Recent Events around Highgate
The Highgate Festival was held in June 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, so lost the colourful razzaatazz of summer gatherings, but gained a wider audience and a record of all the zooms!
One session was for people in Highgate who want to Build Back Better which kocked off the festival. There are so many people belonging to great Highgate groups and organisations Highgate groups for build back better so the session was aimed at inspiring more Highgate people to be inspired to make sure we emerge from the pandemic veering away from the path heading to damage our environment.
Black Lives Matter was an important session, where local people of colour described their experiences, and was joined by our Hornsey MP Catherine West, supporting conscious raising and action.
The Time is Now Mass lobby of Parliament was on 26th June 2019 on the Thames path opposite Parliament.
“The Time is Now was organised by The Climate Coalition and Greener UK, two coalitions of organisations that represent millions of people across the UK. From surfers to scientists, bird watchers to doctors, everyone has a stake in the state of our environment.”
Constituents in Hornsey and Wood Green and Tottenham shared a special spot to listen to David Lammy MP, Dr Alan Whitehead shadow minister for BEIS Energy and Climate Change speaking about clean energy, Natalia Dudzinska talking about plastics and packaging and Anya Ramamurthy talking about the Student strikes.They were joined by constituents from Holborn and St Pancras and other local people.
The people there completed sheets to Demand what the Government must do to avert climate and environmental breakdown. Catherine West MP arranged for these to be collected up and presented them and this electronic version to 10 Downing St on the 17th July 2019.
On the 6th August Catherine West received this response from RT HON KWASI KWARTENG MP Minister of State for Business and Energy (BEIS) “they do not currently consider it credible for the UK to aim to reach net zero emissions earlier than 2050” and taking credit for the decarbonisation of the electricity supply (An EU directive).
The Highgate Festival’s Eco Action Plan for Highgate was on 17th June 2019 at the Omved Gardens Townsend Yard, N6 5JF.
The sessions covered gardens, food waste, transport, energy and single use plastics as well as food and drink. Click here for the full ECO ACTION PLAN OUTCOMES SC
The ABCs of EVs
The Highgate take on the transition to electric vehicles was held on 15th Nov 2018 with the slides and a link to a more in depth web page here.
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 educate for active citizenship and who decides on the curriculum.
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 recycling
Electric Vehicles – A Realistic Alternative? Hosted by the Muswell Hill Sustainability Group on Mon 17th July 2017.
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.