Transition Kentish Town Newsletter July 2019
Climate Emergency Camden
Our Transition Towns in Camden have been working hard with other groups as part of Climate Emergency Camden to develop an Action Plan for how Camden must urgently address the climate and ecological crises.
On your behalf, CEC demands that Camden take more urgent action as a Council, proportionate to the reality that this is an emergency. We are dedicating this main part of this newsletter to this action plan. We hope it inspires you.
ACTIONS: We would like the Council to commit to the following actions:
01. Formally declare a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency as a matter of urgency and announce this on the Camden website.
02. Take a leadership role and pledge to make Camden Zero Carbon by 2030.
03. Initiate a major programme of community engagement alerting all sections of the community to the seriousness of the crisis and the need for urgent action by individuals, businesses, community groups and the Council. This should seek to explain both the causes and scale of the climate and ecological crises, and what can be done to address them.
04. Develop an ambitious, costed plan to guide the Borough’s transition to Zero Carbon, to be informed by:
• A structured consultation with Camden residents and business - for example a people’s or citizens’ assembly;
• Input from community groups, including Climate Emergency Camden,
• Input from members of diaspora communities in Camden whose ancestral homes are at the forefront of climate impacts;
• Input from business and other large public institutions based in the Borough.
05. Take immediate steps to reduce Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions7 resulting from the Council’s direct activities, ensuring a coordinated approach across all departments, and accelerate existing programmes that already do this. Adopt a holistic approach to carbon auditing by including Scope 3 emissions, which are not currently accounted for and are 2- 5 times as large as Scope 1 and 2.
06. Establish a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency Working Group. Expand the Council’s Sustainability Department to ensure that it has the remit and resources to support the work of the Working Group. Seek legal advice with regard to the powers that the Council could use to accelerate delivery of ambitious climate and environmental targets.
07. Develop a dashboard of indicators (carbon and biodiversity) and establish a baseline against which the Council should report progress publicly every 3 months. Regular reports on progress should be provided to full Council and to Camden residents through its website, Commonplace platform and Camden magazine.
08. The Leader of the Council must ensure that every department, cabinet member and executive officer has explicit objectives designed to tackle the Climate and Biodiversity Emergency, and that they and their staff are supported through adequate training. A commitment to the transition towards a zero-carbon economy should be written into all council job descriptions, performance management systems and contracts. Create new work roles in order to address the challenges, eg. retrofitting experts within Building Control department.
09. Convene key stakeholders, including businesses, to ensure that the Climate and Biodiversity Emergency is reflected in the development and implementation of their strategic plans, and consider what incentives the Council can provide to support those committed to delivering Camden’s carbon and ecological targets.
10. Call on the UK Government and Mayor of London to provide Camden with the necessary funding, powers, resources and technical support to meet the 2030 target and reverse the trend towards mass extinction.
11. Work with neighbouring councils, and others in the UK and internationally, to determine and implement best practice methods to address climate and ecological breakdown.
12. Consider the following priority actions, many of which can be made quickly, easily, and at low/no cost pending delivery of Camden’s new Environment Plan in March 2020.
Read the full Action Plan at https://climateemergencycamden.org/
If you are part of a local group and would like to join CEC get in touch:
This month, Camden Council is holding a Citizens' Assembly to decide how the borough should address the climate crisis.
The Council want the Citizens’ Assembly to hear your ideas about how your homes, neighbourhoods, Council and country could change to tackle the issue. To help gather your bold and ambitious ideas they have created an on-line platform, which also provides some background information about the climate crisis. The platform will be open until mid July and all your ideas will be shared with the Citizens’ Assembly.
Please share your ideas here using Commonplace.
Please Join Us to Help Make a Difference
When: Wednesday 3rd July 2019, 6:30-8:30pm.
Where: The Hub Castlehaven, Hawley Rd, Camden Town, NW1 8RG
Us folk at Transition Kentish Town continue happily and tirelessly to crack on with running campaigns, events and projects to bring our community together. It’s all about creating well being on our finite planet. In these Climate Emergency times, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. It’s easy to fall prey to the thought: ’Nothing I can do can make a difference.’ Well, we are here to convince you otherwise! Transition Towns all around the world, UK and here in Kentish Town, Camden and around, believe that positive local actions can and DO make a big difference. Our next quarterly meeting is on Wed 3/7 6:30-8:30PM at The Hub Castlehaven, Hawley Rd, Camden Town, London NW1 8RG. Do come along and join in the fun.
OTHER EVENTS THIS MONTH
Kentish Town Bike Workshop
When: Monday 1st July 6:30pm - 8:30pm.
Where: Kentish Town Health Centre.
A free monthly drop-in bike maintenance workshop run in collaboration between Camden Cyclists and Transition Kentish Town. Our mechanics will support you to fix your bike. Tea and cake while you wait! It's always the first Monday of the month, except when there's a bank holiday, when it's the second Monday instead.
Power Up North London
When: Monday 1st July, 7pm - 9pm.
Where: Upstairs at The Grafton.
Interested in community energy? Power Up North London, PUNL have some fantastic renewable energy projects in development. Pop along to the next monthly meeting at The Grafton to find out more. Want to get involved in PUNL ? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Energy in a Climate Emergency
As part of London’s first Climate Action Week and Community Energy Fortnight
North London takes action!
When: Tuesday 2nd July 6 – 8pm
Where: Haringey Civic Centre, 255 High Road Wood Green, N22 8LE
Register at: http://bit.ly/2MNdyk7
Discussion chaired by Syed Ahmed, Community Energy London
- Cllr Hearn, Haringey Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Sustainability
- Joe Baker, Haringey Council, Head of Carbon Management,
- Tanuja Pandit, Power Up North London: Solar case study 1
- Dermot Barnes, en10ergy : Solar case study 2
- Dermot Barnes, Muswell Hill Sustainability Group, Energy efficiency projects
- Liz Ainslie, Islington Council On Energy Project Development Officer, Islington Community Energy Fund
- Daze Aghaji, Extinction Rebellion Youth
(Final Agenda to be confirmed).
How can community groups in North London produce more renewable energy and help residents keep warmer using less energy?
Summer Sunday Stroll
Start: 1pm, Sunday 21 July.
Where: The Constitution, 42 St. Pancras Way, London, NW1 0QT
The Regents Canal carries the pulse of changing London, from its origins supplying local heavy industry to today's hipster hang-outs. Join Camden and West Central London Green Parties in a summer Sunday stroll through our city's past and present, from Camden Town to Mile End Park.
Start: 1pm, Sunday 21 July; The Constitution, 42 St. Pancras Way, London, NW1 0QT
Underground - Camden Town
Overground - Camden Road
Buses - 46, 88, 134, 214, 274
End: 5pm-ish: The Victoria, 110 Grove Rd, Mile End, London E3 5TH
Underground - Mile End
Buses - 25, 277, D6, D7, N25
Please note: The walk is mainly on the flat but involves an approximately 1km detour through streets around The Angel to bypass the Islington Tunnel.
How can Labour shape a fair green future for the UK?
When: Thursday 11th Jul 2019 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where: Haverstock School, 24 Haverstock Hill, Chalk Farm, London, NW3 2BQ
Cost: £10, reduced rate tickets for those on a low income: £6
Chaired by Keir Starmer MP, the event will explore how the Labour Party can shape a fair green future for the UK.
Welcoming Ann Pettifor, Sue Hayman MP, Clive Lewis MP, Mary Creagh MP and Polly Billington.
Thanks to NW5 Pickers we cleared 1 tyre, 1 keyboard, 1 table, several computer screens, an entire wardrobe, 3 duvets, lots of drug paraphernalia, 1 gas burner and 20 bags of rubbish in our first pick. The beautiful weather means we won’t just be picking litter but fruit too soon. Happy Picking!
Please do sign up to our facebook group if you’re interested in joining in:
There will be no newsletter in August. It’s time for us all to get out there and play! Whatever you are doing this summer, enjoy.
We will be back early September preparing for our annual event at the York Rise St Party on Sunday 8th September. At this event we will take over a street and pack it full of lots of inspiring ideas. Do come and join us to help make a difference. Until then.