Ro Randall and Andy Brown started CCF in 2005, engaging Cambridge people in one-to-one conversations about climate change and reducing their carbon footprints. Ro’s expertise in psychotherapy and Andy’s in low-energy buildings, shaped CCF’s approach to carbon reduction as a psychological, as well as a technical challenge. In their award-winning Carbon Conversations, first run in 2006, they developed this engagingly for small groups meeting over 5-6 sessions.
Over the years we have run a diverse range of projects aimed at providing both practical advice, and psychological support for personal action on climate change. CCF became a limited company in 2006 and won funding, enabling Shilpa Shah to work on the Akashi project to involve BME people and organisations in climate change, with several vibrant festivals.
CCF expanded its outreach work in 2008 and became a Charity. In 2009 the UN climate talks in Copenhagen prompted more political work by CCF. We rallied with other groups as a member of the Stop Climate Chaos national coalition (now the Climate Coalition), which we remain members of today.
Open Eco Homes was run by CCF in 2010 and annually since: householders show their low-energy homes to visitors, who are inspired to make their own home energy savings. Ro stood down as CCF Director in 2010, with Andy retiring as Treasurer in 2011. They continue to help run Carbon Conversations nationally.
In 2012 CCF’s work on reducing food footprints blossomed, with several challenges and a conference. CCF then incubated Cambridge Sustainable Food, now a separate thriving organisation.We now have a growing focus on reducing consumption footprints, including Second-Hand Style (2013), swishing and repair cafés – in 2016 involving many other organisations in Circular Cambridge.
All this (and much more) has only been possible thanks to the dedication of volunteers and staff, past and present, working together to help tackle climate change.