Past Events

Free Expert - led Mini-Seminars 

Thu, 19/11/2020


40 - 60 minutes
Via Zoom
Organised by Transition Buxton

To join in, please email You will receive an ‘invitation’ to join via a zoom link the day before the mini - seminar.  

  • Participatory Budgeting
    Alan Budge
    Thursday 22nd October

Alan Budge, who lives in Buxton and helped to write the Buxton Economic Resilience Study (2016), has worked to support the development of Participatory Budgeting (PB) across the UK for the last 15 years. He has a particular interest in ‘Green’ Participatory Budgeting, where community decision-making can be harnessed to help address the challenges posed by climate change.  Alan will share his ‘Our Planet, Our Money’ themed Ted Talk then discuss how these tools and methods could be used locally to increase local influence or local public spending.

  • Buxton Neighbourhood Plan
    Jane Reynolds, Joe Dugdale & Richard Silson
    Thursday 5th November

Buxton is unusual in not being ‘Parished’, i.e. it does not have its own Town Council - that means that all decisions about Buxton, including planning matters, are decided at by the Borough Council. Planning is always sensitive and often decisions are made by officers following national guidance, at present that is enshrined in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the Local Plan. There is a way that the people who live & work in Buxton can shape local planning policy: a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP). This is a formal planning document created by local people for their Neighbourhood which then has the same force in planning decisions as the Local Plan. A group of volunteers have made a start by creating a Community Interest Company (CIC) to be the ‘Accountable Body’ in place of a Town. The CIC has no power and only one objective, to produce the NDP. Find out more during this webinar

  • ‘Me and My Electricity’
    Peter Ranson
    Thursday 19th November

Peter will share his non-technical story of how he has been able to establish a home energy system which minimises the use of electricity from the grid whilst maximizing the use of the solar power generated from his panels. Peter’s story may be useful for anyone considering going down a similar route. It is aimed at anyone with limited electrical expertise.

You can watch recorded versions of previous mini seminars if you missed them here:

What's the harm in flying?

Thu, 19/11/2020

Thursday 19th November, 7.30pm – 9pm
Via Zoom
Organised by Low Carbon Oxford North (LCON)

How does flying affect your personal carbon footprint? What are the prospects for low-carbon flights? If we have to cut back, how can we do this fairly?

Dr Sally Cairns, Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds, and Rebecca Nestor, LCON trustee, will explore the link between air travel and climate change. They will also discuss the environmental realities of flying alongside its psychological appeal and emotional power.

To join, register here:

Tips for a Plastic-Free Christmas

Wed, 18/11/2020

Wednesday 18th November, 7pm
Via Zoom 
Organised by Plastic Free Chesterfield

Here, Ruth Strange from Ethical Consumer will be your guide to enjoying a plastic-free Christmas.

Consumers have the power to ditch single-use plastic and put pressure on corporates to do the same.  With shoppers in the UK spending over £2 billion over the holiday months, Christmas seems to be a time for spending, and many businesses tend to rely on festivities.  

For this reason, Christmas might be the best time to cut pointless packaging out and to support ethical companies. 

Register here:   


Climate Café

Sat, 14/11/2020

Saturday 14th November, 3.30pm – 5pm
Via Zoom
Organised by Climate Psychology Alliance.
£11.37 – £13.52

A climate café is a simple, hospitable, empathetic space where fears and uncertainties about our climate crisis can be safely expressed.

This café will be facilitated by Gillian Broad and Rebecca Nestor.  There will be no guest speakers or talks, and it will remain an advice-free zone. The focus will be thoughts and feelings about the climate crisis. Although they realise that COVID - 19 needs a space to be explored too and this can happen here too.

To book:

Climate Psychology Alliance (CPA) is not-for-profit membership organisation that was set up to facilitate a deeper understanding of our human responses to climate change. CPA draws on a broad range of disciplines, such as psychology, philosophy, ecology and systems thinking, to help people deal with difficult truths about climate and ecological crisis. You can find out more about their work here.

Climate & Ecological Emergency: Taking Action Together 

Fri, 13/11/2020

Online Conference
Fiday 13th November, 10am – 5pm
Organised Climate Emergency UK 
£0 - £20
Has your organisation declared a Climate (and Ecological) Emergency, committing to radically reduce its emissions and improve biodiversity by 2030? Are you a concerned activist or organisation focused on ensuring the necessary climate action is taken in your locality?

Then, this online conference is ideal for you! It will explore how councils, other public organisations, businesses, charities, and communities can all work together to develop radical Action Plans to deliver on these commitments. They will also provide examples of the most effective Actions Plans, launch a new checklist to help you develop your own Actions Plan, and more

You can register and view the full timetable of sessions here

Transition: Bounce Forward

Wed, 11/11/2020

Visioning exercise and seed-funding launch
Wednesday 11th November, 7pm – 9pm
Organised by Transition Network

Transition Network has developed a programme of support, “Transition: Bounce Forward”, for transition towns that will be delivered over the coming months. In September, a series of online 'What Is?' events took place. These explored how Transition groups can respond to the combination of COVID-19, socio - economic issues and the ongoing climate crisis.

Here, you will be introduced to the 'What If' visioning exercise - a tool to help Transitioners develop a way forward for the future of their communities. There will be the opportunity to ask any questions about their seed-funding grant programme for Transition groups in England.

Chesterfield Climate Alliance Meeting

Wed, 11/11/2020

Wednesday 11th November, 6.30pm
Via Zoom
Organised by Chesterfield Climate Alliance 

This is the third meeting of the newly relaunched Chesterfield Climate Alliance - a coalition of individuals and groups working together in Chesterfield to take action on the climate and ecological emergency. This meeting is for people in Chesterfield who want to push for a green and fair recovery. It will focus on starting to plan ideas for action, with different breakout groups on different action idea topics.

Register here:  

The CEE Bill in a Year until COP26

Mon, 09/11/2020

Monday 9th November, 6pm – 7.30pm
Organised by Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill Alliance 

In September, the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill (CEE Bill) was launched to demand that the UK Government bring the urgent action needed to mitigate the climate and ecological crisis into law. CEE Bill has now been officially published on the Parliament website. So far, 76 MPs have signed up to back the bill. 

With just a year until COP26, join the CEE Bill Alliance and special guests for this virtual event about how the CEE Bill is the emergency strategy needed to avert climate and ecological catastrophe. It will explore what we need to do to influence governments ahead of COP26 and what role citizens play in this. More information here.

There is no need to register. Join the livestream on Facebook. Watch on Youtube or Twitter

N.B: - Regular online sessions are available for campaigners across the UK to share ideas. The groups are limited to 15 people. The next three sessions are: Sunday 8th November at 7pm, Monday 9th November at 10am and Tuesday 10th November at 2pm.

To sign up, write to stating your first and second choice of session. To allow them to prepare, please also include a question and/or a campaign idea in your message.

Low carbon heating with Air Source Heat Pumps 

Sat, 07/11/2020

Virtual Eco-homes workshop
Saturday 7th November, 11am – 12pm
Organised by Transition Chesterfield, Transition Wirksworth and Derbyshire Climate Coalition

Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHPs) are one of the leading renewable alternatives for heating homes. They extract heat from the outside air to heat your home and hot water, even when air temperatures are as low as -18°C.

In this virtual workshop, a renewable energy system designer from Infinitas-Design will do a short introduction to the technology, and five owners from across Derby and Derbyshire who have replaced their gas boilers with ASHP will share their experiences.

For more information about how to join:

Great Big Nature Boost | Severn Trent Waters

Sun, 25/10/2020

Severn Trent Waters launches its biggest ever project aiming to give nature a boost across their operating region. They commit to reviving 12,000 acres of land in the Severn Trent region by 2027. They will also be helping to care for over 2,000km of rivers. The project will include:

  • Planting over 1.3m trees
  • Creating wildflower meadows 
  • Restoring moorland 
  • Restoring bog and peatland

They will be running free family-friendly ‘Great Big Nature Boosting’ activity days at their three visitor sites:

These events are outside. All activities will be in line with Government guidance.

They will also be launching a new grant scheme next year to help people run their own nature project. They want to hear about your great ideas or projects that will enhance or improve nature in the Severn Trent region. You could get the financial support you need to make it happen!  It will be open to schools, business, charities, community groups and more.

If you would like to express an early interest in applying for a grant, please contact: