Thursday, 13 December 2012

Mid-December Greetings From Cambridge Carbon Footprint!

The new climate change documentary, Chasing Ice, is hitting the screens in the UK, and we have teamed up with the Arts Picturehouse to bring you a Q&A session with Dr Ed King, a British Antartic Survey glaciologist, after the matinee screening this Saturday! This is a fantastic opportunity to see this award winning film on the big screen and learn more about climate change in the polar regions, so book your tickets soon from the Arts Picturehouse and be one of the first to see this beautiful and frightening documentary.

We have three Carbon Conversations groups starting in January, and we still have places left, so if you want to start the new year with a smaller carbon footprint, pick a time and location to suit you and get in touch!

Carbon Conversation Groups starting in January

We are pleased to announce that we have three new Carbon Conversation Groups starting in January!

Transition Cambridge group: this group is for people who are involved with Transition Cambridge and who subscribe to the Transition Cambridge bulletin
Venue: Hills Road near the rail station

North Cambridge: an open group running in the evenings in north Cambridge
Venue: CCF office (Milton Road near the Westbrook Centre)

Trumpington: following our successful Warm Homes Trumpington event we are running a local Carbon Conversation course for anyone interested in attending
Venue: Trumpington Pavilion, Paget Road

Carbon Conversations is a series of six engaging meetings in which participants address climate change in a different way, focusing on values, emotions, lifestyle and identity as well as the basic facts of carbon emissions.

To learn more about Carbon Conversations, or to join an upcoming group please or phone 01223 301842.

Chasing Ice at the Arts Picturehouse 15 December

Saturday 15 December, 3 - 5.15pm, Arts Picturehouse

Cambridge Carbon Footprint is very pleased to be teaming up with the Arts Picturehouse and Dr Ed King, a British Antartic Survey glaciologist, for a Q&A session following the matinee showing of “Chasing Ice” on Saturday December 15th at 3:00pm.

Winner of the cinematography prize at Sundance 2012 and of numerous other awards, Chasing Ice is an achingly beautiful documentary about climate change. A little about the film, from the Chasing Ice website (where you can also view the trailer): In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.

Tickets are available now from the Arts Picturehouse box office and can be bought online from their website in the usual way.

Grow Your Own Year Round Workshop 7 January

Monday 7 January, 7.30 - 9.30pm, Ann Dowcra Room, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane

Whether you’re new to growing your own food, or a seasoned experimenter, this workshop led by expert grower Keith Jordan, is essential if you want to eat your own produce all year round. “Grow Your Own Year Round” will help you plan your garden and planting schedule so that you always have something from the garden to eat, no matter the season.

Space will be limited so please book ahead by emailing or calling us at 01223 301842. All materials will be provided.

Vegetarian Cooking Workshop: Veggie Burger Delight 16 January

Wednesday 16 January, 6.30 - 8.30pm, CCF office, Milton Rd

Learn how to make a variety of your own veggie burgers, such as black bean or falafel burgers with this hands-on workshop in January. Hosted by two vegetarian and vegan cooking experts, you’ll come away from the class with great new skills and recipes, especially if you’re new to vegetarian cooking.

Materials will be provided, and the workshops will take place at our office off Milton Road (for directions and map, see here). Donations are greatly appreciated to help cover costs (suggested £3-5/person).

This will be the first in an ongoing series of low-carbon cooking workshops, this workshop has 10 places available, so please email us at or call01223 301842 to book. Please let us know if you have any particular allergies or intollerances in advance.

Climate Science in the Media: could it be done better, and how much does it matter? 22 January

Tuesday 22 January, 7.30 - 9.30pm, Lord Ashcroft Building (LAB) room 109, Anglia Ruskin University

A key route via which the public currently acquires climate science information is through the media. In 2011, a series of focus groups and a national opinion poll were conducted to assess the public’s reaction to climate science news articles and explore issues of trust in climate scientists. In this talk, Dr .  Rosie Robison, Research Fellow at the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University will present the key findings of this important study, which gives interesting insights into how the public engages with climate change issues. Dr. Robison will also raise some wider questions about the differences (and similarities) between scientists’ and non-scientists’ attitudes to climate science.

This exciting talk isn’t until the 22nd of January but in the meantime you can whet your curiosity and see the report here. Please book a place for this talk, which you can do by emailing or calling 01223 301842.

Venue: Lord Ashcroft Building (LAB) room 109. Arrival either via the main entrance to ARU (on East Rd), and ask for directions, or come to the side entrance to the Lord Ashcroft Building on Broad St.

Shale Gas can Ruin the Future

Exploitation of shale gas seems irresistible to our leaders, in spite of threatening runaway climate change. In the US vast gas reserves can make them independent of Middle East oil, with global political consequences when India & China become the main customers instead.

Now George Osborne has announced a new generation of gas power stations and tax incentives for UK shale gas. Burning gas has about half the carbon emissions of coal, so some claim it’s a stepping-stone to low-carbon energy: US emissions seem to be falling as a result. But fracking for shale gas often causes methane to leak up through the ground, which may make it worse than coal, as methane is 30-times more potent for climate change than CO2. Also the “better than coal” argument only applies if you leave it in the ground. Instead rising US coal exports are driving down global coal prices, with 6 new Pacific ports planned to export more coal to Asia. In response to falling prices, UK coal consumption has risen by a quarter in a year.

Please ask Cameron to honour his pledges on “the greenest government ever” by signingthis Christmas Card to him. It’s time to make plans for our own greener 2013. What are the best ways for you go low-carbon?

If you’re house is already quite efficient, and you have a suitable roof, can you afford to put solar thermal or PV on it? Although the FITs payments for solar PV have fallen, so has their cost. See Energy Savings Trust’s calculator and Transition’s FAQ

All the best for 2013.

Tom Bragg

Cambridge Carbon Footprint
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01223 301842

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