Transition Kentish Town Newsletter
An apple a day….
Welcome to the September Transition KT/Camden newsletter.
Welcome to the season of abundance; the apple season.
We have lots to report this month: exciting projects, physically distant events, and inspiring webinars.
Let’s get apple picking!
After a warm spring and delicious summer the apple trees around us are bursting with ripeness and ready to picked. Each year (with permission from the owners) we find so many trees full of unwanted fruit. Join us for a series of physically distant apple picking sessions around KT:
Thursday 10/9 6:30-8
Thursday 17/9 6:30-8
These will be great fun events for all the family. We will provide sterilised apple pickers. If you know of an apple tree which needs picking, or would like to join us, do get in touch! Email: email@example.com.
Sadly, due to Covid, we will not be able to embark upon our annual apple pressing sessions this year, but we do, however, have a great alternative…
’19’ Highgate Road, NW5
As part of the new KT Makers group, we are delighted to be involved in the creation of ’19,’ a new community site, soon to be open along the Highgate Road (two doors down from the O2 Forum). Our first action, this Saturday 5/9, 11am-4pm, will be to get involved in a Think & Do, socially distant community-building day. Come along! At this outdoors event we will build a market stall with the help of the amazing Camdentownshed.org. This stall will be our base to initially give away the apples we collect during September.
What if this market could then be expanded over the next few months, Covid permitting? How about creating a flourishing teenage hub for enterprise and innovation?
On Saturday 5/9 we will also build pallet planters for a mobile orchard of apple trees donated by the fab Alara Wholefoods. We will be building a pallet pop-up performance stage. Any budding poets, musicians, comedians out there?
Other September events outside at ’19’ will include the creation of a ‘Grubs, Weeds 'n' Worms’ kids' floor mural. Watch out for details.
Think & Do
As part of the Think & Do family, having vacated the pop-up cafe at 315 Kentish Town High Road, we are excited to be setting up a new home at 19 Highgate Road. Don’t you just love the new community wall art which ‘miraculously’ appeared this weekend!? A separate Think & Do newsletter will be sent out soon with lots of exciting calls to action and project updates and new opportunities for internships and volunteers. In the meantime, if you want to get involved and find out more, do get in touch. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coming this month: Think & Do are also excited about a new Pop-Up at Kentish Town Library which will open mid-September. It will be based around the question: 'What if…Our response to the Covid Crisis in KT could help with climate action and bring our community together?' Watch out for some inspiring posters and ideas.
Want to do good and green things in your community?
Transition Kentish Town has a varied role within the borough, from creating community spaces to developing projects in collaboration with the council. We always need volunteers to help. Whether you’re a social media guru, an aspiring community garden designer, or have a social project you need help getting off the ground – WE NEED YOU! Join the gang.
The next socially distant quarterly meeting of the enabling group of Transition KT/Camden will take place on Tuesday 15/9, from 6:30pm in a community garden in Queens Crescent, weather permitting, otherwise those interested will get a zoom link near the time. The garden location can be found by this what3words link: https://what3words.com/native.wishes.arrive
If you would like to come along, for more information contact: email@example.com.
Platform 1 cottage garden
Our cottage garden on platform 1 of Kentish Town overground station has now been freshly planted. If you want to help us to keep it thriving by watering it, please let us know, and we can add you to the list.
Our thanks to Ricky for giving us a lesson on rosemary propagation and benefits!
Calling all young chefs?
Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill
Climate Emergency Camden are backing the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill, a ‘private members bill’ promoted by Extinction Rebellion and others. This is vitally important as the government is not doing nearly enough to combat Climate Change and the current rates of damage to biodiversity and our ecology.
The current national target of reaching net Zero Carbon by 2050 is inadequate and will not result in significant progress towards the objectives of the Paris Agreement, i.e. to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees. We need a better framework for action, which is what the CEE Bill is aiming to achieve.
The Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill calls for:
- The UK to make and enact a serious plan. This means dealing with our real fair share of emissions so that we don’t go over critical global rises in temperature.
- Our entire carbon footprint to be taken into account (in the UK and overseas, where most of the manufacturing of our goods takes place).
- The protection and conservation of nature here and overseas along supply chains, recognising the damage we cause through the goods we consume.
- Those in power not to depend on technology to save the day, which is used as an excuse to carry on polluting as usual.
- Ordinary people to have a real say on the way forward in a citizens’ assembly with bite.
Please support this Bill by writing to our MP, Keir Starmer, and by signing up to this website: www.ceebill.uk
It might take a while for this to be properly debated in Parliament, but if we can get the support of a good number of MPs the likelihood will be much increased.
In a similar vein, Climate Emergency Camden are continuing to work with Camden Council to promote holistic and effective action in our area, to do all that we can in the face of the climate and ecological emergency.
Camden Biodiversity Survey
Since declaring a Climate and Ecological Emergency almost a year ago, it would be fair to say that Camden Council doesn't seem to have changed its policies or activities in a substantial way, including its approach to the borough's nature and natural spaces (such as continuing the use of harmful glyphosate 'weed killer' by council contractors, demolition of often healthy trees with inadequate replacement, etc.).
The good news is that the Council is asking for ideas on how to increase biodiversity in Camden; the bad news is that it's yet another survey rather than actual action. However, Camden says it recognises that 'The Coronavirus lockdown has also highlighted the importance of access to natural green space' and has pledged that what we tell them 'will inform Camden’s Biodiversity Action Plan and ensure that our wildlife thrives well into the future'.
So let's give it a go and complete their brief survey. It would be great if people could share their ideas with Transition Kentish Town so we can learn from each other and see which of our proposals actually makes it into the Biodiversity Action Plan. The survey is at:
Transition Bounce Forward
While the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the vulnerability and inequality experienced by many people in our communities, it has also demonstrated the potential for major and swift changes to reframe the purposes of our economy and our society.
In true Transition form our vision is not to ‘bounce back’ to how things were before. Transition groups have been crafting a vision of a better future for over a decade, that speaks to the need for community resilience and a society with a focus on caring. So instead of bouncing back, we invite you to join with us to bounce forward.
As the first step of Transition: Bounce Forward, join us for a series of four exciting online 'What Is' events from 7th-10th September. Transition Kentish Town will be speaking on Wed 9th. For further details and booking information, see: https://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/what-is/.
Coming next month (Covid permitting)
- Energy and retrofitting cafes: in collaboration with Power up North London (PUNL), Friends of the Earth Camden and Camden Council, we will be developing an autumn/winter series of energy cafes.
- Hedgerow harvesting.
- Community wildflower meadow sessions.
- Camp fire Thursdays at 19 Highgate Road.