Camden Air Action / Camden Transition Towns Network Response to Camden’s Consultation on Clean Air Action Plan for 2018 – 2022

“Camden has a proud, rebellious spirit that throughout its history has seen communities come together to tackle problems, and to bring about real social change.”

These opening words from Camden’s draft Clean Air Action Plan 2018 – 2022 aptly set the scene for Camden Air Action’s 13 February lively, focused and good-humoured consultation workshop on the plan’s proposals. During the evening around 20 of us worked together to review Camden’s plans for cleaning up the air we breathe:  by cutting NOX and PM emissions from buildings and building construction, transport and local businesses, deliveries and freight. And at other proposals aimed at reducing air pollution around local schools and other vulnerable community locations, and for harnessing lobbying skills; and involving the local health sector to raise awareness and support change.

By the end of the evening we agreed there’s plenty to support in Camden’s proposals, but we want them to be more ambitious, and they will need clearer quantified targets and accelerated timescales to take us securely to the WHO standard for healthy air Camden have adopted.

The workshop also called for Camden to declare a Climate Emergency, to make the connection between health harming and climate changing emissions, and to ensure the necessary focus, joined up action and resource allocation are in place to tackle both in the short timescales available to us. This has been incorporated into Camden Air Action’s consultation response to the CAAP, along with other bright ideas from the workshop.

A big thankyou to all who contributed, including Camden Officers Harold Garner and Tom Parkes, and to Castlehaven Community Centre who provided the venue and helped host the event.

 

Want to clean up air pollution in your neighbourhood?

CleanAirForCamdenThen don’t miss out on a simple and important way to speak up and influence Camden’s new Clean Air Management Plan for 2018-2020, by visiting https://consultations.wearecamden.org/ and scrolling down to respond to the online consultation.

The deadline for responding: 15th February, so let’s all put it on our MUST DO list for the coming week! It’s not the most user friendly consultation website but please don’t give up on it. Keep at it to leave your comments  – cleaning up the air is just too important. Continue reading

Join Camden’s cleaner air conversation before the end of September!

Join Camden’s cleaner air conversation and help develop the local Clean Air Action Plan. Visit https://camdencommunitychallenges.commonplace.is/ before 30 September and tell us how we can improve the air that we breathe.

Also, if you, your community, or business has or is delivering a project in Camden that benefits air quality, please place it on the map provided on the Commonplace platform.  This will help to showcase the positive work that everyone in Camden is doing to improve air quality.  Additionally, if you feel a specific area in Camden needs to be considered in relation to air quality, pin point that on the map as well along with your feedback on what the issue is.

23/04/2018 ‘Tomorrow’ Film & Discussion Café – People Power Local Democracy

 

When: Monday 23rd April 2018 from 8 – 10 pm

Where: Upstairs at The Grafton, 20 Prince of Wales Rd, Kentish Town, NW5 3LG

Free event

Come along to Transition Kentish Town‘s film and discussion café to share ideas on how we can create a more participatory local politics, active citizenship and bottom up democracy. Includes a talk from Frances Northrup from the amazing New Economics Foundation and extracts from award winning film ‘Demain’ which features ways local people are working together to develop local solutions to global problems around the world. Be inspired and have your say on their pop up soap box/dish!

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29/01/2018 ‘Tomorrow’ Film & Discussion Café – The Future of Transport in London

 

When: Monday 29th January 2018 from 8 – 10 pm

Where: Upstairs at The Grafton, 20 Prince of Wales Rd, Kentish Town, NW5 3LG

Free event

Come along to Transition Kentish Town‘s film and discussion café exploring inspiring ideas for sustainable local futures. Including an extract from acclaimed indie French film ‘Demain’ about ways people are working together to develop local solutions to global problems around the world.

 

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