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CTRL Shift - An emergency summit for change

 

On March 28, at 6am I boarded a train bound for Wigan, filled with anticipation and excitement for the great un-known for what was set to be the first of many CTRL Shift emergency summits for change. Thanks to the Permaculture Association (the organisers), along with the most forward thinking solution based organisations in the country, I was very lucky enough to get a bursary ticket for the event. These…

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Added by samantha on April 21, 2018 at 17:00 — No Comments

Madness on the high seas and old father Thames.

April 10 saw activists assembling outside the London based UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) the scene of talks about whether to tackle carbon emissions from shipping or carry on with the planet-wrecking business as usual agenda.

Currently if the shipping industry were a country it would be the world’s sixth largest polluter, but nevertheless the Paris Climate talks of 2015 avoided dealing with this issue delegating it instead to the IMO.

In our globalised…

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Added by Richard Payne on April 19, 2018 at 16:00 — No Comments

Fracking in the North Downs and the 'Tour de Frack'

Sustainable Hackney has reported for some time that the Fracking threat is closer to us than many suppose… While soundings of public opinion reveal minority support for fracking, most Londoners are unaware it is happening just down the road from them and a mere 25 crow-miles from here.

 

The fracking of large swathes of Sussex and Surrey for shale or tight oil is a growing threat with four major test sites already drilled and a fifth planned. With this in mind…

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Added by Richard Payne on April 19, 2018 at 13:27 — No Comments

Sign Divest Hackney’s petition and join Fossil Free London on Sat 28 April

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, has taken the next step towards divesting the London Pension Fund from fossil fuels, and he’s called on other London Boroughs to do the same. This is good news, but there’s still lots to do to get the commitments we need and to build the fairer, cleaner Hackney and London we want to see.

A few things you can do to get involved - no contribution is too small ...

 

Sign the petition to Divest…

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Added by Michael Calderbank on April 7, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments

Environmental impact of our gadgets

There is a buzz of conversation, laughter, a whoop of excitement as a dead vacuum roars back into life.  People are having fun.  So that's why they call it a Restart Party!   

Can you have fun and help save the planet?  Turns out you can.  Hackney Fixers has been running repair parties for electrical…

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Added by James Diamond on April 6, 2018 at 15:30 — No Comments

Horticultural Renewal Programme

The Landworker's Alliance and Growing Communities have launched a series of practical proposals, accompanied by illustrative case studies, for a scheme to dramatically increase local fruit and vegetable production following…

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Added by Michael Calderbank on March 30, 2018 at 15:04 — No Comments

The future for food, farming and the environment



An alliance of farming and environmental groups are calling for the government to give special protection to small and medium sized farms in its new Agriculture Bill. The government's consultation on the future of food, farming and the environment is open until the 8th May and you can have your say



This is an unmissable opportunity to feed into…

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Added by Michael Calderbank on March 30, 2018 at 15:01 — No Comments

The Climate and Jobs Conference - Organised by the Campaign Against Climate Change, Trade Union Group

A strong message that emerged from the Climate and Jobs Conference on March 10th was that we can’t afford any longer to treat climate change as solely and narrowly an environmental issue.

The image of the polar bear stranded on an ice sheet belies a deeper human reality. Our gaze should be directed instead at the millions whose…

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Added by Richard Payne on March 19, 2018 at 0:30 — No Comments

Funding the first solar cinema in Europe

A new campaign to win public support for the UK’s first solar powered film venue was launched on March17.

The joint campaign led by Hackney Energy, the Wilton Estate Tenants Association and the Rio Cinema aims to raise around £40,000 to install 55 solar panels on the cinema’s south facing…

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Added by samantha on March 18, 2018 at 10:00 — No Comments

Celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight

Image: Fairtrade Foundation

Celebrations of Fairtrade Fortnight in Hackney were made extra special this year as, thanks to a grant from Hackney Council, we were able to ‘buy in’  presentations from Ketra Kyosiimire, a visiting female coffee producer from Uganda who gave…

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Added by samantha on March 18, 2018 at 9:15 — 1 Comment

Manifesto for Affordable Workspace

Members of the East End Trades Guild will meet the Hackney and Tower Hamlets mayors on Tuesday 13 March and ask them to commit to their agenda for affordable workspace and a London Living Rent.

The manifesto calls on councils across the capital to:

  • Recognise Community Value of small and micro business to boroughs’…
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Added by Kathryn Johnson on March 12, 2018 at 15:30 — No Comments

Help make the Rio the UK's first solar powered cinema!

Hi, 
Help make the Rio the UK's first solar powered cinema!
Hackney Energy agreed last night to give its full backing to install a solar power system on the Rio cinema's roof, making it the UK's (and maybe Europe's) first solar powered picture house!
To get going, we are holding a big public awareness…
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Added by Philip Pearson on March 7, 2018 at 9:34 — No Comments

3 new solar power projects for Hackney in 2018?

There are 3 big opportunities for Hackney Energy to help develop solar power projects in the borough this year - the Rio Cinema, the Wilton Estate and Homerton Hospital. To pull off just one of these would be a great achievement, but progress on all three (and possibly others) is possible if we can pull in enough resources. A key question is, Can we rely on the council's support? …
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Added by Philip Pearson on March 4, 2018 at 11:48 — No Comments

Social Enterprise Manifesto for Hackney

Mayor Philip Glanville invited representatives of Hackney's social enterprise sector to the Town Hall in February to present the results of a consultation with more than 250 SEs to create a Social Enterprise Manifesto for Hackney. 

The manifesto is full of ideas on how Hackney Council can support recognition and development of the sector.  It highlight three strategic aims for the sector locally: promoting awareness & understanding of social enterprise, building…

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Added by Kathryn Johnson on March 1, 2018 at 16:44 — No Comments

Future of Nutrition: Edible Insects?

If the thought of insects makes you crawl read on to learn how they might soon be appearing in a supermarket near you.



The human population is increasing on a daily basis and it doesn't look like it's ever going to slow down. Before very long the problem of feeding all those hungry mouths will become a burden that calls for new ways to provide our daily nutritional requirements. There is a growing band of experts that is looking to the insect world for an answer to our…

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Added by Amber Morriss on February 27, 2018 at 12:25 — No Comments

Unique opportunity for Hackney schools

Sustainable Hackney – Education for Sustainable Education (EfS) Network -  gave a presentation to the Hackney Primary Headteachers’ January meeting on the urgency of introducing EfS into their schools. 

The presentation was supported at the meeting by Councillor Jon Burke (lead cabinet member for sustainability) who aims to make every Hackney council department function sustainably.…

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Added by samantha on February 19, 2018 at 1:33 — No Comments

Air quality in the news

Air quality has been in the news again over the past few weeks, and for all the wrong reasons - again. Brixton Road in London breached its limit for nitrogen dioxide for the entire year at the end of January. The very slightly less bad news is that this first breach was a little later than previous years, when sites in London have breached limits in the first week.
Other news is that Friday, 9 February was the deadline for the UK to avoid legal action by the European Commission…
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Added by Clare Taylor on February 11, 2018 at 18:25 — No Comments

TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE LOCAL ECONOMY

Recently, we have seen the demise of the outsourcing mogul Carillion under a £1.5bn debt pile with a possible loss of up to 20,000 jobs in the UK. This was followed 2 weeks later by profit warnings of another outsourcing giant, Capita, whose share value plummeted by nearly 50%, wiping £1.5bn of its stock market value. The process of outsourcing public services started under the Thatcher years, but accelerated under the Blair-Brown years with the private/public financing initiatives.…

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Added by samantha on February 11, 2018 at 13:30 — 3 Comments

An extra big smile!

Hackney Fixers hosted a busy day of fixing on 3rd February at the Redmond Centre, with over 50 people coming for help with their ailing electrical equipment and clothing.  One happy lady, Elizabeth, asked for “an extra big smile” to be drawn on the fixing log, she was so pleased to have her…

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Added by Hackney Fixers on February 9, 2018 at 14:00 — No Comments

Extended Interview with Actor James Cromwell Before His Jail Sentence: “Capitalism is a Cancer”

Extended interview with Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell before he reports to jail at 4 p.m. Friday in upstate New York for taking part in a nonviolent protest against a natural gas-fired power plant. Cromwell says he’ll also launch a hunger strike. He was one of six activists arrested for blocking traffic at the sit-in outside the construction site of the 650-megawatt plant in Wawayanda, New York, in December of 2015. The activists say the plant would…

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Added by Richard Payne on December 27, 2017 at 23:50 — No Comments

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