Creative Communities

IMGP2731 At Cambridge Carbon Footprint, we believe that our work, helping people to make real reductions in CO2 emissions, is enriched by embracing the distinctive values of our diverse communities (see the five core principles of Cambridge Carbon Footprint).  The Creative Communities events were designed to do this through family-friendly fun, music, food and more, exploring how faith and climate change interact. See details of our April 2014 event and the October 2014 multi-faith walk.

The Creative Communities project aims to address the issues of climate change by bringing individuals and groups from diverse faith and cultural backgrounds together. Faith perspectives entail strong beliefs about respect for the environment and the relationship between humans and creation. They are uniquely placed to give strength to individuals in the face of climate change challenges and to provide cohesion to community efforts addressing causes of climate change. For example decisions about the nature of wealth creation, food sourcing and usage, waste and consumption, lifestyle expectations and goals, independence vs. shared living, transport and travel, and many other elements of life are informed by faith and cultural beliefs. Faith perspectives can offer a natural alternative to the dominant Western consumption-driven model for life, yet groups aiming to live out such values often do so in isolation from one another. Creative Communities allows people to share knowledge and experiences, promoting cohesion and learning from one another in the spirit of unity brought about by a shared goal.

Activities

_MG_4897The Creative Communities events are coordinated by Amy Ross and a multi-faith team of volunteers. They are designed to explore how faith and climate change interact through family-friendly fun, music, food and more. Click on these links to see details of our April 2014 event and the October 2014 multi-faith walk. The April event aimed to raise awareness about the link between faith communities and reduction of carbon emissions through sharing of resources and skills. The October walk sought to inspire hope through unity in the face of climate change. If you would like to know more or be involved please contact amy@cambridgecarbonfootprint.org.

History

Creative Communities was inspired by the Akashi project, a CCF initiative that ran from 2006-2010 and included significant networking with and between faith groups, relationship-building, two large multi-faith festivals, smaller workshops, discussion groups and interfaith Carbon Conversations courses. The penultimate event of the project was the second ‘Many Voices, One World’ festival in March 2010, which was attended by more than 300 people from the Cambridge community. This was followed by three discussion-based workshops in 2011. At the beginning of 2014 CCF again undertook multi-faith activities under the name Creative Communities.