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  • Adam Hardy 10:47 pm on February 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Green Party Air Pollution Info Evening Wed Feb 22nd 2017 

    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.

     
  • susan640 10:46 pm on January 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: green gym; community gardening; Elthorne Park   

    ISLINGTON'S GREEN GYM IN ELTHORNE PARK, SUNNYSIDE RD, N19 


    Islington's Green Gymnasts at work in Elthorne Park

    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

     
  • Adam Hardy 12:13 pm on January 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Local baker looking for funding on kickstarter to start local sourdough bakery 

    http://kck.st/2kALKAL

    The bread is delicious. I have to consciously stop myself eating the whole loaf as soon as I get it home.

     
    • Adam Hardy 12:14 pm on January 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Forgot to say, there’s video on the website which explains what makes it so good

    • Kate Calvert 1:49 pm on January 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      The deals which include a number of loaves look like value for money – and it does look good stuff.

    • Adam Hardy 1:55 pm on January 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Did you watch the video? He’s found a place for the bakery in Brecknock Road.

    • susan640 5:27 pm on January 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      William is going to go along and take the course

  • susan640 12:54 pm on January 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: air quality; air pollution; idling vehicles   

    ISLINGTON TRAINING DAY FOR CLEAN AIR CHAMPIONS – SWITCHING OFF IDLING VEHICLE ENGINES 

    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.

    Training Details
    Date: Wednesday 8th February
    Time: 1pm – 2.15pm
    Venue: Islington Council, 222 Upper Street

    Action event details
    Date: Wednesday 8th February
    Time: 2.30pm-4.30pm
    Venue: Outside Laycock Primary School, Laycock Street

    Email the co-ordinator to book your space: lucy@coolworldconsulting.co.uk

     
  • Kate Calvert 7:17 pm on January 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: carbon footprint, low carbon technology, renewable technology, Renewables   

    15 Step to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint 

    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.’

     
  • susan640 7:04 pm on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Brexit; Kirklees; Barry Gardiner; climate change   

    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: nb@ecodev.co

    Organisers: Hornsey & Wood Green Labour Party Climate Change & Environment Group

     
  • Adam Hardy 2:35 pm on January 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    GIGL if you like hedgehogs 

    Greenspace In Greater London (gigl)

    want sightings. Apparently they are making a come-back – although they are starting at rock bottom. London has 4 hedgehogs – 4 more than last year!

    London Wildlife Trust’s hedgehog page

     

     
  • Kate Calvert 4:11 pm on January 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Half Our Electricity is Low Carbon 

    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.

     
  • Adam Hardy 2:20 pm on December 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Mayor of London’s latest air quality survey

     
  • susan640 5:33 pm on November 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    PUBLIC MEETING ABOUT WATERLOW PARK; 7 -8.30PM IN LAUDERDALE HOUSE, HIGHGATE HILL, N6 

    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.

     
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