Making Change in How We Live, Where We Live, in Light of Climate Change (FOR TWELVE YEARS!)

Monday, 28 January 2013

Cold water swimming, warming atmosphere, Carbon Conversations

Saturday 26th saw the UK Cold Water Swimming Championships at Tooting Bec Lido. Over 600 swimmers raced in many different classes in sunny weather. There were no wetsuits in use...however many competitors wore excellent hats. If you have never seen the Lido, here is one swimmer's hat representing the pool, complete with Lego shark:

TTT had a stand all day - very many thanks to volunteers who stayed in the marquee, and missed some of the fun outdoors. We talked about TTT with local people and visitors: the Tooting Community Garden is only a few hundred metres away, and the Lido was a stopping point on two of our Wellbeing walks in 2012. The Lido is a wonderful example of Tooting's diverse community activities to be treasured by us all!         More at:

Carbon Conversations
The water in the Lido was +2 degrees. That's a good segue: if you've been following the science of climate change, you'll know that a long-term two degree rise in the atmosphere's temperature may be an optimistically low prediction. Reported on the same day as the swim, Lord Nicholas Stern (author of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change in 2006) stated in Davos at the World Economic Summit: 'I got it wrong on climate change - it's far, far worse...'

Strong words, and there is action we can each take in Tooting to help reduce emissions...and save energy, and reduce our bills.

If you would like to explore exactly what you and your household can do to reduce your own carbon footprint, please join our next series of TTT Carbon Conversations meetings. Over 50 people have joined the six series of these facilitated meetings we've run locally in the past 18 months. During the highly participative sessions, you'll discuss and make plans concerned with home energy, travel, food, consumption and waste...and meet others locally who are doing the same things.

The first meeting is on Monday 25th February, in Tooting, at Graveney & Meadow, 40 Mitcham Road. Details in the flyer at this link.

All welcome - please join us!

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Happy New Year for 2013 - and all welcome to the first TTT event of the year

Best wishes to all for 2013 from all of us in TTT!

And all welcome to the first event of the year, on Tuesday 8th January: 'Designing the 2013 Tooting Foodival' 

'I grew this' from Sept 2012
Venue: Mushkil Aasaan, 222 Upper Tooting Road, SW17 7EW
Timings: from 7 to 9 pm
We've run the Foodival since 2008, and every year its design has developed.
Join us to focus on creative ways forward for the annual autumn Tooting Foodival.

Help us take stock of the Tooting Foodival's purpose and design, and join in if you would like to be involved in the 2013 Foodival.
All welcome - lots of local people have contributed to the Foodival over 5 years - please do come along even if this is a new activity for you!
In the second part of the meeting we will look at a new proposal for a springtime day of activities in Tooting - please come along and find out more. Email if you have any queries.

Looking back at last year, here's a 'word cloud' of recent posts on this blog:

The sizes of the words and phrases shown relate to how often the words occurred in the blog - so the whole image offers a visual, graphic summary of activities in the last 3 months of 2012. Try one yourself - this was done online at  It can be addictive!