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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…

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Added by Richard Payne on February 11, 2021 at 12:30 — No Comments

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…

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Added by Richard Payne on December 23, 2020 at 15:17 — No Comments

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…

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Added by Richard Payne on December 9, 2020 at 21:00 — 1 Comment

Hackney Stand up to Racism fundraiser - Care for Calais is helping refugees. Let’s help care for Calais

Hackney Stand up to Racism’s Christmas fundraiser is again dedicated to supporting Care for Calais. Again Sustainable Hackney is glad to support this initiative, but not on the other hand glad our support is…

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Added by Richard Payne on December 5, 2020 at 22:00 — No Comments

The need for Education for Sustainability, greater student ownership of the curriculum and for OFSTED to get out of the way.

Education for Sustainability is a priority work-stream of Sustainable Hackney and our ambition is to see the borough become a beacon for EfS. So when the Head of Ofsted, Amanda Spielman, this week dismissed out of hand the opportunity to make schools’  curricula responsive to the existential threat of climate change and the ecological crisis; it was…

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Added by Richard Payne on December 5, 2020 at 18:30 — No Comments

Ridley Road Market eviction reprieve

There was cause for celebration at the end of October as a coalition of campaigners and protesters successfully beat off eviction notices in Ridley Road Market. This result came after weeks of anxiety for those affected and protests to voice their concerns.  

A delegation of small traders…

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Added by Richard Payne on November 4, 2018 at 14:54 — 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

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

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

The Climate and Jobs Conference - Organised by the Campaign Against Climate Change, Trade Union Group

A strong message that emerged from the Climate and Jobs Conference on March 10th was that we can’t afford any longer to treat climate change as solely and narrowly an environmental issue.

The image of the polar bear stranded on an ice sheet belies a deeper human reality. Our gaze should be directed instead at the millions whose…

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Added by Richard Payne on March 19, 2018 at 0:30 — 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

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 Yorkshire; the destructive impact of Hydraulic Fracturing is now affecting…

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Added by Richard Payne on October 25, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

Fighting back against Fracking - Film Screening - the Bentley Effect - 8th June

Frack Off London are organising a London screening of The Bentley Effect, a film documenting how a community in Australia organised against unconventional gas extraction, building up to an iconic blockade. 



With the fracking industry pushing to start production in the UK this year, this is a really timely film to build up a strong opposition wherever they drill.
The screening is at the Hive Dalston on Thursday 8th June at 7pm, and it's…
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Added by Richard Payne on April 17, 2017 at 22:12 — No Comments

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary says climate change is ‘complete and utter rubbish’ – not related to burning carbon

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary says climate change is ‘complete and utter rubbish’ – not related to burning carbon

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…

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Added by Richard Payne on April 11, 2017 at 19:34 — No Comments

East London teenager to be deported by Tories' racist rules speaks out

East London teenager to be deported by Tories' racist rules speaks out



by Tomáš Tengely-Evans…


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Added by Richard Payne on April 10, 2017 at 8:35 — No Comments

Small businesses in Hackney - better to nurture than annihilate

Many already struggling small businesses in Hackney are uniting to oppose new changes proposed by the government to business rates that threaten their very existence. 

The growth of Hackney’s small businesses in the last decade and a half has given the borough a distinctiveness and individuality as well as providing some much needed employment. Between 2004 -2012, the growth rate for businesses in Hackney was 40%, a rate 17% higher than London as a whole.…

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Added by Richard Payne on March 5, 2017 at 21:44 — No Comments

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