UPCOMING TRAINING AND WEBINARS
WHAT THE EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL MEANS FOR CLIMATE
22nd June 2021 - 13:00 - 14:00
In December 2019, the European Union announced it's European Green Deal.
This is billed as the plan 'to make the EU's economy sustainable' and to make the transition just and inclusive for all.
Now, despite the global pandemic the EU has continued to roll out the Green Deal. But what lies behind the headline and what does it mean for the EU's climate action and for the world?
Join Colin Roche, Climate Justice and Energy Co-ordinator at Friends of the Earth Europe, for an introduction to the European Green Deal and the response of FoE Europe, with a particular focus on climate and energy policies.
INTRODUCTION TO MEDICINAL PLANTS: HISTORY, FOLKLORE AND MAGIC
23rd June 2021 - 17:30 - 19:00
On St. John's eve, herbal medicine meets history, magic, and lore in many cultures all around the world. In this session, we explore the folklore, stories, and medicinal properties of many plants you can easily grow at home, in the garden, or forage in your neighbourhood. We'll also go through their beneficial effects for your health and wellbeing. If you are interested in discovering some simple herbal boosts, how ancient cultures healed the sick, or learning more about some of the beliefs we might now see as rather odd, join us for an evening for the insatiably curious. Who knows, by the end of the night, you might decide to always carry a borage blossom in your pocket…
WHAT IS CLIMATE JUSTICE?
28th June 2021 - 17:30 - 18:45
Climate Justice has become a rallying call for the climate and environmental movements. But what does it actually mean? Join us as we explore what the international climate justice movement is pushing for, why we look for solutions to the climate crisis which create a better world for all, and how we can campaign for climate justice in our communities. Getting a better understanding of climate justice is crucial to taking action around COP26 and in working towards becoming an anti-racist network - so if you're interested in either of those things, make sure you sign up for this webinar.
SETTING UP A COMMUNITY GARDEN
29th June 2021 - 17:30 - 19:00
Community Gardens open up possibilities for learning new skills, creating beautiful spaces, making friends, and strengthening communities.
In this session you will learn about, and explore, the foundations for establishing a thriving community garden, from finding a space, negotiating use, to funding, legalities, and community engagement. We will also be exploring different ways of community gardening and available resources which will influence design and affect how the space is created. This session will be interactive, and we hope to facilitate the development and sharing of ideas, so you feel fully resourced to begin creating your community garden.
30th June 2021 - 17:30 - 19:00
Flowers are a huge part of creating thriving gardens - not only are they wonderful to look at, but they're a vital food source for wildlife who need our help more than ever! Since the 1930s wildflowers have declined drastically, with 97% of wildflower meadows having disappeared. Without this vital food source, wildlife can't thrive, and that's where we come in!
Growing flowers doesn't need to be scary and it can be incorporated into our food growing seamlessly. Even better, there are flowers we can eat! This workshop will be a celebration of all things edible, with a particular focus on flavour flowers that can become a part of our everyday eating. We'll guide you through how to grow them with minimal effort and energy, how to use them in your cooking and how each flower is beneficial in creating balance within our gardens which will help with pests and diseases.
REASSEMBLING OUR CITIES: OUR RESILIENT NEIGHBOURS
30th June 2021 - 19:00 - 20:00
Our Resilient Neighbours brings together botanists and plant lovers from across the country to take a look at some of the incredibly resilient, under-appreciated and diverse plants found on our pavements. We’ll discover how they came to be there, why they’re special and why they’re so important in our towns and cities.
Going pesticide-free is not just about replacing herbicides with mechanical weeding methods, or relying on communities that have the luxury of time to weed their own streets. It’s also about encouraging councils and residents to move away from the ‘neat and tidy’ mentality. We need to recognise the importance of pavement plants in supporting our mental health and the urban ecosystem as a whole.
Join us in celebrating the plants on our streets with these fabulous folks!
6th July 2021 - 19:00 - 20:15
Welcome webinars introduce you to the Climate Action movement and provide you with tools and resources to support and develop your local campaign.
LUNCHTIME TALK: ROSAMUND ADOO-KISSI-DEBRAH AND DR GARY FULLER
7th July 2021 - 13:00 - 14:00
In December 2020, an inquest concluded that 9-year-old Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah died of asthma contributed to by exposure to excessive air pollution.
Ella's frequent emergency hospital admissions were later found to be correlated with spikes in air pollution.
In this lunchtime talk, Ella's mum Rosamund and Dr Gary Fuller from Imperial College London will look at the Coroner's conclusion that lives would be saved if the UK moved to World Health Organisation guidelines for the most health damaging fine Particle Matter air pollution - and asked the government to address that.
The talk will look at why the UK must adopt these tougher WHO guidelines in the upcoming Environment Bill, how that is perfectly possible and how it would benefit our health.
REASSEMBLING OUR CITIES: SPACE FOR US ALL
7th July 2021 - 19:00 - 20:00
Using pesticides in our urban spaces directly and indirectly harms our vulnerable wildlife. Insect numbers are plummeting and many species are struggling to find viable resources and safe habitats. Nature is not only in our countryside. Our cities are also incredibly important spaces for many species and we need to ensure that abundant and varied habitats are created to support biodiversity in our urban areas. These green spaces need to be safe and pesticide-free in order for wildlife to thrive. Join us in conversation with conservationists across the country who are working to engage diverse communities with wildlife in urban areas.
COMMUNICATIONS AND ANTI-RACISM
14th July 2021 - 13:00 - 14:00
2020 was a year that brought into sharp focus the racial and social inequalities that are still prevalent in today’s society.
Over the last 12 months, many companies and organisations have had to re-evaluate how diverse and inclusive they really are and for some, further on in their journey, are looking to build new policies that truly support them on their journey to becoming anti-racist.
In the talk Rachel Allison will explore the link between climate change and racism through a brief exploration into history and show the link between present-day moments in life to show how it manifests.
How is communication an important tool in dismantling our thinking? And what trends have we seen develop in the Diversity, Inclusion & Equity space as a result? She’ll show bad and good practices from brands and how to avoid cancel culture. To finish, she’ll highlight the power of two worlds colliding with a campaign that embodies positive green action and positive brand sentiment and what you can take away from this.
AN INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING
14th July 2021 - 17:30 - 19:00
Sara, a member of the Ealing & District Bee Keeping Association, the London Bee Keepers Association, and the British Bee Keeping Association, invites you to join her on her weekly hive inspection in her urban back garden. Our time together will include:
Understanding the life cycle of the honey bee and castes of the colony
Recognising the roles and responsibilities of the bee-keeper throughout the year
A demonstration of making frames for the bees to raise their next generation
The chance to join me at the hive as I explain every aspect of my weekly inspection to get a taster of what it would be like to keep bees yourself
REASSEMBLING OUR CITIES: CONNECTING COMMUNITIES
14th July 2021 - 19:00 - 20:00
Gardening can be an exclusive, and even environmentally-damaging, practice. Historically, those with access to land have set the parameters of what a garden should look like and who can enter. High walls, locked gates, manicured lawns, prescriptive plants and plenty of pesticides are a thing of the past. Gardens should surround us and be accessible to all. They have the potential to be varied and generous spaces which reflect local communities. Join us in conversation with community leaders working across the UK to provide access to gardening for all.
PEST MANAGEMENT FOR ORGANIC GARDENERS
21st July 2021 - 17:30 - 19:00
Gardening can feel like a difficult balancing act between avoiding harsh chemicals, allowing for insects and wildlife to come to your garden and stopping pests munching on your prized plants. But it doesn’t have to be, you can have a wildlife friendly garden that helps you manage pests, without any damaging chemical use.
In this session you’ll learn a variety of techniques on how to manage pests in your garden without damaging plants or wildlife, from companion plants, to nematodes and friendly insects. We’ll go through an arsenal of easy-to-use and efficient techniques to keep your plot healthy and mostly pest free.
REASSEMBLING OUR COMMUNITIES: ABUNDANT GREEN NETWORKS
21st July 2021 - 19:00 - 20:00
In order to be greener, healthier and wilder, our cities need to be pesticide-free. But there is no easy single replacement for a weed killer or insecticide. Rather, each city or community needs to develop a patchwork of solutions to adapt to their own diverse needs. A holistic approach is the only solution to creating safe, green spaces in which people and wildlife can thrive. Join us in conversation with inspiring people across the UK who are championing ways to weave nature into our urban spaces.
WINNING CHANGE FROM AN UNRESPONSIVE COUNCIL
26th July 2021 - 19:00 - 20:30
Up and down the country hundreds of councils have declared climate emergencies but haven’t followed through with the necessary action to tackle the climate crisis. In this session we’ll explore how you can influence your council to take climate action where direct lobbying isn’t working. We’ll take you through some key arguments to use and discuss what tactics can help to push your council to go further and faster to address climate breakdown. This training is for local and Climate Action groups.
8th September 2021 - 17:30 - 19:00
In this session you’ll learn how plants create seeds, and how to use nature’s abilities to save your own seeds. We’ll go through the easier plants as well as the more complex ones, and you’ll come out of the session with a clear idea of plan reproduction, and knowledge on how to start saving seeds.
THE COLONIAL HISTORY OF CLIMATE
Online Course, £10
Explore the interconnectedness of climate, science and European Imperialism from the comfort of your home and at your own pace with The Colonial History Of Climate Online Course! The material is split up into modules broken up with interactive prompts, questions, and reflections to allow you to push the boundaries of their perception, scepticism and understanding of our oppressive history and how some of those behaviours persist in our climate crisis today.