The Clean Energy Photo Exhibition is now on display upstairs at The Forge in Camden Town until the end of June.
With photos from the Create Energy in Camden photo competition and the Friends of the Earth UK clean energy photo competition, it showcases a wide variety of beautiful images of clean energy in Camden and beyond! We hope it will inspire you.
Thanks to all who made the photo exhibition launch on Tuesday a success. We were privileged to hear the premiere of Jess Gold‘s new song, “Old to a Climate Sceptic”, and guest speakers – Ollie Hayes from Friends of the Earth Clean British Energy Campaign; Anna Ware from Camden Council; and Amy Cameron from Solar Schools – shared insights and inspiration on clean energy campaigning and action.
Congratulations to the winning photographers Daniela Romanò, Elizabeth Jameson and Alex Santacreu, voted for by guests on the night.
If you know of a venue that would like to show the photos after the end of June please do let us know, we’d love to be able to show the photos as widely as possible!No comments
Please also join and share the Facebook event for the exhibition.
If you can’t make it to the private view/launch event, the exhibition will be showing at the Forge for a couple of weeks following the launch – please pop by and see it when you can!
** Photo competition deadline extended**
We have extended the deadline for the Create Energy in Camden photo competition until midnight on Monday 27 May to give more people a chance to enter – if you haven’t sent your energy-themed photos in to us yet please do!
Calling all photographers in and around Camden….Enter our photo competition and your work could be exhibited in a gallery in Camden Town!
Submit your photos on the theme of “energy“: there are two categories, for under-18s and over-18s. Winning photos will be exhibited in our clean energy photo exhibition in Camden Town. Please feel free to be creative with the theme!
Send your photos to Camden Friends of the Earth: firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight Monday 27 May 2013 (please note the closing date has been extended!).
All photos should be taken in the London Borough of Camden;
Photo should be a good enough quality to be able to be printed A4 size;
Please include a brief caption or title for your photo, where the photo was taken, your name, email and age category (under 18 or over 18 – please include date of birth if under 18);
All participants will be invited to the launch and private view of the photo exhibition in Camden Town;
All photos should be your own original work and you will retain copyright.
By sending in your photos you agree to Camden Friends of the Earth publishing your photo online and in our clean energy photo exhibition (with full credit).
Closing date midnight 27 May 2013.No comments
Have you signed the Fossil Free Camden petition yet?
We believe our local government has a responsibility to divest from an industry that’s destroying our future. By continuing to invest in fossil fuels (for example in pension investments), Camden Council is supporting the power, influence and activities of the fossil fuel industry.
Why are Camden investing public money in fossil fuels, while at the same time they are spending money on sustainability initiatives to combat climate change?
We would like to see Camden Council lead the way on sustainability and ensure their investments act for the public good by not investing in activities that are damaging for people and planet.
Leading cities around the world are already divesting from fossil fuels, including Seattle and San Francisco… wouldn’t it be great if Camden could lead the way in London? Sign up to support Fossil Free Camden now and please share!No comments
Bee Cause campaigning in Covent Garden
After a spot of hibernation over winter, our Bee Cause campaign was back out in the springtime sunshine, with a campaigning day at the Melvita store in Covent Garden on Sunday 21 April.
Melvita, an organic beauty brand founded by beekeeper Bernard Chevilliat, is supporting the campaign, and their Covent Garden shop is hosting a number of Bee Cause campaign days – featuring honey-tasting and bee face painting, and asking shoppers to sign the Bee Cause petition postcards. Our bee suits (see photo below) got a lot of interest from passers-by, and we had a lot of support for a national bee action plan – lots of postcards were signed for us to send on to David Cameron!
Supporting a bee-friendly flower meadow in Highgate
We are also mentioned in this week’s Ham & High newspaper (18 April 2013), supporting a proposal to create a bee-friendly space in Highgate Reservoir, land owned by Thames Water. Full text of the article is below.
Bee Saver Kits now available
You can now order your own bee saver kit, which includes wildflower seeds, a garden planner, a step-by-step guide on how you can save bees, and a bee identification poster.No comments
We are currently advertising the below vacancy for volunteer co-ordinator(s) of Camden Friends of the Earth. Please get in touch if you’re interested, or come along to our next monthly meeting (Thursday 4 April).
Do you live in the borough of Camden? Are you passionate about environmental issues and do you like to work closely with a team of like-minded people? Are you looking for a challenging, interesting and fun voluntary role and do you have some spare time each week? Then you’re just what we’re looking for!
Who are we looking for?
To support our activity we are looking for a co-ordinator (or two joint co-ordinators) to keep our group and our campaigns running smoothly. We have a treasurer, outreach and local groups liaison officer, communications and social media officer, and a creative consultant but we need a Co-ordinator to help keep us on track with our regular meetings and annual goals. You would also receive ongoing advice, training and support from a member of staff at national Friends of the Earth. Please note that you will need to live in or near the borough of Camden.
- Organising and attending monthly meetings
- Promoting communication and planning, and helping to create a group environment that is inclusive and rewarding.
- Welcoming new members to the group and making sure the group’s interests are reflected in campaigning activities
- Keeping the group updated with key activities and actions.
- Acting as a contact for the group with Friends of the Earth HQ.
- Ensuring the group has goals and stays focused on them.
- Supporting other members of the group in their roles.
- Assisting the group in developing campaigns – both national and local.
Key skills or requirements:
- Motivated and enthusiastic
- Good at delegating
- Friendly, open and approachable
- Good at communicating (phone, in person, by letter or email)
- IT literate to a basic level – using internet, email, word processing
- Supportive of the Friends of the Earth agenda, and generally aware and concerned about environmental issues
- An ability to dedicate time on some evenings and weekends
It is an unpaid post, but agreed expenses relating to work for the group will be refunded.
If you’re interested in applying, please email email@example.com and come along to our next monthly meeting (details on the contact us page).No comments
You may have read our letter on cycling and the canal that was published in the Camden New Journal (10 January 2013). This is something we’re currently working with other Friends of the Earth groups in north London as well as other local groups, including the Canal and River Trust. The text of our letter as published is below. Interested? Please do get in touch.
Following a recent report on the Canal & River Trust’s campaign encouraging commuting cyclists to move off the canal, we at Camden Friends of the Earth would strongly encourage residents of Camden to get behind the campaign and ask the council to make improvements to the cycling infrastructure to support this.
Many cyclists use the canal as part of an east-west commute because the alternative routes are much more difficult to navigate.
They involve crossing major junctions, cycling along busy roads full of traffic fumes and reaching the end of apparently useful cycle lanes without any indication of where to go next.
Relatively simple improvements to the cycling infrastructure will dramatically improve the ability to commute through Camden without travelling along the canal, leaving the towpath to pedestrians and more leisurely travel.
As Camden Friends of the Earth we are working on a full list of improvements – do get in touch with us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get involved.
Camden Friends of the Earth
We are co-signatories of a letter in this week’s Camden New Journal, we’re supporting SHIFT in Camden and joining a broad coalition of local groups campaigning for jobs and action on climate change.
WE would like to invite readers to take part in setting up a new campaign for jobs and action against climate change, and to take part in a new Camden wing of the SHIFT movement.
SHIFT held its first event last Saturday in Camden Town Hall.
As many of your readers will know, the accepted view among climate scientists is that the world is heading towards a climate catastrophe.
If we don’t act soon to change our course we can expect hunger on a huge scale, flooding of cities, and destruction of low-lying agricultural land close to the sea, as well as inevitable mass migration and conflict. We are already beginning to see the impacts whether through high food prices or increasingly extreme weather patterns.
At the same time we are in the middle of an economic crisis which involves not just a short-term downturn but a longer-term decline in the UK economy.
The banking crisis has shown that the City of London and the wider financial services sector is not the solution to this. Meanwhile the government continues with its counter- productive policy of slash and burn.
At the moment, all eyes are focused on getting us out of this crisis and opposing austerity.
The large political parties – left and right – don’t see any votes in addressing climate change, and no reason to shake us out of our complacency in that respect. So we cruise on with our heads down, though now at a slightly slower speed.
The SHIFT movement is about changing course. It’s about developing broad-based, local-level, coalitions that ask for action, and take action themselves, to counter austerity and invest in jobs and renew our economy along different lines. The movement is about creating an economy that is stronger and more resilient; and an economy that works not only for us but for our children and grandchildren, and poorer folks in this country and abroad.
On Saturday social enterprise directors and Transition Groups led discussions about setting up new local industries: from a bigger renewable sector including small scale anaerobic digestion plants and community solar PV schemes, to a new sector focused on repair.
Keith Sonnet, until recently the deputy general secretary of the trade union Unison, and Chris Baugh, assistant general secretary of the PCS trade union, both spoke about the need to invest massively in climate-related jobs.
Move your Money and UK Uncut talked about putting pressure on councils and other bodies to invest in a sustainable economy and ethical corporations. George Barda, Occupy, talked about protest and direct action. Crossroads Women’s Centre spoke about action by women across the world. Green Party leader Natalie Bennett explained her vision of an economy that was needed for a fair, just, peaceful, society.
The Campaign against Climate Change trade union group led discussions about their million climate jobs campaign. Charles Secrett, co-founder Green New Deal Group talked about the huge potential of the green economy and tax reform, and building a wide coalition that makes it clear to politicians that just coasting on will win them no votes.
The event last Saturday was an inspiring day showing that through many different groups all working together we can create a different sort of economy and a brighter future for all. This coalition has been inspired by similar events in other parts of the country, led by the Alliance for Jobs and Climate.
This meeting was a beginning and will lead to something more, so if you would like to take part, please email email@example.com.
Sara Ayech, Transition Dartmouth Park
Susan Poupard, Camden Friends of the Earth
Cllr Maya de Souza, Camden Green Party
George Barda, Occupy
Peter Robinson, SHIFT
Rabbi Jeffrey Newman, founder of Earth Charter UK
Keith Sonnet, ex-Unison deputy general secretary
Charles Secrett, co-founder Green New Deal Group
Some photos from our Clean British Energy day of action at the Brunswick Centre in October:
Our “green is working” photo stunt attracted a lot of attention (including from the Brunswick Centre security guards!) and we got a fair few postcards signed. Thanks to everyone who took part and to our photographer Julia O’Dell!No comments
Camden Friends of the Earth is part of a coalition of local organisations supporting “An Economy for the 99%” – a day of talks and workshops designed to share ideas and make it happen, to be held on Saturday 24 November at Camden Town Hall in Kings Cross.
There are two central themes: developing an alternative to austerity and the need to combat climate change. The two are intrinsically linked – massive investment in green measures such as energy efficiency, sustainable transport systems, and renewable energy will address climate change and create jobs.
We have a inspiring line up of keynote speakers and workshop sessions. Speakers include Charles Secrett, ex- Executive Director of Friends of the Earth; Chris Baugh, Assistant General Secretary of PCS trade union; Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party; George Barda, the Occupy Movement; Danielle Paffard of Move Your Money, and Cllr Phil Jones, London Borough of Camden Cabinet Member for Sustainability.
Tickets cost £6 (£3 concessions) – book your tickets online
Tickets are also available from Housmans bookshop, Kings Cross.
You can also join and share the Facebook page for the event.No comments