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January

February

March

News

Tuesday 19th January: GSI Seminar: Barriers to Collaboration between Sustainable Food Voluntary Organisations and Cambridge City Council

online via MS teams 12:00-13:00 add to google calendar
This seminar is led by Annuscha Wassmann, who recently completed a Masters thesis: "Collaboration of Sustainability Initiatives - An Ethnographic Exploration into Barriers to Establishing a Sustainable Food Partnership in Cambridge, UK". (Annuscha has also been very involved in Transition Cambridge, and helped set up the Transition Cafe.)

In Cambridge, a large number of sustainable food initiatives are active in the public, private and community sector, most of which are represented by Sustainable Food Voluntary Organisations (SFVOs). SFVOs and Cambridge City Council, which has responsibility and power to make Cambridge a significant sustainable food city, see benefits in collaborating with each other. However, their actual collaboration has been limited. This seminar looks at the barriers that prevent egalitarian collaboration between SFVOs and the City Council.

GSI is hosting this presentation, followed by a chance for discussion on MS Teams, please email Felicity for a link to join. More...
Source: Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University

Tuesday 19th January: The Upside of Down. An optimist's view on creating a democracy and why we need to.

Online 19:30-20:30 add to google calendar
Talk by Peter Macfadyen, founder of the Flatpack Democracy movement. In pandemic Britain many people have discovered new ways to help their communities. Why not make working together for the benefit of all the residents permanent? Since 2011 the Flatpack Democracy movement has shown that, by standing as a group of independent local councillors working closely together, people all over the country can and do steer their local councils to thrive and prosper, democratically. Now, more than ever, we have the chance to refocus our local councils on what really matters to us and our neighbours. With many local elections postponed until 2021 we've got time to get prepared. Peter Macfadyen's book "Flatpack Democracy" is a practical guide to doing this, based on his experience of creating a council of independent councillors in Frome. Book here to receive the Zoom link; the talk is free, donations welcome. This talk is part of our online talk series "Transition to a Better Future", with topics ranging from democracy and nature to imagination, water, food, art, and energy. Full details here. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge Talks

Wednesday 20th January: Energy Group: Flexible Electricity Systems using Home battery and EV battery Storage

ONLINE 20:00-22:00 add to google calendar
Peter Bates present this topic for us to discuss. Peter is chair of the Cambridge Cleantech Sustainable Smart Homes special interest group. More details to come.

We will conduct this meeting online using Zoom. All are welcome. Contact Nicola for the link to join the meeting. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge Energy Group

Tuesday 26th January: Building New Structures for a Fairer and More Ecological Future

On-line via Zoom 19:30-20:30 add to google calendar
We are excited to have Looby McNamara join us for our series of interactive talks on the climate emergency, environmentalism and politics. Looby will be discussing cultural emergence and what structural changes can be made to create a fairer and more ecological future. For more information, and to book, click here. More...
Source: Cambridge Green Party

Tuesday 2nd February: Working with Nature: a talk by Jeremy Purseglove

online 19:30-20:30 add to google calendar
Jeremy Purseglove is an environmentalist who has spent his life working with civil engineers and agriculturalists to enhance nature rather than damage it. He will be talking about how we as consumers can all help preserve landscapes and habitats by choosing sustainably grown commodities. Examples will include palm oil, cereals, chocolate and cider. His book 'Working with Nature' was shortlisted for the Wainwright prize for environmental writing in 2020. Book here to receive the Zoom link; the talk is free, donations welcome . This talk is part of our online talk series "Transition to a Better Future", with topics ranging from democracy and nature to imagination, water, food, art, and energy. Full details here.
Source: Transition Cambridge

Monday 8th February: Climate Justice and the Need for a Global Green New Deal

On-line via Zoom 18:00-19:30 add to google calendar
We are excited to have Alex Leferna join us for our series of interactive talks on the climate emergency, environmentalism and Green politics. Alex will be discussing the links between climate justice and a green new deal must be global in nature.

The format will be an introductory talk by Alex, followed by a Q&A. We will then finish off in breakout rooms to have more interactive discussions in smaller groups. More...
Source: Cambridge Green Party

Tuesday 9th February: A Better Future through Art - a talk by Hilary Cox Condren

online 19:30-20:30 add to google calendar
Hilary Cox Condron is a community artist passionate about using art to bring communities together. Her work connects and strengthens communities - inspiring creativity, action and political change - leaving a legacy of artwork through books, film, installations, exhibitions and oral histories. She is currently working on the Forge project at the Museum of Cambridge. Book here to receive the Zoom link; the talk is free, donations welcome. This talk is part of our online talk series "Transition to a Better Future", with topics ranging from democracy and nature to imagination, water, food, art, and energy. Full details here
Source: Transition Cambridge

Tuesday 16th February: A Better Future for Food - a talk by Anne Mitchell

19:30-20:30 add to google calendar
Ann Mitchell is a retired primary school teacher. She was a founder member of Cambridge Sustainable Food and is now one of their directors. Her talk will look at how we might be able to create a fairer, more sustainable and ethical food system to ensure good food for everyone. Book here to receive the Zoom link; the talk is free, donations welcome. This talk is part of our online talk series "Transition to a Better Future", with topics ranging from democracy and nature to imagination, water, food, art, and energy. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge

Tuesday 2nd March: Safeguarding our local water resources - a talk by Stephen Tomkins

online 19:30-20:30 add to google calendar
Stephen Tomkins's work with Cam Valley Forum to alert us all to the dangers threatening our rivers and streams is well known. His talk will show us why action is needed now to safeguard our water resources. Book here to receive the Zoom link; the talk is free, donations welcome. This talk is part of our online talk series "Transition to a Better Future", with topics ranging from democracy and nature to imagination, water, food, art, and energy. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge

Wednesday 3rd March - Saturday 20th: What Next? Summit - Transition bounce Forward

online 10:30
This online summit is not to be missed! Working with our partners CTRLshift it will build the power of community led action in the UK by bringing together hundreds of community activists who are already making change happen, so together we can have a bigger impact. It will be a space to empower us to create our own future, through inspiring each other, making new connections and sharing knowledge to build a stronger movement that creates the change we want to see in our communities. The summit will run over a period of three weeks, to enable people to dip in and out as they wish and to allow space for learning, reflection, the building of relationships and concrete pathways of action. Each week we will have a different focus, following the flow of What Is? What If? What Next? The programme will be populated with more detail as plans move forward - more info here.
Source: Transition Bounce Forward

Tuesday 9th March: Preserving Food Naturally - a talk by Meg Clarke and Jacky Sutton-Adam

online 19:30-20:30 add to google calendar
What did we do before fridges? The process of fermenting foods - to preserve them and make them more digestible and nutritious - is as old as humanity, and gives complex flavours and health benefits. The talk will be about some fermentation basics - why and how - and will cover some vegetables and grains. Book here to receive the Zoom link; the talk is free, donations welcome. This talk is part of our online talk series "Transition to a Better Future", with topics ranging from democracy and nature to imagination, water, food, art, and energy. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge

Tuesday 16th March: Why the next 10 years needs to feel like a Revolution of the Imagination? A talk by Rob Hopkins

online 19:30-20:30 add to google calendar
Rob Hopkins co-founded the Transition movement, inspiring numerous Transition groups to form worldwide. He has written several books, including "From What is to What If", "The Transition Handbook", "The Transition Companion", and "The Power of Just Doing Stuff". Book here to receive the Zoom link; the talk is free, donations welcome. This talk is part of our online talk series "Transition to a Better Future", with topics ranging from democracy and nature to imagination, water, food, art, and energy. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge

Tuesday 23rd March: Pathways to zero energy at home - a talk by Nicola Terry

online 19:30-20:30 add to google calendar
How do you decide what is the best low carbon energy route for your home and budget, and having decided, how do you get there? We will discuss the options and their pros and cons. Nicola Terry has been volunteering with the Transition Cambridge Energy Group for more than 10 years and also with Cambridge Carbon Footprint. She works as a consultant with Cambridge Architectural Research and Cambridge Energy, doing research relating to energy use in buildings, mainly for the government and NGOs. She writes a blog: Energy Thoughts and Surprises. Book here to receive the Zoom link; the talk is free, donations welcome. This talk is part of our online talk series "Transition to a Better Future", with topics ranging from democracy and nature to imagination, water, food, art, and energy. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge

Transition to a Better Future - Online talk series

Tuesdays in January, February and March, 7:30-8:30pm, via Zoom. Full details and booking here.

The "transition" to a better future is as relevant today as ever, with numerous environmental and human-made challenges facing us. In this online talk series, local and national speakers will talk about different aspects of this transition. Confirmed speakers include Rob Hopkins (cofounder of the Transition movement), Jeremy Purseglove (author of "Working with Nature"), Peter Macfadyen (Flatpack Democracy), Stephen Tomkins (Cam Valley Forum), Hilary Cox (local community artist), Ann Mitchel (Cambridge Sustainable Food), and Transition members Nicola Terry, Jacky Sutton-Adam and Meg Clarke. Topics range from democracy, imagination, nature, water, food, art, and energy. Full details here. We'd welcome a couple of volunteers to help with Zoom or with the publicity - please get in touch if you'd like to help!
Source: Transition Cambridge 05 Jan 2021

Petition to keep Cambridge Market open during lockdown

You may have heard that Cambridge Market has been closed in this latest lockdown (see Cambridge News article here). A group of people are asking for it to remain open to enable some people to do their food shopping in the open air, at lower risk from covid. If you would like to sign a petition about this, you can do so here.
Source: change.org 05 Jan 2021

"Save the Cam" petition

The Friends of the River Cam are asking individuals and organisations to put pressure on local government, water companies and the Environment Agency in the Cambridge area to Save the River Cam and its tributaries by signing up to support the Cam River Charter. If you'd like to sign their petition, you can do so here. The River Cam and its tributaries are suffering badly from over-abstraction, agricultural run-off and sewage discharge leaving them in poor condition with very low flow levels and dirty water. We believe this vital chalk stream river system, so integral to the character and nature of the Cam landscape, must be helped to recover to a cleaner and more natural state. The climate emergency makes a bad situation worse. Find out more here.
Source: The Friends of the River Cam 05 Jan 2021

Consultation on the closure to traffic of Mill Road bridge

Cambridgeshire County Council are consulting on the closure of Mill Road Bridge to vehicles (except buses and emergency vehicles). Currently the closure is temporary, and strong views have been expressed both for and against. Please let the council know what you think by taking their survey here (takes 5 minutes to fill out). Find out more here.
Source: Cambridgeshire County Council 21 Dec 2020