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Transition Kentish Town Newsletter
November 2020


With the announcement of a second lockdown, it’s more important than ever that we as a community continue to support and inspire each other. We are lucky in Camden to have so much going on, and so many of you reading this who are committed to taking action to help tackle the climate emergency, and social inequality. Together, let’s make Camden a greener, fairer and happier place.
 


1. Looking to get energised? Here’s a few questions for you:

  • Where do I use energy in my home? Are there ways I can use less and save money? 
  • What is retrofitting? How can it help me save energy? 
  • What is renewable energy? How much do solar panels cost? What help can I get to pay for them?
  • What is the Government's Green Homes Grant, and how can it help me?

If you are interested in finding out the answer to any of these questions join the first of our monthly energy cafes. Booking via Eventbrite.


Whilst on the subject of all things energy related, Power up North London (PUNL), our local non-profit community organisation, that enables local people to tackle climate change by delivering renewable energy projects, is excited to launch its Community Energy Fund. The PUNL Community Energy Fund uses surplus funds from the business activity of Power Up North London to encourage and support community action in reducing carbon in our atmosphere. To apply for a small grant, see the Guide for applicants: 
https://powerupnorthlondon.org/punl-projects/community-energy-fund/

Want to find out more about PUNL? Join the next planning meeting on Monday 2nd November, 7-8.30pm to find out what other exciting renewable projects are in development and how you can get involved. For more details, email:
info@powerupnorthlondon.org.

Camden Council launched their Retrofit Webinar Series on Thursday 29th October, with the first session taking a look at how Camden residents can apply for the Green Homes Grant, as well as the retrofitting opportunities for making homes in the borough more energy efficient.To view the recording please click the link below. To view the recording please click this link
 


2. Camden Future Journal. A 4 page wraparound written by you, from the year 2030!

 
A vision of Camden from 2030 by the Secret Artist NW5  
 
Neighbours, artists, activists, students, businesses and dreamers. What would Camden look like in 2030 if our borough rises to the challenges of tackling the climate emergency and social inequality? What news and issues would fill our local newspaper?

We are inviting people who live, work and play in Camden to write newspaper articles or create images describing life in Camden in 2030. Imagine Camden has met its climate targets* and things have changed to reflect the needs of our communities and the environment. We want your compelling stories that imagine a fairer, happier, and less consumption-based society - stories that will give us all fresh and hopeful ways to think about the future of Camden.

A selection of your stories and images will be printed in our special four page wrap around of the Camden New Journal on the 7th January 2021. Content can be anything from a photo-collage to a kid’s poster; from a short poem to a full article. All entries will be turned into an art exhibition and be published online.
QUESTIONS TO GET YOU THINKING

• What does your area
   look like?
• What can you hear?
• How do you get around?
• How do you connect with
   nature?
• How do you use energy?
• How do we treat the most
   disadvantaged in our
   communities?
• How is your food grown
   and transported?
• What arts and culture
   are on offer?
• What work do you do?
• What are the hot topics
   in zero-carbon Camden?
• How do we celebrate and
   have fun?
 

The deadline for submitting entries is 27th November 2020.

For more information and to submit your articles and images, contact: 
cnj2030edition@gmail.com.

Up to 300 words per written entry, images must be in PDF or JPG.
 

With a higher level of lockdown, now is the time to visualise a positive future! C’mon everyone reading this - we urge you all to share your vision of what Camden will be like in 2030! Our wonderful community wraparound project is awaiting your entries! Please don’t worry about writing professionally, we just want your vision - in whatever way you care to share it!

If you are reading this newsletter, then we are sure you have an idea! Any councillors reading this - this means you too!

Here's an inspiring vision written by Noemie, aged 11.


We have already raised 85% of the funds needed to finance this project. We need your help raising the final 15%. All donations via this crowdfunder link are welcome: 
https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/camden-future-journal-2030.
Thank you.

 


3. What if we all got grubby?

 

GrUbS (Greening Urban Spaces)
Do you want to take action to tackle the Climate and Ecological Emergency? Have you got a great Green idea you’re burning to get started with, but don’t know where to begin? Have you started a project and then run out of steam? Has your Green project hit some problems and you need some help to move on?

Whether your green patch is a window box, planter, flower pot, pond, bird box, garden or any other green space, GrUbS may have something to offer.

GrUbs is helping to tackle the Climate and Ecological Emergency by reversing wildlife’s decline and allowing urban nature to regenerate and flourish. GrUbS works with people like you, working alone or together, who want to make any sort of difference to urban wildlife.

GRuBs offers
  • FREE simple, basic information about how you can make a difference to urban nature on your own ‘patch’.
  • FREE signposting to relevant and informative resources and advice.
  • FREE - an individual or group telephone or video coaching session to help get your new project, however small or large, off (or into!) the ground, or get your established project back on it’s feet and raring to go again.
To join our GRuBs group, email: wegrubs@gmail.com.
 

4. A message from our Climate Emergency Camden Group
 


CEC meet on the third Monday of every month. If you represent a local group and would like to join, get in touch via the contact form on their website.

KEIR STARMER AND The Climate Emergency Bill

If any of you have written to Keir Starmer, as your MP, asking him to support this Bill you probably have received a set reply making some positive noises but not undertaking to publicly support it. We urge you to write again to persuade him to support this bill, as it provides a clear framework for a National Plan. This is based on scientific reality, and the UKs commitments under the UN and 2015 Paris Agreement.

For resources to help you learn more about the importance of this bill, see: https://www.ceebill.uk/.
 

5. Think & Do
 



As part of the Think and Do family we are looking forward to sharing lots of exciting news with you soon about our up and coming physical and virtual pop-ups. In the meantime, here’s two save the dates:

Our Camden Forest Project aims to invite 2025 story tree guardians to plant 2025 trees in Camden by 2025. Check out our website camdenforest2025.wordpress.com to see how big our forest has grown so far! We are planning to giveaway 400 bare-rooted trees this winter thanks to tcv.org.uk. Join us at our next Camden Forest meeting on Tuesday 10th November 4.30pm-5.30pm to help our forest grow. For more detals, email:
camdenforest2025enquiries@gmail.com.

Wednesday 17th November, 5:30-6:30pm. Join us for an open meeting/brainstorming session to find out what virtual and physical Think & Do pop-ups are coming up, and how you can join the fun. For more information email thinkanddocamden@gmail.com.
 


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