Our Future London – Emerging Economies and Green Business Seminar

London Sustainability Exchange (LSx), in collaboration with Siemens, is holding a series of “provocation seminars” on Mayor Sadiq Khan’s first six months in office. The second seminar, “Our Future London – Emerging Economies and Green Business Seminar”, will take place Thursday, 8 September, from 6pm to 8.30pm in the Royal Victoria Docks area of Docklands (see bottom of article for venue details). Continue reading

Screening of ‘Plastic Planet’ in Ham on 24 March

Green Screen will host a screening of ‘Plastic Planet’ on 24 March at 7.15pm at the Ham Library community space.

The film, by Austrian film director and writer Werner Boote, presents Boote’s personal view of plastic and how it has found its way into every facet of our daily lives. He takes us on a journey around the globe, showing that plastics have become a threat for both environment and human health.

Doors open at 7pm, and film starts at 7.15pm at the Ham Library community space, Ham Street, Richmond TW10 7JG.

Entrance is free, but there is a suggest donation of £ 3 to cover costs. Light refreshments will be on offer.

To get to the library, take bus 371 from Kingston or Richmond to Ashburnham Rd.
Or take the 65 bus to Ham Common and walk down Ham Street towards Ham Library, a journey of about 5-10 minutes.

 

Let’s swish again … at Hounslow Library

Bored of what’s hanging in your closet? Then gather up those garments lurking at the back of your wardrobe and bring them to Hounslow Library on Saturday, 12 March, for the Hounslow Library Swish (clothing exchange).
Bring up to 10 items of clothing you no longer want to swap. Clothes must be clean and in good condition.
Drop-off is from 11am to 12 noon, when you’ll receive a token for each item of clothing you bring.
The Swish opens at 12.30pm, and then it’s time to shop. Browse the rails and use your tokens to take away a fabulous new outfit (one garment per token).
To find out more about swishing, visit the Get Swishing website.

Those details again:
Venue: Hounslow Library
Date:   Saturday, 12 March 2016
Time:  Clothing drop-off: 11am-12pm
Swish: 12.30pm-2pm
Admission: Free

Clean for the Queen

Clean for the Queen is a campaign to clear up Britain in time for Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday, which will be officially celebrated in June 2016.

When the Queen came to the throne, litter was not the problem that it is today. Food packaging, plastic bottles, takeaway meals and cigarette butts have all contributed to a growing menace that affects our wildlife, streets, countryside and sense of pride. Continue reading

Pop-up shop and community space to open 10 February in Brentford

On Wednesday, 10 February, a new pop-up shop and community space will be opening at noon in Brentford, sponsored by the London Sustainability Exchange and Friends of Cathja. The venue, at 129-130 High Street, Brentford TW8 8EW (next to the Magpie and Crown pub), will act as a charity shop for local organisation Cathja, but will also be a space for the community to use to put on workshops or just have a cup of tea.

The organisers are looking for people who might like to use the space to put on activities, and also anyone who has a few hours they could volunteer to help running it.
Get in touch or come along on the day to find out more.

London Sustainability Exchange will also be there with an illustrator to find out about residents’ aspirations for the shop and for Brentford. It will then hold an Cathja action planning day in the space on 20 February at 2-4pm in order to activate those aspirations and ideas!

 

Ready, Steady…Love Food evening

Want to know more about how to avoid food waste?

Then come along on Thursday, 25 February, to Ready, Steady…Love Food, a community event in Southall sponsored by West London Waste and FareShare London, an organisation that saves good food destined for waste and sends it to charities and community groups, who transform it into nutritious meals for vulnerable people.
The aim of the event is to introduce people to the West London-wide campaign to help families and communities reduce the amount of food they throw away, and to link community groups to FareShare so they can access surplus supermarket food.<! >The evening will include presentations, activities and cooking demonstrations to help you make the most of your food.

You will also be able to

  • test your food know-how
  • taste delicious food made from the most commonly thrown-away food items
  • exchange ideas on how to save money by reducing food waste
  • help community groups supporting vulnerable people to access food from FareShare.

To reserve your free place, you can register via this Eventbrite link to Ready, Steady…Love Food Evening , email info@westlondonwaste.gov.uk or call 020 8825 9468.

Details

Date: Thursday, 25 February

Time: 7pm to 9.30pm (doors open at 6.45pm)

Venue: Dominion Arts Centre, 112 The Green, Southall UB2 4BQ

Well Brentford and Syon: Learn more at Brentford Market on Sunday

Are you interested in learning new skills and knowledge that you can share with your community and contribute to a healthier lifestyle? Then come along to Brentford market this Sunday (10 January) to learn about Well Brentford and Syon.

Well Brentford and Syon (WBS) is an initiative of London Sustainability Exchange, which is working in partnership with LB Hounslow to unlock and develop the borough’s social capital. The programme works with local groups to find out what skills and knowledge would help them move forward and make sure they get access to them.

WBS is aiming to get together a group of at least eight people, who will take part in a training/action planning session in January, and in two or more (depending on what training is requested) skills training sessions in February/March. These skills will be shared with the wider community through a number of events during the summer.

Activities WBS is promoting include vegetable growing, bee keeping, cooking, cycle maintenance, healthy eating, meditation and yoga.

Meetings/training/events will be in Brentford or Hounslow.

If you can’t make it to Brentford market this Sunday, we hope to see you at a London Sustainability Exchange event. The next one is the Warmer Homes Workshop on 20 January at 12-2pm, which will offer information on energy efficiency, and advice on available services and grants. The venue is Age UK, Montague Hall, Hounslow TW3 1LD. Contact Mahfuz Chowdhury on m.chowdhury@lsx.org.uk. More information at http://www.lsx.org.uk/news/events.aspx?id=3698.

Sustainable Sunday workshop, 18 October, in Ealing

Ealing Transition is holding a Sustainable Sunday workshop this coming Sunday, 18 October, at St Mary’s Church Polygon Centre (just next to the church), St Mary’s Road, Ealing, W5 5RH. The workshop will run from 7.30-10pm.

Workshops are offered in bread making, gluten-free baking, simple vegan food, bee keeping and chutney making. Participants will be able to try one workshop lasting approximately 1.5 hours. To avoid disappointment, please book your place by email in advance by emailing edible.ealing@gmail.com and bring £5 cash on the door.

Food waste takes centre stage at Bhangra Disco Soup in Southall on 24 October

Southall Transition, working with The Rubbish Diet, will hold a Bhangra Disco Soup event on 24 October in Southall to raise awareness of food waste.  Disco Soup is international grassroots movement that started in Germany and where people prepare vegetables that would otherwise be wasted in a party-like atmosphere. But because the event will take place in Southall, it will have a bhangra spin.

The aim of Bhangra Disco Soup is to raise awareness of the problem of food waste and the need to think about what food we throw away. It also aims to bring together the community so that good food being thrown away by local retailers might be direct to local charitable groups that could use it. At the same time, it aims to be a fun event that brings the community together on an important issue.

This event will take place from 4pm to 8pm at

St John’s Community Hall,
Havelock Rd
Southall, UB2 4DH
Entry is free.
More information at http://southalltransition.org/2015/10/08/bhangra-disco-soup/