Highgate Festival presents a Programme of events
The Day before Tomorrow: Dreams of a Summer evening
When: Sun 8th July. Screening of Demain 6-7pm, refreshments and entertainment 7-9pm
Where: LUX Centre, Waterlow Park, and Waterlow Park Kitchen Garden, Waterlow Park Highgate Hill, Highgate, London N6 5HD
This evening in Waterlow Park is based on the north London season of Demain (tomorrow) showings. It will celebrate some optimistic futures that are unfolding around the world, and explore ideas for a friendlier, fairer and more sustainable future right here in North London. Come for food and inspiration!
Great Mansions/Edwardian super-rich of Highgate – a talk by Richard Webber
When: Sun 8th July. 6.30pm-7pm
Where: Highgate Society, 10A South Grove, Free
There is no Planet B
was on Saturday 7th July at the Omved Gardens, Highgate
There was a variety of speakers from the head of the London World Food Program, pesticide free London; Bees for development; Provenance on block chain; a food waste entrepreneur, Freedom Seed team, change and why don’t we do it etc had 5 minutes each to enthral and provoke.
One of the talks, by Catherine Budgett-Meakin of the Highgate Society Sustainable Living group was “There is No Planet B” (click to open)
Series of cafe events to watch ‘Demain‘ and talk about different topics
1st Food – was on Mon 30th Nov at The Grafton, Kentish Town
2nd: Energy – was on Tues 9th Jan at The Vine, Kentish Town
FOR THE ENERGY CAFE POSTER SET click Domestic energy reduction Switch to Green electricity and gas Electric cars - part of the Grid London Energy is Changing UK Energy is Changing Moving your money from fossil fuel to clean energy Paris Agreement - Good News and Bad News Lobby for Laws to reduce Greenhouse Gases
Click here for Energy Efficiency Grants from Camden Council
The Energy session encouraged people to do what they can to reduce energy use and be part of the move from fossil fuel energy to renewable energy.
3rd: Transport was on 29th Jan 2018 at The Grafton, Kentish Town.
4th: New Economy was on Mon 23rd April at The Grafton, Kentish Town. Frances Northrup of the New Economics Foundation talked about a more participatory local politics and bottom up democracy.
5th: Education was on Mon 21st May 2018 at The Grafton Kentish Town. It explored what Education was for, how we eductae for active citizenship and who decides on the curriculum.
Ongoing: Free Electric Vehicle trials
Wood Green businesses and residents can trial an electric vehicle (for free) for up to one week. To find out more or to book a trial contact us on 020 8489 3489 or email NOF@haringey.gov.uk And check as these may be open to people in other parts of Haringey too.
You can currently choose from:
- Nissan Leaf – car (external link)
- Peugeot Partner Electric – van (external link)
- Citroen Berlingo Electric – van (external link)
Drivers will need to hold a full driving licence and adhere to insurance requirements.
Trials are subject to vehicle availability. See below for event produced specifically for local businesses. For more information visit http://www.haringey.gov.uk/parking-roads-and-travel/travel/neighbourhoods-future-wood-green
STOP PRESS on charging points in Islington.
“Fast chargers on St John’s and Giesbach Road are now installed along with a rapid charger on Pemberton Gardens (a rapid charger can give an 80% boost in just 30mins compared to a couple of hours using a fast charger) – one of the first of its kind in the borough. ” See Going Green in Pooterland for more details.
Shell have installed one of its first forecourt rapid charging points in its Holloway petrol station. According to Air Quality news “Shell has been collaborating with Transport for London (TfL) to introduce the charging points, in line with the London Mayor’s drive for a Zero Emission capital by 2050.”
ENLARGING THE EDMONTON ENERGY FROM WASTE PLANT:Why so large and how will it affect recycling in North London ?- 12th July 2017
The meeting discussed:
- the rationale for such a massive increase in capacity at the plant
- the effect will this have on recycling rates
- alternative waste technologies that could cut emissions and increase reycling
When: Mon 17th July 2017
Electric Vehicles – A Realistic Alternative? Hosted by the Muswell Hill Sustainability Group.
Source: Greenwatt Sustainable Solutions
Sydney Charles of Transition Highgate spoke on progress at national, London-wide and Haringey levels in supporting a transition to electric vehicles.
Friedbert Meinert, product designer, spoke from first-hand experience of owning a Nissan Leaf and Heisenberg state-of-the-art electric bike.
Gillian Cox of Haringey attended. She announced the Neighbourhoods of the Future web site at http://www.haringey.gov.uk/parking-roads-and-travel/travel/neighbourhoods-future-wood-green. This explains Haringey initiatives, such as options for trialling electric vehicles and getting free reviews for businesses.
Project Dirt has a full list of events coming up. See here for details.
Leonardo Dicaprio’s film is truly scary – not in the usual horror film way, but because it truly captures the devastation already being wreaked on our world. Leonardo sets the scene with the allegory of Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights, where mankind is originally innocent, then enjoys earthly delights and then suffers in a hell – featuring a part with an uncanny resemblance to the Satantic Mills.
For those who want to hear about the devastating effects of climate change already, the causes, real solutions and fightback by figures including The Pope, Ban Ki Moon, Elon Musk and ordinary people, this is a must see.
Before the Flood was released by National Geographic – not for the cinema route but for home downloads. You can go to your Sky or Virgin download menu and search for ‘Before the Flood’ to view it for free. It can be viewed in sections – outlined below . More
Bringing the Paris Agreement into Force at Marrakesh
CLICK HERE FOR THE RUNNING TOTALS OF PARTIES THAT HAVE RATIFIED
Update 5th Oct: Sufficient ratifications were received (including the overall EU) for the Paris Agreement to come into force on 4th Nov in time for the COP22 in Marrakesh. See here for UN announcement and here for EU announcement.
Major emitters, including the USA and China, have shown leadership by ratifying the Agreement and the EU has shown leadership in ratifying as an overarching Party. Concerns about President Trump trying to dismantle the Agreement were added to the saga when the American election followed only days after the Agreement came into force.
Update. Boris Johnson ratified the Agreement on behalf of the UK on 17th Nov 2016. The UK Youth Climate Coalition met with the UK representative, Nick Hurd, at COP22 in Marrakesh on the same day and and urged him to align UK emissions targets with 1.5C. More
Whilst the UK slips away from the EU efforts to protect the planet, the world continues to turn and global warming continues to go up and up, wreaking the devastation predicted.
The EU has been co-ordinating pledges across the 28 members, providing grants, loans, shared research and common standards. Now the UK (and/or England, Scotland, N Ireland and Wales separately) must now write, or rewrite mountains of legislation taking years, using hundreds of bureaucrats and most of parliamentary attention. The Centre for European Reform in July 2016 identified 6 interlocking sets of negotiations before we have slipped anchor:
- “One set of talks will cover Britain’s legal separation from the EU”
- “the second a free trade agreement (FTA) with the EU”
- “the third interim cover for the UK between its departure from the EU and the entry into force of the FTA”
- “the fourth accession to full membership of the WTO“
- “the sixth co-operation on foreign, defence and security policies.”
And will legislation protecting our Air and reducing our carbon emissions be ‘highly ambitious’ or forgotten?
Carbon emissions and air pollution know no boundaries and actions by the biggest emitters – India and China and the USA will make the most difference. The UK is small and people will say that our contribution is unimportant. But our future relies on innovation and influence. If we allow Climate Change to be shelved until a convenient time other countries may follow our lead. If we co-operate across borders and unleash the best of our innovation and entrepreneurship we can make a difference.
The UK in a Brexit world goes through some of the EU legislation that must be undone/redone and has information about the UK’s formal commitments and reliance on EU financial services to combat Climate Change.
Brexit: What does it mean for the environment? Click here for a podcast of this Castle talk of 26th Sept 2016.