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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

Will London Mayor back Hackney’s second solar farm?

Work could start early in 2018 on Hackney's second rooftop solar farm if a joint bid to the Mayor of London's Community Energy Fund gets the go-ahead.

 

Dalston-based Wilton Estate Tenants and Residents Association (WETRA), supported by volunteers from Hackney Energy, wants to install 50 kilowatts of solar panels and a set of batteries to store energy for nighttime lighting for communal spaces, stairwells and the community centre.

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Added by samantha on December 11, 2017 at 21:00 — No Comments

Solidarity from Hackney with Refugees in Calais

Hackney Stand up to Racism held a successful and widely supported solidarity evening on 2nd December that raised over £2000 for Care 4 Calais to continue their work helping refugees rendered homeless after the camp at…

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Added by samantha on December 11, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

Merry Xmas from Hackney City Farm

This weekend was welcomed with warm mince pies, mulled wine and handy crafts galore at Hackney City Farm's annual Christmas market. 

Sunday saw Do-it-yourself Christmas workshops, such as wrapping paper decoration for children…

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Added by samantha on December 11, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments

EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY

The ten years from 2005-2014 were designated the UN Decade for Education for Sustainable Development which was led and coordinated in its transformational initiatives by UNESCO.…

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Added by Sandra McLeod on November 21, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

Join Hackney Anti-Fracking Network

The threat of fracking is on our doorstep in London. Drilling sites are sprouting up all over the south and south-east. But in Hackney we can play a part in opposing this by forming a local Anti-Fracking Network.

Gas companies Third Energy and Caudrilla in Kirby Misperton in Yorkshire and at Preston New Road near Blackpool are fighting to get fully operational but are being held back by a strong local,…

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Added by Richard Payne on November 21, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Walthamstow Wetlands Opening

Walthamstow Wetlands is Europe's largest urban wetlands, spanning a giant 211 hectares of rare natural habitat, and reopened its doors to the public for the first time on October 20th after 150 years.

(Photography: Clare Taylor)

The project has…

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Added by samantha on November 17, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Another legal challenge on air quality

ClientEarth, an environmental law organisation with a base in Hackney, are keeping after the Government to improve the UK's illegal air quality, launching a third legal challenge.

They are asking for the current inadequate plans to be supplemented to ensure they will achieve what's needed, and are asking for donations to help fight the case.

In addition, they are asking for signatures to a petition to end poisoned playgrounds, after revealing that more than 950 UK schools are…

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Added by Clare Taylor on November 13, 2017 at 15:12 — No Comments

Upcycling Exhibitors Wanted!

Do you run an upcycling business? Interested in showcasing your work?

Get in touch with the team about exhibiting for free at the London Upcycling Show on 19th Nov (11am-3pm): emily.morshuis@groundwork.org.uk or 020 8985 1755

Find out more about the show here: …

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Added by Emily Morshuis on October 30, 2017 at 16:21 — No Comments

Hackney Council needs to work on improving Hackney's good food rating

This year Hackney scored a disappointing 43% in the Good Food for London report, which helps gauge how London is doing to secure a healthy and sustainable food future, with a score less than half of the leading…

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Added by Sustainable Hackney on October 27, 2017 at 8:30 — No Comments

In London the fracking threat is getting closer

In London the fracking threat is getting closer

The fracking threat is getting closer. While recent news, if very little, has focussed, on Lancashire and…

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Added by Richard Payne on October 25, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

Urban harvesting in Hackney this Autumn

Hundreds of tonnes of fruit go to waste every year in London, in public parks and private gardens. Feedback wants to change that in collaboration with Urban Harvest (north London), and continuing the good work of…

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Added by Sustainable Hackney on October 5, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

Launch of the Loop at Pembury

The Loop at Pembury is a reuse project on the Pembury Estate launched in September which aims to make quality secondhand furniture available to purchase at super, cheap prices.

  • There is a workshop on the estate, where volunteers repair and upcycle donated…
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Added by Sustainable Hackney on October 5, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

A busy time at Sustainability Awareness day

On Saturday 30th September, at the Sustainability Awareness Day in the Town Hall Square we welcomed members of the public to two stalls, one for Hackney Energy and the other for Sustainable Hackney.
 
A steady stream…
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Added by Sustainable Hackney on October 4, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments

The London Upcycling Show & Competition

Following on from last year’s success North London Waste Authority (NLWA) and environmental charity Groundwork London have joined forces to run the London Upcycling Competition 2017.


North Londoners are invited to enter the London Upcycling…

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Added by Emily Morshuis on October 4, 2017 at 11:25 — 2 Comments

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