Monday, 21 December 2009

‘We All Live In Copenhagen’ Sustainability Fortnight

Dec 2nd - 20th 2009
Report of the local events throughout Haringey
**Tues Nov 24th - 60 people attended a Climate Action Now pubic meeting to publicise the national demonstration on Dec 5th and the planned fortnight of events in Haringey. It was held at Wood Green Library, jointly organised by Sustainable Haringey and the Campaign vs Climate Change. There were speeches, a showing of the Reel News Countdown To Copenhagen film and much discussion. 6,000 detailed publicity flyers had been distributed in the days before, including at street stalls, which served to alert the public about the issues and what they could do themselves to make a real difference.
**Nov 25th to Dec 5th - 20,000 leaflets/programmes were distributed throughout Haringey to publicise the coming fortnight of events. Each event was also publicised separately by the group organising it.
**Wed 2nd Dec Talk about global food issues. Speaker from CAFOD charity. @ St Ignatius, N15.
**Fri 4th Dec - A Winter Warmer social evening in Tottenham was organised by the Wards Corner Coalition to promote sustainable urban development - over 120 people joined in the dancing (ceilidh and egyptian), listened to performers (ukelele duo and ballads), and ate scrumptious home cooked food. A rep from Sustainable Haringey made a speech about Copenhagen and the planned fortnight's events...
**Sat 5th Dec - About 60,000 people attended a Climate Action Now march in Central London. There were similar marches in capital cities all over the world. There seemed to be a large percentage of young people (always a good sign of a movement that's here to stay!). Afterwards Trafalgar Square was occupied with pop up tents and a Camp for Climate Action set up there to co-ordinate further discussions & protests at relevant locations in central London throughout the whole fortnight. 5 Haringey residents were among the hundreds there early on.
**Sun 6th Dec - Green Bike Ride around Haringey. Around a dozen heroes braved the weather and cycled all over the borough visiting green projects and sites.
**Sun 6th Dec - A Crouch End family day of festival activities went well, including very informative stalls run by Crouch End & Hornsey Transition Initiative and the SH network.
**Tues 8th Dec-9 people attended the 'Green Your Home' coffee morning at 10am at the Green Lens Studios, N4. It was reported that there was an excellent speaker and discussion.
**Tues 8th Dec -About 50 people attended the Highgate and Muswell Hill Area Assembly where the Muswell Hill Sustainability Group and Council reps made a presentation about the plans for the new Muswell Hill Low Carbon Zone. The MHSG explained that the idea was to promote things that everyone can do, as well as specialist sustainable energy projects for public buildings etc - and most importantly they hoped Low Carbon Zones would spread across Haringey, London and the world!
**Tues 8th Dec-25 people went along to the 'Age of Stupid' film show in Tottenham Green Library, organised by the librarians. It was followed by a brief presentation from a rep from the SH network, and then a very good discussion in which over half of those present put forward their views about the very powerful film and what we should all be doing to address the climate change challenge.
**Wed 9th Dec-65 people attended the 'Age of Stupid' film showing @ Hornsey Library. Afterwards there was a speaker from the Crouch End & Hornsey Area Transition Initiative, followed by discussion.
**Thu 10th Dec-30 people attended the 'Age of Stupid' film showing @ Wood Green Library. It was followed by a speaker from Sustainable Haringey, and there was a discussion afterwards.
**Thu 10th Dec- 'Plane Stupid!' and other green films @ Green Lens Studios, 4a Atterbury Rd, N4.
**Fri 11th Dec-There was delicious home-cooked food and market stalls selling organic and local produce at the lunchtime Community Cafe / Tottenham Food Co-op @ Broadwater Centre, N17.
**Sat 12th Dec-10 people held 'NO! to climate change & capitalism' stall/leafleting, Seven Sisters tube
**Sat 12th Dec- 'Ways to create a low carbon future': food, entertainment and discussions. Around 40 took part. Organised byCrouch End & Hornsey Transition initiative @ Hornsey Vale Centre, N8.
**Sun 13th Dec- The new Urban Harvest Network was launched with a walkabout around Crouch End, leafleting about the need for harvesting unpicked fruit, followed by a meeting to plan activities for 2010.
**Tue 15th Dec- Sustainable Haringey held a special 'How can I get involved and make a difference?' open meeting @ Big Green Bookshop, N8.
**Fri 18th Dec-'Food, glorious food!' 40 people from a range of local food projects attended a mid-winter lunchtime celebration of local food growing and home cooking @ Broadwater Centre, N17. Displays, lunch, market stalls, speeches - organised by the Sustainable Haringey Food Group.
**Sun 20th Dec-'After Copenhagen - Where do we go from here?', @ Tottenham Chances, N17. 30 people watched a superb film made only the day before by Reel News from footage they d just filmed in Copenhagen. It portrayed the fortnight of street protests there by an incredible array of inspirational social movements from around the world. It highlighted their voices, campaigns and demands - contrasted with the failure of the politicians and corporations running the official summit.
Note: Some Haringey residents also travelled to Copenhagen to take part in the fortnight of protests there. Over 100,000 people from all over the world marched, discussed & debated together, and helped establish new grass roots global networks and solidarity in the pursuit of a fair & sustainable world.

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