Category Archives: Environment
There have been long-standing calls for government to prepare students for a climate-changed world by embedding climate education across the curriculum. This will also help promote climate-positive behaviour in students, for whom the climate crisis will be one of the defining challenges of their lives.
For these reasons, Friends of the Earth has compiled a Climate Action Plan for Schools and Colleges, thanks to funding raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, containing a checklist of 50 measures to empower students and teachers to take meaningful climate action. By practically engaging young people in solutions to climate change it is hoped that climate anxiety, which is a prevalent and emerging issue, will be alleviated too. Continue reading
Toxic air pollution contributed to the deaths of more than 4,000 Londoners in 2019, according to research from Imperial College London. Click here to read more.
Schoolchildren to protest on Friday in first such action since coronavirus pandemic struck. Click here to read more.
During the last few months, the Covid-19 pandemic has forced activists to find new ways of protest and use digital activism to demand climate action, as marches have not been appropriate. The 25th of September will be the first global action day of the year. Click here to read more.
Waltham Forest Council’s deputy leader declined to carry out a cost review of the planned rebuild of north London’s incinerator last week.
The review was requested by Chingford and Woodford Green MP Sir Iain Duncan Smith, one of a number who objected to the rebuild at a North London Waste Authority meeting on June 25.
Objectors say building a larger incinerator will increase air pollution and CO2 emissions and claim the plans are based on outdated predictions of an increase in waste. Click here to read more.
Labour is drawing up ambitious proposals to rescue the post-coronavirus economy with a radical green recovery plan focused on helping young people who lose their jobs by retraining them in green industries.
Seeking to seize the initiative on the country’s future direction once the pandemic abates, Ed Miliband, the shadow business secretary, has called for the plans to include creating a “zero-carbon army of young people” doing work such as planting trees, insulating buildings and working on green technologies. Click here to read more.
Campaigners against aviation in the borough are celebrating after London City Airport dropped plans to extend flight operating times, delayed a decision on its proposed expansion, and grounded all commercial planes until the end of the government lockdown. Click here to read more.
Dirty air increases risk of respiratory problems that can be fatal for coronavirus patients. Click here to read more.