Talks will be online via zoom on Tuesday evenings, from 7:30 to 8:30pm; the talks will be 20 to 30 minutes long, followed by some time for Q&A and discussion (we'll keep the sessions to 1 hour), and there will be a chance to chat socially after the event (all online). Please book tickets using the links below, and we will then send you the Zoom link to enable you to join the event online. The talks are free, with donations welcome.
The Upside of Down. An optimists view on creating a democracy and why we need to.
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.
Working with Nature
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.
A Better Future through Art
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.
Cambridge Sustainable Food
A Better Future for Food
Ann 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.
Cam Valley Forum
Safeguarding our local water resources
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. For more, see the Cam Valley Forum website.
Meg Clarke and Jacky Sutton-Adam
Preserving food naturally
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.
Why the next 10 years needs to feel like a Revolution of the Imagination?
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". Read more about Rob here.
Pathways to zero energy at home
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.
Tony Juniper's website
Tony Juniper CBE is a campaigner, writer, sustainability adviser and a well-known British environmentalist. He has worked towards creating a more sustainable society for 35 years in a number of roles. He is currently the chair of Natural England. Amongst many other activities, he has provided ecology and conservation experiences for primary school children, made the case for new recycling laws, and orchestrated international campaigns for action on rainforests and climate change. His books include ‘What has Nature ever done for us?’, ‘ What Nature Does For Britain’, ‘What is really happening to our planet?’ and the ‘Ladybird Expert Guide to Climate Change’, co-authored with HRH the Prince of Wales and polar scientist Dr Emily Shuckburgh OBE (see all his books here).