Past Events

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Zero Carbon Transport

Sat, 27/03/2021

Countdown to COP26 workshop
Saturday 27th March, 11am – 12.30pm
Via Zoom
Organised by Transition Chesterfield

This is the second in a series of Zoom events designed to celebrate and prepare for when the UK will host COP26 in November. These events will cover different themes, bring together experts, and provide examples of best practice to address the actions needed to achieve a zero-carbon society.

This Zoom will cover reopening of the Barrow Hill rail line to passengers, publicly-owned and free buses, and e-bikes. This will be followed by Q&A.


Save the date for future events (last Saturday of the month)

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Western Power Distribution Net Zero Communities Forums

Thu, 25/03/2021

Organised by Regen

These free online forums are for communities interested in energy, climate activists, advanced community energy groups, local authorities, and anyone working with or supporting community energy organisations.

  • Wednesday 17th March
    2pm – 4.15pm
    Book here
  • Thursday 25th March
    10am – 12.15pm
    Book here

The events will bring together local energy stakeholders to learn from each other, hear the latest from Western Power Distribution (WPD) and collaborate to develop new ideas.

WPD will give an update on their Net Zero Communities Strategy, with group discussions on key topics around energy efficiency and fuel poverty, low carbon heat, innovation, data and more. 

What Next? Summit 2021

Sat, 20/03/2021

Building Community Power through Imagination and Action
Wednesday 3rd to Saturday 20th March
Organised by Transition Network

Three weeks of workshops, events and networking to build community power across the UK. Each week will have a different focus, following the flow of What Is? What If? What Next? 

There will also be a Summit Fringe running throughout to enable you as participants to have a space to host important conversations you want to have.  
Speakers include Kate Raworth (doughnut economics and Mia Birdsong (storyteller and activist)  The summit is for anyone in the Britain interested in creating a positive future for their communities.


Plastic in our Clothes, Plastic in our Oceans

Wed, 17/03/2021

Wednesday 17th March, 7pm
Via Zoom
Organised by Plastic Free Chesterfield

Our clothes are made of millions of tiny fibres in fabrics including polyester, nylon, acrylic and polyamide. With every wash and wear, these microfibres, many of which are plastic, shed from our clothes and can end up in our oceans.
Tara Proud, Volunteer & Community Engagement Manager, at Marine Conservation Society (MCS), will talk more about their #StopOceanThreads campaign, which is working to push for filters to be fitted in our washing machines to combat this issue.

Find out all about the behind-the-scenes work MCS has been doing with manufacturers, trade organisations, and MPs to make these filters a reality.  

To EV or Not to EV?

Tue, 16/03/2021

Owning and Sharing an Electric Car
Tuesday 16th March, 7pm – 8.30pm
Via Zoom
Organised Hope Valley Climate ActionAcclimatise Whaley, and Transition Buxton

Are you thinking about buying or sharing an electric car but wonder what they are really like? Worried about getting stuck on the way home without any power? Or driving a car which makes no noise?

Join this Zoom to hear stories from people with electric cars. There will be plenty of time to ask questions to the owners at the end.

Rising to the Challenge of the Climate Emergency

Mon, 15/03/2021

Monday 15th March,  7pm – 9pm
Via Zoom
Organised by High Peak Green New Deal*

Join High Peak Green New Deal for its second public meeting which, in its opening plenary session, will feature:

Then, there will be the chance to join one of six workshops on:

  • Local Energy Projects
  • Give Peat a Chance
  • Travelling Low Impact
  • Creating Warm Homes.
  • Climate Justice and Fairtrade
  • International Trade and Overseas Aid

Everyone is welcome to join, regardless of whether you have knowledge and ideas you want to share.

*High Peak Green New Deal started life as a ‘Build Back Better’ group last spring, became a Green New Deal Hub in January this year and has recently signed up as a Climate Action Group.


Think like a Tree Online Courses

Sun, 28/02/2021

Think like a Tree, founded by Derbyshire resident Sarah Spencer, is a book and courses with the aim of supporting people with their wellbeing through learning from nature.  

A few online workshops coming up:

  • Thriving in challenging times: what nature can teach us about thriving in times of change. 
    Tuesday 17th November
    7pm – 8.30pm
    £7 – 12
  • Think like a Leaf: valuing our personal contribution in troubled times.
    Tuesday 1st December 2020
    7.45 – 9.14pm
    £7 – 12
  • Think like a Forest: What nature can teach us about working together. 
    Ideal for community groups, social enterprises, and workplaces.
    Saturday 9th January 2021
    2.30pm to 4.00pm
    £7 – 12
  • Think like a Tree | 6 week programme
    Unlock nature’s secrets to happiness, health, wellbeing and living a good life.
    January/ February 2020

For more information and/or book:

Zero Carbon Housing

Sat, 27/02/2021

Countdown to COP26 workshop
Saturday 27th February, 11am – 12.30pm
Via Zoom
Organised by Transition Chesterfield

This is a first in a series of Zoom events designed to celebrate and prepare for when the UK will host COP26 in November. These events will cover different themes and bring together experts and examples of best practice to address the actions needed to achieve a zero-carbon society.

Here, two small scale eco-housing developers will talk about how we can build more zero-carbon homes in Chesterfield, followed by Q&A.

About the speakers:

  • Martin Valentine, Managing Director, Positive Homes Ltd.
    Martin's company has built super-energy efficient, sensibly priced homes across the region that generate more energy than they consume. 
  • Dave Bradley-Bowles, Director, Pure Haus Ltd.
    Dave & Kevin’s company are striving to build zero carbon homes, inspired by passive house to build heathy homes. 

Save the date for future events (last Saturday of the month).

People, Planet and Profits Webinar

Thu, 25/02/2021

One Company's Journey Towards Maximum Sustainability and Net Zero Carbon
Thursday 25th February, 7.30pm
Organised by Sustainable Hayfield

Sustainable Hayfield welcomes David Hanney, CEO at Alpkit (Outdoors Online Retailer of the Year, 2020). Alpkit, based in the Peak District, has recently obtained the prestigious international BCorp accreditation which verifies that businesses operate to the highest environmental and social standards.
Dave will talk about his company's historic ethical stance in a highly competitive market and its commitments to deliver cuts of 90% in its own carbon-equivalent emissions and 40% in its international supply chain. This webinar will focus on what can be done by, and the continuing challenges facing, the best-motivated companies to deliver real sustainability gains in a tough marketplace.

Questions can be submitted on the night, or in advance to


Environmental Behaviour Change Workshops for Campaigners

Thu, 25/02/2021

Organised by Sustainable Side-Kicks

The Sustainable Sidekicks provide training and support for changemakers, campaigners, green champions and business owners who's purpose is to reduce their environmental impact and increase their positive impact.

The following workshops explore how you can become a effective communicator for change:

  • Understanding Your Audiences Behaviour
    Thursday 18th February
    5.00pm – 6.30pm
    £12 – £49*
    Book here
  • Developing a Behaviour Change Initiative
    Thursday 25th February
    5.00pm – 6.30pm
    £12 – £49*
    Book here

*10% of the revenue generated will be donated to the Amazon Emergency Fund