The next Green Paddington get together is on Monday 12 April, 6pm – 7.30pm at Café Ami, 7 Marylands Road W9 5DU.
Brief notes on the last one on 1 March:
Low Carbon Zone
Parts of Queens Park have been designated as a Low Carbon Zone (LCZ), with funding to support energy efficiency measures. Three key points from discussion:
· Funding and measures for energy efficiency are complex, material needs to be produced to help people navigate through the options.
· As well as ‘techy’ measures there are things such as draught-proofing that can be done on a more DIY basis but people need to know where to get advice or even training (e.g. see Kensal to Kilburn Transition Town).
· Question: what scope is there to generate an income stream for local communities through energy-saving and renewables (photovoltaics etc)?
For more info contact Tim Starley-Grainger, Low Carbon Zone Project Manager (email@example.com). Tim also gave contact numbers for Westminster Energy Grants: 020 7641 6161, and WCC Warm and Healthy Homes Advice Line 0800 072 9005.
Idea: something tangible and visually striking is needed e.g. huge sculpture of recycle material. It would be good to engage artists.
Comment: beyond tracking and reducing carbon footprint of individuals we want to get a handle on the carbon footprint of the neighbourhood. And generating collective and organisational behaviour change as well as individual.
The constraint in Westminster is finding land. There’s the Landshare approach of matching those wanting to grow with people who are happy to have their gardens put to use. However, the Landshare website shows far more people locally looking for growing space than offering it. Whilst we lack green fields there are creative options from roof gardens to balconies to skip gardens (23 April to 2 May, Kings Cross).
Also noted (a) that many local people grew up overseas in a rural environment and some retain horticultural skills; and (b) that food growing requires tools, so there is mileage in tool banks – saving on the storage, waste and expense that is otherwise involved.
· Look into using ‘ning’ to circulate info.
· Possible event in the summer, and film screenings?
· Wish to continue meeting every month or so, next meeting 12 April.
Some relevant websites:
Rocket composter: http://www.quickcompost.co.uk/
Lift share: https://london.liftshare.com/
Car share: http://www.streetcar.co.uk/
Project Dirt: http://www.projectdirt.com/
Low Carbon Communities Network: http://lowcarboncommunities.net/
Julie’s Bicycle: http://www.juliesbicycle.com/
COIN Climate Outreach Information Network: http://coinet.org.uk/
Paddington Development Trust: http://www.pdt.org.uk/
Re skip gardens: http://www.kingscrosscentral.com/skip_garden
Global Generation: http:///www.globalgeneration.org.uk/
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