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  • susan640 9:26 pm on June 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Monday 1 July: Council Leader question opportunity 

    Ask your questions to the council leader (this is a good moment to ask where the Council is on various climate issues, for example).

    Islington residents are invited to join council leader Cllr Richard Watts to have their say at Leader’s Question Time, where you can ask questions about local issues that matter to you. The event will be held at Whittington Park Community Association (The Lounge Room), Yerbury Road, N19 4RS, from 6.30pm-8pm on Monday 1 July 2019.

    If you would like to submit a question in advance, or if you can’t attend the event, email your question to leadersquestions@islington.gov.uk.

    The hashtag #LeadersQT will be used by @IslingtonBC on the night, so that everyone can join the debate on Twitter.

  • susan640 10:34 pm on April 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: BP, petrol station gloves, plastic gloves, plastic pollution   

    BP petrol station dispenses clear plastic gloves into the environment 

    I have been clearing up rubbish from local patches of green for years, and more recently have been picking up clear plastic gloves. Only yesterday did I decide to find out the source and lo, I found it at the BP garage on Hornsey Rise

    As you can see, several plastic gloves are ready to fly out into the environment when the next customer takes a glove. Several hundred a year, I should estimate. Here is one I did not clear up, in the local estate garden.

    I was staggered to discover this ready-for-action at all times plastic pollution method, clearly BP have not been watching Sir David Attenborough. My mind boggles when I think of the BP petrol station empire worldwide, all dispensing plastic gloves into the environment.

    I have written to BP’s customer complaints email address asking them to remove the Hornsey Rise dispenser, and then to take them out of all their garages.

    I also found a parliamentary petition to ban plastic gloves for customers at garages which clearly needs your support: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/258129

  • susan640 6:41 am on April 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    The government’s report published by the Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, on Thursday last, shows the UK is now set to miss its 2025 and 2030 emissions targets by an even larger margin than before. “Many policies which will affect the 2020s and beyond have not yet been developed to the point at which they can be included in these projections,” it said.

    While the report is not at all clear to the lay person, policies such as expanding Heathrow, encouraging fracking, cancelling the requirement that all new-built homes should be zero carbon, reopening coal fields in the North East, etc., clearly point to a lack of interest in dealing with the climate challenge, despite a bit of window-dressing from Michael Gove.

    Here is the complex report: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/794590/updated-energy-and-emissions-projections-2018.pdf

    Regrettably the clue is in the name of the Department which produced the report, into which the Department of Climate Change was subsumed as the Conservatives got control of the government.

    • Sydney Charles 6:57 am on April 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      No surprise here. I’m not fussed about Energy being within Business, and the Climate Change bit of Department of Energy and Climate Change was always sidelined in any case. As Greta Thurnberg says every decision we make must be in terms of lowering the most emissions, not GDP expected effect. That requires a sea change in the Treasury and a very senior Minister for Environment (to cover climate breakdown and ecological damage eg air earth and water pollution)

    • Adam Hardy 10:27 pm on April 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting but depressing. Business as usual, then.

  • susan640 9:06 pm on April 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Haringey Council   



    12.30 – 3.00 pm Royal British Legion Hall, Muswell Hill Rd N10 3NG


     what is Haringey Council doing about Climate
     what should the national government be doing ?
     what can residents do?

    following on from ‘die-in’ St James Sq opp St James Church 11.30 to 12.30.
    Vegan food available. Stalls by local organisations.

    Chaired by Catherine West MP

    Jayne Forbes Extinction Rebellion
    Alan Morton Muswell Hill Sustainability Group
    Joe Baker Head, Carbon Reduction Haringey Council
    Hannah Khan Young Labour
    Cllr Kirsten Hearn Haringey Cabinet Member for Environment

    organised by Action on Climate Change Haringey
    07949 082196
    International Week of Rebellion 15-19 April http://www.rebellion.earth/get-active

  • susan640 8:43 pm on April 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , fossil-free, IslingtonCouncil   

    Petition to get Islington Council to declare a climate emergency 

    Fossil-free Islington has got its petition demanding that Islington Council declare a climate emergency and get the Borough to zero emissions by 2030 up and running. Please sign and share this:


    To get involved with Fossil Free Islington, find their page on facebook

  • susan640 10:23 pm on March 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Extinction Rebellion: Islington branch launching at Hargrave Hall, Hargrave Road, N19 on Monday 25 March at 7.30pm 

    A new chapter of Extinction Rebellion is about to launch in Islington, with its first meeting at Hargrave Hall Community Centre on Monday 25th March (next week!) at 7.30pm. Local aims will be to work with other Islington-based environmental groups (such as Divest Islington) towards getting the Council to declare a climate emergency and other local environmental issues, to grow public awareness of the gravity of the current ecological and climate crisis, and to co-ordinate with other parts of Extinction Rebellion at larger-scale protests and events.

    Extinction Rebellion is a fast-growing environmental activist group that draws attention to the climate and ecological crisis. They have three simple demands for the government nationally: to tell the public the truth about climate change, for the government introduce policies to make the UK carbon neutral by 2025, and for the government to set up a Citizen’s Assembly to work out how to meet this challenge.

    All welcome.

    • Sydney Charles 4:05 pm on March 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      re climate emergency Haringey council declared one on Monday. can I paste in the details here?

      • susan640 8:47 pm on April 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry about the delay, but please do.

  • susan640 10:36 pm on March 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Full Marks to Cadent Gas for moving towards new batteries for in-van computers thereby reducing the need for idling engines 

    Idling engines is one of the things about modern life which drives me nuts. Bad for local air quality and unnecessarily bad for the climate. Close to my home, I recently accosted the drivers of one “white van” belonging to gas company Cadent Gas who had their engine running while stationary, and was told that they had to have the engine running in order to charge their computer. (I have come across this excuse before, in connection with both mobile phones and assorted computers.)

    I sent an email to Cadent Gas, expecting no reply or some sort of brush off. However, I was astonished and delighted to get this reply: “Our London Teams are trialing a new lithium power supply unit in their vans which will give them all their power needs throughout the day without the need for onboard power or a petrol generator. The units create “Zero noise and Zero CO2″ by charging when the vehicle is being driven between jobs. This will help us reduce our carbon footprint. The unit is also mobile so it can be taken into our customers’ houses and other areas where power is not easily accessible. An additional bonus is that if the van needs a jump start the unit will do this enabling the vehicle to be returned to the road.”

    Full marks to Cadent Gas! I am hoping that this enlightened attitude towards pollution prevention will spread to other companies which currently have to run their vans’ engines in order to operate their computers.

  • susan640 12:04 pm on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: #Camden Council #climate emergency   

    Petition to get Camden Council to declare a Climate Emergency 

    Camden Transition are running a petition to get Camden Council to declare a Climate Emergency, and as this is just next door to us in Archway we are encouraging people to sign it. Please go to Declare a Climate Emergency in Camden

  • susan640 10:47 am on January 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Extinction Rebellion When: 15th January, 7:30pm 

    Extinction Rebellion Discussion at Crossroads Women’s Centre, 25 Wolsey Mews, London NW5 2DX.

    2018 saw the birth of Extinction Rebellion (XR), which aims to rally support worldwide around a common sense of urgency to tackle climate breakdown. It has three key demands:

    The Government must tell the truth about the climate and wider ecological emergency, reverse inconsistent policies and work alongside the media to communicate with citizens.
    The Government must enact legally binding policy measures to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025 and to reduce consumption levels.
    A national Citizen’s Assembly to oversee the changes, as part of creating a democracy fit for purpose.

    Established with about one hundred academics signing a call to action and launched at the end of October, the movement staged various acts of civil disobedience during November. A large number of its activists have pledged to be arrested and are prepared to go to prison, inspired by the non-violent direct action tactics of Occupy, Mahatma Gandhi, the Suffragettes and Martin Luther King.

    To find out more and discuss ER’s approach, Camden Green Party are holding a public meeting with guest speaker Jayne Forbes, from Extinction Rebellion: 7.30pm, 15 January, at Crossroads Women’s Centre, 25 Wolsey Mews, London NW5 2DX.

  • susan640 10:32 am on December 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    EU relaxation of diesel emission limits was illegal, European Court of Justice – report in The Guardian on 13 December 

    As reported in The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/dec/13/eu-relaxation-of-diesel-emission-limits-was-illegal-court-rules

    The new generation of so-called “cleaner” diesel vehicles (Euro 6) can be banned from Madrid, Paris and Brussels after a ruling by European justices.

    City authorities can now stop Euro 6 diesel vehicles from entering their cities. The European court of justice has overruled a decision by the European Commission to allow new diesel vehicles to emit higher levels of nitrogen dioxide. The justices said the original limit of 80mg/km must be maintained and that a 2016 relaxation of car emission limits was illegal.

    This looks like a good EU decision, finally! Not sure how this ruling applies to the UK and London. Do we have Euro 6 diesels in town?

    • Sydney Charles 12:37 pm on December 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      The ULEZ programme is to allow Euro 6 diesels. Emissions Analytics, an independent testing body, has introduced the EQUA Air Quality index based on the level of emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) in grams per kilometre. It has specific models rated A (Euro 6 limit for diesels, Euro 4 limit for petrols) to H (roughly equal to 12+ times Euro 6 limits). London is aware of this database and should use it rather than arbitary Euro standards. eg ban all vehicles with more than 80mg/km regardless of fuel type.
      https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone/cars?intcmp=54362 has TfLs info taking people to a list of which models won’t pay more. This should be revised to not allow ‘Euro 6’ diesels that are more than 80mg/km. This increases the problem of people who bought vehicles because they were told they were clean and now will be told they are not. We must not allow the GLA to just continue with the 120mg/km bar.

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