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Sunday 24th March, 7.30pm. 12 Years to Save the Planet: Next Steps

We hope you will be able to join us for our next event, which will provide a further opportunity to explore responses to the question: ‘How can we as a community engage in local action and what steps can we take together to create a more sustainable Ealing?’

The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on the consequences of a 1.5 degrees Celsius rise in global temperatures sent out a stark warning on the need for a rapid decarbonisation of society. It also highlights the need for local action as part of a global response to the climate emergency, something Ealing Transition wants to encourage in Ealing.

We will begin by showing a short inspirational talk by Greta Thunberg before sharing some updates about what has been happening since our participative ‘Open Space’ event on 9th February. Following this introduction, participants will divide into groups to explore the topics discussed at the previous event, which ranged from ‘Community Solar’ to ‘The Place of Civil Disobedience’. We hope this will provide a useful forum for developing action plans, involving both participants from the earlier event and those who were unable to attend.

The event will be held in St Mary’s Church hall (the Polygon) St Mary’s Road, Ealing, W5 5RH. Doors will open at 7.15pm and we hope to start promptly at 7.30pm. Entry is free but donations to help us cover costs will be welcome.

12 Years to Save the Planet: Working Groups

Following on from our community event, nine project groups have formed and fed back on their discussions as follows:

Increasing tree cover
Eliminating food waste
De-concreting gardens
Reducing car use near schools
Repair cafe
Rationing / rational choices
Community Solar
Single use plastics
The place of civil disobedience
Hot composting

Detailed discussions and agreed actions can be read on the event page here. If you missed the event and would like to get involved in any of the groups, please let us know by dropping a line to steering@ealingtransition.org.uk and we will forward your details to the group in question.

12 Years to Save the Planet: Thank You!

 

IMG_1779Thanks to all who attended our event on Saturday entitled ’12 Years to Save the Planet’. We had a great turnout and a large number of project groups formed. The download from the day will be assembled over the next two weeks and published here.

Dr Neil Jennings of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment gave a timely talk about the risks of exceeding 1.5 degrees of global warming, and the benefits of addressing climate change, demonstrating that there are multiple ‘co-benefits’ including public health and social justice.

The full presentation is available below, as is Ealing Transition’s crowd-sourced local plan, and Mary Horesh’s inspiring case study about eliminating plastic waste at Fielding primary school.

Ealing Transition 12 Years to Save the Planet Action Plan

Dr Neil Jennings Presentation to Ealing Transition 9th Feb 2019

Fielding School Plastic Case Study