Hounslow to host first-ever restart party this Saturday

Do you have an electrical appliance or electronic device that needs repairing? If so, come to Hounslow’s first-ever restart party on Saturday, March 7, at the Hounslow Library and give your objects a new lease of life.

Restart parties are pop-up community events offering free repair services to participants. They are the brainchild of The Restart Project, a London-based social enterprise that encourages and empowers people to use their electronics longer by sharing repair and maintenance skills. Continue reading

Climate change event in Ealing

Ealing Transition and Ealing Friends of the Earth will be showing Disruption, a film about climate change and the climate-change movement, on February 15th at 7.30pm at St. Mary’s Church in Ealing.  The film brings together commentary on the subject as well as behind-the-scenes footage of the efforts to organize last September’s People’s Climate March. The film lasts 52 minutes and will be followed by a short talk by Claire James from Ealing Friends of the Earth, focusing on 2015 as a key year for the climate movement.

The event takes place at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road, Ealing, W5 5RH. Entry is free, but donations will be solicited after the film to help cover costs. See also http://ealingtransition.org.uk/2015/02/01/sunday-15th-february-730pm-climate-change-event/

Switch: a documentary about energy

The Green Screen team would like to invite you to their next film screening: Switch

A documentary about energy. Filmed in 11 countries and exploring 9 key energy resources, from coal to solar, oil to biofuels, Switch takes viewers on an exciting world tour of the energy frontier. The film has been embraced by universities, government agencies, energy companies and the media, as a nonpartisan, scientifically-based exploration of our energy transition. Continue reading

BRAG AGM

The fifteenth Brentford Recycling Action Group (BRAG) Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday, 18th November 2014, at 7.00pm at the Docking Station, 108 High Street, Brentford, Middlesex TW8 8AT.

The AGM will comprise a review of BRAG’s activities in the past year, including our work at community events, followed by a number of presentations and a question-and-answer session. We will round off the evening with refreshments, where you’ll have a chance to chat with members and guests in an informal setting. Continue reading

Waste-reduction event in Southall Oct. 16, with film, tips, discussion and more

Ealing Council and HelpLink are screening a short animated film, The Story of Stuff, this Thursday evening, 16 October, at the Dominion Centre in Southall.

The film, which is suitable for all ages, takes a light approach to showing how to generate less waste and save money.

In addition to the film there will be upcycling demos, discussion, free food and drink, opportunities to engage with local councillors, and more.

The event is free and takes place at the Dominion Centre, 112 The Green, Southall UB2 4BQ. Doors open at 7.30pm.

You can learn more by visiting: http://www.southalltransition.org /events

Compost Giveaway on May 10

Hounslow Council is celebrating Compost Awareness Week by giving away free compost on Saturday, 10 May, 2014. Bring a shovel and a maximum of four containers to pick up your compost at Hounslow Heath Nature Reserve, TW4 5RB (access via Frampton Road car park) from 10am to 1pm.

And there’s more. You’ll have the chance to learn about home composting, how to obtain a subsidised home-compost bin and how to make biodegradable newspaper plant pots for your seedlings. Be sure to bring the kids along to meet our mascot, Composting Claire.

Compost helps to improve soil structure, holds moisture in the soil and adds valuable nutrients to the soil – all of which helps your plants to grow.

A Not So Rubbish Trip

Illustration from Henry Mayhew's London Labour and the London Poor (1851).

London dustman. Illustration from Henry Mayhew’s London Labour and the London Poor (1851)


When Rosie Oliver says she’s going to take you on a rubbish trip, she means it literally. Rosie, a lawyer, lecturer and presenter specializing in environmental law and policy, created and leads a two-hour walk from Mudchute on the Isle of Dogs to Greenwich on the theme of rubbish and how it has influenced the landscape. Woven into her commentary are stories about the people who collected the rubbish and how the rubbish has been treated and transformed over the centuries.

One example is Mudchute Park, the site of the former mud chute that spurted silt dredged from Millwall Docks into “settling ponds”, a type of landfill for waste mud. Also, the Victorian homes we passed and structures like the railway viaduct were likely built using materials that included rubbish: the dust and ash from people’s fireplaces from burning coal and domestic rubbish, which was collected by dustmen and taken to brick factories in Kent where it was mixed with clay, fired and brought back to London to be used for building.

In the 21st century, the need to reuse, recycle and reduce the rubbish we generate is greater than ever, Rosie says.

The walk includes a visit to the Mudchute city farm, where we saw one of nature’s recyclers in action – a magnificent pig – and we finished on the banks of the Thames at Greenwich, a veritable treasure trove of historical rubbish.

Rosie’s company is called Dotmaker Tours, and she offers the rubbish walk to the public once a month, and at other times to private groups: http://dotmakertours.co.uk/page10.htm.

Film Showing: Gasland 2 on 16th March

Ealing Transition

Sunday 16th March, 7.30pm. Film Showing: Gasland 2 hosted by Ealing Transition

In this explosive follow-up to his Oscar-nominated film GASLAND, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humour to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’), the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now being carried out in 32 countries worldwide including the UK.

GASLAND 2 shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing the planet. The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane. In addition the film looks at how the powerful oil and gas industries are, in his words, “contaminating our democracy”.

With the UK government solidly behind the development of the fossil fuel shale gas industry, there has never been a more urgent need to make the case for clean, green energy.

Do join us for this important film, which has only just gone on general release in the UK. You can watch the trailer at http://www.gaslandthemovie.com

There will be the usual hot drinks, cakes and discussion afterwards, and an opportunity to talk about the various initiatives we have running including changing your electricity supplier, and energy efficiency measures from DIY secondary glazing to ‘passive house’ retrofit.

As ever the event takes place at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road Ealing W5 5RH. Entry is free but we will ask for donations to help us cover the cost of staging the event.

Green Screen Film Club, Ham

Ham United Group are launching a monthly film screening at Ham Library new community annexe. This will be called Green Screen and will focus on environmental and innovative films.

The free launch is a screening of Plastic Shores on Wednesday 29 January at 7pm, refreshments available (free). This is a thought provoking film on what happens to plastic when thrown away. Continue reading