1st July 2016. ‘Tomorrow’ (‘Demain’), part of a festival of films called ‘The French Connection’
Venue: Everyman Cinema, Muswell Hill, London
Film: ‘Demain’. Climate is changing. Instead of showing all the worst things that can happen, this documentary focuses on the people suggesting solutions and their actions. Cyril Dion, the film’s co-producer, will be there, and will be part of a panel after the film along with some of those who appear in the film. The idea of the evening is to raise the film’s profile with film distributors, the media and others so as to give a push to getting a UK distributor.
Tickets are limited to 400, so if you’d like to come, click here to book now
Wed 20th July:
Venue: Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution (HLSI) Pond Sq Highgate.
Film: Merchants of Doubt. Based on the book of the same name by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway. The film interprets the book to expose the techniques adopted by a small number of Americans, backed by commercial interests to spread misinformation and pseudo science regarding tobacco smoke, DDT, acid rain and now Global Warming.
Tues 5th July – 60th Anniversary of The Clean Air Act.
Camden Air Action is planning to commemorate the Clean Air Act of 5th July 1956 by assembling on 5th July 2016 at a venue in Camden with appalling Air Quality.
Venue and Time: TBA More
In all the hype and overload of ‘facts’ about the EU there seems little coverage of Climate Change and Air Pollution. Detailed lists of some of the activities and effects of EU legislation eg on Air Pollution are covered at WHAT ARE WE DOING – What is the EU Doing?.
For those who believe that our current transport, energy and agriculture choices are causing the greatest threat to humans ever, talking about trade, jobs, immigrants and even wars – but not Climate Change or Environmental implications – just seems weird.
Friends of the Earth lists the environmental topics of Beaches, Bees, Nature, Waste&Recycling, Green Energy, Air Quality and Fish, concluding that the EU has had significant beneficial effects.
What will happen on many issues if we stay IN or if we come OUT is largely speculation, but the effects of poor leadership and regulation on the causes of Climate Change are becoming increasingly clear – and many of the causes of Climate Change are also the causes of our Air Pollution.
Sources: Map from May 2012 BBC report, pictures from election material
The new London Mayor will have a variety of powers that would help him/her clean our polluted air and lower our carbon emissions. Many powers are ‘soft’ ones such as ‘influence’ and ‘promotion’, but they also include the power of £11.5bn expenditure (p21 of the draft GLA 2016/17 budget being prepared for the new Mayor). Apart from (limited) powers over areas such as Transport and Planning the Mayor will be constrained by UK, EU powers and existing agreements and the candidates can only state their aspirations and ideas at this point, to try to convince London voters that they are the best candidate. The winner will have to try to turn rhetoric into results by dint of their limited powers, their procurement muscle and their leadership and influence skills .
This post has samples from the public domain of statements and promises from the four frontrunners Sian Berry – Green; Zac Goldsmith – Conservative; Sadiq Khan – Labour and Caroline Pidgeon – LibDem, regarding Global Warming and Climate Change; Renewables and Community Energy and Low Pollution Transport. It also has responses to Greenpeace’s questions to the Mayoral candidates at Sadiq Khan, Zac Goldsmith, Caroline Pidgeon..
A summary transcript of the Green Alliance’s Green Hustings. (1hr 34mins) is also included at More.
See Air Pollution – Local effects from Global Causes for a round up of regulations, North London’s Air for more on journey types and what Camden and Haringey can do, and Your Car for information on clean cars – particularly Electric models.
Click here for Waking Up to Poisonous Air , showing this Green Party map of local air quality results:
For a Mobile App of London’s Air Quality click here.
For a CleanSpace Mobile App with a personal monitoring tag click here. (Note: the Tag costs £75, but signing up does offer some incentives, and no responsibility is taken by Transition Highgate for this).
For information about Personal Exposure measuring equipment click here.
To donate to Client Earths legal action against Defra to abide by the Supreme Court’s order to come up with ambitious new measures to meet EU pollution limits click here. “Your donation will help us fight in the courts for your right to breathe clean air.”
Poor Air Quality affects locations all across the world. See the Air Quality Index for any city to find current pollution levels and also the World Health Organisation database for ambient (outdoor) air pollution monitoring from almost 1600 cities in 91 countries.
Common causes, though they vary in different places, include vehicles, aviation, construction and even domestic boilers. Many of these are sans frontier meaning that co-operation, innovation and regulation has to be at Global, Country (or EU) level.
To quote from Avaaz “World leaders at the UN climate talks have just set a landmark goal that can save everything we love! ” To see the full Avaaz announcement click We did it! — A turning point in human history