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Stronger on sustainability

Tackling climate change and air pollution and giving residents a real voice in how the borough is changing are upfront and bold in the Mayor’s foreword to ‘A Fairer, Safer and More Sustainable Hackney’, Labour’s manifesto for the 2018-2022 Council. And while the environment is bringing up the rear in the document, the…

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Added by Kathryn Johnson on June 5, 2018 at 18:31 — No Comments

Stronger on sustainability

Tackling climate change and air pollution and giving residents a real voice in how the borough is changing are upfront and bold in the Mayor’s foreword to ‘A Fairer, Safer and More Sustainable Hackney’, Labour’s manifesto for the 2018-2022 Council. And while the environment is bringing up the rear in the document, the…

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Added by Kathryn Johnson on June 5, 2018 at 18:31 — No Comments

Stronger on sustainability

 

Tackling climate change and air pollution and giving residents a real voice in how the borough is changing are upfront and bold in the Mayor’s foreword to ‘A Fairer, Safer and More Sustainable Hackney’, Labour’s manifesto for the 2018-2022 Council.  And while the environment is bringing up the rear in the document, the…

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Added by samantha on May 31, 2018 at 1:30 — No Comments

Lansdowne Drive and Westgate Street School Street & Bus Gate get the go-ahead

Between 5 December 2017 and 12 January 2018, local residents, businesses and schools were consulted on the proposals and a majority were in favour of the proposals. You can view the approved Delegated Powers Report which gives full details on the scheme and consultation at…

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Added by Michael Calderbank on May 26, 2018 at 19:15 — No Comments

What Do Cockroaches Eat? Will They Invade Your Garden?

Cockroaches are widely considered to be a house pest, and it is. But that doesn't mean that if they pass through your garden they won't stop and taste what you've got there.





These bugs are omniverse and would eat pretty much anything that is organic. They belong to the species Blattaria and there are four common cockroach types in the UK. Their digestive tract is rich in a variety of protozoa and special kinds of bacteria that help them digest a wide range of…

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Added by Matteo Grader on May 25, 2018 at 12:01 — No Comments

The slow drive for better air quality

At long last it’s starting to happen, but so, so slowly – general recognition of our right to breathe clean air and that we are not able to do so. Our air quality is illegal; our air quality is killing people – 40,000 early deaths every year. Here in London, which falls way down the air quality league table of European capital cities, the main contributor to pollution is transport.

 

The pressure started with Client Earth, whose UK offices are in Hackney, successfully taking…

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Added by Clare Taylor on May 22, 2018 at 10:39 — No Comments

Clean air should be a basic human right

Clean air should surely be a basic human right – for us, our children and for future generations. Right now in London we are living in illegal levels of air pollution.

By the end of January 2018 the city had already…

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Added by Michael Calderbank on May 6, 2018 at 12:40 — No Comments

Refill your water bottle for free ...

With temperatures increasing, you can refill your water bottle with refreshing tap water for free from over 1000 businesses in #London.  Download the app to find your nearest refill point here #RefillLondon 

Added by Kathryn Johnson on April 24, 2018 at 10:54 — No Comments

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

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