Submitted by ian on Wed, 22/01/2020 - 09:34

How our Council is Dealing with climate change

Brent Score 72per cent

 

Friends of the Earth nationally has just released the results of its survey of what all local Councils are doing (or failing to do) to deal with climate change. You can access all the information here, but a summary of Brent's score can be found below. You'll see that despite its Climate Emergency declaration, it is only performing at an average level, and in some areas it is falling well below what is needed.

At our November meeting we will have a talk from the Council's tree officer, so we will be able to take up one of the issues with him.

 

 

 

 

Here's how Brent scored on our climate-friendly test

 

Overall score: 72%

 

The Brent area’s performance on climate change is average compared to other local authority areas. All local authorities, even the best performing, need to do much more if climate catastrophe is to be averted. Brent particularly needs to do much better on increasing renewable energy, increasing tree cover, and increasing waste recycling.

Score breakdown

Trees

3% of Brent is woodland

The highest proportion in similar areas is 13%. Trees are great at removing carbon from the air around us. Doubling tree cover across the country would help reduce emissions.

Transport

68% of commuter journeys are made by public transport, cycling and walking

Brent should aim for 80% by 2030. We need fewer vehicles on the roads – they increase air pollution and are harmful to our health.

Housing

41% of Brent homes are well insulated

Poorly insulated homes cost more to run, which is inefficient and contributes to fuel poverty. Brent needs to ensure all homes are properly insulated by 2030.

Waste

37% of household waste is reused, recycled, or composted

When waste isn’t reused, recycled or composted, it may end up burnt, in landfill or even in our waterways and seas. Brent should aim for 70% by 2025 on the path to zero waste.

Renewable energy

Brent has 3 megawatts of renewable energy available

If the area matched the best of similar local council areas it would have 28 MW. We need 100% clean energy from the wind, sun and sea. Electricity can’t come from dirty fuels like coal, oil and gas anymore.

» How did we measure this?» View the area’s full dataset

Bunting stall in Queens Park

Submitted by ian on Mon, 18/10/2021 - 10:22

The final of our stalls making bunting with messages to send to COP26 took place outside the Queens Park Farmers' Market on October 17th.

It was a lively event, with adults and children joining in enthusiastically to decorate bunting pennants which will stay up outside Salusbury School for a while.

Below are some photos from the event, as well as a short video compiled by Martin Francis.

 

 

Bunting from Tulip Siddiq MP
Bunting from Tulip Siddiq MP

Brent FoE Flood and Nature Walk 26th September - report and pics

Submitted by ian on Tue, 28/09/2021 - 11:10

Nineteen people turned up for our walk along the Wealdstone Brook and River Brent, looking at the way this natural feature had been built upon and hidden, and highlighting the possible danger of flooding as climate change continues.

Martin Francis pointed out the route of the waterways, sometimes hidden under high tower blocks, with further development ongoing. Some parts of the walk took us through harsh concrete landscapes, some through much more pleasant environments, with well-used open spaces and some attractive meadowland (though in some places it was apparent that the invasive Japanese Knotweed still posed a threat).

The group paused at the pleasant shingle riverbank, where people made paper boats, which were adorned with messages about climate change, and launched into the water. Martin was also on hand to catch the boats downstream in his nets. Other boats made by Cllr Janice Long and Ruth Kitching, will be sent to Glasgow to be incorporated into an installation to be erected outside the COP26 meetings.

A more detailed account of the walk and issues behind it can be found on Martin's blog here.

Photos below are by Barney Laurance:

 

Martin talking

Our bunting stalls in Harlesden and Wembley

Submitted by ian on Fri, 10/09/2021 - 19:31

Here are some pictures from our stall in Harlesden on 10th September and Wembley on 25th September. Lots of engagement with people of all  ages - children were particularly keen to send a message about what should be done to stop climate change. More reporting and pictures at https://wembleymatters.blogspot.com/2021/09/harlesden-sends-resounding-….

 Next stall on October 17th in Queens Park. Details on front page.

 

Harlesden:

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