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Camden Climate Action Network (CamdenCAN) is a network of individuals, community groups, voluntary organisations and businesses in Camden taking action on climate change. We’re passionate about cutting Camden’s carbon footprint down to size.

#noTTIP: just another treaty?

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a comprehensive free trade and investment treaty currently being negotiated in secret between the European Union & the USA. If it goes through as it currently stands it will be the greatest transfer of power to transnational capital that we have seen in a generation and stands to force the reversal of many of our environmental & energy related laws. If agreed in its current form, TTIP would give corporations the power to sue governments over decisions that could harm their future profits, undermining demoncratic decision-making made in the public interest. Saturday saw the over 1,000 people from a remarkable number of campaigning organisations (Camden Friends of the Earth, Transition Kentish Town and Camden Green Party amongst them) join in a march from the Department of Business to Europe House to demonstrate their concern about the treaty. If you want to add your voice to the movement head to www.nottip.org.uk for more information, put the international day of action (11 October) in your diary and consider joining the planning day on 2...

Camden in Bloom – enter now!

Are you a passionate Gardener, keen to promote your blooming results across Camden? Apply now to Camden in Bloom! This year’s Camden in Bloom competition is now open for applicants from businesses and residents who are doing their bit to make Camden gorgeously green. The theme of this year’s competition is “greener together” so if you have a blooming balcony or a cool community project which is making Camden more bountiful and beautiful, why not apply? There are plenty of categories budding gardeners can get involved in. However, it’s not all about being green fingered! Camden also want to hear from creative and innovative environmental projects across the borough. Groups who are working on saving water, improving energy efficiency and educating local people about sustainability… The competition is open now and will close on Friday 1 August. For more information about the competition visit: www.projectdirt.com/camdeninbloom Scroll down a little for the application form! Alternatively, your local library will have printed Camden in Bloom forms available for...

Lessons from history

I was sitting in a tent in the peak district a couple of weekends ago listening to a history lecture. What relevance does this have to those interested in climate in Camden? The discussion was focused on what made that campaign a success and whether those lessons could be applied to modern day campaigning. It’s not easy to summarise in a few short lines – was it the influence of ‘great men’ or was Southern resistance written out of history? Did it start with some CSR notion of Hull that wanted to get some competitive advantage over its rival city of Liverpool? What campaigns were deprioritised to ensure that this campaign was won? And was compensating slave owners rather than the slaves themselves the right approach? The one big lesson I took was that the movement to abolish the slave trade was exactly that, a movement, and it was only by bringing a diverse group of people together that change was made to happen. That’s exactly what we need right now to combat climate...

A Resounding Win for Labour

So the dust has settled from the EU and local elections. Here in Camden Labour party had a resounding win, grabbing 40 out of the 54 council seats. This is up ten seats from the 2010 elections. The big losers have been the Lid-Dems who are down to just one councillor, who as recently as 2009 were the biggest party. So what should we expect from a Labour council on the environment. Of their five manifesto promises – one has an environment flavour: “Camden Labour will make Camden the best borough in London for cyclists and pedestrians”. The new exec member – currently Phil Jones – for Sustainability, Transport and Planning hasn’t yet been announced. The Greens held on to their one seat in Highgate with Sian Berry taking over from the dynamic Maya de Souza who worked tirelessly on the sustainability task force, with the transition town groups and lobbied to improve council homes energy efficiency. The Euro elections were of course dominated by UKIP. UKIP are unusual in having an ‘anti’ environment manifesto. They threaten to axe the 2008 Climate Change Act (luckily nothing to do with the EU elections). They go on to criticise the Large Combustion Directive – which is the reason why no one talks about acid rain anymore – and the EU renewables targets – which is preparing the EU for the post fossil fuel world....

Manifesto for Sustainability

It’s voting time – on Thursday we have the opportunity to send a message to Camden council about the issues we care about. All the local candidates will be out campaigning this weekend so take the opportunity to quiz them on sustainability issues to show that these are important to you and vote for the one who you trust to take these sustainability seriously. To help you we’ve prepared a different newsletter today. Instead of a listing of events, we’ve prepared a series of commitments which are want to see the candidates committing to, we are calling it our manifesto for sustainability. The commitments have been defined with lots of input from different local groups. As an individual, you may feel more strongly about some than about others, but this is our opportunity to show a collective concern about climate change and make the politicians in Camden take notice. Manifesto for sustainability Continued commitment to the two carbon emission reduction targets of 27% by 2017 and 40% by 2020 from 2005 levels. Some specific provisions include: Actively lobby central government and other parties for the ongoing decarbonisation of the grid by writing to both local MPs and responding to any formal consultation opportunities. Identify new CHP opportunities and provide guidance & support to enable them & others that in the pipeline to come to fruition. Invest in best opportunities identified in the mapping of the study into boroughwide secondary heat source mapping. Continued promotion (through Council networks) and support (with people, advice etc) of Superhomes and other opportunities for people to touch & feel an eco-friendly house. Continued focus...

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