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A proposal for a Cambridge Nature Network was launched earlier this month. The vision is for Cambridge to have significant areas of downland, fens, meadows and woodlands where nature can recover and thrive and to provide a systematic approach to bring about nature's recovery in and around the City for the benefit of wildlife and those who live, work, study in and visit Cambridge. More...
Source: Cambridgeshire Wildlife Trust 05 Jun 2021
Today, Cambridge City council is voting on whether to support the Climate and Ecological Emergency bill. This is a motion put forward by a newly elected Green Party councillor, Hannah Copley.
According to the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill the Government must develop an emergency strategy that:
(a)requires that the UK plays its fair and proper role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with limiting global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial temperatures;
(b)ensures that all the UK's consumption emissions are accounted for;
(c)includes emissions from aviation and shipping;
(d)protects and restores biodiverse habitats along overseas supply chains;
(e)restores and regenerates the UK's depleted soils, wildlife habitats and species populations to healthy and robust states, maximising their capacity to absorb CO2 and their resistance to climate heating;
(f) sets up an independent Citizens' Assembly, representative of the UK's population, to engage with Parliament and Government and help develop the emergency strategy.
Transition Cambridge wholeheartedly endorses this strategy.
Source: Transition Cambridge 27 May 2021
A 6-part docuseries from Conscious Communications in partnership with Cambridge 2030, Cambridge - "In pursuit of equality", shines a light on why Cambridge has been named Britain's most unequal city for the past two years and what people think can be done about it. Hear from the people on the front line in the community, from teachers to foodbank volunteers, and those taking action to create a more equal and inclusive city, one where everyone can live happier, healthier lives. The podcasts are available here to listen to whenever you like.
Source: Meg Clarke TC 09 May 2021
There are currently several empty shops in the town centre, and it might be possible to use one of these spaces as a pop-up space, e.g. to showcase community projects, as a workshop space, and as a space to meet, plan and build for the future. It could perhaps be a "What if...?" shop, to invite people to imagine and take part in creating a better future for Cambridge. Transition Kentish Town have recently set up a similar space, called the "Think and Do" shop - you can hear more about it in this online talk. We've had one meeting so far, and there's lots of interest from several local community groups. If you'd like to get involved, please get in touch and we can send you more information - we are very open to ideas in terms of what we might do and how.
Source: Transition Cambridge 29 Apr 2021
Are you based in South Cambridgeshire and care about your community and climate change? The Net Zero Now training scheme can help you identify how and where you can take action on climate change in your local community.
This free training course is designed to enable everyone, regardless of knowledge, skills or experience to participate. By the end of the programme participants will have the tools to get started on a carbon reduction initiative. This could be something as simple as setting up a new local clothes swap, or something as big as a community energy scheme.
Featuring 8 fortnightly sessions of online interactive learning and skill sharing, the course will connect you with like minded individuals and help you create an action plan for change.
The training will run June-October, with a 6 week break in the summer. Note that the deadline for applications is 9 May.
Go to the Net Zero Now page of the Cambridge Carbon Footprint website for more info and an application form here.
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint 28 Apr 2021
Missed some of the Earth Optimism sessions? Needing a dose of optimism? You can catch up via the website here. We particularly recommend (!) the TC contribution on Precious Water, created by Nicola Terry - here.
Source: Earth Optimism 13 Apr 2021
Transition Cambridge's water project, "Precious water" was in this year's Earth Optimism event, which formed part of the Cambridge Festival. The page is still available and includes several videos and lots of information, so do take a look! The videos describe and explore the effects of our consumption on the environment and what we can do about it. You will hear from Cllr Katie Thornburrow, from Cambridge City Council, and Ruth Hawkesley from the Wildlife Trust. You can also experiment with an animated aquifer and use our water calculator to see where the water goes in your home. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge 07 Apr 2021
The What Next? Summit was a remarkable event - 2,000 community activists came together across 3 weeks, to listen to over 70 speakers and take part in a mesmerising multiplicity of conversations about positive changes in our communities. The summit aimed to connect up people within and between movements and organisations, to provide inspiration and deep reflective thinking from a diversity of perspectives, to highlight some big picture thinking that enables people to see their role and the role of others in creating change, and to empower people to self-organise and create impactful change.
Many of the inspirational and practical sessions are now available online and you can catch up here. More...
Source: Transition Bounce Forward 27 Mar 2021
The Orchard Barn Environmental Education Centre are running a series of courses on heritage building, greenwood and rural skills. Upcoming courses include "An Introduction to using Lime" with Gemma Sayers (26 March), "Wattle and Daub" with Sarah Partridge (16 April) and "Timber Frame Restoration Skills" with Mike McConnell, Gemma Sayers and Sarah Partridge (26 to 28 April), and there are several more workshops coming up. Full details here. More...
Source: Orchard Barn 14 Mar 2021
Green Pages is a directory of local and online businesses that provide plastic-free and eco products and services to help you embrace a low carbon lifestyle. The website is run by a small team of volunteers, and will continue to be updated, so do check back regularly. Follow us on Twitter to find out about updates: @GreenPagesUK1. More...
Source: Green Pages 14 Mar 2021
Two short term Research Assistant roles - on the Food Map of Cambridge and on Doughnut Principles - are now open for applications. The dates are 12 April to 30 June; 37 hours per week, and the rate of pay is £13.85/hour. Apply online with a CV - more details of job descriptions and selection criteria, here for the food map and here for doughnut principles. More...
Source: Cambridge Doughnut Economics 14 Mar 2021
Cambridge Carbon Footprint is looking for an expert communicator to help organise and deliver this year's Open Eco Homes tours and talks. The role is fixed-term, 2.5 days/week, from about 19 Apr - 18 Oct 2021.
The OEH Coordinator is a key role within the CCF team, responsible for delivering Open Eco Homes, supported by the OEH Manager, OEH volunteers and other CCF staff and volunteers. Working from home, the OEH Coordinator is a remote role.
Find out more and apply here. More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint 10 Mar 2021
Over the past few months, two separate "webs of connection" showing local environmental, sustainability and social justice groups in Cambridge city and Cambridge university have been created. The city web, "Cambridge Resilience Web" was originally created by Meg Clarke, and has now been digitised by Diner Ismail and populated with information by Helen Cook - it's wonderful to see how many local groups there are, all working on similar or related issues to what we are doing as Transition Cambridge. It's also amazing to see how many university groups there are on the Cambridge Map of Sustainability-Related Initiatives created by Lena Morrill - this map includes college societies and departmental research groups (choose what groups to view in the menu, and click generate). This university map is part of the new Wolfson College Interdisciplinary Research Hub on Sustainability & Conservation, led by Charlie Barty-King.
These webs are still works in progress - please let us know of any missing groups, connections or information, and any bugs with using them (the Cambridge Resilience Web doesn't work on mobile phones yet). We welcome your feedback and ideas for improvement (there are feedback links on the individual webs too), and we ask that you bear with the developers while they improve the webs over the next few months.
We hope that the webs will act as a navigation tool for those interested in getting involved locally, as well as enabling different groups to connect up and possibly collaborate more, and that overall the webs will inspire us all in our work by showing that we are part of a growing movement of positive change.
Source: Transition Cambridge and Wolfson College Interdisciplinary Research Hub on Sustainability & Conservation 01 Mar 2021
This inspiring 38 minute film, by Carbon Neutral Cambridge and Dragonlight Films, shares the experience of five commercial farmers from the Cambridgeshire region on how they are adapting their farming practices to help cut carbon and double nature. Find out more and view it here. It will be of interest to farmers, rural landowners, policy makers, other expert participants and those interested in practical solutions to climate change and biodiversity loss. It features 5 Cambridgeshire farmers at different stages of their journey to regenerate their soil health. The farmers: David White, Matt Redman, Tom Mead, Charles Shropshire and Martin Lines are interviewed "farmer-to-farmer", discussing what they've done and why - looking at both the highs and the lows of their experience and their aims for the future. More...
Source: Carbon Neutral Cambridge 01 Mar 2021
As the ongoing pandemic impacts on our health, our security and our hopes for the future, the climate crisis seems to have slipped into the background. Some of us might absorb ourselves in activism regardless or others retreat into despair or denial. But wherever we find ourselves the old adage still stands, talking with others helps: this group will be a place where people can share their concerns, hopes and fears. It will be held weekly over a period of 9 weeks and we aim to start after Easter, either face to face in Cambridge or online.
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), Tony Juniper (Chair of Natural England), Jeremy Purseglove (author of "Working with Nature"), Nick Anim (Inclusion and Diversity Advisor at Transition Network), Stephen Tomkins (Cam Valley Forum), Hilary Cox Condron (community artist), Ann Mitchell (Cambridge Sustainable Food), and Transition members Nicola Terry, Jacky Sutton-Adam and Meg Clarke. Topics range from democracy, imagination and nature to water, food, art, diversity and energy. Full details here, with booking links for each talk.
Source: Transition Cambridge 29 Jan 2021
A 6-part docuseries from Conscious Communications in partnership with Cambridge 2030, 'Cambridge - in pursuit of equality' shines a light on why Cambridge has been named Britain's most unequal city for the past two years and what people think can be done about it. Hear from the people on the front line in the community, from teachers to foodbank volunteers, and those taking action to create a more equal and inclusive city, one where everyone can live happier, healthier lives. There are 5 episodes, 30 minutes each, it's free - more info here. More...
Source: Cambridge 2030 25 Jan 2021
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
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
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