Transition Kentish Town Newsletter June 2019
As spring slips into summer, the elder trees around us are bursting with flowers. We have been busily picking them and turning them into golden cordial ready to be served at several lovely events this month. We have a big month of important projects to share with you.
Climate Emergency Camden
Transition Towns Camden has been working hard with other groups as part of Climate Emergency Camden to develop an Action Plan for how Camden can urgently address the climate and ecological crises. We have met with Cllr. Adam Harrison, Cabinet Member for a Sustainable Camden, to discuss our ideas. The two main themes are the need to urgently raise awareness in Camden about the causes of climate change and mass extinction of species, explain what is necessary to address them, and to ask Camden to take more urgent actions as a Council, proportionate to the reality that this is an emergency.
This summer, Camden 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 ideas they have created an on-line platform, which also provides some background information about the climate crisis. The platform will be open until late June and all your ideas will be shared with the Citizens’ Assembly.
Please share your ideas here using Commonplace.
If you are part of a local group and would like to join CEC get in touch:
Kentish Town Bike Workshop
When: Monday 3rd June 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 3rd June.7pm - 9pm.
Where: Upstairs at The Grafton.
Power Up North London, PUNL have some fantastic renewable energy projects in development. Pop along to the next monthly meeting on Monday 3rd June.7-9pm at The Grafton to find out more.
Want to get involved in PUNL ? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transition to Trump visit
When: Tuesday 4th June 2019.
Donald Trump has:
- said he will pull the US out of the Paris international climate agreement
- taken steps to cut back the US Environmental Protection Agency
- is on record saying that climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese to attack US manufacturing.
The growing impacts of climate change are extremely serious and require urgent action. Yet the person at the helm of the world’s largest economy is ignoring the science – and at times preferring to pass the whole thing off as a foreign conspiracy.
Many people in the UK are equally disappointed that the US president has been invited once more. On Tuesday 4th June 2019 "Together against Trump" will be the main slogan and name of Facebook page, which will have updated itineraries.
The organisers aim for a peaceful family-friendly event with a carnival atmosphere, speeches, music, shared food. The general programme starts at 12 noon, but will also consider people who arrive after work and after school, with programme between 4 and 6 pm. For more information on how to join the anti-Trump march:
World Environment Day
When: Wednesday, 5 June 2019, 18:30 – 21:30.
Where: Jamestown Wharf, 32 Jamestown Rd, Camden, NW1 7BD.
On World Environment Day, we will be joining Friends of the Earth Camden at their screening "A plastic ocean". Booking via Eventbrite:
Do come along!
The Listening Space
When: Sunday 9th June, 2pm - 5pm.
Where: The Listening Space, Caversham Group Practice, 4 Peckwater Street, Kentish Town, NW5 2UP
Please join us on Sunday 9/6 at the wonderful Listening Space for a tea party to celebrate National Carers Week. We can’t wait for the shanty’s and Caribbean steel band!
There will also be children’s story telling, Zumba taster sessions, crafting, henna, a range of food and drink and much more!
- 2.30 pm Third Age Project Country Dance Group with MC Mary Panton
- 3.00 pm Camden & Islington NHS Choir
- 3.30 pm Juley Smith & Michael Braithwaite
- 4.00 pm The London Sea Shanty Collective
- 4.30 pm Caribbean Steel International Steel Band
What is the Listening Space ?
The Listening Space at the Caversham Group Practice - a collaboration with Transition Kentish Town and Power Up North London. An imaginary village hall in the centre of Kentish Town, away from the stress and strains of everyday life.
Summer Walk Tree Walk
When: Tuesday 11th June. 6:30pm - 8pm
Where: The bandstand Parliament Hill
Meet at the bandstand Parliament Hill to join us to for a summer walk around some neighbourhood trees on the slopes of Parliament Hill Fields. Don’t come expecting an expert led arboricultural walk. Do come expecting a noticing and sensing walk, with a mix of new recent scientific research on trees, new Nature writing and ancient tree to help us celebrate our remarkable companions in the landscape. And be ready to spend time listening to the voices of Nature as well as sharing conversation as we move across the landscape. Sturdy footwear for a mix of path and off path walking advised. For more info:
Clean Air Action Day
When: Thursday 20th June
20/6 is Clean Air Action Day. XR Camden are organising a day of civil disobedience. For more info contact XR Camden.
When: Wednesday 26th June, 6:30pm - 8:30pm.
Where: Woodberry Wetlands, N16 5HQ.
Join us on the week of the solstice at the wonderful Woodberry Wetlands on Wednesday 26/6, 6:30pm-8:30pm. We will be hosting drinks and a wildflower watercoloring workshop at the Coal House cafe whilst gazing at the inspiring wetlands as the sun (hopefully) sets!
For more info: Stephenpevans@gmail.com. Or just come along!
NW5 Pickers is a group of local people keen on picking. This can litter picking, fruit picking or
picking anything. Open to suggestions but keen to clear waste from the streets of NW5 and also not see the fruit of the street trees go to waste. Our first in augural pick has cleared an area on Grafton Road of 1 tyre, 1 keyboard, 1 table, several computer screens, an entire wardrobe, 3 duvets, syringes, 1 gas burner, 20 bags of rubbish.
Want to get picking or have an area in NW5 that needs clearing? For more details, see:
A second meeting of our Sustainers secondary school groups convened at Camden Council last week. The group which comprises of over 80 pupils from: William Ellis, Parliament Hill, La Sainte Union, Acland Burghley, UCL Academy and Haverstock is going from strength to strength. The ideas presented to a Dragons Den panel from businesses on the Camden Climate Change Alliance, the Sustainability team, and Cabinet Member for Best Start in Life: Cllr Harrison were absolutely inspiring. From art projects and reusable water bottles to re-enforce the demand to Cllr Mason that single use plastic be banned in schools, to clothes swopping events and Restart phone fixing parties, the ideas presented by the Sustainers were described as being ‘truly humbling.’
A highlight of the event was the impassioned speech from Gabrielle of LSU who spoke of “how upset she and many of her friends were about how they were taught at school a little about how the polar ice caps are melting, etc, but NOT about what her generation could do to help combat the Climate Emergency in Camden. We support the Gabrielle, and the Sustainers in their plea to Cllr Mason and the council, to include a new learning module into the school timetable ASAP: The Climate Emergency: Think Global. Act Local
For any businesses out there who would like to join the Camden Business Climate Change Alliance, see: www.camdencca.org
The Web of Well Being Film
Directed by our very own film director Sheila Hayman, this short film explores how what started as the creation of one small community garden has led to the development of a local Web of Well Being. From seeds to solar panels. The film reasserts the importance of creating wildlife corridors in the city, now matter how small the space. Growing habitat and community.It teaches us about the interconnectedness that’s at the heart of resilient local communities, as we share our skills, energies and hopes to create greener and friendlier local futures.
Rewilded community gardens and local green spaces reconnect city dwellers with the pattern of the seasons AND create pesticide free havens for essential pollinating insects. Since this film, our local web of well being continues to grow. We are currently creating a plan for the creation of an orchard and rewilding of a large council estate in NW5. There is also talk of a police station potager a fireman’s garden! No irrigation system needed! If you are willing to take the lead in developing other green pubic spaces we can help! Contact: Debbiebourne21@gmail.com.
Our Cottage garden on Platform 1 of KT overground station is always happy to have a little extra watering. If you have a few spare minutes, just pop down and ask at the enquiries window on Platform 1 for the hose!
Watch the 'Web of Wellbeing' video on YouTube:
The community meal we co-hosted with the All African Women’s group at the Crossroads centre, was a huge success the other week. The room was packed out. Veg donated by Vegbox,
email@example.com, was delicious. The amazing menu was a combo of dishes from Nigeria, Ethiopia and other African countries.
To get involved in the incredibly important Crossroads Women’s Centre contact:firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any ideas for future pop up suppers with other community groups get in touch with: email@example.com
We hosted a delicious mocktail event at the hub at Castlehaven Horticultural Hub in Hawley Rd. From rhubarb cordial to nettle crisps! If you have any ideas for connecting community through other cocktail/mocktail herby events contact:
Until next month when Camden Council will be convening their Citizens Assemblies to start off the process of drawing up their Climate Emergency plans, enjoy the dawn chorus and lengthening days.