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17/Mar to 02/Apr: Cambridge Festival

in-person and online
The Cambridge Festival is back for another year - with over 300 events, grouped under four themes - Discovery, Environment, Health and Society. There are family events, events for children, a mix of online and in-person, and almost all events are free. You can browse the programme here. Booking is via the Student Union -here.
Source: Cambridge Festival

Tuesday 21st March: Transition Book Club

Online 19:00-20:00 add to google calendar
We meet up online monthly to discuss a book with an environmental theme we have read over the previous month. Come along and have a chat, there's no need to have finished the book as our discussions lead in lots of different directions. It's informal and friendly and we'd love to see you there. On Tuesday March 21st at 7 pm we'll be discussing "Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice" by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha. "In this collection of essays, Lambda Literary Award-winning writer and long-time activist and performance artist Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha explores the politics and realities of disability justice. Care Work is a mapping of access as radical love, a celebration of the work that sick and disabled queer/people of color are doing to find each other and to build power and community, and a tool kit for everyone who wants to build radically resilient, sustainable communities of liberation where no one is left behind. Powerful and passionate, Care Work is a crucial and necessary call to arms." We meet online. Book through Eventbrite (we'll then send you a zoom link). Any questions? Please get in touch with Meg. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge

Thursday 23rd March: 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

Sunday 26th March: Empty Common Community Garden

Empty Common Community Garden 10:30-12:30 add to google calendar
ECCG is a magical meeting place for you and your friends, close to the centre of Cambridge. Enjoy chatting as you garden and relax. We meet as a group on Sunday mornings from 10.30 am to 12.30 or later but people can come individually or in groups whenever they like. We are just completing our 'Heads, Hearts and Hands' hut where we can learn, bond and do things together and have tea and cake too. Come and enjoy the space! More...
Source: Transition Cambridge - ECCG

Monday 27th March: Film: 'Finite: The climate of change' + panel

Arts Picturehouse, 38-39 St Andrews Street, CB2 3AR 18:00
In Germany, concerned citizens step forward to save an ancient forest from one of Europe's biggest coal mines.They form an unlikely alliance with a frustrated community in rural England who are forced into action to protect their homes from a new opencast coal mine.

Finite: The Climate of Change is an insider's view of the world of direct action; a raw, authentic and emotional insight into the David and Goliath battle between front line communities, activists and fossil fuel corporations. The film will be followed by a panel discussion made up of local experts - director Rich Felgate + Cameron Ford - activist/spokesperon for Insulate Britain & Just Stop Oil + speaker from XR Cambridge. After that, site permitting, an invitation to continue the conversation in the cinema's bar or cafe to connect and share ideas. More info and trailer here. Tickets are £10, link to booking below. More...
Source: climate films

Tuesday 28th March: How to crack on with it: practical, local advice to reduce your carbon footprint

online 19:00-20:30 add to google calendar
Climate change is a big problem that needs to be tackled on many levels, but there are things that we can proactively do to reduce our emissions, reduce our energy bills and insulate ourselves from energy price shocks and shortages. Join this online session to find out how we can crack on with it! It will help you to:

  • prioritise actions to make meaningful change in a way that works for you;
  • find local suppliers, initiatives and practical support;
  • share ideas and learn from each other;
  • put together a plan in a way that helps you to see it through.

There are many people making genuine change in our City and helping others to do the same. This session is a free online event brought to you by local charity Cambridge Carbon Footprint, with support from Cambridge City Council. It's free - though donations are welcome. You can book your free ticket here.
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint

Thursday 30th March: Hothouse Earth, Bill McGuire talks about his latest book.

St Philip's Church Centre, 185 Mill Road, CB1 3AN 18:30-20:30 add to google calendar
Friends of the River Cam, invite you to meet Bill McGuire and discuss his book: HOTHOUSE EARTH: AN INHABITANT'S GUIDE

Bill McGuire is Emeritus Professor of Earth Sciences, University College London and a writer and broadcaster.

He will talk and answer questions about the magnitude of the climate emergency and how to limit it, based on his searingly honest book. More...
Source: Friends of the RIver Cam

Thursday 30th March: Chalk Streams: a panel discussion on their 'wonder, plight and future'

Cockcroft Lecture Theatre 19:15-20:45 add to google calendar
Owned by Everyone? The 'Wonder, Plight and Future'of Chalk Streams' is a conference with a free writer's and film makers' panel discussion. The public are welcome and it's a great line up. Speakers include Amy-Jane Beer, Tony Eva, Tom Fort, James Murray-White, Adam Nicolson, Alice Willits and Mark Wormald, co- hosted by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative and Pembroke College plus partners the NGO WildFish Conservation. Chalk streams are a rare and vauable habitat, that have been referred to by the Environment Agency as the English equivalent of the Great Barrier Reef. We have several here in Cambs. Go along to find out how our chalk streams are threatened and how we can better respect and care for these precious natural resources here in Cambridgeshire. For more info and to sign up use this link More...
Source: Cambridge Conservation Initiative

Thursday 30th March: Energy group: Any questions

zoom only 20:00-22:00 add to google calendar
Are you thinking of making some changes in your home but you are not sure what is the best approach? More heads are better than one. Between us the Energy Group has extensive experience in insulation, windows, renewable energy, batteries, etc. So please come and ask. Also if you have experience from your own project that you think others could learn from - do come and share.

This meeting is by zoom only.

All welcome. Please let ask Nicola for the zoom link. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge Energy Group

Saturday 1st April - Saturday 29th: Repair Cafes near you - into April and beyond

Cambridge and villages 14:00-16:00 add to google calendar
Repair Cafes are community events that match people who need stuff fixed with people who like fixing things. They're completely non-commercial, though donations to running costs are welcome. There are no promises or guarantees, but if something can be saved the repairers will do everything they can. Repairers are always keen to teach visitors how to do the repair themselves and at the very least watch while they do it. Successful repair rates are currently around 65%. Note that if you want to bring something, you'll need to book it in - bookings open a couple of weeks before. Upcoming repair cafes are in Cambourne (25 March), Grand Arcade (1 April), Newnham (2 April), Trumpington (15 April), Fulbourn and Whittlesford (22 April) and Swavesey (29 April). You can book things in, check venues, times etc via the links here. Supported by the Cambridgeshire Repair Cafe Network (CRCN) - a partnership between Cambridge Carbon Footprint, Transition Cambridge and others.
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint - Repair Cafes

Sunday 2nd April: Permaculture Group

Empty Common Community Garden 14:00
You're very welcome to our regular meet ups at the wonderful Empty Common Community Garden in Central Cambridge, a demonstration garden, designed and run on permaculture principles, with ethics at the core. Whether you've always wanted to find out more about permaculture or you're already a practicing permaculturalist, we'd love to meet you on the first Sunday afternoon each month. Come at 2 p.m - or earlier if you want to join in with some hands-on gardening. There's tea and usually cake! We'll be running an Introduction to Permaculture Course later in the year, watch out for details on the Transition web page and in this newsletter… More...
Source: Cambridge Permaculture Group

Monday 17th April: Energy Group - Home energy performance metrics/heat pump readiness

Downing Place United Reform Church CB2 3EL (and zoom) 20:00
Is your home energy efficient? How do you measure this? Are you heat pump ready and what does that mean? We will discuss different metrics for how your home is performing and what they are good for. Also, some ideas on how to get to 'good' energy efficiency.

The meeting will be held at Downing Place but we will also use zoom to stream and record at least the part of the meeting with slides.

The church has not charged us to use their venue but would be grateful for donations. Downing Place supports charities locally and nationally

All welcome. Please let Nicola know if you would like to come, or to ask for the zoom link.
Source: Transition Cambridge Energy Group

Sunday 7th May: 5am to 7am: Dawn Chorus Bird Walk

Logan's Meadow, Chesterton, Cambridge
By early May our migrant breeding birds will be back, announcing their return from Southern Europe or even Africa. Come and join us at daybreak to experience one of the natural world's most amazing spectacles - the dawn chorus! We'll walk around the reserve identifying birds by their song. Meet by the Swift Tower. Croissants and coffee will be on hand for a post-walk breakfast! Find out more about the Friends of Logan's Meadow here, including a list of upcoming events, and read more about Logan's Meadow here (includes a map). More...
Source: Friends of Logan's Meadow

Wednesday 17th May: Energy Group - Green Investment from a local government view.

online 20:00-21:30 add to google calendar
What does Green investment look like from a council viewpoint? Councillor Nick Gay, vice chair of the County Council Environment and Green Investment Committee, has volunteered to tell us about some of the projects the county is involved in, such as the Swaffham Prior Heat Network and the North Angle Solar Park. What are the criteria for a viable investment? How do they fit with the council's carbon strategy? What makes a project suitable for the council rather than private business?

All welcome. Contact Nicola for the zoom link. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge Energy Group

The 100 Project - The Big One

On April 21st after 100 days of building alliances across groups concerned about climate change there are planned to be 100,000 people outside the Houses of Parliament to ask the Government to end new fossil fuel licensing and funding, halt biodiversity loss, achieve net zero by 2025 and set up Citizens Assememblies to decide on how to do this.

This legal action,'The Big One', is planned to be one of the largest pro-environmental collective actions in UK history. Many environmental groups led by Extinction Rebellion - in their new mode of doing only legal, non-blocking action - plus traditional NGOs from the RSPB to the National Trust, have called for their supporters to be there.

Could you - and maybe a group you are in - be part of the physical presence outside Parliament? Everyone is needed for this legal peaceful demonstration on April 21st and through the following three days too: come on the 21st and then when you can!

To find out more and sign up? link is below. More...
Source: x r cambridge 08 Mar 2023

Join the CCF Team - Vacancy for Home Energy Officer

Cambridge Carbon Footprint (CCF) is seeking a motivated and experienced Home Energy Officer to join our team. The Home Energy Officer is a new role for us, and will work to promote energy efficiency and carbon reduction by delivering events, projects and support to households in the Cambridge area.

We are looking for someone who is motivated, enthusiastic, and has a knowledge of energy efficiency measures, domestic renewables, low-carbon heating and strong communication and organisational skills.

This is a part-time role, 22.5 hours per week (60% FTE), £24,560 pro rata.

This is a unique opportunity to join a friendly team working on a project that will respond to the high levels of public interest in climate change and carbon reduction in a meaningful way.

The deadline for applications is 9am 16th March. To find out more and apply download the job information pack on the CCF website. More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint 24 Feb 2023

Volunteering with Transition Cambridge

We are looking for help with a few things at the moment, including gardening (various opportunities depending which community garden you live nearest to), graphic design (we'd like to make some nice posters to advertise our events), keeping the events part of the TC website up-to-date, running cafe or pub nights, and creating our fortnightly newsletter. We're also open to whatever you might like to bring or do. Please get in touch if you'd like to get involved! Contact Anna here.
Source: Transition Cambridge 22 Feb 2023

New community garden seeks gardeners (in middle of town)

A new miniature community garden is being created, right near the middle of town, and we're looking for a few people to help look after it. This will probably involve going along regularly to weed and water and just to check everything is OK. If you'd like to be part of this, please get in touch with Anna. More details coming soon...
Source: Transition Cambridge 22 Feb 2023

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