Kathryn Johnson's Blog (28)

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

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

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

Social Enterprise Manifesto for Hackney

Mayor Philip Glanville invited representatives of Hackney's social enterprise sector to the Town Hall in February to present the results of a consultation with more than 250 SEs to create a Social Enterprise Manifesto for Hackney. 

The manifesto is full of ideas on how Hackney Council can support recognition and development of the sector.  It highlight three strategic aims for the sector locally: promoting awareness & understanding of social enterprise, building…

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Added by Kathryn Johnson on March 1, 2018 at 16:44 — No Comments

Ever heard of SDG washing? The urgency of Sustainable Development Goals Due Diligence

 After green washing and blue washing – using a UN logo to signpost sustainability without doing much – the term SDG washing points to businesses that use the Sustainable Development Goals to market their positive contribution to some SDGs while ignoring their negative impact on others. For example, a car company may market their electric cars as saving the climate (SDG 13↑). Yet, the cobalt in their batteries may be mined by…

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Added by Kathryn Johnson on October 3, 2017 at 17:23 — 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

A government you want to wake up to, vote on 8 June

Today People and Planet urge you all to use your vote next Thursday:

Next Friday, 9 June 2017, we will be waking up to a new government. Add your mark on what that government should look like. Vote on Thursday 8 June.

Since Theresa May called for a general election in April, an incredible 1.05 million young people have registered to vote. But, in past elections, this has failed to translate to a cross on the ballot box.

In May 2015, voter turnout…

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Added by Kathryn Johnson on June 3, 2017 at 9:00 — 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

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

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

How much can a bus driver really see?

Let the Hackney Colliery Bandshow you!



Ever wondered how much the driver of a London bus can really see? To find out, Blaze and the Hackney Colliery Band staged a gig with a…

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Added by Kathryn Johnson on December 6, 2016 at 11:08 — No Comments

Where did Boris spend the regeneration money and on what 2008-2016? What next?

A useful report from Regeneris: Capital Spread: Mapping the GLA's regeneration spend 2008-2016. 

£142m was allocated through four major regeneration grant funds:  the Outer London Fund (OLF), the Mayor's Regeneration Fund (MRF), the High Streets Fund (HSF) and the London Regeneration Fund (LRF). 

Haringey and Croydon…

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Added by Kathryn Johnson on August 22, 2016 at 14:13 — No Comments

Webinar: Mayor's Consultation on Air Pollution

Contribute to the ongoing public consultation by joining this event…

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Added by Kathryn Johnson on July 15, 2016 at 20:56 — No Comments

UK is in breach of international human rights for regresive austerity policies

The UK is in breach of international human rights according to the UN. 

The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has expressed “serious concern” about the impact of regressive policies on the enjoyment of economic and social rights in a…

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Added by Kathryn Johnson on July 5, 2016 at 11:42 — No Comments

Demand a community-led London Plan

Change in London has been overwhelmingly led by developers supported by politicans.  So much so that Londoners no longer feel our city is our own nor our home. Many can simply no longer afford to be here, threatening our families, communities and services.  Now that we have a new Mayor we need to get the message across that that needs to change and we as citizens need to be in the driving seat.  Just Space have produced a newspaper calling for ongoing effective community participation in the…

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Added by Kathryn Johnson on June 23, 2016 at 10:13 — No Comments

Access to justice - the difference between law and justice

Mauritian lawyer, political activist and friend Jean Claude Bibi was interviewed by the l'express on this subject in 2012.  It's a clear statement of the difference between law and justice and demonstrates that the struggle for justice is indeed international. JCB is referring to the Mauritian system.  It should be remembered that legal aid has been cut savagely by the UK Government.  It would be good if someone could blog about…

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Added by Kathryn Johnson on June 22, 2016 at 13:35 — No Comments

Where is London's economy?

Where is London's economy? - take a look at Mark Brearley's analysis of just how many of London job's are outside the central area and how…

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Added by Kathryn Johnson on May 25, 2016 at 14:00 — No Comments

Hackney Council will NOT be introducing Public Space Protection Orders

Hackney Council statement 20 April 2016

Clarification: Hackney will not be introducing a 'rough sleeping' PSPO…

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Added by Kathryn Johnson on April 28, 2016 at 16:01 — No Comments

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