Friday, 23 October 2009

International Day of Climate Action

Saturday's the day! October 24, the International Day of Climate Action. So join the nearest 350 action knowing you'll be part of something big .

Very big, in fact. This campaign has gone viral--there will be over four thousand events taking place simultaneously in over 175 nations. As far as we can tell, you'll be part of the single most widespread day of political action about any issue that our planet has ever seen.

There are too many incredible events to list in one place, but here are some of the highlights:

The Big Blow (AKA Global Horning): Saturday October 24th, 12.30pm. London Victoria Tower Gardens. Closest stations Westminster or Pimlico. Horn players, or blowers generally, get ready to clear your lungs....followed by a giant aerial photo in front of the London Eye, highlighting the critical 350 number. It begins at 2pm. It's a real opportunity to frame the climate change negotiations in Copenhagen, and raise awareness on this issue.

In Cambodia, citizens from across the country will gather at the famous Angkor Wat to take a giant 350 action photo.

In Hungary, hundreds of bathers will jump into the public baths in Budapest and do a 350 synchronized swimming performance.

In Nepal, over a thousand young people and monks will march to the Swayambhunath world heritage site temple where they will form a large 350 with traditional lanterns.

In the United States, 350 people will dance to Michael Jackson's Thriller in Seattle -- because if we don't stop global warming, we might as well be undead.

In Panama, indigenous youth will lead a moonlight vigil in Kuna Yala, their vulnerable low-lying islands off the coast of Panama, forming a 350 at sunrise.

When you're out there marching or rallying, biking or kite-flying, singing or taking part in whatever is going on in your community, take a minute and try to imagine all the other people doing the same kind of things all around the world--every one taking the same basic scientific fact and driving it into the public consciousness.

350 is the most important number in the world--scientists have told us that it's the most carbon dioxide we can have in the atmosphere, and now we're making sure everyone knows. We'll be taking photos from all the events, projecting them on the big screens in New York's Times Square, and delivering them to major media outlets and hundreds of world leaders in the coming weeks. The combined noise from these events will ensure that world leaders who gather next month at the UN climate talks in Copenhagen to create the world's new plan on climate change will hear our call. They will know that when negotiating the fate of our planet, there is a passionate movement out there which will hold them accountable.

After your event on Saturday, check out, where we will show a glorious slideshow of photos from events in every corner of the earth. Be proud of what you've accomplished.

And if you have any doubts about where the fun in your neighborhood is on Saturday, check out this link to find an event near you:

Muswell Hill Sustainability Group in British Gas Green Streets final

A team from Muswell Hill Sustainability Group (MHSG) got through to the finals of the British Gas Green Streets competition on 12th October 2009, in which community-based groups pitched for £150,000 to be awarded for energy efficiency projects. The MHSG proposal included a plan to set up a local cooperatively-owned energy services company which would produce and distribute electricity from renewable sources. Sadly, they were pipped to the post by a group from Richmond, but the experience of developing a detailed plan will be useful in future bids.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

The End of the Line (82 mins)

This is not a film about what might happen, this is a film about what has happened.

Charles Clover's shocking documentary reveals chronic overfishing could lead to the total extinction of the wild fish we eat, within 50 years

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Workshop on Climate Change and Violence

Jeremy Green attended a workshop at Senate House on climate change, security, the state's agenda etc - pretty much central to what Sustainable Haringey is about, I think. He wrote a small piece about it on his own blog and links to it here.

Friday, 2 October 2009

We’re Back! – We’re Back To Earth!

We’re Back! We’re Back To Earth!

B2E Food Co-op & The Community

Kitchen are serving up in an hour, today!

Back2Earth,Tottenham invites you

to the Broadwater Farm Community

Centre today Friday 2nd October and

every Friday 12-30 - 3-30 for healthy,

fresh, organic, sustainable fruit & veg.

with dry goods and oils from our B2E

Tottenham Food Co-op and delicious,

freshly cooked, world food from our

B2E Farm Community Kitchen.

+ We have started our 1st pilot Back To Earth local

Community Food Growing and Green Skills Training

projects for Haringey at the Centre and on local allotments.

If you want to do local community food growing, horticultural

and green skills training, volunteering or mentoring,

please let us know. Regular sessions Mondays and Wednesdays

+ The latest plans for Lordship Rec are in the

Café displayed for your edification & comments.

ALSO we will be holding 2 Back2Earth Volunteer

Recruitment and Induction days for all Back2Earth

Activities planned over the next few months.

At the B2E Farm Café & Community Kitchen we cook

and eat a variety of delicious, affordable, healthy,

fresh,seasonal,where possible organic,local foods

with food supplies selected from Hughes Organics,

Norfolk and Perry Court Farm in Kent or grown

locally+ Dry & Fair Trade Goods from Community

Foods and Fair Trade Groups and local whole food


All at Broadwater Farm Community

Centre,1 Adams Road,Tottenham, N17 8AT.

All best and sustainable wishes,

Martin Burrows and Felix Waterhouse + all at the Back To Earth Projects

TEL/FAX: 020 8885 7775 / 4185 Mobile: - 07831 219032

Temp. e-mail:

Pilot projects funded in 2008 by Lottery’s Awards For All and in Autumn 2008

and 2009 by Haringey’s local Making The Difference Fund.


1 Adams Road, Tottenham, London N17 6HE

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Tescos Rebutted by Horsforth!!!

It's a good time to be in Yorkshire.
  • Kirklees council rolling out a mass insulation project (hear more about this at the Autumn Gathering on 25 Oct)
  • Tescos rejected by the people of Horsforth. Hallelujiah! Long may their resistance continue. Let's follow their example in Haringey