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Community and Climate - Shared screen with speaker view
Alister Shaw
38:24
I like cheese
Ross Miller
39:08
Apologies microphone and webcam are not working so am sort of lurking
Helen Fairweather
40:07
Maddy & Lisa
James Goodman
41:38
Please feel free to make any comments or pose questions here
James Goodman
42:03
I'll try to keep track and field the questions later
James (Grange Big Local - Chair)
47:29
What is the one simple thing we can encourage everyone in our BL area to do that would have the most impact?
Angela McDermott
48:15
Great question James. I'd also be keen to know.
Helen Fairweather
49:54
I believe (scientific backing!) that reducing food waste is one of the biggest things that would actually help reverse climate change
Julian Mellor
51:14
one simple thing: ask everyone in the area what they think the impact will be and what they think they can do to help reduce and mitigate it. Empowering people to understand challenges and solutions is first step to reducing actual impact.
Alister Shaw
51:40
Agreed
Ross Miller
51:59
EVs are all fine and well but there is a huge environmental impact from their power trains and currently bo way to recycle these - yes science and engineering will solve this but for now they are not the panacea they are claimed to be
Nicola Pollock
52:30
Interested in hearing about practical examples of local action so climate change seems both relevant and not too big/global a problem for individuals to make a difference -from local areas or Luke.
freda
53:01
Covid-19 has made people fearful of using public transport and has made them use their cars more. How can we tempt them back to using public transport?
Alice Calder
53:57
I like that Freda - I've noticed that government have been putting a lot more emphasis on cars and detracting from public transport
Tracey
54:19
Encourage local shop to sell more unpackaged foods at a cheaper price and encourage the community to buy them, this would help to reduce plastic waste.
Lisa - Marsh and Micklefield
54:22
Be great to get hold of these maps/graphs
James Goodman
54:39
i'm sure we can share slides
James Goodman
55:01
these are from the Environmental Justice Commission report out last month
Madeleine Smith
55:52
Yes i wouls like rhese graphs
Alister Shaw
58:37
@Freda.... electric scooters?
James Goodman
59:05
friends of the earth are very keen on electric cargo bikes!
freda
59:13
Perhaps not at my age!!
Julian Mellor
59:24
another simple idea: as our diet is one of biggest CO2 contributors, only providing locally sourced non-meat non-dairy food at events - and saying why you’re doing that. The better the food, the better the message.
Margaret Jackson
59:26
Electric scooters are really popular in German cities.
Helen Fairweather
01:00:31
Electric scooter hire is now legal in UK, there's a pilot somewhere
rachella - Noel Park Big Local
01:00:43
We’ve got a big project this weekend: Let’s Get Growing
Sara Walsh
01:00:55
@Lucy - what was this organization's name again?
James Goodman
01:01:24
sounds awesome Rachella, would love to hear about that
Sara Walsh
01:01:25
thanks :)
Margaret Jackson
01:04:12
Taming the Flood by Jeremy Purseglove provides a comprehensive overview of how natural approaches to upstream rivers can prevent flooding.
Lucy Stone
01:08:19
www.repowering.org.uk
freda
01:14:07
Love the idea of a pop-up information centre!
Lisa - Marsh and Micklefield
01:15:43
Love the idea of THE RIGHT TO USE UNDERUSED SPACES!!
Lisa - Marsh and Micklefield
01:17:21
Maddy is an everything activist!
Sara Walsh
01:17:40
This is fantastic and super inspiring everyone :) Thanks so much
Ross Miller
01:18:43
All local authorities should have a freely available asset register showing the properties and land they own - if you cant find it on their website then ask them for it
Julian Mellor
01:18:47
artists have been taking on empty shops and other properties for a long time. Property depts see it as risky, but emergence of umbrella groups with the right skills, insurance etc has helped e.g. https://artspacelifespace.com
James Goodman
01:19:45
Great example Julian
Ross Miller
01:19:54
My local authority (Dover District Council) has been happy to work with the community to facilitate meanwhile use of unused properties they own
farhanayamin
01:19:55
Thanks Julian, yes the idea of pop ups is not new at all and would love to hear more examples/resources.
Ross Miller
01:20:49
This has been so successful that we are having ongoing conversations around where next...
farhanayamin
01:21:33
I think there is something to be said to focus on climate/nature as its a unifying theme and brings in all sorts of connections, plus links with COP26 and timetable for zero emissions asap and hence demands for political change too.
Alison Gilchrist
01:21:34
Sheffield University led a research project on pop-ups and urban landscapes/community regeneration about 5 years ago. You can find the reports at the AHRC's Connected Communities website. They made a number of policy and practice recommendations which might be worth re-visiting.
Julian Mellor
01:22:20
Sounds good Ross - a good relationship with council officers is vital (I used to work in local authority property dept, trying to liberate buildings for community and artist use)
Angela McDermott
01:22:23
Brixton market was also regenerated through artists' pop up in the empty lots. I think Transition Town Brixton was also involved.
Ross Miller
01:25:03
Indeed Julian - it has taken the best part of 10 years hard work to develop the relationship and most importantly the trust on both sides
Julian Mellor
01:26:32
“No expression of life” - omg
Ross Miller
01:26:59
We have huge challenges here in Dover, with the busiest ferry port in Europe, over 10,000 commercial vehicle movements a day through the docks etc.
James (Grange Big Local - Chair)
01:27:28
I think we all need to act more like the tech companies - that rules are for little people. Let's break the rules and stop waiting for permissions. ?!?
Julian Mellor
01:27:49
Ask forgiveness, not permission
Sara Walsh
01:27:57
@James - Strong Agree!!
Ross Miller
01:28:25
I hav always followed Admiral Grace Hoppers dictat - It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than ask for permission, so do what you believe to be right
farhanayamin
01:28:28
totally agree, people are waiting for permissions that now Councils can’t make due simply to capacity constraints.
farhanayamin
01:29:18
in Camden, we just planted a wildflower meadow without permission at the edge of a car park of a community centre.
Julian Mellor
01:30:26
Taking over land: this example from Bristol http://friendsofeastergarden.org/documents/EasterGardensHistory.pdf We started it at Easter 1997. Still there and flourishing.
Alister Shaw
01:30:52
Thanks folks... lots of great stuff and helpful comments in the Chat box. Afraid I've got a clashing meeting at 3pm so need to dip out now, but will catch the remainder of the session on the recording later : o)
Tracey
01:31:00
Thank you so much, this has been very informative, unfortunately I have to leave now as I have another commitment.
rachella - Noel Park Big Local
01:31:06
How do you address the myth of people putting plastic UPVC windows in period homes as a “low carbon option when it’s actually quite poisonous
Ross Miller
01:31:42
I report it to the council conservation officer
Chris Folwell
01:32:15
It’s a bit late after they’ve had them fited..
Ross Miller
01:32:37
Not if it is ina conservation zone or is a listed building
Ross Miller
01:33:26
I live in a Grade 2 listed building in a conservation officer so am hugely passionate about these things
Margaret Doherty
01:33:53
I'm sorry I have to leave now. Very informative
Ross Miller
01:33:54
area not officer
Lisa - Marsh and Micklefield
01:33:59
Another thing that is not mentioned much is to put your money in the right bank - Triodos / co - op , then you are supporting wider change nationally / internationally.
Alison Gilchrist
01:34:27
What about allocating some of the proposed community wealth fund to projects that are about tackling global warming?It could be a source of capital for infrastructure schemes that generate incomes for communities.
Julian Mellor
01:34:34
I gathered 60 hazel nuts from bushes next to a park last autumn. Planted over winter in shallow tray. Now have 40 hazel saplings growing. Will plant out wherever next winter. No £ cost.
farhanayamin
01:34:48
As many people don’t have gardens, its good to focus on fast fashion as a way of focusing on consumption more generally; other focus is food (food waste, dietary choices, climate justice /nature angles). Everyone eats and dresses so these starting points are more inclusive starting points.
Madeleine Smith
01:35:26
trams are useful
LT Office Services team
01:35:29
really interesting, thanks!
Alison Gilchrist
01:35:49
Thanks to the speakers - this has been really inspiring and full of practical ideas.
Lucy Stone
01:35:53
yes Madeline agree - trams are good
Cars Area Together
01:36:06
Really interesting, thank you. Given me some ideas.
Julian Mellor
01:36:11
Good session - thank you everyone (writers as well as speakers!)
Nicola Pollock
01:36:19
Some inspiring examples thanks to all the speakers
freda
01:36:35
Have really enjoyed this - lots of inspiration. Thank you!
Ross Miller
01:36:46
Thanks all