Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Mid-May greetings from Cambridge Carbon Footprint!

As part of the UK Green Film Festival, the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse is showing three great films this weekend, including The Happy Movie. CCF has organised the post-film session and we are delighted to welcome Professor Felicia Huppert of the Well-being Institute to lead the discussion.

Do you feel overwhelmed in face of climate change and other global challenges? The Work that Reconnects weekend workshop offers an ecopsychological way to find our hidden resources and connect with life. Now is the time to book on this inspiring workshop in a beautiful setting in mid-June.

If you'd like to join our staff, apply to become our Co-ordinator. Deadline for applications is Thursday 17th May, more information below or on our website.

There is still time to have a visit this year's exciting Open Eco Homes. The second weekend is 26 - 27 May, so take your pick and book your tour now!

1. Co-ordinator Vacancy

Mary Geddes, our friendly and efficient Co-ordinator, at the hub of CCF, running our office and some projects since early 2010, is standing down at the end of June. She wants to catch up with her own work and to carry on in CCF, but without a work hat on! She’ll continue with our book-keeping as a volunteer.

Mary’s work has a really positive effect on CCF and we’ll celebrate this with her in early July.

So we’re looking for a new Co-ordinator to be at the centre of CCF and to:
have an overview of our projects, putting the right people in touch
manage and develop our office and run its systems
3 days per week, £19,500 pro rata (60%)

You’d work alongside our Volunteer & Events Organiser, Stephanie Ferguson, with support from an Administrator volunteer, Trustees and others.

More details here Closing date for applications: noon, Thu 17th May

2. UK Green Film Festival 18 - 20 May

Back for its second year, the UK Green Film Festival is the UK’s annual environmental film festival. Over a single weekend, up and down the country, the festival screens some of the very best films out there, from around the world, exploring some of the big environmental issues of the day.

Here in Cambridge the Arts Picturehouse will be screening three films:
1) Friday, 18th May, 6:30pm – The Happy Movie
This highly-praised film, which shows us what really matters to us and what really makes us happy, is a rallying cry to those who are concerned about over-consumption and the ever-increasing materialism of our times. A real must-see! Our post-film panel will include:

Professor Felicia Huppert, Founding Director of the Well-Being Institute at the University of Cambridge,
Dr .  Candice Howarth, Research Fellow at the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University,
Ben Irvine, editor of Cycle Lifestyle magazine and founder of Oldspeak Publishing. 
2) Saturday, 19th May, 4pm – In Transition 2 . 0This is the new film from the Transition Network and is a great way of finding out what the Transition movement is all about! The film will be followed by a short question and answer session with some current members of Transition Cambridge, and then everyone is invited to help us celebrate our 4th birthday with tea and cake. More details to follow, but save the date, and book your tickets early! 
3) Sunday, 20th May, 4pm – Taste the Waste
Tickets for all three films are available from the Arts Picturehouse.
3. Open Eco Homes 26 - 27 May

The second Open Eco Homes weekend, 26-27 May, is getting closer. Take your pick from different era eco-renovations and custom built eco homes! Booking lines are open, so find the houses that interest you the most and get in touch to book you tour.

4. CCF at the Strawberry Fair 2 June

Saturday 2 June, 12 - 11pm

Cambridge Carbon Footprint will have a stall at the Strawberry Fair again this year. The theme for the Fair is Fairy Kings and Queens and we’ll have some great low-carbon fairy-themed activities at our stall. If you’re visiting the fair stop by to say hello and learn a bit more about CCF and what we do.

If you want to help volunteer to prepare activities and/or for what promises to be a fabulous day, please get in touch with Stephanie. Costumes are encouraged!

5. PlanEAT: Dinner and a Movie 8 June

Friday 8 June, 6.30 - 9pm, Ross Street Community Centre

This June, Cambridge Carbon Footprint presents an evening event that food lovers won’t want to miss.

For the first time in Cambridge we will be screening PlanEAT, a remarkable and award-winning film about the search for a diet that is good for our health, good for the environment and good for the future of the planet. With an additional cast of pioneering chefs and some of the best cooking you have ever seen, the scientists and doctors in the film present a convincing case for the West to re-examine its love affair with meat and dairy.

PLANEAT shows how so many of the problems we face today can be solved, without simply resorting to a diet of lentils and lettuce leaves. To prove it, we’ll be serving a delicious plant-based dinner too, and provide recipies to take home.

Tickets are on a sliding scale, £10, £20 or £30 (pay what you can – £10 just covers the cost of the event, £20 and £30 allows us to fundraise) will be available to purchase shortly.

To find out more and watch the trailer, visit our website.

6. The Work that Reconnects: a weekend workshop 15 - 17 June

Friday (evening) - Sunday 15 - 17 June, Cambridge Sustainability Centre, Fen End Farm, Oxholme Drove, Cottenham, CB24 8UP

Following our hugely successful day workshop in January, we are happy to offer this chance to go more deeply into our sense of interconnectedness with the world and release our energy to take positive action in our lives. This is for anyone who is concerned about the condition of our world and would like to strengthen their ability to respond.

'The Work That Reconnects' is an ecopsychological approach developed by Joanna Macy (see www . joannamacy . net for info). Deepening our feeling of connection with life, we will open up spiritual and psychological resources needed to face and respond to global issues. Through experiential practices we will explore how to use the energy of our emotional responses, reconnect with our passion to act for life and transform concern for the world into creative engagement.

The workshop will be facilitated by Anna McIvor, Bev Sedley and Liz Serocold and will be hosted by the Cambridge Sustainability Centre. Cost £50-£100, depending on your ability to pay. Most of us will be camping and we will be cooking together. More info here and book here through the Cambridge Sustainability Centre.

This event is offered jointly by the Cambridge Sustainability Centre, Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Transition Cambridge.

7. Solar Schools is going national!

Solar Schools is a 10:10 project that helps schools generate their own energy by raising money for solar panels from the local community. Installing solar panels offers a great way to get children and adults alike more interested in issues involving energy production and usage. Solar Schools helps to gather the initial cost for installing solar panels and offers training and advice throughout the project.

One of the first schools to take part was Newnham Croft Primary School here in Cambridge, where the panels have now been installed and the project has been described as a turning point. If you know a school that would like to take part in 2013, sign up on the Solar Schools website!

8. Martin Lucas-Smith: co founder of CycleStreets 22 May

Tuesday 22 May, 7.30 - 9.30pm, Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane

CycleStreets is the UK's best cycle journey planner, designed by cyclists for cyclists. Having started as a journey planner launched by Cambridge Cycling Campaign in 2006, its now acclaimed nationwide and run as a not-for profit company. Martin will share CycleStreets' story and the latest developments. It will be particularly interesting to hear how they encourage and manage the many volunteers involved, while also developing a professional service that’s getting increasing commercial interest.

Cost £5

9. Creating a Vision for Cambridge in 2030 24 May

Thursday 24 May, 7 - 9pm, Ross Street Community Centre

What do we want Cambridge to look like in 2030 and what role will Transition Cambridge play in achieving that vision? This will be the first of two events* leading to the creation of Transition Cambridge's Energy Descent Action Plan. Bring your ideas and dreams for a sustainable Cambridge to this exciting landmark event! Facilitated by Transition's own Liz Serocold and Jane Brown. (*the second event is scheduled to take place in June and will deal with backcasting and creating a timeline for achieving our vision).

10. Cambridge Future Transport Visions: How will we get around? 7 June

Thursday 7 June, 7pm, St. Lukes Church Community Centre, Victoria Road

This event is all about generating ideas for making transport in Cambridge more sustainable. To get the discussion going we will have some short talks from: Gary Armstrong from Outspoken Delivery, Sian Berry from Campaign for Better Transport, Mark Webb of Travel for Work and Jim Chisholm of CamCycle. Also there will be information stands from: Electric Bike Sales, School Run Centre and Outspoken Delivery. However, the main part of the evening will be an open space discussion and for that we need you!

Entry is free but donations will be welcome.

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