Thursday, 17 October 2013

Cambridge Carbon Footprint: Mid-month greetings: Warm homes and wonderful workshops! (Newsletter)


With cooler weather on the way Autumn is the perfect time to start thinking about how to keep our homes cosy warm! To help you get started we have Warm Homes Mill Road coming up on November 2nd. In the morning you will be able to visit homes that have taken steps to reduce their energy use, while in the afternoon there will be lots of talks, workshops, videos and stalls on energy saving, with information to suit all budgets, and both home owners and renters alike! Bookings for the home visits have now opened!

And if you're hankering for more workshops, never fear! Coming up on November 9th we have SkillsFest - a whole afternoon dedicated to hands-on skillsharing! There will be workshops on all sorts of different skills to lower your carbon footprint, including bike maintenance, cooking, herbal healing, draught-busting, DIY ‘Lotions and Potions’, jewellery recycling, knitting, and more! So why not come along a learn a useful new skill, or even just a fun one to keep you entertained at home during the cooler months!

Also, don't forget that on November 21st we will be officially launching our Food for a Greener Futurecampaign at Fitzbillies with a scrumptious sustainable feast. Throughout the campaign there will be lots of information on ethical eating and opportunities to get involved, inlcuding challenges, workshops and of course our Food for a Greener Future conference in February! Stay tuned for more information...

1. Festival of Ideas : 28 October28 October 2013, 7.00-9.00pm, St Lukes Church, Victoria Road, CB4 3DZ

We all want to do something about climate change but what can we personally do? This workshop for the Cambridge University Festival of Ideas looks at our current levels of consumption, energy use, global travel and food sourcing and asks, ‘Are the solutions within our reach?’

Participants will have the chance to compare their lifestyle expectations with lifestyle expectations as recently as 40 years ago and consider what it would be like to redraw the boundaries we have set to create a more sustainable lifestyle for ourselves. A lifestyle that would be fulfilling, enjoyable and exciting while at the same time lower in carbon.

The workshop will provide participants with a taste of the Carbon Conversations course we also run, which is a series of six engaging meetings helping participants to halve their carbon footprint.

For bookings email info@cambridgecarbonfootprint.org or call the CCF office on 01223 301842.

2. Warm Homes Mill Road : 2 November2 November, Mill Road Area & Ross Street Community Centre, CB1 3UZ

After the popularity of our Warm Homes Trumpington event, CCF have put together a whole day home-energy event for the Mill Road area, including a morning of visits to local houses with energy-saving improvements.

There will also be an afternoon of events at Ross St Community Centre with talks, workshops, videos and stalls to suit home owners and renters alike.

The main focus will be on the many pre-1920s houses in the area (and throughout Cambridge) which have solid walls and are therefore more difficult and expensive to insulate.

Visit the event page for a schedule of home tours and a timetable for the afternoons events. For more information or to book your place on a home visit email us or call 01123 301842.
3. SkillsFest : 9 NovemberNovember 9, 2:30-5:30pm, St Andrew’s Hall, Chesterton, CB4 1DHA

CCF and Transition Cambridge have been working together to create SkillsFest - a whole afternoon dedicated to skillsharing! There will be workshops on all sorts of different skills to lower your carbon footprint, from low carbon entertainments, to bike maintenance, cooking, herbal healing, draught-busting, DIY ‘Lotions and Potions’ (e.g. balms, body butters and moisturisers), jewellery recycling, knitting, and more! There will also be a dedicated kids corner and a respite from the chaos in the cafe.

Some sessions will need to be booked in advanced, while others will be drop-in. Keep your eyes peeled for workshops listings on Greeniversity and the CCF website!

If you have a skill to share, or would like to help out on the day, please do get in touch!

As ever: email us for more info, or phone 01123 301 842.

4. Celebration of Sustainable Food at Fitzbillies : 21 November21 November, 7.00pm, Fitzbillies Restaurant 52A Trumpington Street, CB2 1RG

Join us at Fitzbillies to celebrate the delicious and varied sustainable, local food around Cambridge, and to launch the new Food for a Green Future campaign. There will be three course sustainable set menu, including both vegan and omnivorous options. Tickets are £33 per person not including drinks.

Booking only through Cambridge Carbon Footprint. Click here for more info and to book your spot!

5. Eat local this November!4 November - 17 November

Roll up your sleeves, switch your brain into ‘inventive cooking’ mode, and get ready to go crazy in the kitchen! After a break over the summer, we’re once again once again gearing up for our next food challenge. Your goal? To source all of your food from within a 30-mile radius of Cambridge for three weeks, with an extra emphasis on reducing your meat and dairy intake.

It should also be mentioned that we do advocate the ‘five exceptions’ rule: that is, please allow yourself five ingredients (such as rice, tea, quinoa, spices etc) that are not local…just to ensure you are getting the proper nutrition and still enjoy your food!

Participants will also have the opportunity to write about their experiences on our sustainable food blog, and to meet other participants at a bring-and-share meal.

There's lots more information on the CCF website, but to take part in the challange and join up with other local eaters you just need to email elaina@cambridgecarbonfootprint.org.
6. Toy swap - Christmas goes green! : 1 DecemberDecember 1, 3:30-5:00pm, Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street, CB1 3UZ

The cool is in the air and Christmas is on it’s way. A toy swap may be the answer to your wishes! On hand will be a magical story teller to distract the kids while you find them a secret gift in the swap room. So bring along a toy, still in good condition, and swap it for one which will be new to the kids. It’ll be a great way to reduce the cost of Christmas, while giving a carbon free gift!

7. Interested in global food issues? Sign up to FCRN!Having long been interested in sustainable food and finding out about our globalized food system and the damage it does to people and the environment around the world, I recommend signing up for the FCRN e-newsletter (Food Climate Research Network). I first came across this a while back after reading Tara Garnett’s excellent 2008 “Cooking up a Storm: Food, GHG emissions and our changing climate”. My most recent FCRN mailing contained a shocking report from Oxfam on how sugar fuels land grabs

Looking at the home page of the FCRN website today, there is a link to an interesting article “Mitigating the GHG emissions embodied in food through realistic consumer choices” by Mike-Berners-Lee (of “How Bad are Bananas?” fame) among others, which looks at the GHG savings to be made from a change in diet (interesting for those of us who are about to start a sustainable food challenge with Dr Marie-Ann Ha from ARU analysing our food! We will certainly be reporting the results in a future newsletter!)
Bev
8. Global Sustainability Institute : Festival of Ideas event23 October, 5.30-7.00pm, LAB 027 (Anglia Ruskin East Road campus)

Title: Uncomfortable conversations... why discussing the big issues is so hard

Like politics, religion and money, climate change can be one of those topics it's not very comfortable to talk about with friends. It can provoke strong feelings, and judgement of people’s life choices, so isn't it more considerate not to mention it at all? In this interactive talk, speakers from the Global Sustainability Institute and friends will give their thoughts on why we avoid issues that it might be helpful for us to face up to, from climate change to our own health, and ask the audience to share their views and experiences. Led by Dr Rosie Robison and Julie-Anne Hogbin from the Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University.

15+, Free, Full access, Talk, Arrive on time, Booking not required

For more information see the Festival of Ideas event listing.
9. Transition Cafe : Preparing your home for winter
October 24, 7:30-9:00pm, CB1 cafe, 32 Mill Road, CB1 2AD

As the temperatures drop and the nights get longer, come along to this cafĂ© evening and learn about energy-saving measures for your home. Energy expert Tom Bragg will speak about a range of home energy solutions, starting with simple, cheap DIY measures (such as draught-proofing, using your heating controls wisely) and going through to eco-renovation projects (insulation, windows and more). We’ll show videos of local homeowners who’ve made energy-saving improvements to their homes. We’ll also have a thermal imaging camera (a good way to track down heat losses). As always, there will be time for questions. All welcome, free.

10. Transition : Wildlife WanderingsOctober 26, 2:00-3:30pm, Logan's Meadow LNR, Logan's Way, Cambridge

Take a wander with fellow nature lovers, to observe wildlife in action at Logan's Meadow, one of Cambridge's eight Local Nature Reserves. This will be a very informal session, guided by those who come; we slowly wander as we fancy, looking carefully at the plants, insects, birds and any other natural curiosities that we can find. All welcome (free). Meet at the entrance of Logan's Meadow, just off Logan's Way. Please bring sensible shoes, that you don't mind getting muddy, a waterproof and some water.

11. Green Enterprise : Carlos Ludlow-Palafox on opportunities in recyclingOctober 28, 7:30-9:30pm, Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BA

Carlos Ludlow-Palafox of Enval is successful entrepreneur who has developed a patented process and built a commercial scale recycling plant for recycling the formerly unrecyclable flexible laminate packaging (as used for toothpaste tubes, food pouches and coffee) Carlos is clearly skilled at navigating the funding maze, so this session will be of interest to anyone wondering about how to find funding for their idea, or the important topic of how we can convert landfill waste into valuable resources.

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.

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