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

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Pop-up Cinema in Furzedown on Fri 27th January: Naomi Klein's 'This Changes Everything'

Join the Furzedown Low Carbon Zone screening of Naomi Klein's 'This Changes Everything' The film explores the global fight against climate change, the role of capitalism and what citizens can do.
The film has been described as "purposely unsettling...ultimately encouraging".
When? Doors at 7:00 for film at 7:30 on Friday 27th January
Where? The Furzedown Project, 93 Moyser Road SW16 6SJ
Tickets cost £5 for waged and £2 for students / unemployed - including wine, soft drinks and our famous popcorn
All welcome!
Please reserve tickets by emailing us at 
Your ticket entitles you to a 50% discount on the purchase of low-energy LED light bulbs for use in many parts of the home. 
We're making this LED offer available via our bulk purchase, to enable you to start saving money and reduce your home's carbon footprint.

Friday, 13 January 2017

'Gardens of Refuge' project wins 2017 funding from the Aviva Community Fund

We are thrilled that Gardens of Refuge, the 2017 project working with Tooting refugees and asylum-seekers, has been awarded funding by Aviva. The project application was made by the local charity CARAS (Community Action for Refugees and Asylum-Seekers) and TTT are the partners along with The Grange respite centre in Norfolk.

Thank you for all your votes and support! 

Here's our vision for the Gardens of Refuge project: please click here to read

This funding award lets us look forward to a fascinating 2017, developing and delivering the new project and building on our learning and experience from our previous project together.  

We want to do some things that we know work well, and also some new things.

Plus we'll invite ideas (and resources) from the many well-wishers who voted for Gardens of Refuge last November.

A new feature that will add value is the new CARAS Youth Council. This governance group will help provide a voice for project beneficiaries in the youth club.
We'll also be working with other members of the CARAS community.

We all expect to learn and benefit. One of our first reactions, apart from joy at the award and making the project real, is that this award gives profile and visibility to the fact that refugees' lives matter, and that they have much to contribute in our shared communities.

We'll post more information on project plans as they develop.
Yes, we all worked hard to get to this stage, so it's great to have the affirmation from the Aviva Fund judges.
It took us a while to be sure on announcement day: students of communication will be interested that Aviva made the 'Project Winner' info available online and by twitter...and it was 24 hours before CARAS received a direct email saying 'You've won!'. By then we'd taken the public messages at face value and trusted that it was all true.

And there are some extra surprises - such as a reception at Parliament in late January where all the funded projects can meet each other and their constituency MPs.

We've worked since early 2015 with CARAS - that was on the 'Rooting in Tooting' project, supported by the Royal Horticultural Society's 'Greening Grey Britain' campaign and by Sir Walter St John's Educational Charity - more info here. That project brought new volunteers to CARAS & TTT; we're really delighted with that.

Thanks again for all your interest and support - 
this is a very motivating start to the New Year!

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Producing A Steak Takes A Lot Of Water

One of the reasons some of us are trying vegetarianism for January is the environmental impact of keeping animals for human consumption. The practice of rearing animals to provide food for humans is an ancient one and has been going on for at least 10,000 years. I'd argue that this has only really become a serious problem in the modern age when world human population has increased massively, ever larger swathes of land have been set aside for animals to graze at the expense of forest, and industrial production of animal product has become central in the human food chain.
Components of agricultural water footprint (from SAB Miller and WWF, 2009)
Some of the effects are obvious: more carbon emissions, fewer carbon sinks, excess water usage, changing climate. Taking just one of these factors I'm amazed to see that according to Mekonnen and Hoekstra (2010) the water footprint of bovine meat is 15,415 litres of water per kg, compared to 322 litres/kg for vegetables. For beef cattle 98% of the water used up is with respect to their feed.

For more info on Vegetanuary, check out the facebook group.
Chuck's Vegetarian Risotto Tonight

Thursday, 5 January 2017

New Year, New start... an invitation to say hi in 2017!

Zoom forward a year, what are you going to have started now to become part of your everyday in Jan '18?? 

Looking out onto a cool, crisp morning, layered in frost, I wonder how many of you are taking on New Year challenges? Perhaps you're cutting back on the booze, getting fitter... or learning a new language, or perhaps you'd like to check out Transition Town Tooting?!?!? Maybe...

So here's an invitation, to come and say hi and peek behind the curtain of TTT, it's magical! Local people coming together to re-imagine and rebuild our world - one Restart Party, one Community Garden session, one Green Drink at a time...

Here's what's going on in January for you to get involved in, please do come & say hi:

This Saturday, 7th January. Tooting Green Coffee Club, 4pm - 6.30pm, Tartine Artisanal Cafe, Tooting Bec.
Families most welcome at this informal coffee at Tartine. It's a great way to chat, agenda-free, about local green issues. We'll be talking about 2017, sharing project ideas at very early stages - a perfect way to find out more about TTT and what's going on in Tooting.

This Sunday 8th January and every Sunday. The first Garden session of the year, 11am - 1pm, Tooting Community Garden, Behind 5 North Drive, SW16 1RN
If you are a complete gardening beginner or have lots of skills to share, if you fancy coming along and relaxing in a green oasis or want to use the garden as a green gym, all welcome on Sundays!

Tuesday 10th January. TTT Open Meeting, 7 for a 7.30 start - 9pm. Mushkil Aasaan, 222 Upper Tooting Road. 

This is our monthly activity and planning meeting - we'll be looking more closely at resourcing our plans for the year - a great bird's eye view if you're interested in seeing the whole.

Wednesday 18th January. Green Drinks! 7.30pm - 10pm The Selkirk Pub, 60 Selkirk Road, SW17 0ES.
If you like a drink and a chat about local green issues, this is the one for you - what's the one thing that you really want to take action on? Do you have an inspiring article or a breathtaking concern to share? Or just listen&relax in the lovely Selkirk.

And one online...

Vegetanuary! David blogged about this challenge below, would you like to join a growing group of people in trying out vegetarian cooking for a month? Could you give up meat & fish for the next 4 weeks? If you like a challenge and want to learn new recipes, this Facebook group is for you! Just request to join and see what & how & why everyone's been cooking veggie - Veggies and Vegans welcome to add a tbsp of expertise.

So, zoom forward a year, what are you going to have started now to become part of your everyday in Jan '18??

By the way... this is me, Richard, so you can recognise a face in a crowd... I'm the older one... the other two are Benji and Dominic...