Open Eco Homes Project Worker?
Open Eco Homes (OEH) arranges for householders to show and explain to visitors on 2 weekends in September how they save home energy by their home’s design, retro-fitted improvements, smart behaviour, etc. Continue reading
Home made marmalade tastes fantastic: far better than anything you can buy in the shops. Not only is it lower carbon it’s also much cheaper, and it really doesn’t take long to make. Continue reading
Well, it’s been quite a 2015! Here at CCF we’ve run many well attended events, had a run away success with our WWII Rationing Challenge, and had good fun at a good many stalls. All of which we could not have done without the help of our many wonderful volunteers. After such a busy year, it’s time we all took a rest! With that in mind the CCF office will be closed over the holiday period. We’ll be shut Monday 21st December 2015 to Friday 1st January 2016 inclusive. We look forward to catching up with you all in the new year.
In what I think is genuinely a day to celebrate, we have a legally binding climate deal from the Paris COP21 negotiations.
The French did a great job on running the incredibly complex negotiations, resulting in an agreement that is stronger than anyone dared hope two weeks ago. The process was transparent, democratic and flexible and these values seem to have continued into the final text.
It is the first time in history rich, poor and emerging economies have made a joint commitment to tackle climate change, aiming to limit warming to “well below 2C”. There’s also the aspirational goal of limiting it to the safer 1.5C. Continue reading
President Tong & Richard Denniss
Last night we felt priveleged to hear Anote Tong, the President of Kiribati, call for no new coal mines. Before being invited I knew next to nothing about the pacific island state of Kiribati: straddling the equator and the international dateline, it was a British colony (The Gilbert and Ellice Islands) until 1979. Continue reading
As part of the Climate Ribbon project we brought dozens of ribbons from Cambridge on which people had written WHAT THEY LOVE AND HOPE TO NEVER LOSE TO CLIMATE CHAOS. Thanks Jenny & other who helped gathering them. Continue reading
We’d offered to run a CCF workshop about personal footprints: “How to stop feeling helpless” at Climat Forum at a fairly bleak school in the Paris suburb of Montreuil. We only had confirmation a week ago. Publicity was minimal. Would anyone come? Continue reading
Extra security in Paris is undersandable but there were 2 events we couldn’t get into.
On Friday night we went to the launch of Energy Unlocked, a new UK organisation supporting low-carbon energy innovation. It’s a small startup, which attracted low-carbon business organisations over a remarkable range of scale: Continue reading
I love Christmas. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, putting Christmas decorations up, and making my great grandmother’s Christmas puddings. But I find Christmas stressful too. It’s difficult finding gifts I know my family will love, but which don’t make me feel bad because I know they have high carbon emissions. Continue reading
CCF waits for the climate march to begin
I am writing this at the start of the Climate Change talks in Paris after an inspiring week that has left me hopeful that we can overcome the huge challenges we are facing from climate change.
On Monday night I joined over 80 other interested people from Cambridge Continue reading
Anne & I will be in Paris from Thu 3 to Tue 8 December, attending some of the numerous fringe events. We hope to learn and share ideas with people and organisations like CCF from all over the world. Continue reading
Tom Bragg, CCF Chair
Signing the Cambridge Climate Message, on behalf of CCF, felt like connecting with the bigger picture: the Paris Climate talks, the coming low-carbon Cambridge and the people & organisations working for it.
The message is:
“We, the people and organisations of the city of Cambridge in the UK, support local and global efforts to take action on climate change. We recognise the serious threat which climate change poses to everyone everywhere. Continue reading
John Turner, CCF Volunteer
I recently read a fascinating article from The Guardian who asked ten green leaders at the forefront of the climate movement for simple steps ordinary people can take in the fight against climate change. The answers ranged from political activism and support for government initiatives through to lifestyle changes you can make in your daily life. Continue reading
Bev Sedley, Chair of Cambridge Sustainable Food
Everyone loves pumpkins and at this time of year pumpkins are the belle of the ball – Halloween is the UK’s second largest retail festival after Christmas –so why on earth do pumpkins need rescuing? Continue reading
Anne shows off her DIY demountable window awnings
(Home F, in Open Eco Homes 2015)
When Tom suggested last year that we should be an Open Eco Home, I was a little nervous: Did we have enough to show people? Would they criticise my standards of housework? Looking back, those fears seem rather irrational, but they were real at the time, and I suspect quite common amongst other Open Eco Home hosts.
We’ve steadily been improving our home (an Edwardian terrace) since 2001, and this has had a substantial impact on our energy use. Our gas consumption is a quarter of what it was Continue reading