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 May 2022
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Get involved! National Clean Air Day 16 June 

Thursday 16th June is National Clean Air Day – the UK’s largest air pollution campaign.  It brings together schools, communities, businesses, and the health sector to improve public understanding of air pollution and its adverse effects.  This year, the Clean Air Day campaign is focusing on walking, which has positive benefits for your health and the planet.
Simple actions you can take include:  

  • Walk or cycle to work and leave the car at home where you can.    
  • Choose less polluted routes when walking about.  
  • Trial cargo bike deliveries.  
  • Talk to your colleagues, family, customers and the wider community about air pollution and how it effects our health.
Check out events, activities and resources available here.   

Defra extends consultation on environmental targets  

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has extended the deadline for responses to its public consultation about plans for new environmental targets under the Environment Act 2021. The new deadline is Monday 27 June.

The targets are intended to respond to the science and the public demand for enhanced environmental protection, whilst requiring action across the economy and providing long-term certainty to businesses and society.

The Government’s proposal for fine particulate matter PM2.5 is to set a target limit of 10 µg/m3 (micrograms per cubic metre) to be achieved by 2040. Camden has committed to achieving this level by 2030, and the World Health Organization’s (WHO) updated guideline limit of 5 µg/m3 by 2034 at the latest.

Find out more and access the consultation here

Government funding awarded to upgrade public buildings in Camden 


The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has announced that £553m in government funding has been awarded to 160 public sector organisations in England to upgrade public buildings with affordable, low carbon heating and energy efficiency measures. Funded through Phase 3a of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, the measures will save an estimated £650m a year on energy bills over the next 15 years.

The London Borough of Camden has been successful with bids of >£2.7m for 5 projects, including energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation measures at Swiss Cottage Library, Talacre Leisure Centre and 3 schools. Elsewhere in Camden, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London has been awarded £260,050 to install air source heat pumps, and to improve the energy efficiency of their building.

Find out more about projects and future funding rounds here
 

Sustainers Fest: Camden's future changemakers

Sustainers Fest, which welcomed over 70 students from 7 Camden secondary schools, took place at Samsung KX, on 24 May. Urban Partners and Google sponsored the climate action-packed afternoon event where students were encouraged to think critically about the climate crisis and how they could bring about change and solutions with their ideas and collaborative working.

Students moved around 8 different zones aligned to the Camden School Climate Charter commitments, including food, energy, climate justice, single-use plastic, clean air and transport, rewilding, fashion and waste, and a student-led ‘climate action’ zone, before re-joining their school groups to plan and deliver a climate assembly back at their school.

Students also had the opportunity to visit the Google Virtual Reality station and immerse themselves in a calming rainforest environment. The event finished with a session on careers in sustainability and the different routes students can take.

Read more here

Celebrating Climate Action Case Study: The Story Garden

Global Generation are an educational charity, which works together with local children and young people, businesses, residents and families to create healthy, integrated and environmentally responsible communities. Based in Camden, The Story Garden project connects people of all ages to nature in the middle of the city.

It focusses on the development of people, providing practical experiences and support for children and young people to become catalysts for change in their communities. This includes combining activities such as urban food growing, supporting bees, carpentry, cooking, and eating together with dialogue, story, creative writing, silence and stillness.

They are tackling the climate crisis through: 

  • Youth programmes focussing on intersectional issues.
  • Teaching people how to grow food, save water and restore soil and biodiversity.
  • Involving people who would not normally engage in the Climate Crisis.
  • Skip parklets on Leighton Road, gardens in schools, housing estates and in front of restaurants, businesses and Institutions.
Find out more here
Upcoming awareness days

World Environment Day - 5 June
Clean Air Day - 17 June
 
Take the Camden Climate Pledge!

Follow the three easy steps, find out the support it offers and sign up here
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