Nurture: The Environment and you – working together to protect and restore

If you missed the launch of Nurture on 30 November, don’t worry, we recorded it !

  • Rachael : context and introduction to Nature: 02:08
  • David : keynote speaker: 07:04
  • Ursula: environmentally sustainable diet: 32:30
  • Mike: why should we care about birds: 44:26
  • Emma/Rachael: I-Spy and Footways local walks: 50:09
  • Brenda: how to achieve community parklets: 56:42
  • Lucy: why trees are our friends: 01:02:26
  • Melanie: our health, the NHS and the climate emergency: 01:09:46
  • Farmer Tom: regenerative farming: 01:12:44

A series of practical workshops to provide the tools you need to nurture your family, your environment and yourself – launch 30 November 2021 at 1930h

Gain a better understanding of climate change, its impacts, and how you can make a difference in your life and local community. Each session will have a guest speaker and an opportunity to ask questions and share ideas. Whether you are just beginning to engage with climate change issues or are already involved in positive change there is something for everyone. We have created a wide range of events in this series of workshops covering key aspects of environmental issues, such as eating well, planting and growing food, play streets, local wildlife, tree planting and more.

Discussions about climate change have dominated the headlines over recent months. Firstly, in August the IPCC report proved Global warming is a result of human greenhouse gas emission and that it’s having a catastrophic effect on our planet. The report said it’s “code red for humanity”. The global United Nations summit, COP26, spent two weeks talking about climate change and how countries are planning to tackle it . The United Nations has made clear that the world needs ‘urgent climate action’ to limit carbon emissions and keep temperatures below 1.5C. COP26 outcomes are disappointing but life goes on.

However, we know it’s not ‘business as usual’; colossal change is required and it needs to happen fast. Islington is the 6th borough most vulnerable to climate change (source: GLA Risk of Climate Change). We are a very densely populated area, with very little green space (and a lot of concrete). Climate change can seem very overwhelming. The planet is our home, and our home needs protecting. We cannot solve the global crisis on our own, but we can all make a difference in our daily lives by taking action.

This series of webinars is designed to make taking personal action over climate change more manageable and seem less daunting. Join us and our guest speakers as we fast-track you to finding practical solutions in your daily lives:

  • Get informed. Understanding the problem helps us find solutions;
  • Get involved in positive change – small efforts can make all the difference. You can change your own life and be an inspiration to others;
  • Encourage your family, school and employers to live in an eco-friendly way; and
  • You can make a difference in your life with positive action.

Launch event: Tuesday 30 November 2021 at 1930hregister here

Keynote speaker:   David Saddington FRGS 

Head of International Nature Campaign COP26 Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) 

As a climate change communicator David works to raise the profile of the issue through blogging for media outlets like the Huffington Post, writing book contributions and organising innovative large scale public awareness events in the centre of UK cities involving outdoor cinema, interactive science experiments and panel debates. He is constantly looking for new and innovative ways to engage the public and is currently exploring using Virtual Reality technology to tell the story of climate change. After leading education reforms to get climate change on school curricula, David has pursued his own academic work studying climate science and a broad range of climate impacts from the environmental to economic, security & health implications. And as a local resident, he is with us for the launch of our Inspiring Sustainable Living series of workshops. There will be an opportunity for Q&A so come with questions.

Following David’s presentation, workshop leaders will then outline their dedicated workshops and why you should sign up to find out more.

Environmentally sustainable diet: what it is and what it is not

Ursula, British Dietetic Association – Workshop 7 December 1930 Zoom

There is much debate and discussion about environmentally sustainable diets, so it is not a surprise that there is also confusion. But it is not really that difficult.The challenges are ways to eat that are healthy (provide the right balance of nutrients needed), with less damage to environmental parameters, and with less generation of carbon and always, least food waste.

Register here for Ursula’s workshop

Why should we care about birds in a climate emergency?

Mike from Islington Swifts – Workshop 13 January 1930 Zoom

There is already evidence that our wildlife is being affected by climate change. This affects our flora and fauna in a number of ways; birds lay eggs earlier in the year than usual, plants bloom earlier and animals come out of hibernation sooner. Birds are migrating and arriving at their nesting grounds earlier, and in some countries the birds don’t even leave anymore, as the climate is suitable all year round. However, there are hidden dangers in what seem to be positive changes. So in this global climate crisis, is there still value in helping our local birds and wildlife, and what can we do to ensure they survive a changing environment ?

Register here for Mike’s workshop

Footways – the benefits of a stroll on your doorstep

David, Rachael and Emma; Footways in conjunction Islington Clean Air Parents on three guided walks – with I-Spy !

  • A winter walk round Islington – in mid January, date tbc
  • A spring walk round Islington – in March, date tbc
  • A summer walk round Islington – in June, date tbc

Footways is a network of quiet and interesting streets for walking in London and has been designed to connect major places with appealing and accessible streets.  The places include mainline train stations, popular destinations and green spaces.  It prompts Londoners and visitors to choose walking as the most emjoyable, efficient and healthy option.  What better to do one afternoon than to have a stroll round Islington and play I-Spy with the family en route

Registration details to follow

Why trees are our friends

Lucy, joint founder of Islington Clean Air Parents ( ICAP) – workshop in late January, date tbc Zoom

Trees make a big difference to our environment; they store carbon and clean the air; they absorb water and can help to regulate flash floods, they provide shade cooling our streets on hot days, and are natural habitats for a wide range of insects, plants, fungi, birds and animals. Hear about Islington Forest for Change, a project to plant more trees in our urban, crowded inner city borough and find out what you can do to help trees thrive in your neighbourhood.

Registration details to follow

How can we achieve community parklets?

Brenda from London Parklet Campaign – workshop in February, date tbc Zoom  followed by parklet visit in March, date tbc

Guerrilla and pop-up parklets are very popular and bring people together. So why are they such a threat to authorities?  How can we adjust our car dominant society to allow more space on our streets for parking people, plants and flowers rather than cars?   In her workshop, Brenda will discuss the benefits and types of parklets and how one might persuade the community and politicians to try these out,  This will be followed by a visit to a parklet here in Islington with an opportunity to talk to the parklet creator on how she created, maintains and shares her parklet with her local area.

Registration details to follow

Connecting the NHS and health to the climate crisis 

Melanie, The Academy of Medical Sciences – workshop in late February, date tbc Zoom

According to the Ipsos MORI Issues Index, around half of people cite healthcare as the nation’s chief worry – in contrast to climate change, which only broke into the top ten concerns in 2019. This means a key way to raise climate change in the national consciousness is to show how climate connects to health and wellbeing. Join Melanie and find out how to reduce costs for the NHS, improve your health, and save the planet, all at the same time!

Registration details to follow

Regenerative farming

Farmer Tom of Full Circle Farms

Tom set up a unique farm in Sussex – which produces amazing full flavour vegetables on small scale whilst never using a single drop of pesticide or herbicide. These farms are also used to educate people on where their food comes from and help people through horticultural therapy. The solution to climate change is under our feet !

Registration details to follow

Other topics which will be included in the series: Climate Safe Streets,  Healthy Streets Scorecard, Depaving & Rewilding, ethical finance and how to live within your carbon budget. If you are passionate about a topic and would like it to be included in this series, do get in touch; we’d be delighted to chat.

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