Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Cambridge Carbon Footprint: Mid-March Greetings


5:2 Good Food Challenge
The Big Dig is this weekend - live music, blossom,cake, the outdoors and gardening!
DIY Lotions and Potions Workshop
Carbon Conversations
More Open Eco Homes
Eco Coaching: One-on-one help and advice
Transition Cambridge: Grow Zones 2014 Introduction Session
Final Meeting of Green Enterprise: Richard Hales on Sustainability at Addenbrookes.
Histon & Impington Climate Action: Green Philisophy in Action
TOMORROW, TODAY: Learn & Practise Self-Build Cob

1. 5:2 Good Food Challenge

March 5 - May 22
Join us for the 5:2 Good Food Challenge: our biggest and best food challenge yet and the latest event in our Food for a Greener Future series.

The challenge is simple: eat vegetarian or vegan two days a week for 40 days. You can start the challenge anytime on or before April 13.

We believe this challenge is an opportunity to experience something life-changing and we want to invite you to take part. You can take part in the challenge either as an individual or as part of a group. Maybe your friends, family or colleagues would like to join you on the challenge? The more the merrier!

We’ll be trying to bring everyone together as much as possible, so even if you don’t join as a group you can find support through be our food blog, a Facebook group and a big bring and share veggie meal. And if that wasn’t reward enough, by signing up you’ll go into a monthly draw to win a £20 voucher to Fitzbillies Restaurant!

So what are you waiting for? Sign up and help yourself to some food that is good for you and great for the planet!

2. The Big Dig is this weekend - live music, blossom,cake, the outdoors and gardening!

Saturday March 22 and Sunday March 23, 10am- 1pm, various locations.

Volunteers are warmly invited to help get four of Cambridge's community gardens, allotments and orchards ready for a bumper harvest this year. Cambridge Carbon Footprint is co-ordinating the local Big Dig and we are really excited about the difference that Big Dig volunteers will make to our many growing spaces.

The three sites taking part on Saturday 22nd March between 10am and 1pm are Trumpington Community Orchard, Midsummer Common Community Orchard and Rock Road Library Community Garden. To give gardeners a boost there'll be a live ukulele band called The Misspent Ukes and foraged soup at Midsummer Common and Trumpington. Empty Common Community Garden (near Accordia) is having their Big Dig on Sunday 23rd, 10am-1pm. There's a real variety of jobs that need doing there, from planting wildflowers to digging veggie beds and erecting a poly tunnel. It's right next to the Botanic Gardens so it may be nice to tie a morning of physical stuff in with an afternoon seeing the wonderful spring bulbs?

All are welcome, there will be family friendly activities at all sites. Please bring along gloves if you have them and maybe even a spade, otherwise some will be available. There will be cake....but please do bring along your favourite to share if you'd like to.

No booking required. Please contact Nicole Barton for further information on 01223 301842nicole@cambridgecarbonfootprint.org or find further local information at http ://www  .  bigdig  .  org  .  uk/

3. DIY Lotions and Potions Workshop

March 25, 7.00 – 9.00pm, Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, CB5 8BA

A very fun and experimental workshop on how to make DIY lotions and ‘potions’.

Commercially made lotions, creams and balms are often made of a list of chemicals which are harmful to the earth, made in all sorts of energy intensive ways, shipped a long way, and bottled in single-use containers… We can do better!

Participants will learn how to choose ingredients to make their own body products that are good for the environment, and for their skin. The workshop will includes two very fun DIY’s, and everyone gets to take home their own lip balm and body butter. Please bring two/three small jars with you.

4. Carbon Conversations

April 9, 7.30 - 9.30pm, CCF Offices, Citylife House, Sturton Street, CB1 2QF

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.

Members explore the basic climate change problem, their responses to it, their ideas for a low-carbon future and the four key areas of the footprint – home energy, travel, food and other consumption. Most members make reductions of 1 tonne CO2 during the meetings and develop plans to reduce further.

Hosted by experienced facilitators Jane Heal and Elizabeth May will meet at the CCF Office 7.30 to 9.30 pm on Wednesdays 9th, and 23rd April, 7th and 14th May and 4th June. There will also be a sixth more informal follow up meeting to be arranged for a later date.

The course costs £20 which includes all meetings and the Carbon Conversations handbook. To register your interest email info@cambridgecarbonfootprint.org.

5. More Open Eco Homes

Is your home a low-energy example? Could visitors be inspired by how you save energy?

Open Eco Home is an annual CCF project, now in its 5th year: we plan to attract more visitors than ever, because it inspires their own energy-saving improvements and smart behaviour.

On Sunday 14th and Saturday 20th September at least 18 varied, Cambridge eco homes will be open to booked public visits. And we’re looking for the right variety of homes, including:
retro-fitted & new-build
low cost & really stylish
simple & high tech

Make yours an Open Eco Home this year. Or do you know someone we should ask? Please email amy@openecohomes.org or phone 01223 301842.

6. Eco Coaching: One-on-one help and advice

Interested in learning more on reducing your carbon footprint? Sign up for an eco-coachingsession! The idea behind the eco-coaching project is to offer one-to-one, personalised sessions for people who are particularly interested in reducing one specific area of their carbon footprint. We hope that the sessions will provide plenty of scope for discussion and information exchange, and that they can be spontaneous and fun!

The real value of the eco-coaching sessions is to enable people wanting to reduce their carbon footprint to explore what they feel about the subject, learn more (our materials are full of helpful facts, figures, quotes and links) and decide where they might be able to make changes. The emphasis is on listening, supporting and encouraging participants to make their own plans for carbon reductions.

We have eco-coaching modules on food waste, clothing (consumption, but fashion related) andtravel. There's more info on the project here, but basically if you are keen to have a one-to-one chat with someone who can help you work out how to make one of these areas of your life more climate-friendly, then this is for you. Sign up on the website now!

7. Transition Cambridge: Grow Zones 2014 Introduction Session

March 19, 7.30pm - 9.30pm, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane

Thinking of growing your own veg this year, but not sure where to start? Recently got hold of some land and want to make it productive? Grow Zones is a fun and practical way to help households grow food in their garden or allotment. It involves coming together to form work parties that go round each person's garden/allotment in turn, spending a few hours doing a project that would take much longer to do alone. After a successful season's work in spring 2013, the next sessions are planned for spring 2014. At the introductory meeting we'll explain how it works, show a short dvd and there will be time to ask questions. Come along to find out more - all welcome!

More info available on the Transition Cambridge website.

8. Final Meeting of Green Enterprise: Richard Hales on Sustainability at Addenbrookes.

March 24, 7.30 - 9.30pm, Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BA

Richard Hales, Head of Energy and Sustainability at Addenbrookes Hospital will discuss the NHS’s approach to sustainability and share what they’re doing in Addenbrookes to improve environmental sustainability: He will discuss some current projects, the challenges and future opportunities, and share of bit of his own personal story. 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

Do join us for this, the finale of the 4 year series of regular Green Enterprise sessions. After March we will no longer be running regular sessions, although we may arrange them on an ad-hoc basis when opportunities arise.

9. Histon & Impington Climate Action: Green Philisophy in Action

March 25, 7.30pm - 9.00pm, Stable Rooms, St Andrew's Church, Histon

Histon & Impington Climate Action present

Green Philosophy in Action: Meet Rupert Read

Rupert is a philosopher, a teacher at the University of East Anglia and is standing as lead candidate for the Green Party in the East Region in the European Parliament elections in May.

Free refreshments. To reserve a seat contact slwaters@btinternet.com.

10. TOMORROW, TODAY: Learn & Practise Self-Build Cob

April 28 - 6 June, North West Cambridge

We are seeking keen participants to spend a week learning the ancient & sustainable technique of cob building from the UK's leading experts, and be part of an amazing public art project by artists Karen Guthrie & Nina Pope, creating a 'model village of the future' - a walk-through scale model of the paths, houses & shops planned for the future North West Cambridge Development.

£50 per person / £25 concessions for 5 days including all tools, tuition, splendid lunches & teas. Free camping available on site.

Individuals and groups welcome to apply (max. 12), Min. age 18
DEADLINE March 31st

For more information : Call Coordinator Kirsten on 07545 218 251
or email cob@somewhere.org.uk

Managed by the Contemporary Art Society with InSite Arts
Commissioned by Cambridge University North West Cambridge Development
Thanks to Cambridge Archaeological Unit