Subject tag: Sustainability

27 May 2022

Enfield Climate Action Forum will be running a competition for primary and secondary school pupils during this year's Big Green Week. To help promote the competition students from Middlesex Uni will be filming examples of best practice in teaching climate change subjects. They're seeking help in identifying suitable schools to do the filming.

18 May 2022

As we transition towards electric vehicles that don't incur fuel duty, the Treasury faces a revenue loss of £30bn each year. Given the unpopularity of fuel duty, a report by Scott Corfe of the Social Market Foundation explores the case for introducing a nationwide road pricing system in the UK, setting out a model that is fairer than fuel duty, replaces lost tax revenue, and reduces the burden on low-income households.

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06 May 2022

If you love your local waterways and want to make them even better, join the Thames21 accredited Leading Action for Healthy Rivers training!

04 May 2022

An overwhelming majority of north London residents who responded to a recent survey are in favour of a waste strategy that does not include incineration and favour a significant increase in recycling and reuse.

04 May 2022

Just under half of candidates standing for election to councils in north London have signed up to the commitments listed in a manifesto issued by a community group that campaigns for zero-waste policies across the seven boroughs that are represented on the North London Waste Authority.

27 April 2022

New analysis by environmental and waste consultant Dr Dominic Hogg further undermines the environmental case that the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has been setting out in support of this expensive and 'environmentally disastrous' project.

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26 April 2022

The newly published results of a study by the environmental charity Possible shows that excessive car use on London's roads causes significant delays to fire engines and ambulances and is likely to contribute to deaths of patients. The researchers took advantage of the huge drops in traffic during the 2020 lockdowns to compare emergency service response times during these periods with response times and before and since. During lockdowns response times fell dramatically, particularly for inner London fire stations. The research does not support claims that cycle lanes and low-traffic neighbourhoods cause delays to emergency services.

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19 April 2022

Candidates standing for election to seven north London councils next month have been signing up to a manifesto published by a community group concerned about poor recycling and reuse rates across the area.

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18 April 2022

A manifesto sent by Enfield Climate Action Forum to all candidates standing in the council elections asks them to acknowledge the profound risks created by climate change, the need to both mitigate and adapt to its effects and to protect the most vulnerable people and ensure that measures taken do not cause suffering for the most disadvantaged members of the community. It sets out a list of actions needed to cut waste; reduce car use; cut pollution; ensure that the planning system works to reduce rather than exacerbate climate risk; and mitigate flood risk.

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10 March 2022

A new survey of north London residents, launched this week, is asking us about how waste is collected from our homes, how well we think the current system works, our ideas for improvements, and what changes we would find acceptable if they meant that more of the items we no longer need could be recycled instead of being burnt.

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25 February 2022

With spring looking like it's going to arrive early, the tree planting season is nearly at an end, but there are still 8000 trees waiting to be planted as part of this year's contribution to the Enfield Chase Restoration Project, so Thames 21 have issued an urgent call for volunteers to help with the planting programme. The sessions run from Saturday 26th February to Saturday 12th March.

22 February 2022

Environmental campaigners have abandoned their plan to apply for a judicial review of the decision to build a new and bigger waste incinerator in Edmonton because of doubts about whether they qualilfly for a cap on legal costs. The Stop the Edmonton Incinerator Now coalition will instead try other strategies to derail the North London Waste Authority's incinerator project, including calling on levelling up secretary Michael Gove to send in Government commissioners to investigate the NLWA and take over its powers until it can be put on a sound footing.

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15 February 2022

The theme of local poet Myra Schneider's 16th collection, Siege and Symphony is celebration and endurance. The first section is devoted to poems about the planet and its present state. The second and third sections include poems about contemporary issues such as homelessness, also poems about women and personal poems. The last and longest poem, which gives the book its title, is a celebration of human resilience, as exemplified by the performance during the siege of Leningrad of Shostakovich's 7th Symphony by a conductor and orchestra enfeebled by months of starvation. In this interview Myra talks about how her poetry has developed over time, explains how her poems come about - many are inspired by paintings or other works of art - and describes her concerns about homelessness and women's inequality.

14 February 2022

This year's Fairtrade Fortnight starts on 21st February. Bill Linton explains what it's all about.

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01 February 2022

The Mayor of London has selected a preferred pathway to net zero - the Accelerated Green pathway. Amongst other things, achieving this will require a nearly 40 per cent reduction in the total heat demand of our buildings, 2.2 million heat pumps, 460,000 buildings connected to district heating, a 27 per cent reduction in car vehicle km travelled by 2030.

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31 January 2022

Opponents of the planned new Edmonton Incinerator have taken the first step in seeking a judicial review of the North London Waste Authority's decision to sign a contract for its construction. A crowdfunder has been set up to raise money to cover legal costs. A consultation leaflet issued by the NLWA in 2014 makes no reference to incineration, greenhouse gas emissions or the fact that the incinerator would be burning recyclable materials.

19 January 2022

It's been a busy week for opponents of north London's planned new mega-incinerator. An estimated 600 protesters marched in Edmonton on Sunday and opposition councillors in some of the seven boroughs represented on the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) have been trying to persuade their colleagues to call for a pause and review of the project, on environmental, health and financial grounds.

19 January 2022

In the light of the new Edmonton incinerator, which if it gets built will need to be fed with large quantities of 'waste' for several decades, here are two videos about why we need to transition to a circular economy - in very contrasting styles (the first includes some strong language), but essentially telling the same story.

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14 January 2022

With only four days to go before the contract to build the new Edmonton Incinerator is due to be signed, councillors from the Green Party and Liberal Democrats have criticised the Mayor of Enfield, accusing him of unnecessarily delaying the date of a council meeting to discuss the contract, meaning that it will take place too late to stop contract signature. Meanwhile, the broadbased coalition which unites members of more than 50 campaign groups and opposes the new incinerator is making preparations for what is likely to be the biggest protest yet, a family-friendly march on Sunday afternoon from Edmonton Green to the misleadingly named 'Eco Park' along the North Circular Road.

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10 January 2022

A Green Party councillor has written to the council's most senior officers warning that proceeding with the planned signature on 18th January of a contract to build the new Edmonton Incinerator would expose the local authority to severe financial risks. He urges them to take steps to withdraw the London Borough of Enfield's support from the scheduled signing of the contract between the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) and the Spanish contractor Acciona.

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