How everyone can work towards a Sustainable Haringey
By Phil England To all those who live and work in Haringey. Do you want to help ensure…· protection of the earth s environment? · sustainable lifestyles based on renewable resources & minimum wastage? · strong and stable communities? · empowerment
* By Phil England
* To all those who live and work in Haringey. Do you want to help ensure...
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· sustainable lifestyles based on renewable resources & minimum wastage?
· strong and stable communities?
· empowerment of local people?
· decisions being made for the long term interests of people and the environment?
What we do today affects the future, and maybe even the very survival of our society and the planet's environment. Environmental crises, especially global climate change, are caused by modern industrial practices and lifestyles reliant on non-renewable and polluting fuel sources.
What we can all do
We can all help create a sustainable Haringey by taking action in our everyday lives, and in our local neighbourhoods and workplaces.
An ever-growing number of Haringey residents and local community groups - residents associations, environmental groups, trades unions, youth groups, pensioners groups, political parties, and various local campaigns and cultural organisations - are working together to promote better policies and practices.
We have created a Sustainable Haringey network. You are invited to attend our summer gathering on:
Sunday October 14th
2pm - at Railway Fields, Green Lanes, N4.
All welcome.The entrance to Railway Fields is adjacent to the railway bridge by Haringey Green Lanes station.
Its up to us all to think about the way we live, what we may need to improve or change, and how we can achieve a better future together....
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The Sustainable Haringey network is a broad network of community groups and residents seeking a sustainable way of life for our communities and the environment
We're calling on all Haringey groups and organisations to support the following statement...
' Our lives, our communities and our society should be sustainable for generations to come. We agree to support the Sustainable Haringey network in promoting and encouraging:
· sustainable energy policies in all areas of society - eg reduced general usage, and maximum use of renewable, non-fossil fuels and self-generated sources
· reduced consumption & waste, and maximum re-usage & recycling
· sustainable travel - including more walking and cycling, better public transport and less motorised traffic
· local production of food and other necessary goods and services, and appropriate allocation and sharing of limited resources
· protection and improvements to green spaces and natural habitats
· strong local communities, community spirit and mutual aid
· decision-making based on the maximum involvement of people, and on the long term needs of our communities and the environment
We aim for a healthier, happier & more informed population with a much greater community focus and active involvement in all local affairs.'
The above Statement was agreed at the end of a Sustainable Haringey conference in March '07 attended by 110 people from 44 local organisations. The aim is to help mobilise the whole borough to speak up for sustainable policies.
Local organisations who have since agreed to back the Statement include: Africa 2000, Back To Earth Projects, Barnet Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust, Bernie Grant Arts Centre (Tottenham), Bowes Park Community Association, BTCV Haringey (conservation charity), Bus Watch West Haringey, Collage Arts, Crucial Steps, Friends of Downhills Park, Friends of the Earth (Haringey groups), Gardens Residents Association, Groundwork (environmental regeneration charity), Haringey Allotments Forum, Haringey Association of Voluntary and Community Organisations, Haringey Cycling Campaign, Haringey Federation of Residents Associations, Haringey Freecycle, Haringey Friends of Parks Forum, Haringey Green Party, Haringey Mobility Forum, Haringey Respect, Haringey Shed (youth theatre group), Haringey Solidarity Group, Haringey Trades Union Council, Haringey Unison, Hillfield Park Neighbourhood Watch, iTech Training Centre, Lee Valley Bats, Living Streets (Haringey), Muswell Hill and Fortis Green Association, Muswell Hill Centre, North London Local Exchange Trading System, St James's Church Legal Advice Centre, St. Martin of Porres RC Primary School, The Flame Tree, Tottenham Civic Society, Tree Trust for Haringey, Warner Estate Residents Association
The Sustainable Haringey network is for all residents. Various working groups are developing a range of ideas and activities, including Our Homes; The Green Environment; Energy; Lifestyles & Shopping; Work & Economy; Transport. Further info, including how you can get involved: