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Tuesday 18th February: Greater Cambridge local plan - 'The big debate'

Cambridge Corn Exchange, 2 Wheeler Street, Cambridge CB2 3QB 18:30-21:00 add to google calendar
What changes are needed in the face of the climate and biodiversity emergencies facing us? Greater Cambridge (that's the City Council plus South Cambs) are in the process of putting together their new local plan. The consultation phase is open and there are consultation events from 25 January to 8 February in and around Cambridge and South Cambs. Individuals can also comment via the website. As part of the 'First Conversation', GC are inviting local groups to share their ideas about the future of the Greater Cambridge Area. "In a fun, quickfire Pecha Kucha format, eight local groups will present and debate their ideas, with a chance for you to pose your questions too. The presentations will be highly visual, and will range from the provocative to the poetic and everything in between. The event will start at 6.30pm promptly, but you can arrive from 6pm to grab a seat and a drink before we start." Tickets are £3, book here. There's more info about the plan here.
Source: Greater Cambridge local plan

Wednesday 19th February: Transition Cafe Evening - How can we have sustainable holidays and travel?

The Waterman (The Potting Shed in the back of the pub), 32 Chesterton Road, Cambridge, CB4 3AX 19:30-20:00 add to google calendar
Love travel? Love the environment? How can we reconcile the two? This Transition Cambridge event will explore how can we have more sustainable holidays. We will start with a discussion on the impact of some example holiday destinations, then break into groups to brainstorm and share ideas on how to travel sustainably: what motivates us, what are the good sides, and what are the down sides. We will finally come together to share what we have discussed. It is a free event, but spaces are limited, so please make sure to book on Eventbrite (link below).

Transition Café is a monthly event series with lively conversations, talks, workshops and presentations about all the things we're passionate about to build a great community in our city. The bar will be open before and after the event, and 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 20th February: 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

Thursday 20th February: COP26, Climate Justice & Law

Winstanley Lecture Hall, Trinity College Cambridge 19:00-21:00 add to google calendar
Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger is a world-class academic, legal expert and policy innovator in climate change and sustainable development. In the second of the 2020 Cambridge Climate Lecture series, she shares her insights and experiences of COP26, climate justice and the law. Booking is via Eventbrite with refreshents after. The event has wheelchair friendly access and toilets, with induction loop facilities in the lecture hall. More...
Source: Cambridge Climate Lecture Series

Saturday 22nd February: Wandlebury Work Party

Wandlebury 10:00-13:00 add to google calendar
Help wildflowers by joining a volunteer work party with Cambridge on the Verge and CambridgePPF. We will be cutting back scrub on the road verge near Wandlebury in order to save the fragile flowering plants that live on the chalk grassland.

All instruction, equipment and tools provided. Wear tough clothes and footwear and bring any drinks/snacks.

Numbers of volunteers will be limited to 12 for this activity due to the location and type of work, so please register in advance by contacting Ben from Cambridge on the Verge. More...
Source: On the Verge Cambridge

Saturday 22nd February: Film showing: 'Waterlight'

Storey's Field Centre, Eddington Avenue CB3 1AA 10:45
The River Mel is a South Cambridgeshire chalk stream which has inspired a film based on poems by Clare Crossman. The film captures the essence of the river: its history, rich wildlife, conservation activities and memories and reflections of local residents. The film has been praised by local conservation groups and already been enjoyed by over 300 people at local showings in Cambridge and surrounding villages. After the showing there will be the opportunity to discuss some of the issues facing our threatened water courses.

Note that there are two screenings of the film, a 30 minute shortened version (starts at 10:45) and a full 45 minute version (starts at 12pm).

All ages welcome. Free, booking here. More...
Source: A toy's life and beyond

Sunday 23rd February: 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

Sunday 1st March: Grow Your Own Session in Trumpington

Foster Road allotments, CB2 9JR 10:10-12:30 add to google calendar

A GYO session in 2018

Join Dave Fox at Trumpington allotments. Novices and experienced growers are all welcome - this is a mutual sharing rather than a lesson. We will work together on seasonal tasks. Follow the link below to see the sort of things we've got up to over the last decade of GYO sessions. Take produce home with you (please bring bags). Join in here.
Source: Dave Fox

Thursday 5th March: The Search for High-Traction Climate-Campaign Action: Lessons and Hopes After 25 Years on the Front Lines

Winstanley Lecture Hall, Trinity College Cambridge 19:00-22:00 add to google calendar
Jeremy Leggett is a social entrepreneur and writer, he shares his vision of a renaissance in civilisation aided or even triggered by renewable energy and its intrinsic social benefits. Calling for a rapid strategic withdrawal from fossil fuels, Leggett argues for the rapid strategic withdrawal from fossil fuels and support for microgeneration technology in the fight to abate global warming. Booking is via Eventbrite
Source: Cambridge Climate Lecture Series

Monday 9th March - Sunday 22nd: Science Festival 2020

various in and around Cambridge 09:00-22:00 add to google calendar
The annual Science Festival is back - 2020's theme is 'vision', and there are 390 events - including talks on climate, food and so much more... Most events are free, and you need to book for some. Booking opens on 10 February at 11.00 am More info here.
Source: Cambridge Science Festival

Sunday 15th March: Talking with Children about Climate Change

Romsey Mill Community Centre Hemingford Rd, Cambridge CB1 3BZ 09:30-13:00 add to google calendar
Sue Lewis and Isobel Urquhart from Cambridge Climate Therapists will lead this new session on how to talk with children about the climate. They will share insights and strategies about how we can manage our own feelings of fear and guilt which the climate crisis can trigger, and offer practical guidance to talk with children in ways that are approriate for their needs. There will be an optional follow-up session for attendees of this workshop on Thursday 26 March. This is a free workshop - registration required, and we will have a donations pot on the door to help cover the room hire. Refreshments willl be available on arrival and the venue has full disabled access. For any questions or concerns, please contact Jacky. Please note that the workshop is not suitable to have children present, although we are working on creche provision for a repeat session later in the year.
Source: Transition Cambridge

Wednesday 18th March: Transition Cafe Evening - Embracing Emotions for True Transition - Going Forth

The Waterman Pub - Potting Shed 19:00-21:00 add to google calendar

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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 Café 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

Monday 23rd March: Transition Cafe Reflection & Improvement Meeting

No. 30 Coffee Shop, 30 Chesterton Road, Cambridge, CB4 3AX 19:00-21:00 add to google calendar
The Transition Cafe is a monthly event series with lively conversations, talks, films, workshops and presentations about all the things Transition Cambridge is passionate about to build a great community in our city. It takes place in The Waterman (The Potting Shed in the back of the pub). After the event, everyone is invited to stay to meet like-minded people, network, explore new ideas, and get to know others involved with Transition Cambridge.

Currently, 10 people are actively involved in the organisation of the Transition Cafe. This meeting is an opportunity to reflect on the Transition Cafe in general and to discuss improvement potential. Also people who aren't involved in the organisation (yet) are very welcome to join - it is always good to have an outside perspective. No booking is required. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge

Tuesday 24th March: Climate Emergency Conference

Robinson College, Cambridge 09:15-14:00 add to google calendar
Carbon Neutral Cambridge and the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry will be joint hosts of a half day conference aiming to help the construction industry, councils and the community work together to decide how to achieve Net Zero construction. It will look head on at the regulatory, technical and political challenges involved in creating new buildings which emit minimal greenhouse gases during construction and which can operate with net zero emissions.

Tickets £50, book at CFCI website. More...
Source: Carbon Neutral Cambridge

Saturday 4th April: Cottenham Repair Cafe

Cottenham Community Centre, 250A High St CB24 8RZ 10:00-14:00 add to google calendar
If you have something that's broken, or needs adjusting or sharpening, why not bring it along to the Repair Café at the Cottenham Community Centre? We repair all kinds of things - from bikes to toasters to baby buggies, radios, computers, printers, ornaments - almost anything you can carry, in fact! We like to show you how we do it, so that if it happens again, you can do it yourself. Booking is recommended, but you can just turn up on the day. If you have questions please email us. More...
Source: Vicky Lacey

Thursday 9th April: Talk: 'The Uninhabitable Earth'

Babbage Lecture Theatre, David Attenborough Building, Pembroke Street. 18:00-19:30 add to google calendar
Cambridge Literary Festival says: "As we enter the new decade with floods surging and fires raging it is impossible to deny that the global climate crisis is here and accelerating. David Wallace-Wells joins us to discuss his 'epoch-defining book' which provoked an unprecedented debate on the global climate emergency. Based on conversations with scientists his cover story in New York magazine in July 2017 starkly presented a series of worst-case scenarios for global heating and became an immediate sensation, reaching seven million readers in 24 hours, and his book The Uninhabitable Earth has turned into an international phenomenon. This launches a series of events, guest curated by Caroline Lucas MP, reflecting on the climate crisis to provoke urgent discussion, inspire action, and provide an opportunity for you to put your questions to the experts. David Wallace-Wells is deputy editor of New York magazine where he writes frequently about climate change and the near future of science and technology."

Tickets are £15/£12, bookable here. More...
Source: Cambridge Literary Festival

Saturday 25th April: Water Is Precious- Let's Not Waste It

David Attenborough Building, Pembroke St, Cambridge CB2, UK 10:30-16:00 add to google calendar
We are excited to share details of the Transition Cambridge stall at the forthcoming Earth Optimism event, with the theme of water waste and the health and conservation of our chalk streams. We will have two interactive apps to help visitors better understand our use of water, the implications of abstraction and extreme weather and how we can use less to protect the environment. Would you like to help out for an hour or two on our stall? No experience necessary, just a willingness to chat to vistors and help them with the apps. Please visit this doodle to sign up - we will also offer an optional short training session for stall holders the week before.
Source: Transition Cambridge

Monday 27th April: Transition Cafe Planning Meeting

No. 30 Coffee Shop, 30 Chesterton Road, Cambridge, CB4 3AX 19:00-21:00 add to google calendar
The Transition Cafe is a monthly event series with lively conversations, talks, films, workshops and presentations about all the things Transition Cambridge is passionate about to build a great community in our city. It takes place in The Waterman (The Potting Shed in the back of the pub). After the event, everyone is invited to stay to meet like-minded people, network, explore new ideas, and get to know others involved with Transition Cambridge.

Currently, 10 people are actively involved in the organisation of the Transition Cafe. If you are interested in helping to keep this wonderful project going, please join us at this planning meeting. We will decide on themes and build small groups for the cafe nights from July to December 2020. Each of these groups will then organise one event. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge

The first fully EV Car Club vehicle in Cambridge

Members of Transition Cambridge have been advocating for the development of a zero emission Car Club for Cambridge and the surrounding villages.

The car club contract is jointly managed by the City & County Councils. In September of last year it was relaunched with Enterprise offering a hybrid vehicle in many of the 30+ locations across the City. The first fully electric vehicle has been placed at Arbury Court car park and is making use of the AC connection from one of the pre-existing taxi chargers at the site.

Further details on how to join & location of vehicles can be found here
Source: Transition Cambridge Clean Wheels 31 Jan 2020

Stewards needed for Youth Strike for Climate on 14 February

Are you free on the morning of 14 February? Stewards (over 18's) are needed to help out at the Youth Strike for Climate. The route of their march is usually from Shire Hall (starting around 9.30) into town, ending at King's Parade (time tbc, usually around midday). The march route and the end time will be confirmed when we know and you'll get a briefing document. There will be brief training at the start before the march sets off. If you're able to help out, contact Dave More...
Source: Youth Strike for Climate 23 Jan 2020

The County Council's Climate Change and Environment Strategy Consultation

Last week we held a discussion to consider Transitioners' responses to the Cambridgeshire County Council's consultation on its climate and environment strategy. With a number of climate and carbon mitigation experts and specialists from our community present, we think we have some strong responses to offer the Council. We are now compiling a checklist of comments made at the meeting which will be available to share with like-minded individuals and groups in the next few days. Our document is intended as an aid to others who hold Transition Cambridge's values of community resilience and low carbon living, and who would like to respond to the consultation, which closes on 31 January 2020. You don't have to complete the online consultation for your response to be considered, you can email the Council about particular points that you want to comment on. If you'd like a copy of our finished Transition checklist of points, please email Jacky More...
Source: Transition Cambridge 20 Jan 2020