirus pandemic they would like to help people stay active while protecting themselves and others, by identifying areas where it's hard to keep at least 2m away from people when walking or cycling and proposing temporary measures to reallocate space away from motor traffic while the roads are quieter. This would help widen existing walking and cycling routes and provide alternatives to those that are busy or narrow.
Inspired by the temporary measures being installed by cities around the world from Bogotá to Berlin and Budapest to Brighton, they would like to encourage decision-makers in and around Cambridge to work with their communities on ideas to provide more space for those walking, cycling or using mobility aids.
You can sign their campaign letter, and suggest where improvements to safe spaces to walk and cycle. Just follow the link below. More...
Source: Camcycle - 16 May 2020
Cambridge and Ely XR have 3000 oak saplings to plant this winter. We need places to plant them, people to look after them and donations! Though we have met our target of £2000 already this is part of a nationwide Extinction Rebellion Rewilding campaign which is at 75% of its goal.