In November, we will be screening “The Need to Grow” – an award-winning documentary from 2018, directed by Rob Herring and Ryan Wirick, and narrated by Rosario Dawson. The publicity notes that the documentary “delivers alarming evidence on the importance of healthy soil — revealing not only the potential of localized food production working with nature, but our opportunity as individuals to help regenerate our planet’s dying soils and participate in the restoration of the Earth”. We will be truncating the film slightly to fit it into our usual meeting time, and to allow space for discussion afterwards.
The film offers a timely reminder, in view of the rewilding movement and National Park City movement that the most effective and efficient solutions to our problems can involve working with Nature rather than against it.
In April 2019, Ealing Council declared a climate emergency. We have now received the draft strategy paper drawn up by the council, and a version of this is available for download here and here. Please do review the council’s draft proposals and let us and/or the council have any feedback.
Many of the initiatives recommended by the council will require further development into projects, with specific resources and timescales allocated to them. This part of the process is expected to begin in earnest in the first half of 2020.
Ealing Transition are assisting the council in the role of an interested stakeholder. We are pushing for the council to be as ambitious as possible in its local recommendations to address global heating and to go carbon neutral by 2030, and stand ready to support the council in the actions that it proposes. We will be holding further events on the council’s emergency plan in the coming months.
In the meantime, if you are still thinking “it’s all very well declaring a climate emergency, but what happens next?” you might want to check out the resources provided by Ashden and Friends of the Earth that ask and answer that very question.
A big thank you to everyone tree planting today in Ealing Transition’s award winning Lammas Park Enclosure. We were delighted to find a home for a new maple tree courtesy of Rupa Huq MP (who in turn had received her tree as part of Extinction Rebellion’s Reforest Earth initiative* – see below).
Lammas Enclosure was formerly disused hard-court tennis courts, but has now been transformed into a Forest Garden area which includes a Community Orchard, Outdoor Classroom, Edible Garden beds and a range of edible trees and shrubs throughout the developing woodland area. It is open to all, birds, insects and mammals, inclusive of people, all of whom benefit from this thriving natural habitat.
The addition of the field maple, planted on 13th October 2019, by Rupa Huq MP, adds to the diverse forest community which has grown up under the light-touch management of Ealing Transition Initiative and Ealing Parks Rangers to the extent that the area won a coveted Silver Gilt Award from London In Bloom this year.
*Extinction Rebellion’s Reforest Earth initiative calls upon the UK to address the climate emergency by planting billions of trees. As part of their Autumn Uprising, Extinction Rebellion created a fledgling forest outside parliament, from which MPs could collect their personal tree.