All Blog Posts Tagged 'pollution' (38)

Pick litter while you dog walk! Steve and Riley show us how it's done.

Alongside watching whales and dolphins, one of Whale and Dolphin Conservation’s wonderful Scottish Shorewatch volunteers Steve Truluck and his dog Riley have been collecting garbage from their local beaches for a while now, to stop plastic pollution from making its way into the ocean.…

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Added by Kathryn Johnson on August 25, 2018 at 15:15 — No Comments

Let 15 parklets bloom!

Last year residents were delighted by the "People Parking Bay" near London Fields. 

Now, in a pilot scheme promoted by Hackney Council, residents can apply to create a parklet in their own street. The pilot…

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Added by James Diamond on July 26, 2018 at 11:00 — 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 Kathryn Johnson on June 5, 2018 at 18:31 — 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

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

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Added by Kathryn Johnson on April 24, 2018 at 10:54 — 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

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

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

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

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

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

Education for Sustainability comes into focus

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.…

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Added by Sustainable Hackney on August 1, 2017 at 11:00 — No Comments

More on the government's "woefully inadequate" air quality plans

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 …

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Added by Kathryn Johnson on July 28, 2017 at 18:30 — No Comments

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

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