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  • susan640 8:14 pm on October 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    The Government’s GreenGB week is between 15-19th October 

    This piece has been taken, with thanks, from Transition Highgate’s website:

    The Green GB + NI Week is a week of events (across England), arranged by the Government, with “announcements and media activity to promote the opportunities from clean growth and raise awareness of how businesses and the public can contribute to tackling climate change.” There are a series of events, ranging from small scale and local to global, including the official launch of the European Launch of IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C (invitation only). They have been arranged by local environmental groups, climate change experts, scientists and global businesses, including well respected organisations and people. Further details via the TH website; some of the events are staggeringly expensive.

    Transitition Highgate have also prepared a very line list of rebuttals which demonstrate that for all its fine words about tackling climate change, this government has been rolling back our national efforts in this vital direction. TH’s rebuttal table can be found here:

    To support the Fair4Solar campaign to get the Government to Uturn on its plan to stop supporting renewables download the #Fair4Solar Campaign Pack, go to the campaign page to sign the petition and tweet the message #Fair4Solar.

    • Sydney Charles 8:18 am on October 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I notice a lovely little vid on twitter from the Government full of sunflowers and meadows publicising Green GB week. Not a fracked earthquake or child with asthma in sight.

    • susan640 11:13 am on October 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I am so annoyed about this greenwashing! However, don’t think there was any coverage on R4 Today – maybe I slept through it, but think it more likely that no time could be spared from the deluge of Brexit problem coverage.

  • Adam Hardy 10:13 pm on October 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Green woodpecker in Finsbury Park 

    My children spotted it first but for the first time ever I’ve seen a green woodpecker in Finsbury Park. It was wondering around on the short grass on the north side of the athletics track.

    This picture wasn’t the one we saw! But the red head and size made it unmistakeable!

    I can only imagine it got there by flying down the railway lines. My daughter says her friend often sees them in Alexandra Park.

    woodpeckerBy Charles J Sharp – Own work, from Sharp Photography, sharpphotography, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

    • Kate C 8:16 am on October 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I hear one occasionally in Dalmeny Park and have once seen one on Hornsey Lane so they do get around. But they don’t seem to stay here for very long.

  • Adam Hardy 10:12 pm on September 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Fossil-free Islington against #fracked #fracking 

    Here’s an evening event in the Fossil-Free week on 2018-10-08:

    Fossil-free Islington anti-fracking event: our-borough-our-planet

    • Sue Lees 9:11 am on October 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Further details about this as it is today! And the IPCC says that we have only 12 years left in which to keep the earth’s temperature to plus 1.5 degrees C and keep the planet liveable. Otherwise dreadful weather and climate consequences will be unstoppable. Get cracking, politicians!

      Fossil Free Islington is hosting an Our Borough, Our Planet event at Islington Town Hall on 8th October from 6.30-8.30pm.

      The aim is to bring together environmental groups and individuals from around Islington to create a joint vision for a sustainable borough. The stated aim is to boost the great things that are already happening, strengthen existing campaigns and projects and make new plans which may include projects to drastically reduce plastic or emissions with a roadmap for the council’s zero-carbon target – whatever people agree on the night. If you are interested in attending, you can sign up here:

  • Adam Hardy 12:13 pm on September 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Week of Action against #fracking #fracked by Oct 8th – 13th 

    Who else is thinking of going along to this? It’s on a Monday, awkwardly. Let me know if you hear of a weekend event.

    Base site:

  • Adam Hardy 10:01 pm on September 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Bringing #PocketLab to Islington to measure local air pollution! 

    PocketLab are bringing out a hand-held air pollution monitor:

    PocketLab Air is an all-in-one science lab for invetigating climate change and air pollution in your environment. PocketLab Air can measure carbon dioxide, ozone, particulate matter (PM1, PM2.5, PM10), temperature, humidity, barometic pressure, and light. We’ve designed PocketLab Air to be capable enough for a climate and air quality researchers but simple enough for a 4th grade student learning about Earth science.

    I have placed my pre-order. They said September on their kickstarter project which finished the funding round in December, now they’re saying “Fall”.

  • Adam Hardy 8:16 pm on September 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    #Fracking – frack-free Islington – hopefully 

    My reply to Richard Watts, Mayor of LB Islington, about  
    Frack-free Islington (his email to me)

    Dear Richard

    thank you for your comprehensive reply.

    I wouldn’t completely ignore the chances of companies wanting to frack under London – there have already been applications (turned down fortunately):

    Guest Post: Why not look for shale gas under London?

    I’m glad that my council (LB Islington in case you wondered) is making progress in the move away from climate-damaging energy – however despite your optimism about the pension fund, it seems there is still much to be done there. The latest figures published by shows some fairly sobering facts:

    Total fund size: £1,262,711,448
    Total fracking investments: £31,313,047
    Direct investments: £25,946,752
    Estimated indirect investments: £5,366,295
    % Invested in fracking: 2.48%
    Top fracking investments
    BP — £10,289,723
    Shell — £10,186,874
    BHP Billiton — £3,196,183
    ConocoPhillips — £2,273,972

    (from )

    What chance is there of more progress on the divestment front?

    • Adam Hardy 8:44 pm on September 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      In reply, Richard Watts mentioned: “The Council has asked its Pension Fund Advisers to pull together all our options for reducing the Fund’s carbon footprint so that they can be discussed in public at the December Meeting of the Council’s Pension Fund. I hope this helps to address your concerns.”

  • Adam Hardy 10:04 am on September 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    @IslingtonLB and others should stop use of #glyphosate 

    … and not replace it with the next product from Monsanto whose claims that it is safe are only backed up by their multi-million dollar legal department.

    CNN: Monsanto now paying millions to victims of glyphosate exposure

    I don’t actually read CNN but this is the first coverage of it I found. Roundup (glyphosate) is used extensively throughout the UK by councils, the railways etc. We all have it in our bodies and due to the way it is used agriculturally just before harvest, it is in all our foodstuffs and comes out in our urine (fortunately, compared to other chemicals with accumulate).

    Brought to my attention via Riverford veggie box blog:

  • Adam Hardy 8:13 pm on August 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Frack-free Islington 

    In response to my email, Richard Watts sent the reply below. If only he agreed with all my other emails…

    Dear Adam,

    Thank you for your email concerning the Government’s consultations on fracking. I share your concern about the implications they could have on speeding up the planning process for shale gas extraction.

    I believe it is worth noting that it is unlikely that Islington would ever be an area in which fracking and shale gas exploration is ever considered. Our high density of buildings and high land costs would mean that companies would be unlikely to seek exploration in our borough. It is also not clear from geological surveys whether there are in fact shale gas reserves under London.

    The strength of feeling on fracking has been proven by local people across the country coming together to resist attempts to frack in their area. It is therefore very concerning that the Government are considering changing the planning process for fracking and reducing channels that residents can engage with.

    It is incredibly important that steps are taken to reduce carbon emissions, including in our borough so that all residents can enjoy a good quality of life and breathe clean air. Islington Council has been working hard to bring down its carbon footprint. In recent years, we have brought down the carbon footprint of the Council’s Pension Fund’s shares by 45 per cent. We are also committed to working towards fully divesting the Council’s Pension Fund from companies that extract fossil fuels.

    I am pleased that we are ahead of our target for reducing carbon emissions in the borough by 40 per cent by 2020, and are working towards our long-term goal of Islington having net zero carbon emissions.

    The Labour Party has pledged to ban fracking, and has repeatedly raised concerns about its serious implications for communities and the environment. I will of course raise your concerns with Islington’s MPs, Jeremy Corbyn and Emily Thornberry.

    We will also continue to work with the Labour Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to make sure he uses his important powers to prevent fracking in London as he has pledged to do, and to work with other local authorities to keep London fracking free.

    Thank you again for contacting me about this important issue.

    Best wishes,

    Cllr Richard Watts

    Leader of Islington Council

  • Adam Hardy 12:18 pm on August 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply

    Climate change protest rally #RiseForClimate Sat Sept 8th 

    Climate Reality, Campaign against Climate Change, and Fossil Free UK are organising the London #RiseForClimate rally

    #RiseforClimate London
    Start: September 08, 2018 – 2:30 pm
    Meet in front of the Tate Modern
    London, United Kingdom SE1 9TG

    Hopefully this will put climate change back on the map ahead of Brexit and Trump.

  • susan640 12:24 pm on August 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply  


    The Friends of the Parkland Walk have organised a Guided Tree Walk with Rebecca Harrison

    6.30pm on Thursday 9th August – start at the Holmesdale Road entrance in Highgate

    Rebecca will guide participants along the Parkland Walk towards Crouch End, touching on all kinds of arboreal aspects such as how to easily identify trees and how should we best manage them? Why are some trees more common than others? What trees attract the most types of insects? Do any trees have a negative impact on our green spaces? Rebecca has many years of experience working at Highgate Wood and grew up in Muswell Hill where the Parkland Walk was one of her favourite play areas as a child.

    Numbers are limited to 20 places and priority will be given to full members of the Friends. Remaining places will be allocated to non-members. The walk is free, but a non-obligatory suggested donation of £3 can be offered to help towards our work. If you are not a full member you can upgrade by donating an additional £2. Further information on membership can be found here.

    If you are interested, please email with the message subject ‘summer tree walk’. Please indicate the number of places you would like and if you are already a member or would like to join on the day.

    The walk will last for 1.5 hours

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