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The downside of the media glamorising the river Lea and Hackney marshes

Many users of Hackney Marshes would have been happier if the photos of Sophia Evans in the Guardian (07-04-21) had been used to tell a more instructive story.  Extolling the beauty of the river Lea and glamorising it as a ‘secret  paradise’ will unfortunately only serve to compound the river’s environmental problems, made worse by the pandemic and expose insouciant visitors to high levels of risk.For regular marsh users the ‘Hackney Beach’ phenomenon of last summer was a cause for concern for…See More
Apr 7
Richard Payne posted a blog post

Town Hall 'banner drop' urges Meg Hillier, MP to get behind Climate & Ecological Emergency bill (CEE bill)

We assembled at the Town Hall because there is Climate and Ecological Emergency. Our world has never been hotter in the 200,000 years of humankind. Ferocious fires, floods, food shortages and mass extinctions are a fact of today and without legislation like the CEE bill here and worldwide far worse lies in store. We are fast approaching the critical threshold of a 1.5…See More
Mar 26
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Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill Banner Drop at Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill

March 26, 2021 all day
On Friday March 26th a successful CEE bill (Climate and Ecological Emergency) 'banner drop' happened in Hackney supported by a coalition of concern, a wide range of 23 local groups. The bill addresses the emergency at a crucial time. The UK is hosting the COP 26 but is showing little leadership- committing massively more to military spending and re-armament than to measures for emissions reduction.We are inviting the MP for Hackney South, Meg Hillier to join the other MPs who support the…See More
Mar 26
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Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill Banner Drop at Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill

March 26, 2021 all day
On Friday March 26th a successful CEE bill (Climate and Ecological Emergency) 'banner drop' happened in Hackney supported by a coalition of concern, a wide range of 23 local groups. The bill addresses the emergency at a crucial time. The UK is hosting the COP 26 but is showing little leadership- committing massively more to military spending and re-armament than to measures for emissions reduction.We are inviting the MP for Hackney South, Meg Hillier to join the other MPs who support the…See More
Mar 18
Richard Payne commented on Richard Payne's blog post 'Arch Villain'
"Another reason environmentalists might support local ArchCo tenants is Blackstones,  one of Archo's owners nasty taste for investments in liquid gold or fossil fuels. They are rather too numerous to mention but here is a flavour: …"
Mar 8
Richard Payne posted a blog post

Arch Villain

                                                                   Arch Villain                        The privatisation of railway arches has led to rent hikes and business closures Running through Hackney and Tower Hamlets is their nineteenth-century backbone of railway arches, which house scores of small businesses now struggling to survive in these times of Covid. But…See More
Mar 5
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Sustainable Hackney steering group meeting at SH steering group meeting

February 24, 2021 from 7pm to 9pm
Our Steering Group meetings are currently organised as webinar events.  They take place on the last Wednesday of each month.  You are are welcome to attend.  If you wish to be sent details an agenda and login details please contact: info@sustainablehackney.org.uk   Our next meeting is Wednesday, 24th February See More
Feb 18
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Stop the Silvertown Tunnel Zoom event at Stop the Silvertown Tunnel, Covid, climate Jobs

February 16, 2021 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Newham Trades Council Zoom meeting online Tuesday 16 February 2021 @ 7.30pm - 9.30pm Register: NewhamTradesCouncil@hotmail.com Website: http://newhamtradescouncil.org/See More
Feb 15
Richard Payne commented on Richard Payne's blog post 'Stop the Silvertown Tunnel'
Feb 15
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The Climate and Ecological Emergency bill (CEE bill) The case for a joint parliamentary approach by our Hackney MPs

Faced undisputedly with a climate and ecological emergency why isn’t there much wider support for the eponymous private members’ bill proposed by Caroline Lucas of the Green Party? That’s the question that Sustainable Hackney posed in December to Meg Hillier, Labour MP for Hackney south and Shoreditch. If the Climate an Ecological Emergency bill (CEE bill) has the support of Diane Abbott in Hackney North, why isn’t Meg Hillier supporting it too?  Ms. Hillier has declined to support the bill in…See More
Feb 11
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Stop the Silvertown Tunnel meeting at Stop the Silvertown Tunnel

January 14, 2021 from 7pm to 8pm
The Silvertown Tunnel is rightly opposed by Hackney council. It will greatly increase emission levels and air pollution locally and as seen by the recent inquest of Ella Kissi-Debra it could have fatal consequences.     This is to invite you to a zoom meeting of the Stop the Silvertown Tunnel Coalition on Thursday 14 January at 7.0pm. To attend, you need to register in advance, using this link.…See More
Jan 12
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Sustainable Hackney has joined the COP 26 coalition

Despite the twenty-five COP (Council of Parties) meetings organized since 1995 by the UNFCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) which is tasked with strengthening the global response to climate change; there is little or no sign they’ve had any impact at all on the soaring levels of green-house gasses.  2020, despite a significant ramping up of renewables, is likely to be another year in which all the wrong sorts of records have been broken.  It’ll possibly be the hottest on…See More
Dec 23, 2020
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Stop the Silvertown Tunnel

The Silvertown Tunnel must be stopped! In 2018 London’s mayor pledged that by 2030 the capital would have air pollution concentrations within the WHO (World Health Organization) guidelines for fine particulate matter. The Silvertown Tunnel will scupper this policy aspiration. Currently at £2 billion, twice the original budget; it involves the construction of a four-lane carriageway under the Thames beside the existing Blackwall Tunnel. No road building project has ever reduced traffic and this…See More
Dec 9, 2020
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How to pay for the climate transition. Webinar by Tax Justice Network at Climate Justice

December 10, 2020 at 2pm to December 11, 2020 at 5:30pm
This two-day conference brings together leading academics, experts and activists to propose tangible policy ideas, specific ones such as carbon taxes, subsidies and citizen dividends, as well as larger macro-economic shifts essential for tacking the climate crisis. This event will address these key…See More
Dec 8, 2020
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Dec 5, 2020
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Stop the Silvertown Tunnel coalition at Stop the Silvertown Tunnel

December 4, 2020 from 11am to 12:30pm
The Silvertown Tunnel coalition:   Aims to stop the Greater London Authority's climate-trashing £2 billion road infrastructure project. This project will dramatically increase the level of traffic, HGVs aand pollution in East London.In Newham residents today are already exposed to a level of air pollution that is 35% greater than the World Health Organisation guidelines and where poor air quality in the borough kills almost 100 residents every year. This on-line event on Friday, December 4th at…See More
Nov 30, 2020

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About me
Formerly, a social science lecturer at London Metropolitan University and LMU's environment officer for the lecturers' union(UCU).
Interests
Biodiversity, Built Environment, Education, Energy, Food, Transport, Green Economy, Waste and recycling, Pollution, Social Justice

Richard Payne's Blog

The downside of the media glamorising the river Lea and Hackney marshes

Posted on April 7, 2021 at 14:00 0 Comments

Many users of Hackney Marshes would have been happier if the photos of Sophia Evans in the Guardian (07-04-21) had been used to tell a more instructive story.  Extolling the beauty of the river Lea and glamorising it as a ‘secret  paradise’ will unfortunately only serve to compound the river’s environmental problems, made worse by the pandemic and expose insouciant visitors to high levels of risk.

For regular marsh users the ‘Hackney Beach’ phenomenon of last summer was a…

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Town Hall 'banner drop' urges Meg Hillier, MP to get behind Climate & Ecological Emergency bill (CEE bill)

Posted on March 26, 2021 at 16:00 0 Comments

We assembled at the Town Hall because there is Climate and Ecological Emergency. Our world has never been hotter in the 200,000 years of humankind. Ferocious fires, floods, food shortages and mass extinctions are a fact of today and without legislation like the CEE bill here and worldwide far worse lies in store. We are fast approaching the critical threshold…

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Arch Villain

Posted on March 5, 2021 at 18:00 1 Comment

                                                                   Arch Villain                         The privatisation of railway arches has led to rent hikes and business closures

 

Running through Hackney and Tower Hamlets is their nineteenth-century backbone of railway…

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The Climate and Ecological Emergency bill (CEE bill) The case for a joint parliamentary approach by our Hackney MPs

Posted on February 11, 2021 at 12:30 0 Comments

Faced undisputedly with a climate and ecological emergency why isn’t there much wider support for the eponymous private members’ bill proposed by Caroline Lucas of the Green Party? That’s the question that Sustainable Hackney posed in December to Meg Hillier, Labour MP for Hackney south and Shoreditch. If the Climate an Ecological Emergency bill (CEE bill) has the support of Diane Abbott in Hackney North, why isn’t Meg Hillier supporting it too?  

Ms. Hillier has declined to…

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