Why are communities in Haringey good for well being?

And how can the strength of Haringey Communities be harnessed to impact global warming and pollution?

The Community Hub Haringey
– a welcoming space for people of all ages, genders and ethnicities.  See here for more detail.

Haringeys path to zero carbon

Work has been underway since 2012 in Haringey on plans to reduce carbon emissions from the Borough. The actions to do with Communities in the current Draft Climate Change Action Plan are shown in the stripes below and there is a ‘Common Place’ consultation (click here) giving the opportunity to give feedback on the main points in the Plan.

Haringey Climate Forum (HCF) has produced detailed comments on the proposals. These have been inserted in a ‘notes’ column added to the tables in the stripes below for each action. If you have any queries, comments or updates please contact HCF at info@haringeyclimateforum.org and we will pass them on to the Haringey Low Carbon Team.

The cabinet member responsible for Community in Haringey is Mark Blake at mark.blake@haringey.gov.uk, supported by the Connected Communities team at https://www.haringey.gov.uk/community/connected-communities  . They can “provide support and guidance to existing community groups as well as individuals wanting to set up a group or a registered charity”.

The Community objective in the draft Haringey Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) is:  
to actively liaise with and support stakeholder organisations to reduce carbon emissions and promote further reduction.”

It states: “The wider stakeholders’ active support will be vital to deliver the Haringey Climate Change Action Plan, with a focus on engaging with hard-to-reach groups and those who are not involved in climate change action already. This support may be secured through policy changes, meeting venues, publicity on projects and wider co-ordination.“ and “we will all need to work together to deliver a Zero Carbon Borough”. The actions to achieve the Community objectives are through:
                                               ° Education and Awareness Raising
                                                ° Community Owned projects
                                                ° Green Jobs

Haringey’s proposed actions and progress – Communities

HCF overarching comment: the 2020 and 2021 target deadlines, stated against many actions, need to be visible and specific. Continual evidence from ongoing interim monitoring is essential to demonstrate how progress and spend is reviewed, and adjusted where required, ahead of the end date, to ensure that targets can genuinely be met.

Why are communities in Haringey good for well being?
Wellbeing and mental health are enhanced by belonging to communities who provide help and support and fun.

And how can the strength of Haringey Communities be harnessed to impact global warming and pollution?
The actions that Haringey plans will help spread the word and gain support from its residents on reducing carbon emissions. But Haringey people also care about pollution of air, land and water and work is needed from the grassroots of Haringey communities to help the council to make a difference even beyond carbon reduction.