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UK Government releases ‘weak’ air quality plans

The Government have now released their new air quality plans, and local law firm ClientEarth, who forced them to finally deliver the plans, are not impressed. Their website carries the following statement:

Reacting to today’s air quality plans from the UK Government, ClientEarth CEO James Thornton said: “We are continuing to study the government’s …

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Added by Clare Taylor on May 5, 2017 at 15:09 — No Comments

Hackney law firm 3 : Government 0

Hackney law firm Client Earth won a third court victory over the Govenment which has repeatedly delayed publication of it's Air Quality plans.  The judge agreed with Client Earth that public health concerns overule the convention of purdah which the government tried to use to delay publishing the plans until after the general election.  Now they must be published on 9th May after the local elections.…

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Added by Sustainable Hackney on April 29, 2017 at 11:00 — No Comments

Fighting back against Fracking - Film Screening - the Bentley Effect - 8th June

Frack Off London are organising a London screening of The Bentley Effect, a film documenting how a community in Australia organised against unconventional gas extraction, building up to an iconic blockade. 



With the fracking industry pushing to start production in the UK this year, this is a really timely film to build up a strong opposition wherever they drill.
The screening is at the Hive Dalston on Thursday 8th June at 7pm, and it's…
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Added by Richard Payne on April 17, 2017 at 22:12 — No Comments

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary says climate change is ‘complete and utter rubbish’ – not related to burning carbon

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary says climate change is ‘complete and utter rubbish’ – not related to burning carbon

Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary has dismissed climate change concerns as “complete and utter rubbish”.  Speaking on an Irish radio programme, he said he believes that people’s fears about global warming are unfounded.  He said:  “This kind of nonsense…

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Added by Richard Payne on April 11, 2017 at 19:34 — No Comments

East London teenager to be deported by Tories' racist rules speaks out

East London teenager to be deported by Tories' racist rules speaks out



by Tomáš Tengely-Evans…


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Added by Richard Payne on April 10, 2017 at 8:35 — No Comments

Just Matters

Video: Justice Matters - Jenny Franco

Global Environmental Justice…

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Added by Kathryn Johnson on March 10, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments

Tree Planting and Care workshops

Last tree planting and care workshops! Sat 11, Wed 15 and Sat 25 March, 10 - 4pm  Lordship Recreation Ground. Pay what you can afford between £1 and £10. Meet at the Hub, off Higham rd N17 6NU  Led by Russell Miller, and fruit growing workshop (25 March) Marina O'Connell. Book online at From Small Acorns on…

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Added by Sally Haywill on March 7, 2017 at 17:10 — No Comments

Hackney Energy relaunches bid for power!

Hackney Energy is up and running again. Government cuts to community solar schemes knocked us off track for a while. But we are going for an Energy Advice Shop in Hackney and for crowdfunding a solar scheme in the borough – just for starters. The Hackney Energy website, blog and tweets are ticking over, and we always welcome ideas for blogs or news items. But it was good to begin to share ideas for further HE campaigns in 2017. 

Actions from…

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Added by Philip Pearson on March 6, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Small businesses in Hackney - better to nurture than annihilate

Many already struggling small businesses in Hackney are uniting to oppose new changes proposed by the government to business rates that threaten their very existence. 

The growth of Hackney’s small businesses in the last decade and a half has given the borough a distinctiveness and individuality as well as providing some much needed employment. Between 2004 -2012, the growth rate for businesses in Hackney was 40%, a rate 17% higher than London as a whole.…

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Added by Richard Payne on March 5, 2017 at 21:44 — No Comments

The rise in three-weekly waste collections

An interesting article by Peter Jones on Isonomia on what's behind the rise in three-weekly collections: the cuts in council budgets and the decisions that have to be made about what's going to give. http://www.isonomia.co.uk/?p=4781

Added by Clare Taylor on March 2, 2017 at 15:23 — No Comments

Plans for a new incinerator at Edmonton were given development consent last week

Plans for a new incinerator at Edmonton got development consent from the government last week.  The current incinerator will reach the end of it's useful life in 2025 and it's replacement is now apparently planned with even more capacity to take waste from other parts of London.  

Paying for the capital costs of the new plant will put waste disposal costs in…

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Added by James Diamond on February 27, 2017 at 18:38 — No Comments

Close down the LD50 gallery in Dalston. No passeran.

https://shutdownld50.tumblr.com/



The LD50 Gallery in Dalston, Hackney, has been exposed by concerned artists and anti-racists as providing “one of the most extensive programmes of racist hate speech to take place in London over the past 10 year" (see Tumblr link). LD50 has given a platform to anti-immigrant, Islamophobic and “alt-right” figures.

LD50 has given a platform to activists who praise the action of neo-Nazi mass…

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Added by Richard Payne on February 24, 2017 at 23:30 — No Comments

Hackney Energy back on the launch pad

Hackney Energy, first meeting in 2017: Tuesday 28 February, 7.30pm, at The Talbot, Englefield Road.

The sleeping giant that helped launch the Banister House solar farm, awakens!! There's much to discuss: 

  • Out of control fuel bills have pushed as many as one in six Londoners into fuel poverty.  In addition London lags far behind other…
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Added by Philip Pearson on February 20, 2017 at 12:42 — No Comments

Late last year the RSPB published their State of Nature 2016 Report. It shows the UK's performance on biodiversity is abysmal.  It shows the Government is simply failing to protect our ecosystems and…

Late last year the RSPB published their State of Nature 2016 Report. It shows the UK's performance on biodiversity is abysmal.  It shows the Government is simply failing to protect our ecosystems and the…

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Added by Kathryn Johnson on February 14, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

Footprint of our mobiles

The Restart Project report that the average mobile made this year will produce 35 kg of carbon emissions in manufacture, equivalent to 16 weeks of laundry.  And with around 1.9 billion mobiles sold a year that's the same as Austria's emissions.  They're asking us to make our phones last longer - even just 1/3 long could save the same as Singapore's annual emissions.  Demand better design and…

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Added by Kathryn Johnson on February 5, 2017 at 20:09 — No Comments

Resist Lea Valley Park land sell-off

We're very concerned about a threat to sell park land near the north edge of Hackney Marsh to build housing. Please, if you can, get a short email off to Waltham Forest council by the end of Tuesday 31st Jan.

All that's needed:

* address: leabridgeandleytonconsultation@walthamforest.gov.uk

* title: Lea Bridge Eastside Vision Consultation

* Ask the council to remove the…

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Added by Hackney Marshes Users Group on January 30, 2017 at 14:26 — No Comments

Saving Springfield Park bowling green & wildlife space

Currently there is a Lottery Heritage fund application to restore and improve Springfield Park. The White Lodge with cafe, stable buildings and green house have fallen into…

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Added by Deborah Allwright on January 17, 2017 at 14:07 — No Comments

Confused about recycling? You’re not alone

I meet a lot of people in my work who ask me if they can recycle this or that, or which bin they should put something in, and are embarrassed to be asking. The general feeling is that we all ought to know. But, actually, recycling is very confusing.

Generally, the question isn’t really whether something can be recycled, but whether it will be collected for…

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Added by Clare Taylor on January 10, 2017 at 10:51 — No Comments

All I want for Christmas is Climate Action!

Here, more or less is what I said at the Sustainable Hackney Climate Action last Saturday, 10 December, All I want for Christmas is Climate Action!…

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Added by Kathryn Johnson on December 18, 2016 at 13:00 — No Comments

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