All Blog Posts Tagged 'pollution' (44)

Five lessons from 5 years of Hackney Fixers

When the Restart Project inspired us to hold our first Restart Party five years ago we thought it was a fun way to DO something practical to help the environment. 

5 years, 33 events and 881 devices later it is still that.  Indeed we are still having fun and we’ve prevented 16 tonnes of CO2 emissions according to the Restart Project’s Fixometer.

As I munched…

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Added by James Diamond on December 6, 2018 at 14:00 — No Comments

Why capitalism loves plastic

Why capitalism loves plastic

The film 'Plastic Ocean' screened by SH showed starkly the madness of using an indestructible material for throw-away…

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Added by Sustainable Hackney on November 16, 2018 at 22:00 — No Comments

Fracking and climate change. Ramping up the protest

Fracking was headline news this September while at the same time dire warnings were sounded by the IPCC about the risk of runaway climate change. Fracking companies across the country are now poised to step up fracking for shale oil and gas and their flagship Caudrilla is readying itself to drill in earnest at Preston New Road near Blackpool. However, just a few days in and earthquake tremors interrupted their plans bringing them more negative publicity. Our…

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Added by Richard Payne on November 4, 2018 at 11:30 — No Comments

Stoke Newington Gyratory - TfL consultation closes 30 November 2018

Transport for London are consulting on changes to the Stoke Newington Gyratory

It's been many years in the making so the first disappointment is how little time there is to discuss and comment, just six weeks.  

Sustainable Hackney will submit comments and we want to hear from you.  Please let us have your views and suggestions in response to…

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Added by Kathryn Johnson on November 3, 2018 at 11:56 — 4 Comments

Anti-fracking activists lose their freedom while the government rewards the fossil fuel corporations with more.

At the April screening of the film ‘Powertrip’ on fracking we were pleased to welcome Richard Roberts aka Richard ‘the piano tuner’ as a panellist. Sadly Richard along with two other anti-fracking activists received a much rougher welcome by the HM Prisons Service this month. His crime, for which he received a sixteen month custodial sentence, was attempting to stop a greater environmental one.

The judge handed down the three…

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Added by Richard Payne on October 3, 2018 at 18:30 — No Comments

Anti-fracking: Let Communities decide

Anti-fracking: Let Communities decide

Right now, our government is consulting on outrageous proposals that could allow fracking to go ahead across England without local planning applications. These plans fly in the face of local democracy and threatens to slash community involvement in decision-making.

The consultation ends this October, so it’s…

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Added by Richard Payne on September 26, 2018 at 9:13 — No Comments

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

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