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  • susan640 3:49 pm on December 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: GREEN PARTY MAYORAL CANDITATE SIAN BERRY LONDON CLIMATE CHANGE SUSTAINABILITY   

    EVENT MONDAY 7 DECEMBER: GREEN PARTY CANDIDATES ON GREENING LONDON AS IT’S 5 TO MIDNIGHT AND CAN WE AFFORD TO GAMBLE WITH OUR PLANET’S FUTURE? 

    Another green event in the Pooterland area with distinguished speakers::

    Public Meeting (free entry) Monday, December 7th at St Mellitus Church, Tollington Park, N4 3AG
    (7 minutes walk from Finsbury Park Station)

    7.30 – 9.30pm (Doors open 7pm – Refreshments available)

    Chair: BRUCE KENT

    Keynote Speaker: SIAN BERRY (Green Party Mayoral Candidate) plus the 3 North London Green Party GLA Candidates

    and specially recorded video messages of support from Caroline Lucas MP and Keith Taylor MEP

    ARE WE GAMBLING WITH OUR PLANET’S FUTURE?

    From 30 November to 11 December 2015 world leaders from over 190 countries will be meeting in Paris for the United Nations 21st Conference on Climate Change. The aim is to agree a global legally binding climate treaty. The need for this is urgent. 2015 is almost certain to take the world over a new threshold of 1⁰C warming above pre-industrial levels, surpassing 2014 as the hottest year ever. Almost all scientists agree that a failure to arrest this trend in the next five years will have extremely damaging impacts on humans and ecosystems in many parts of the world. Island nations could be wiped off the map while sub-Saharan agriculture will be devastated in many regions.

    Large cities like London have a major role to play in tackling climate change and the Green Party is committed to playing a leading part in making this happen. A recent UN report states that while 54% of the world’s population now lives in cities, this will increase to 66% by 2050. This means that although nations have a huge role to play in tacking climate change, increasingly cities will too. So it’s more important than ever that London has the Green Party working to make sure our city is liveable, sustainable, less dependent on fossil fuel with less pollution and cleaner air. Hence the importance of electing a Green Mayor and Green Party members for the Greater London Assembly in the elections next May.

    Come on December 7th to hear what the Green Party Mayoral candidate and three local Green Party Assembly member candidates have to say about their plans for making London a greener city. There will be an opportunity also to share your ideas about what actions need to be taken both locally as well as across the whole of London. We all need to play a role in putting an end to the dangerous game of gambling with our planet’s future!

     
  • susan640 9:06 pm on November 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: food industrial food sustainability Transition Highbury   

    Film:Our Daily Bread Tuesday 15 December 7pm on Tuesday 15 December 

    Welcome to the world of industrial food production and high-tech farming – and the next film in Transition Highbury’s Green on the Screen season, Our Daily Bread on Tuesday 15 December.

    To the rhythm of conveyor belts and immense machines, the film takes us without voiceover or commentary into the places where food is produced in Europe: monumental spaces, surreal landscapes and bizarre sounds. This is a cool, industrial environment which leaves little space for humanity; where people, animals, crops and machines play a supporting role in the logistics of the system which provides our daily food.

    After the film, there will be a discussion/presentation on local alternatives to the industrial food system, led by the policy director of Islington-based campaign group Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming.

    15 December | doors open 6.30pm, film at 7pm | Nanna’s Café & Pantry, 274b St Paul’s Road N1 2LJ | Nanna’s | (view map)

    • Free entry

    ** Donations welcome to help cover screening licence. Thanks!
    *** Drink available

    Find out more about Our Daily Bread on the film’s website: http://www.ourdailybread.at/jart/projects/utb/website.jart?rel=en&content-id=1130864824947.

     
  • susan640 9:28 pm on November 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: climatechange climatemarch transitionhighgate   

    CLIMATE MARCH SUNDAY 29 NOVEMBER 

    Transition Highgate will be assembling outside the Holloway Road tube station at 11.30 on Sunday 29th before setting off for London’s big Climate March, please join us there. If you can, please reply and let us know you are coming.

    Full details of the March here: http://www.campaigncc.org/29novdemo

     
  • susan640 12:25 pm on November 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Climate Change Deinvestment Fossil Fuels Highgate   

    MIKE BERNERS-LEE TO SPEAK ON SHRINKING THE BALLOON ON TUESDAY 24 NOVEMBER AT THE HIGHGATE LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC INSTITUTION 

    On Tuesday 24 November, 8pm at the Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution, 11, South Grove, (Pond Square Highgate) N6 6BS: well-known writer and researcher on sustainability Mike Berners-Lee, will speak on:

    Shrinking the Balloon: how can any of us help the fuel to stay in the ground?

    Mike is Principal Consultant at Small World Consulting, author of The Burning Question. He is involved in a range of research from carbon metrics to behaviour change.

    All welcome, non-members of the HLSI will pay £5.entrance fee.

     
  • susan640 4:43 pm on November 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , feed in tariffs, PUNL solar, renewable energy community energy   

    The Sad Story of Solar at Holly Lodge, Highgate, Camden 

    A local case story illustrating the negative effects of the government’s turn away from climate-saving renewable energy at the Holly Lodge Estate, Highgate, Camden. Transition Highgate have the story:
    http://transitionhighgate.org/2015/10/the-sad-story-of-solar-at-holly-lodge/

     
  • susan640 3:09 pm on November 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: IslingtonCouncil renewables energysaving airpollution   

    #Islington Council seeking to expand the #Bunhill Heat and Power Network – reusing waste heat from the Tube and an electrical substation 

    In view of the continuing human slide towards a warmer and destabilised global climate we recently asked the Leader of Islington Council, Councillor Richard Watts, about current energy saving and renewable energy policies being progressed within the Borough. This is what he had to say:

    “Islington is the most densely populated borough the country and has the second lowest amount of open space in the country. That’s why it is vital that the council and others cherish and protect the green space we have in the borough. The Borough recently won the ‘Borough of the Year’ award at the London in Bloom awards for the best green spaces, community and residents’ gardens in the capital.

    But our commitment to protecting our environment goes far beyond this.

    Protecting our environment goes hand in hand with our commitment to helping residents with their bills and helping to improve their health.

    Fuel poverty affects more than 1 in 5 Islington residents. With the ‘Big Six’ energy companies doing little to help people with their bills, the council has taken the lead on delivering insulation and installing new boilers in many council homes. 12,000 properties have benefited from cavity wall insulation, helping households to save £170 per year on heating bills. By replacing over 2,200 boilers, we have helped residents save £145 a year per household. On top of this, our upgrades to communal heating systems and work on solid wall cavity insulation will lead to further savings and reduced emissions.

    In a time of massive Government cuts to the council, we are investigating further how we can save money and cut emissions. Solar panels will be installed on some council-owned properties; not only will this measure generate income for the council of approximately £130,000 per year, it will also help us to continue to produce cleaner energy in our borough.

    Producing cleaner and more sustainable energy may seem like something that a local council would not have much of a role in. But in Islington, we are also taking pioneering steps to power homes and businesses in borough via energy produced in Islington. The Bunhill Heat and Power Network was the first power station built by a local authority for over a hundred years. However, unlike normal electricity production that wastes up to two thirds of the fuel used to make it, the Heat and Power Network uses otherwise wasted heat to heat homes and buildings, and to provide hot water. This is cheaper, more efficient, and greener.

    We are incredibly proud of this pioneering work, but we want to do more. That’s why consultation and planning is well under-way on phase two of the scheme, which will see waste heat captured from the London Underground and a nearby electrical substation, and then used to heat up to 500 more homes; cutting bills and further reducing carbon emissions. Plans are also being looked into a third phase that could capture waste heat from the canal and a local data centre, and the possibility of a council-run energy company being set up to cut residents’ bills. These are exciting plans, and we will keep pushing to make them a reality.

    A key element of cutting emissions is tackling the pollution caused by motor vehicles that drive on our borough’s roads. Diesel vehicles can emit up to four times more nitrogen oxides and 20 times more particulate matter than petrol vehicles and these pollutants have been linked to heart and lung diseases, which are major causes of long term illness and death in Islington. In 2008, the council introduced an emission-based resident parking policy to tackle CO2 emissions, and the move has helped encourage people to use less-polluting vehicles. We have introduced the Diesel Surcharge this year, to encourage residents to move away from diesel vehicles. The surcharge is the equivalent of £1.85 per week for resident parking permits for diesel vehicles. While this is an increase, we feel that this is a fair and proportionate way to help improve air quality in Islington.

    The diesel surcharge is part of our wider programme of work to improve air quality, which includes enforcement at pollution hotspots, with fines for drivers who refuse to switch off their engines while stationary. Our 20mph speed limit on all the roads in the borough the council manages is also helping to cut emissions as vehicles accelerate less harshly. However, on top of these measures locally, we are aware that the majority of the work to improve air quality in the borough needs to be undertaken by the Mayor of London. This is why we are campaigning to ensure he does his share by replacing high-polluting buses and tackling polluting lorries that travel through our streets.

    Islington Council is committed to reducing our emissions, to improving energy efficiency, and to helping our residents with their bills.

    Best wishes, Cllr. Richard Watts

     
  • susan640 2:48 pm on November 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Encouraging initial response from Islington Councillor Dave Poyser to local groups’ anti-TTIP letter 

    Encouraging initial response from Councillor Dave Poyser on the anti-TTIP letter (see previous item)

    “You may know that the socialists in the European Parliament (where I used to work) are leading the opposition to TTIP. I have already been in touch with Judith Kirton Darling MEP (you can see her press releases about her work on this on her own web-site and the eurolabour.org web-site) on this as other Islington councillors are also concerned about TTIP and have brought up the subject, and campaigned on it.

    I will talk with others and get back about whether a motion in a local council is an appropriate way forward for the campaign”

    Let us hope that the Council takes up the initiiatives proposed in the letter, response is keenly awaited.

     
  • susan640 7:28 pm on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    LOCAL GROUPS ASK ISLINGTON COUNCIL TO TAKE A STANCE AGAINST TTIP (LETTER SENT TO #ISLINGTON TRIBUNE & #ISLINGTON GAZETTE) 

    The three Islington Transition Groups (Finsbury Park, Highbury, and Tufnell Park) have joined together with Hands off our Public Services and the Islington Trades Council in asking Islington Council to get to grips with the implications of the secretive TTIP negotiations. The letter is below. Great to know of this local initiative.

    2 November 2015

    Dear Editor

    The EU and USA launched negotiations in July 2013 on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment

    Partnership (TTIP). Accordingly negotiations are underway to determine to which goods and

    services TTIP will apply and if new rules can be agreed to protect investors, harmonise standards,

    reduce tariffs and open new markets throughout the EU and USA. However, this is being done in

    secret behind closed doors. There has been no scrutiny of the negotiating texts by MPs or local

    government, nor any impact assessment on the potential impact on local authorities. It will affect

    every one of us majorly.

    TTIP could have a detrimental impact on local services, employment, suppliers and decision-making.

    Thus we want a thorough impact assessment of TTIP on local authorities undertaken before the

    negotiations are concluded.

    The proposed Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism has been used by corporations to

    overturn democratic decisions by all levels of governments at significant public cost. Thus we say

    that local decision-making must be protected from ISDS.

    The EU’s food, environmental and labour standards are better than those in the USA. TTIP

    negotiations must raise and not lower these standards across the EU and USA.

    Sourcing supplies and employment locally is important to strengthening local economies and

    meeting local needs. TTIP must not impact on local authorities’ ability to act in the best interests its

    communities.

    We call:

    1. on Islington Council to pass a motion raising our serious concerns about the impact of TTIP on

    local authorities and the secrecy of the negotiating process with government.

    2. for an impact assessment on the impact of TTIP on local authorities.

    3. on the Council to join with other local authorities opposed to TTIP across Europe and work with

    local campaigners to raise awareness about the problems of TTIP.

    4. on the local authorities of municipalities twinned with Islington Council to consider passing a

    similar motion on TTIP.

    Yours sincerely

    Islington Hands Off Our Public Services IHOOPS

    Islington Trades Council

    Transition Finsbury Park

    Transition Highbury

    Transition Tufnell Park

     
    • Kenneth Loakman 8:50 pm on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Including CETA which is further along. Referencing CUSTA and NAFTA from the 90’s.

  • susan640 11:18 am on November 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Decc 2050 Calculator Muswell Hill Sustainability Group   

    MUSWELL HILL SUSTAINABILITY GROUP MEETING 16 NOVEMBER: GREG HAIGH OF DECC: topic: 2050 Emissions Calculator 

    On Monday 16th November the Muswell Hill Sustainability Group have invited Greg Haigh from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Greg, who is a local resident, has spent a decade as an analyst in government and the last three years working for DECC. His main focus there has been the 2050 Calculator, a public tool that enables people to explore the different ways in which the UK can meet its 80% greenhouse gas mitigation target. Greg has also helped a number of developing countries produce their own versions of the Calculator, to help them with their sustainability goals. In his talk Greg will describe and demonstrate the Calculator, explain the background and discuss some of the conclusions.

    The talk will follow the en10ergy AGM (open to en10ergy shareholders) and will start at 8pm.

    The venue will be the Muswell Hill Methodist Church, 28 Pages Lane, Muswell Hill, London N10 1PP. All welcome.

     
  • susan640 4:48 pm on October 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: TTIP Islington Environmental Forum   

    ISLINGTON ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM – MAIN ITEM THE IMPACT OF TTIP 

    The Islington Environment Forum will be holding a meeting on TTIP and its implications for the environment and sustainability in Islington and the UK (Cannot remember exactly what the initials stand for, but this is the secret deal being negotiated between the EU and the US, to level out the trading/business playing field between the EU and the US, and allow multinational companies to expand their businesses, and trample over European food safety regulations, environmental regulations, labour laws, involve themselves in bits of the NHS, and take elected governments to secret courts.)

    Early evening (6.30-8.30pm) of Tuesday 3rd November

    Freightliners Farm, soup provided (from recent experience I can report that the soup is delicious)..

    Keynote speaker: Sam Lowe, lead Friends of the Earth UK TTIP campaigner.

    As one of the central figures in the UK civil society movement against TTIP Sam Lowe has participated in public debates with MPs/MEPs and provided expert witness to the Parliamentary Environmental Audit Select Committee on the potential environmental impacts of TTIP.

    “TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.”

    (https://www.foe.co.uk/page/what-ttip-why-worry-about-it)

    Discussion will address TTIP in general, and the local implications.

    RSVP to marta.aparicio@vai.org.uk

     
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