Transition Highgate

Welcome to the Transition Highgate Newsletter!
You are getting this newsletter either because you have signed up with Transition Highgate or because you are on the HiCAN (Highgate Climate Action Network) mailing list. If on the HiCAN list you will already had had another email explaining the changes. We hope you find this newsletter interesting. Please send us your feedback and relevant news for the next issue, and get in touch if you have ideas for how you would like to be involved.

In this issue, what’s coming up in the next few weeks.

ECOCIDE! The destruction, damage and loss of ecosystems.
An event supported by Transition Highgate and HiCAN
Monday 30th April 7.30pm at Primrose Hill Community Library, Sharpleshall Street, NW1 8YL
Legal pioneer Polly Higgins is talking to 8 Camden Transition Towns about her campaign to get the mass destruction of ecosystems recognised as a crime. 
All are welcome to this awareness raising event about ECOCIDE, arranged by Transition Primrose Hill.
Details on the Love Camden website
Event poster can be seen at

Find out about Solar
A joint event with HiCAN, Transition Highgate, Muswell Hill Sustainability Group, The Highgate Society
Tuesday 1st May 8.00pm at Jacksons Lane, near Highgate Tube
Whilst cuts to subsidies for solar power have been in the news lately, it is still possible to earn a generous return by installing solar panels on your roof.  There are also government subsidies for installing solar hot water.  Subsidies are set to be reduced on 1st July 2012, so now is a very good time to install.
Agenda for the evening:
  • Overview of solar electricity and solar hot water and what's involved in installation
  • Latest update on the government Feed-in-Tariffs
  • Planning issues including options for minimising visual impact
  • Local case study from a resident who has recently installed
  • MHSG's Low Carbon Buying Scheme which provides discounts on solar installations (and other higher cost energy saving measures)
  • Q & A with the MHSG's Low Carbon Buying Scheme preferred solar installers
Please email: if you’re interested in attending.
Venue details:
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Silent Spring: 50 Years on
A HiCAN and Transition Highgate event  
Wednesday 16 May 8.00pm at the Highgate Society Hall, 10a South Grove, N6.
It has been 50 years since the publication of Silent Spring the book by Rachel Carson that alerted the world to the dangers of pesticides and led to the banning of DDT.
We will hear from Nick Mole from the Pesticide Action Network. He’ll be discussing the continuing destructive effects of pesticides on wildlife and the countryside.  
We will also have plenty of time for questions and discussion after his talk.
The event is open to all so please share the invitation.

Future events
There will be other events in May including our regular meet-up. We also hope to run one or more events around the theme of Food during May such as a class for beginners to get started on food growing, and a cooking with British grown food event.
We’ll update you as soon as possible.

Get involved!
Transition Highgate is a network of local people interested in community resilience and sustainability issues, linking with other local and national transition groups. It will only succeed if enough of us get involved to make it work. Transition Highgate is not a membership organisation but a platform for people to engage with when they have the time and interest. We hope you will want to keep in touch via the newsletter and come to some events and we would very much welcome greater involvement both taking part and organising transition projects. 
HiCAN will continue to focus on raising public awareness (through talks and discussion evenings) and on political lobbying (local, national and international). New projects are being developed around food growing, reskilling, home greening and greener travel, to name just a few. We would like to host a range of events such as discussion evenings, films, reskilling workshops and a variety of practical activities. If you would like to become actively involved or to start a project, or if you can offer support or resources, please get in touch at

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All the best
Anastasia Harrison & Ian Henghes
(this month’s Newsletter editors)
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