Thursday, 10 January 2013

[CCF] Mid-January greetings from Cambridge Carbon Footprint!

Dr Rosie Robison's talk on Climate Science in the Media is on Tuesday 22 January. As media is the main source of information on climate change, it plays an important role in forming public opinion. This is your chance to learn more, as Dr Robison is discussing the results of their important study in the area!

Our Carbon Conversations groups for this winter are getting started, so this is the very last minute to sign up! If you are interested in the group aimed specifically for Transition Cambridge members, sign up now, as there will not be another group till next year! These groups are a wonderful way to start a lower carbon lifestyle, but can also give new ideas and insights to those already actively involved in low carbon living. Comment from recent Carbon Conversations participant:

“Taking part in carbon conversations was incredibly useful for me because it really helped me to feel comfortable with my consumer choices. It finally gave me the information I needed to make choices that I had struggled over before.”

Open Eco Homes is on again 15th and 26th June, and we are already looking for people willing to open their homes! We're looking for houses that have undergone significant renovations or have been designed and built to be environmentally friendly. Homes should preferably be in Cambridge itself. Information about the event and last years homes are available at www . openecohomes . org.

We are also looking for keen models either for a photo shoot or a fashion show 15th March. If you fancy giving the catwalk a try for a good cause, read more below.

1. 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)

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 email or phone 01223 301842.

2. 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.

3. "Chasing Ice" on again at the Arts Picturehouse

We are pleased that Cambridge Arts Picturehouse are again showing Chasing Ice from January 25th for a week. This is a prize-winning must-see documentary about climate change and we were delighted to be able to collaborate with The Arts Picturehouse and the British Antarctic Survey to bring Dr Ed King, an Anatarctic glaciologist for a Q&A session after a matinee of the film on December 15th. Dr King gave us a fascinating insight into the situation in Antarctica and held a rapt audience for nearly an hour before we had to leave before the next showing. The 100-seater cinema was completely full and people were turned away. (It was very gratifying that this showing of Chasing Ice was more popular than showings of The Hobbit and Great Expectations that day!) Do try to see this film if you can!

4. Sustainable Local Food Networking Night 12 February

Tuesday 12 February, 7.30 - 9pm, Emmanuel United Reform Church, Trumpington Street.

Are you someone contributing to sustainable local food, or looking to be more involved?

This is an evening especially for local food leaders, producers, distributors, shop owners, and volunteers to get to know each other better and make connections to strengthen Cambridge’s local food system.

Booking is required as space is limited. Email or call 01223 301842 to book.

5. Warm Homes in Trumpington: DIY workshop 19 February

Tuesday 19 February, 7.45 - 9pm, Trumpington Pavilion, Paget Road, CB2 9JF

One of the most popular parts of our successful Warm Homes in Trumpington day on November 10th was the DIY workshop by Tom Bragg, which focused on straightforward ways we can reduce our carbon emissions and energy bills ourselves, through simple things such as fitting foil behind radiators, lagging hot water pipes and fitting draught excluders. Tom has already been invited to run this hands-on workshop in other places and Trumpington residents who missed the day are keen to have another chance. Two of Tom's handouts are available as downloads on our website for people who are unable to attend the workshop:

• Do it Yourself - low cost energy savings that you can do

• DIY checklist with sources

Because the workshop is very practical and interactive, numbers are limited, so book now to reserve your place. The workshop is free but a small donation to cover the cost of the hall hire would be appreciated. To book, email or phone 01223 301842.

6. Vegetarian Cooking Workshop: Super Salads 4 March

Monday 4 March, 6.30 - 8.30pm, CCF office, Milton Road

Think salads are just lettuce? Discover a whole new world of possibilities, from mexican bean salad with tortillas to lemon cous cous salad. These quick, easy and delicious vegetarian and vegan salads will make you want to have salad every night!

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 (recommended £5/person).

The second in our ongoing series of low-carbon cooking workshops, this workshop has 10 places available, so please email us at or call 01223 301842 to book. Please let us know if you have any particular allergies or intolerances in advance.

7. Eat Cambridge Festival 9 March

Saturday 9 March, 10am - 4pm

CCF is excited to be a part of Eat Cambridge, a new annual event aimed at local people and showing off our local producers. More details will be coming soon, but you can find more information at http ://www . eat-cambridge . co . uk and mark the main date of a major food and drink fair, 9th March, in your diary. We will need stall volunteers!

8. Second Hand Style Event 15 March

Friday 15 March, 7 - 9.30pm

Join us for a glamorous evening dedicated to the release of a new photo collection produced by Cambridge Carbon Footprint, with funding from Wear it Love it Share it. The photos will feature some of this year’s biggest fashion trends created entirely from second-hand clothing and accessories, a real demonstration of how great reusing and restyling clothing can be!

To celebrate our new photo collection, the evening will feature a fashion show of our amazing second-hand outfits and a swishing!

There is no need to book for this event, and it will be free (though donations will be greatly appreciated!).If you've never attended a swishing before, you can read all about it in this Style article featuring one of our past swishings, or see the photos from our last swishing here. To participate  just bring a few items (anything from 2-5 is fine!) of clean and good condition clothes, shoes or accessories. We’ll organise the lot while you enjoy the fashion show, and then the racks will be open for everyone to browse and find a few new treasures to take home.

Models wanted! There is still time to apply to be a photo shoot and/or fashion show model. Send an email to about you, a couple photos and why you want to be a model for us!

9. 11th Distinguished Lecture Series in Sustainable Development 2013

Wednesday Evenings, 5.30 - 6pm, Lecture Room 0, Cambridge University Engineering Department

30th January Growing older in yesterday’s world, Professor Jared Diamond (Professor of Geography, UCLA)

6th February The revolution of capitalism, Peter Bakker (Chief Executive of the World Business Council for Sustainable
Development; Ambassador Against Hunger, the World Food Program)

13th February Commercialising sustainability, Dr Mike Biddle (Chief Executive and Founder of MBA Polymers)

20th February Limits to adaptation in the Thames Estuary: sea level rise and decision-making under uncertainty, Professor Jim Hall (Director, Environmental Change Institute; Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks, School of Geography and the Environment; Oxford University)

27th February Next generation sustainability at the University of British Colombia, Professor John Robinson (Associate Provost, Sustainability at The University of British Columbia)

6th March Overcoming peak water: moving to sustainability, Dr Peter Gleick (Pacific Institute, San Francisco)

20th March Economics for a finite planet, Professor Tim Jackson (provisional) (Professor of Sustainable Development, University of Surrey Director of the ESRC Research Group on Lifestyles, Values and Environment)

Free public lectures, open to all.
For further details please contact: Dr R.A.Fenner Tel: 01223 765626

10. Announcing this term’s Global Sustainability Institute lunchtime seminars

Kicking off on Mon 21st Jan, we have a packed programme of speakers on a variety of sustainability related topics. We are always very pleased to have members of Cambridge Carbon Footprint there. *A (sustainable/locally bought) lunch is provided at all seminars*

The Cambridge dates (all on the East Rd campus) are as follows:

Mon 21st Jan, 1-2pm: (Lord Ashcroft Building 221) Phil Bailey (Covenant College Zambia),‘Sustainability not Dependency’. Phil has lived in Zambia since 2004 and has been involved in a variety of voluntary projects. From his experiences Phil will discuss why 'Conservation farming', the 'dependency syndrome and 'Aid feeds corruption' can explain why small scale farming has not been a successful approach in bringing poor people in Africa out of poverty, and is therefore not sustainable.

Mon 4th Feb, 1-2pm: Helen Cranston (The Makhad Trust), ‘Do Sunny Holidays = Water Poverty?’

Mon 4th Mar, 1-2pm: Beatriz Acevedo, Sergio Fava, Nancy Harrison (Anglia Ruskin), ‘Showcase of GSI seed-funded projects’

Mon 18th Mar, 1-2pm: Alison Stowell (Anglia Ruskin) and David Broadwell (Cambridge City Council), ‘Recycling Revealed: are we as good at recycling as we think we are?’

Mon 29th Apr, 1-2pm: Joe Smith (Open University), ‘Taking Care of the Future’

For further details of all talks and exact rooms see our website . 

No booking necessary, but if you would like to confirm your attendance or get any more information, please contact, 0845 196 5107.

11. Trumpington Seedy Sunday 20 January

Sunday 20 January, 1.30 - 4pm, Trumpington Village Hall, Trumpington

Speakers and Films

The rise of F1 seeds: implications for growers and seedsavers

Valerie Muir - of Valerie’s Veggies and Plants
I am a retired medical pathologist and lifelong grower. I have had a small market garden near Bishops Stortford for 16 years, which is fully organic now for 7 years, Soil Association certified. I grow veg, fruit, nuts, herbs and garden plants all of which are for sale. I also teach organic gardening and growing. I love growing plants from seed and currently have a large productive apple tree grown from a 'Discovery' seed.

Seeds of Freedom - Film and discussion

Seeds of Freedom highlights the story of seed - from its roots at the heart of traditional diversity-rich farming systems around the world, to the ways that seeds are being turned into a commodity and used to monopolise the global food system.

Growzones and Permaculture design

Pippa Vine - Transition Cambridge will talk about how her garden has developed since she participated in Growzones in 2010 and the benefits of Permaculture design.


Demonstration on how to chit seeds that you have taken to check viability
Discussion about setting up a seed circle
Seed exchange – if you have no seeds to exchange don't worry there are always plenty for all. A small donation will be welcome.
Heritage Seed for sale - from Thomas Etty Heritage Seed Merchant
Heritage Seed Library seeds and information by donation - from the Heritage Seed Library
Stalls - Transition Cambridge Food Group and Permaculture Group
Cambake, artisan made seeded bread to take home
Tea and cakes - by Trumpington W.I.

If you have seeds you have saved or packets you are unable to use please bring them but this is not essential.

Entry fee £1.50 -- children free
Contact: email us or call Ceri Galloway C. 840602 or Susanna Colaco C. 841870.

More information and directions here!

Come along to help make it even better than Trumpington Seedy Sunday 2012

This annual event is organised by Trumpington Allotment Society with help from Transition Cambridge.

12. Green Deal and other government initiatives 28 January

Monday 28 January, 7.30 – 9.30pm, Barton Village Hall, School Lane, Barton, CB23 7BD

Information about:
The Green Deal - how government investment can benefit you.
The Renewable Heat Incentive.
The Renewable Premium Payment.
Unbiased information and advice.

Organised by Barton Energy Group
(Tea and coffee available)

13. Cyclestreets at Green Enterprise 28 January

Monday 28 January, 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..

As usual in Green-enterprise events, the evening will be participative and will include plenty of time for discussion with the speaker and other participants

Cost £5

Cambridge Carbon Footprint