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…Continue
Added by Clare Taylor on May 22, 2018 at 10:39 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Michael Calderbank on May 6, 2018 at 12:40 — No Comments
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
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…Continue
Added by Richard Payne on April 19, 2018 at 16:00 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Richard Payne on April 19, 2018 at 13:27 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Michael Calderbank on April 7, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Hackney Fixers on February 9, 2018 at 14:00 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Richard Payne on December 27, 2017 at 23:50 — No Comments
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,…Continue
Added by Richard Payne on November 21, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Clare Taylor on November 13, 2017 at 15:12 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Richard Payne on October 25, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments
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Sustainable Hackney has decided on an additional work stream. We hope to work with interested parties and organisations wanting to support and encourage educational establishments in Hackney to put sustainability at the heart of what they do and towards Hackney schools adopting the Sustainable Schools Framework.…Continue
Added by Sustainable Hackney on August 1, 2017 at 11:00 — No Comments
Almost a million more people will have died prematurely along with countless others who will suffer ill-health by the time the Government's key measure in their new air quality plans comes into operation: the ban on all new petrol and diesel by 2040 and a commitment that "almost" every car and van on the road to be a zero emission vehicle by 2050.
Before the end of July, the Government was forced to publish the …Continue
Added by Kathryn Johnson on July 28, 2017 at 18:30 — No Comments
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 …Continue
Added by Clare Taylor on May 5, 2017 at 15:09 — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by Sustainable Hackney on April 29, 2017 at 11:00 — No Comments
Added by Richard Payne on April 17, 2017 at 22:12 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Richard Payne on April 11, 2017 at 19:34 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Sally Haywill on March 7, 2017 at 17:10 — No Comments
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:
Added by Philip Pearson on February 20, 2017 at 12:42 — No Comments