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Take Five: the fifth annual CAG Skill Share is a great success
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Last Saturday active citizens from across Oxfordshire, and beyond, came together to share their skills and experience with each other. In its fifth successful year the Skill Share combined eight different workshops with opportunities to meet and connect with others … Read More

Bicester Green are looking for new trustees
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Outstanding CAG Bicester Green are looking for new trustees to join their board to help them navigate their next stage of development. Do you have what it takes? See this brilliant poster outlining what they’re looking for:   Get in … Read More

OARC is recruiting for a part-time Coordinator
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The Oxford Action Resource Centre (OARC) in the East Oxford Community Centre has the potential to be an amazing resource for groups working for social change in our community. We have crowdfunded to create an exciting one day a week … Read More

Orinoco is recruiting!
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About Orinoco: Orinoco is a small but popular charity, based in Oxford, committed to reuse and to providing interesting and unusual materials and tools for creative and DIY projects. We collect waste and unwanted household items from local businesses and … Read More

CAG Skill Share Programme is released
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We’ve just finalised our programme of community change-boosting workshops for next week’s Skill Share, taking place on Saturday 11 November at County Hall in Oxford. Reserve your space now to enjoy good company, interesting workshops, and delicious food and drink. … Read More

Circular Collective launch their annual report
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The Oxford Circular Collective have just launched their annual report (and new logo, above), at an event for volunteers and partners at Restore Café in East Oxford. The report highlights how they’ve done in achieving their five aims this year. It’s … Read More

Social Prescription – growing the movement?
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Guest Post by Richard Luff, member of the CAG network.  The Building a Healthy Sustainable Society event on 19 October, which was supported by NHS England and Public Health England, provided a fascinating outsiders view of how the NHS is … Read More

The Oxford Pumpkin Festival returns
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The Oxford Pumpkin Festival is returning for its fourth year with events across the city run by the Good Food Oxford network. This annual event is a celebration of food: creatively encouraging people to think about the food they throw … Read More

Monday Shop say ‘caio for now’
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Three years after they opened their unique community shop, Monday Shop are saying ‘Caio for now’. Of course many of us are sad to see this pioneering surplus food shop and social space closing – but it’s not all bad … Read More

The CAG Skill Share returns for it’s fifth year
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Join us at County Hall in Oxford for the fifth annual CAG Network Skill Share on Saturday 11 November. The CAG Network Skill Share is the highlight of the CAG calendar and a chance for community groups from across Oxfordshire … Read More

Oxford City Farm’s fantastic festival
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Oxford City Farm’s festival earlier this month was a roaring success, with over 700 people attending and taking part in activities such as apple pressing, pony rides, dancing, face painting, and petting some rather adorable farm animals. Food was also … Read More

A new member of the CAG team
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The CAG Project has recently welcomed a new team member, with Henry Owen joining as Project Officer. Beth has moved on from this role to work with our friends at Low Carbon Hub, and we wish her all the best … Read More

Hold a Pumpkin Festival Event this year
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It’s the time of year when we celebrate the humble pumpkin and “squash food waste” by encouraging people to eat rather than discard their Halloween pumpkin’s flesh! The message is simple: Carve it, Cook it, Eat it – Don’t bin … Read More

Celebrating Project Eric in Rose Hill
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By Eleanor Watts, on behalf of Rose Hill and Iffley Low Carbon Rose Hill & Iffley Low Carbon had a great celebration of Project ERIC on Friday 22nd of September 2017. Attendees packed out the ballroom in the Rose Hill Community Centre … Read More

Zero-waste shopping makes the news
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You may have seen coverage in the national news about the “first” zero-waste supermarket in the UK. A married couple have opened Earth.Food.Love. in Totnes, Devon which stocks organic wholefoods in self-serve dispensers. Customers are invited to bring their own containers to … Read More

The CAG Project at Offline Festival
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Last weekend (15th-17th of September), the CAG Oxfordshire Project team attended the Offline Festival. Organised by Project Dirt, Power to Change and Eden Project Communities, Offline was an ‘un-conference’ with a festival vibe. The days were packed with panel discussions … Read More

Community-led land management
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A new piece of research, conducted by an intern from Oxford University, which analysed the benefits of community-led land management has found that 38 plots of land across Oxfordshire are being activity managed and maintained by members of the Community … Read More

Team Oxford and ‘Actober’
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Team Oxford would like to hear from Community Action Groups who have events running in October that would benefit from additional volunteers and promotion so that these can be added to programme of activities taking place during ‘Actober’. If you … Read More

Job Vacancy: CAG Project Officer
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We’re hiring! The CAG Project is looking for a new Project Officer. £20,500-£22,500 (pro rata) depending on experience 22.5 hours per week Fixed Term until end November 2018 (with possible extension) Based in Central Oxford Role & Purpose You will … Read More

CAG Network Skill Share 2017
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We have a date for the next annual CAG Network Skill Share: Saturday 11 November. Get it in your diaries now and share with your groups. As a reminder, the CAG Skill Share is an opportunity for members of the … Read More

Welcoming Dr Kerry Lock to the CAG Project
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A massive warm welcome to our new Community Engagement Manager – Dr Kerry Lock. Kerry joins us from Earth Trust (an environmental learning charity) where she held the posts of Head of Learning and Head of Research and Skills. As … Read More

Offline Festival
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Project Dirt is a social enterprise working to resource grassroots community projects around the UK. In collaboration with Power to Change and The Eden Project Communities, they are hosting Offline Festival – unearth the power of your community – 15-17th … Read More

The CAG Project’s Annual Report 2016-17
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Another busy and productive year for the CAG Network in 2016-17. Lots of events, huge numbers of volunteers giving their time to their communities, and crucially a lot of carbon has been saved from being released into the atmosphere. Well … Read More

Food access map and database launched
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Community Action Group, Feeding the Gaps, along with Oxford City Council and Good Food Oxford have launched a map and database of food services providing free or subsidised food within Oxfordshire. The map provides people with information on what food … Read More

Join Oxfordshire Community Land Trust’s board of Directors
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Do you think new housing schemes look boring and lack social interaction? Are you angry that affordable and environmentally-sustainable places to live are becoming rare for a growing group of people? Want to use your experience and skills to do … Read More

Sustainable Food Cities 2017 Conference
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By Beth McAllister, CAG Project Officer I recently returned from an inspiring time at the 2017 Sustainable Food Cities conference in Edinburgh. The conference is an opportunity for members of the network (of which Oxford is one through Good Food … Read More

Big Green Day Out Fun
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On Saturday 10 June, the CAG Project took part in the Big Green Day Out celebration on Broad Street. The day was an opportunity for people to showcase what they’re doing in Oxford to tackle climate change, improve the local … Read More

CAG Discount for Tandem Festival
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Since its launch, Tandem Festival has been a brilliant celebration of CAGs in Oxfordshire. We have always worked closely together as lots of CAGs have had a presence at the festival for workshops, talks, or just plain fun. This year the … Read More

The CAG Network gets bigger!
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The CAG Project is really pleased to welcome lots of new groups to the Network! We’ve recently expanded to welcome five new groups, some shiny and new, some with a pretty long history. Here’s a little information about them. And … Read More

SESI is recruiting
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SESI is recruiting. We are looking for someone with good communication skills, experience as sales assistant, as well as a commitment to low carbon behaviour and developing the role of the community sector. Role: SESI Stall coordinator Hourly Rate: £11.11 Hours: 9 … Read More

The Network Social 2017
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The annual CAG Network Social is an opportunity for members of the CAG Project to get together, pause and reflect on the year just gone, celebrate the successes and chat over what’s to come. This year however was tinged with … Read More

CAGs celebrated at OCVA Awards 2017
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  The achievements of the Community Action Group (CAG) Network were celebrated on the 9th of May 2017 at the Oxford Community & Voluntary Action (OCVA) annual awards ceremony. 3 groups won awards for their outstanding projects and dedication, with … Read More

Navigate update
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Navigate are a team of trainers and facilitators, who used to be known as Seeds for Change Oxford. They offer a wide range of support for groups. We thought members of the CAG Network would like to know more about … Read More

Councillor Van Coulter
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We are very sad to let you know the news that Councillor Van Coulter, ward councillor for Barton and Sandhills in Oxford City, died on 13 March 2017. A member of Low Carbon Headingon and a strong advocate of the … Read More

Own New Internationalist!
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Guest blog from the New Internationalist.    With Trump in the White House, fake news and nationalism spreading, the world urgently needs media that stands for something better. At New Internationalist, we’ve pioneered our unique kind of global journalism for … Read More

Tandem Festival is looking for local groups
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Guest blog from Sophie of Team Tandem. Oxford’s own eco-friendly festival is back from June 16 to 18! After a smaller edition in 2016, Tandem called for some changes and will be set in an exciting new location in 2017: … Read More

Botley Community Fridge
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If you haven’t yet heard of the concept of a community fridge then I’m sure that will change in the coming weeks and months. It’s an idea that’s gaining a lot of interest across the UK, as communities are trying … Read More

Incredible Edible Hooky – 2017
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Have you heard of the Incredible Edible phenomenon? A food-inspired movement that originated in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, that has developed to over 100 groups in the UK and has spread globally as far as Canada and New Zealand. From small … Read More

Save the Date – the CAG Network Social
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The CAG Network Social is an annual opportunity for the network to get together, with wine, to celebrate all that we’ve achieved through the year, to learn from each other and share enthusiasm and ideas. There will be stalls from … Read More

Find Common Ground on Your Street: How The Big Lunch can engage communities
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By Peter Lefort, co-founder of the CAG Project’s The Oxford Food Surplus Cafe, and Country Manager for Eden Project Communities.   One of the hardest things about local action on climate change, in my experience, is making a global issue … Read More

One Oxfordshire Consultation
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Have you heard about the proposal put forward by Oxfordshire County Council to disband the current council structure to create a single unitary council? It’s important to have your say in the debate which will affect the future of the … Read More

SESI teams up with Cultivate
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Since 2006 SESI have been helping people cut out the plastic by producing and supplying their own organic, fair-trade and local food and detergents. So far, they have refilled an astonishing 40,000 plastic bottles just in Oxford. Cultivate stock local, … Read More

Oxford Green Week
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The newly named Oxford Green Week is back and will run from Saturday 17 to Sunday 25 June. Previously known as Low Carbon Week, this annual festival encourages creativity, culture and community to inspire people to take action on climate … Read More

CAG Network Infographic 2015/16
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2016 was a busy year for the CAG Network. Check out our infographic illustrating what everyone’s amazing work has contributed to:  

Sustainable Blewbury in 2016
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Community Action Group, Sustainable Blewbury, had a busy year in 2016! Here is just a glimpse of what the group got up to. The Mike Edmunds Community Orchard kicked into action on Tickers Folly Field, they continued with Hedge-laying for … Read More

Barracks Lane Review and Planning for 2017
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Can you help make Barracks Lane Community Garden even better? The trustees of Barracks Lane Community Garden are asking you to give your thoughts, suggestions and ideas for the future of the garden. They will be holding a meeting to … Read More

Incredible Edible Oxford joins the network
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The CAG project is really pleased to welcome Incredible Edible Oxford as the newest member of the network. Inspired by the global Incredible Edible movement, which started in Todmorden, the group are active in Oxford creating edible spaces and engaging … Read More

Thermal imaging volunteers wanted
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The CAG Project is working with 4 “Low Carbon” Community Action Groups (CAGs) in the East Oxford area to help “power down” neighbourhoods through a thermal imaging project. Thermal imaging is a powerful tool for engagement to help people understand … Read More

ResourceCIT Launches
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The CAG Project is excited to launch The Resource Community Impacts Tool (ResourceCIT), an easy to use online tool which supports community groups to monitor the effect of over 120 different activities, from tree planting and swap shops to bike … Read More

New member of the CAG team
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This week the CAG Project welcomes a new addition to the team with Beth McAllister joining as Project Officer. Beth has a background in communications and marketing, most recently as the Marketing Coordinator for Pegasus Theatre and Communications Coordinator with … Read More

The CAG Project Festive Round-up
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As 2016 draws toward a close, it is time to celebrate the successes of the CAG Project. Currently there are 58 active groups in the CAG Network, spread across the county, working on a huge range of activities from swap … Read More

Rose Hill Project ERIC scoops top prize at Energy Awards
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Rose Hill & Iffley Low Carbon group’s Project ERIC has won Residential Building Energy Project of the Year at the Energy Awards 2016, which were announced last week in London. Project ERIC (Energy Resources for Integrated Communities) is a pioneering smart local energy system … Read More

Cultivate presents Festive Feasts from The Earth Trust Farm
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This December, Cultivate are partnering with their fellow Earth Trust Farm Step tenants to present a series of festive feast ideas, showing the local community that their festive meals can easily be sourced entirely from local producers. Oxford is a … Read More

CAG Skill Share 2016 is a major success
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The CAG Skill Share 2016 on the 12th of November was a major success, with over 90 people attending over the course of the day from CAGs, Oxfordshire based community groups and groups from as far away as Devon! The … Read More

Bee Hive Observations with an Infrared Camera
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By Jack Pritchard of Rose Hill & Iffley Low Carbon Group The seasons are turning: we have days of fireworks and poppies, of squirrels skittish on ripe conkers, and clock-hours turning back. I worry about the bees. As I walk, … Read More

CAG Skill Share Workshops Announced
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We are excited to announce the full workshop details for The CAG Skill Share 2016. The event will take place on Saturday the 12th of November from 10.00 to 17.30. The day will be full of opportunities to learn new … Read More

Sustainable Blewbury’s plans blossom
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A community orchard for Blewbury – dream becomes reality by John Ogden of Sustainable Blewbury  The idea of community orchards was put forward in 1992 by the charity Common Ground and since then the idea has taken off across Britain. Blewbury’s … Read More

Loneliness and what we can do about it
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The first open Loneliness Workshop, held by Eden Project Communities and supported by Oxford Hub and the CAG Project, took place on Wednesday 19 October. The session was a great success, and created some really insightful discussion around how we … Read More

Low Carbon West Oxford are recruiting
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  Low Carbon West Oxford is looking for a confident, creative, engaging and dynamic person to take initiative and lead it’s carbon cutting work in West Oxford and beyond. LCWO Lead Programme Manager Hours: 18 hours per week  (spread of … Read More

Incredible Edible Courses Launched
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Incredible Edible Oxford, a volunteer- led CAG of locals planting edibles in parks and encouraging others to do so in their own spaces city-wide, has just launched a new series of community courses in the city. The courses will be … Read More

Change of approach to UK smart metering
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Opinion piece by Hugh Osborn of Sustainable Blewbury CAG The Blewbury Energy Initiative of Sustainable Blewbury strongly support smart metering to provide consumers with accurate bills and monitoring, and to enable the optimisation of smart grids with local electricity generation and … Read More

Rose Hill and Iffley Low Carbon Keep It In The Ground
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Rose Hill & Iffley Low Carbon were lucky enough to host the former editor of The Guardian newspaper at the Rose Hill Community on Thursday 29 September to encourage people to take a stand on climate change. Alan Rusbridger who … Read More

The CAG Project is recruiting
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The CAG Project is recruiting for a new team member. This is an excellent opportunity to support one of the largest networks of its kind in the UK, at the forefront of community led climate change action. We are looking for … Read More

Calling all CAGs for support!
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Local architecture and design Co-op, Transition by Design, has applied to Toe2 Oxfordshire for a grant to bring pedal power to CAGs across the network. ‘Pedal powered Rose Hill’ aims to bring a pedal powered cinema and sound system to … Read More

Low Carbon Oxford Report Launched at House of Lords
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by Robin Morris (on behalf of Low Carbon East Oxford) The Low Carbon East Oxford study on fuel poverty in Oxford was included in the Chesshire Lehman report, Understanding Fuel Poverty. We were at the report launch at the House … Read More

East Oxford Farmers Market is 10!
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From Richard at East Oxford Farmers Market: This year we are celebrating an incredible ten years of East Oxford Farmers’ and Community Market. After starting out with six stalls on Manzil Way back in 2007 the market has gone from … Read More

Sustainable Wantage funding success and offer of training to CAG groups
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From Jo Harvey at Sustainable Wantage We have been running a project with Oxfordshire Learning Network to fund tutors to deliver training at the Mix. We are pleased to announce that they have recently offered to carry on funding the … Read More

Greening Chinnor celebrates 5 years of success!
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From Linda Brawn at Greening Chinnor:   In May we held our AGM and I thought it would be interesting to share with you how far we have come since Greening Chinnor started in 2011. We are a small core … Read More

Orinoco recruiting volunteers for its Aladdin’s Cave
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Orinoco is a small but popular charity, based in Oxford, committed to reuse and to providing interesting and unusual materials for children, adults, students, playgroups, schools and other organisations for creative projects. They collect clean waste from local businesses and sell … Read More

How will “Brexit” affect the environment?
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The outcome of last week’s referendum has left many wondering how leaving the EU will impact on the country’s commitment to tackling climate change. The CAG Project has compiled a news round-up giving a few different perspectives and opinions on … Read More

The Rose Hill Energy Revolution
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Rose Hill and Iffley are on the brink of an energy revolution. On 3 June, we moved a bit closer to our goal of a zero-carbon community when forty people attended a film and discussion evening at Rose Hill Community Centre. … Read More

CAG Project Scoops Community Awards
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The Community Action Group (CAG) Project scooped up four awards out of 16 shortlisted entries at the 2016 Oxfordshire Community Voluntary Action (OCVA), Charity and Community Awards. The awards ceremony, held on the 11th of May at the Oxford Town Hall, … Read More

The food sharing revolution will be digitised
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Over the last few years, the scandal of food waste has rightfully moved from the periphery and into the mainstream. From Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s prime-time War on Waste TV show to France’s trail-blazing legislation banning super markets from binning unsold food – the chorus … Read More

Ecomodernism: debating our future
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The CAG Project’s Peter Lefort attended The Ecomodernism Debate at the Oxford University Centre for the Environment on Friday 15 January. In 2015 The Ecomodernism Manifesto was launched by a diverse collection of academics, authors and other environmental authorities. Their … Read More

Community action on warmer homes, lower bills, and a healthier Oxfordshire
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By Henry Owen, CAG Project Officer It’s that time of year again, with the evenings drawing in and the clocks about to change, when I start pull on an extra jumper in the evening and think about putting the heating on. … Read More

Hope, rewilding and our shifting baseline syndrome
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CAG Project Manager Peter Lefort shares his thoughts on the Friction Talks evening with George Monbiot and Rewilding Scotland   On Wednesday 11 November, George Monbiot appeared at East Oxford’s independent cinema the Ultimate Picture Palace to deliver a talk … Read More

CAG Skill Share 2015
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Saturday 21 November 2015 saw an amazing coming together of individuals and groups from across Oxfordshire as well as further afield, including Bristol and Birmingham, to learn and share a huge variety of skills and ideas. To ensure that these … Read More