|22 May 2013|
|7:30 pm||to||9:30 pm|
There is carbon embodied in everything we buy, from shoes to a holiday trip. Energy has been used in extracting the materials, turning them into goods, transporting and selling them. Developed countries like the UK consume a lot – but do we really need to? Reducing the amount of stuff we buy and use is an important part of lowering our carbon footprints, but how do we do it when goods are so readily available and we are constantly encouraged to buy?
One year ago a group of volunteers at CCF decided to answer this question by attempting to live for one year with less stuff and blogging about it. Each of their challenges was personal: some of just reflected on our consumption, others pledged to buy nothing but essentials for the whole year. On 22nd May, we’ll take a look back at the year and what they learned, and welcome you to join in the discussion.
The evening will include a panel of our participants discussing their experiences and answering questions, a swap shop and stalls featuring examples and advice to help you live well with less stuff too, from tips for repair to how to start a tool library.
What’s a swap shop? Just bring in any item that is in good working condition that you no longer want or need. Someone else can take it home and put it to good use without buying something new they would have needed anyway. You can bring anything related to the kitchen, decorative items, magazines or books, office supplies, electronics, DVDs and CDs, for example, as long as they are in good condition. You never know what you have languishing at home that was just the thing someone else was looking for!
Booking is required for this event as space is limited, just email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01223 301842 to save a place!
The event will take place at St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church (43 St Andrew’s St, Cambridge, CB2 3AR). The event is in the main hall upstairs. When you enter, go straight, past the cafe which will be on your right, and up the stairs, the hall will be on your left.