Green Party organising Air Pollution Information Evening – Wednesday February 22nd, Islington Green Party is hosting an Air Pollution information evening at the Islington Town Hall on Upper Street from 7pm. There will be a presentation about the current state of air pollution in the borough based on recent measurements, and speakers will include experts from King College and UCL, so lots of opportunity for asking difficult questions. This is open to all, not just residents of Islington, so please pass round details to others who may be interested.
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In Elthorne Park’s Peace Garden I encountered the conservation and community gardening volunteers of Islington’s Green Gym, who are just starting to go to the Philip Noel Baker Peace Garden to work between 10.45 and 2pm every Monday. This is the only Green Gym in LB Islington, though there are others in other parts of London. Participants’ health and wellbeing is helped by gentle physical activity (the gardening plus warm up exercises) and from contact with nature and each other out-of-doors. The sessions are free. The Peace Garden is lovely, but will most certainly benefit from regular tending. If anyone would like to join in please call Trudi on 07768421881, or see more details here: http://www.tcv.org.uk/london/green-gym-london/islington-green-gym
The bread is delicious. I have to consciously stop myself eating the whole loaf as soon as I get it home.
Vehicle Idling Action is a London-wide campaign to encourage drivers to switch off their engines when stationary. At 1pm Wednesday 8th February they will be holding a training session for people who would like to become Clean Air Champions and help to improve local air quality by volunteering for the campaign.
At this training session, you will receive training on the impact of idling on air quality, how air quality affects health, and how to be effective in changing behaviour. After the training, there will be a Vehicle Idling Action event where you are invited to put your learning into practice.
Date: Wednesday 8th February
Time: 1pm – 2.15pm
Venue: Islington Council, 222 Upper Street
Action event details
Date: Wednesday 8th February
Venue: Outside Laycock Primary School, Laycock Street
Email the co-ordinator to book your space: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Guardian this week published a useful set of pointers https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jan/19/how-to-reduce-carbon-footprint in a supplement which also celebrated the good news https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jan/19/reasons-to-be-cheerful-full-switch-low-carbon-energy-in-sight. Among other stats this reports that worldwide more new renewable electricity capacity was added than all fossil fuels combined in 2015.As the author of both says ‘for the first time, we can hope that the momentum of low carbon growth is now unstoppable. In many cases around the globe, clean technology no longer needs any subsidy, a finding that seemed unachievable five years ago.’
PUBLIC MEETING in CROUCH END ON 9 FEB : BREXIT: DOES IT POSE A THREAT TO THE UK FULFILLING ITS CLIMATE CHANGE OBLIGATIONS?
The prospect of Brexit has led to much discussion about the potential impact on the UK of losing EU environmental legislation. The Labour Group in Haringey is organising a meeting on the subject, which will discuss
- What the EU has done for air quality, water quality and consumer rights
- What can Labour do to safeguard the environment during the Article 50 process
- How can EU environmental legislation be incorporated into UK law
The meeting will be chaired by Catherine West MP for Hornsey and Wood Green (and previously Leader of Islington Council) and the distinguished speakers are Barry Gardiner MP, Shadow Climate Change Minister and Cllr Andrew Cooper, Leader, Green Group Kirklees Council (Kirklees Council has been at the forefront of driving energy efficiency measures within its area for many years, please see here: http://www.nef.org.uk/about-us/insights/kirklees-council-ahead-of-the-energy-saving-curve )
WHEN: ON THURSDAY 9TH FEBRUARY 7.30 pm
WHERE: ST MARY’S SCHOOL, RECTORY GARDENS N8 7QN
Buses 144 W3 (nearest tubes Finsbury Pk & Turnpike Lane)
For further info please contact Norman Beddington: email@example.com
Organisers: Hornsey & Wood Green Labour Party Climate Change & Environment Group
This news is from the unlikely source of the Times Deputy Business Editor, who over the holidays reported that for the first time, over this last summer half of Britain’s electricity was generated from low carbon sources.
The trick is that half of those low carbon sources are nuclear – 25% – with a further 25% from renewable such as solar, wind and biomass – that last of doubtful renewability given that it relies on cutting down trees, many said to come from clearance of the Amazon rainforest.
The percentage of power provided by coal-fired power stations has plummeted from 16.7 to just 3.6% of the total after the government announced their plan to shut them all within 10 years to meet climate change targets.
While a spokesman for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy reported that close to £52 billion had been invested in renewables since 2010, the National Grid reported that UK onshore and offshore wind trbines had set a new record by generating 10.1 gigawatts on December 7, or more than 20% of the total UK demand.
Alongside a rise in electricity from gas there has been a big rise in output from solar panels with generation increasing by 30% between 2015 and 2016.
The report knows that although making progress, the UK still lags some way behind Germany which leads the way of greener energy in Europe.
The Waterlow Park Trust is organising a public meeting at which the various bodies involved with this wonderful historic park are going to be presenting details of changes to the park. The notice is here: http://waterlowparktrust.org.uk/public-meeting-7-december-2016/ Please come; parks need all the public support they can get as cash-strapped local councils (n this case, Camden) look for savings.