Highgate Eco Pop-up and Mini TED Talks
Click here for the interview with Emily Reader, the Eco Pop-up host
A Highgate Eco Pop-up popped up in the foyer of Lauderdale House and sometimes on the Lawn – except when rain stopped play on the Monday. There were posters and flyers on a full range of Eco themes – Electricity, Buildings & Heat, Biodiversity, Transport, Politics, Communities & Councils etc as shown below. Highgate straddles both Camden and Haringey, so material for both was displayed.
The event was sponsored by the Transition Networks Bounce Forward Programme with the National Lottery and by Transition Highgate – looking for new members. Click for Transition Highgate wanting more members
Highgate’s MiniTED talks
On the summer evening of the 23rd it held a ‘miniTED talks picnic’ with these speakers:
- Flo Cullen – The Future for Young People
- Sian Berry London Assembly Member – The Story of Solar
- Maggy Mead King – Walking and Cycling around Highgate
- Georgia Elliott-Smith – Anti incinerator campaign
- Giovanna Iozzi – Biodiversity and the Parkland Walk
- Sydney Charles with Tanuja Pandit Community Solar in North London
- Jane Leggett – Rebel against Extinction
By the end of the week visitors had voted for the top actions for Highgate to address the climate and ecological emergencies and how they could make a difference.
Haringey Biodoversity Plan meeting – 17 May 2021
The coronavirus lockdown has shown how important our parks and open spaces are, especially for people with no garden of their own – and that’s a lot of people living in Haringey, especially in the east of the borough.
It is important to relax amongst trees and wildflowers and hear birdsong and buzzing bees; so it’s good news that Haringey Council is working on a new plan for local nature. The Biodiversity Action Plan will come out for consultation in a few months. It will give high priority to accessing nature, involving people in learning about, and looking after, our local wildlife.
At a well-attended meeting in May 2021 convened by Haringey Climate Forum, we heard from the council about how their new plan will put big emphasis on getting benefits for nature from new developments, whether that be mini-parks, tree planting or green roofs (or all three).
We were told that protecting designated sites of nature importance in Haringey, from big sites like Queens Wood and Tottenham Marshes and cemetery to the smaller sites like Harringay Stadium Slopes, will be a high priority, and that there will also be focus on creating wildlife corridors between existing green spaces. This could mean working with residents to create passages for hedgehogs between gardens, nest boxes and wildlife ponds in areas that sit between parks and other open spaces. This should also mean support for things like the Cloud Garden project in Bruce Grove.
Trees and woodlands will have their own plan to protect the existing stock of trees on streets and parks, involving local people in looking after them, especially if we have more long, hot dry spells in summer.
The council acknowledged that ten years of austerity have left Haringey like many other boroughs under-resourced to meet our expectations; as a result, community efforts are needed too.
At the meeting Sally Haywill of Lordship Rec spoke about the great work they have done, involving a wide range of people in planting trees, and creating rich grassland meadows. Ferry Lane Estate was also highlighted for its tree-planting and watering, wildflower meadows and hedges.
We face both a climate emergency and an ecological emergency, with wildlife disappearing across the world, and this is reflected locally with a number of bird species no longer breeding in the borough, hedgehogs hugely declined, and moth populations collapsing. That is why Haringey Climate Forum is inviting people who would like to become part of a borough-wide nature network to get in touch.
E-mail email@example.com and ask to be added to the list.
Haringey Clean Air Webinar – 6 February 2021
This was one of a series of regular events to raise awareness of the effects of pollution on all.
Dr Gary Fuller – Breathe London – Monitoring London’s Polluted Air, Sources and Solutions
Senior Lecturer in Air Quality Measurement, Imperial College, Public Health
Zak Bond – The Health Impacts of Air Pollution
Policy & Public Affairs Officer, Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation
Andrea Lee – Why do we need tougher air quality targets and legislation to protect people’s health?
Campaigns and Policy Manager, Clean Air, Client Earth
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.
The zoom meeting was well attended. See here for the notes.
The Agenda was:
- Carbon reduction in planning decisions
- Viability in planning decisions
- Training and development – Planning Sub-Committee
and other topics that were raised included the use of Feed In Tariff income for residents benefits, the new Local Plan, the carbon implications of demolition, biodiversity, the Edmonton Incinerator and the walking and Cycling plan.
The zoom meeting was very well attended. A quick summary of the opportunity to claim 2/3 of up to £5,000 (100% of £10,000 for those on benefits) for energy saving work to your own or rented home is available to download here: Takeaway sheet v1
The slides and further information are available at https://highgatesociety.com/place/sustainable-living/retrofit-your-highgate-home/.
The full report is Haringey Clean Air Group People’s Assembly Report.
Key suggestions from participants were:
– support should be given first to those areas in most social need
– Haringey Council should be a driver and exemplar of change through
– raising public awareness eg through schools and social media to create a shared vision
– further People’s Assemblies and neighbourhood meetings on eg the Edmonton Incinerator
– support for a transition away from fossil fuels and reduced car use
– an electric transition for private, public and commercial vehicles
– incentives for local businesses to go green
– enforcement of anti-pollution laws
– monitoring of air quality and live data alerts to residents and workers
-TfL and Mayor of London have major roles in planning and coordinating for the whole area eg cycle routes, low traffic neighbourhoods, expansion of the ULEZ, subsided public transport.