Community groups come together !

Four groups (Cycle Islington, Islington Living Streets, Islington Clean Air Parents and Fossil Free Islington) recently met the council leader Cllr Richard Watts and transport/environment lead Cllr Rowena Champion to discuss how we can work together on the rollout of LTNs. While the council are working on the actual plans, we are gathering a list of volunteers in each ward and giving suggestions on what needs to be done to start raising awareness of LTNs. ICAP have been busy with Chris Kenyon setting up mapping meetings; Cycle Islington is producing a leaflet which everyone can use, working groups have set up mini websites for St Peters and Barnsbury/St Marys, people are talking to their networks, Chris has a survey we can all send out …… have a look at the Low Traffic Neighbourhood page on this site to find out more.

Low Traffic Neighbourhood rollout starts early July 2020

This is something which many people and groups have been campaigning for for years and is a most welcome announcement. St Peter’s will be the first in early July, followed by Canonbury, Highbury, Clerkenwell, Nags Head and St Mary’s. Richard Watts, leader of the council, confirmed that by the end of 2020, 30% of the borough would have a LTN and that by mid 2021, he expected to see half of the borough with a LTN. Great to see strong community campaigning by three of our members, Living Streets Islington Clean Air Parents and Cycle Islington. I would love to get community parklets and planters on the agenda too as it seems a good opportunity to include them as part of the plans. More on the Councill’s plans here. Have a look at the Commonplace map where you can add your comments about your local area’s streets and where improvements are needed. More about LTNs from Living Streets and Cycle Islington here and here.

World Environment Day celebration – recording and slides now available

With thanks to Floree of London National City Park, we have a recording of our four inspirational speakers on 5 June: Sally from Islington Council, Mike from Islington Swifts, Marnie from The Garden Classroom and Floree herself. If you would like the link to the recording, or the slide pack of over 100 slides (!) please contact eilidh.murray@blueyonder.co.uk.

World Environment Day

We have over 30 people registered to attend our webinar today which is very positive – lots of people looking for inspiration ! They will hear Sally from LBI talking about the Biodiversity Action Plan; Mike from Islington Swifts on how we can all do our bit for local wildlife, Marnie the founder of The Garden Classroom and what we can do to support our environment and Floree from London National Park City talking about their work and their network of rangers. So get yourself a glass of something Friday-ish and settle back at 5 pm to be inspired !

Seats going fast !

Lots of interest in our on-line event to celebrate World Environment Day on 5 June at 5 pm and we have a great line-up of speakers with a couple awaiting confirmation. Here’s a photo of what Islington Swifts will be talking about ! It’s the first time we’ve held an on-line meeting so fingers crossed that the technology and local networks hold up for us. Do sign up if you can: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/inspiringsustainableislington-celebrates-world-environment-day-tickets-106239118062?aff=ebdssbeac

Our first online event

Self-seeded Islington poppies

5 June is Global Environment Day and we are celebrating with our first on-line gathering. we’ll be hearing from Islington Swifts, the Classroom Garden and London National City Park with perhaps one more speaker tbc. More details are here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/inspiringsustainableislington-celebrates-world-environment-day-tickets-106239118062 and I hope that you will be able to join us.

Islington’s Biodiversity Action plan

The council published its Biodiversity Action plan in March 2020 and it will remain open for consultation until 31 July. There is lots of information and plans in there so have a read and send in your input. It covers many of the subjects we care deeply about and there’s been a lot of work done behind the scenes to produce it; the last one was published in 2010 so a lot has changed in the past 10 years, not least the declaration of a climate emergency. Sad to see not one mention of a community parklet ……

About 65% ready

Having given myself the goal of launching the #inspiringsustainableislington site by 27 April, here goes. There are still some IT gremlins to be fixed and the contents for each partner needs to be reviewed but hey ho, let’s go. And to make this post more interesting, I rather belatedly saw that Gresham College has a series of lectures on ‘Sustainable Planet’ given by Professor Jacqueline McGlade. The first lecture was back in September (How to avert a climate catastrophe) and the last is on 19 May (The last mile; ensuring access to affordable energy to poor, rural communities). All online, all available – for more information, go to https://gresham.ac.uk.