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CLIMATE EMERGENCY

The council is ahead of schedule in its drive to divest its pension funds away from fossil fuel companies.

Hackney is getting 182 new electric vehicle (EV) charging points this year, and the council wants people to help decide where to put them.

An ambitious project has been launched aiming to make Broadway Market the most sustainable street in the UK.

A Stoke Newington mother has helped launch a national petition calling for clean air, after she collapsed with respiratory failure on the day pollution reached its highest levels last year.

Six water fountains have been installed at leisure centres and libraries across Hackney as part of the council’s effort to install 26 by 2022.

A new edible woodland containing 6,500 trees and shrubs will be planted in Hackney Marshes after the council teamed up with charity Trees for Cities.

Climate campaigners trying to thwart plans to build a £650m incinerator to burn all of north London’s waste have failed in their High Court appeal against the plans.

Extinction Rebellion Hackney is hosting a Climate Question Time where the public can quiz the Hackney North and Stoke Newington candidates on how they will tackle the climate emergency.

Hackney New School has come under fire from the council’s environment chief for breaching planning permission to replace a row of tots’ bike stands with three car parking spaces.

Not content with the biggest tree planting and water fountain projects in the UK, Hackney is now the first council to install a “reverse vending machine” on an estate.

A giant redwood tree near Homerton Hospital will make up one of thousands of seedings Hackney Council hopes will be the biggest tree-planting programme in the UK.

More people signed up to a solar panel scheme in Hackney than anywhere else in London.

Recycling rates at one of the North London Waste Authority’s two plants are amongst the worst in the country – meaning a fifth of the waste sent there is burnt rather than recycled.

Apologies to anyone who thinks the Gazette looks ill this week.

MP Meg Hillier isn’t optimistic that the action that’s needed to halt global warming above 1.5 degrees – which scientists now say is needed to avert a climate catastrophe – will come to pass through legislation any time soon.

Emma Bartholomew hears from a GP who was arrested twice during the Extinction Rebellion protests this month, and how London’s filthy air means even non-smokers now have measurable carbon monxide levels in their airways

A raft of green measures brought in at the Homerton Hospital have seen its operator scoop a national award.

He’s one of the hardest working councillors in the country when it comes to tackling the climate emergency – and even in his spare time Jon Burke walks around Hackney confronting idling drivers.

Eco-activists are once again pressing Hackney Council to divest £67m it has channelled into fossil fuel firms, as the pensions committee reviews its investment strategy next month.

A patch of concrete that’s been derelict for a decade has been overhauled by Extinction Rebellion volunteers to show how sites sitting idle can be used for the community good.

Transport chiefs have published their latest proposals for a new Cycleway linking Dalston and Walthamstow.

How much perfectly good food is binned by 14 households every year was dumped outside a Dalston home this week to highlight the staggering amount of food that goes to waste.

Architects will meet next week to draw up plans on how to drastically cut the built environment’s carbon footprint.

“I wish there was a better way and I wish the government would listen.”

Hackney Council wants to move to fortnightly bin collections to encourage people to recycle more.

“All of our animals could die. We could die. We have to be careful,” a young pupil from Daubeney Primary School warned sombrely outside Hackney Town Hall today, on an unseasonably blazing hot September afternoon.

Homeowners in Hackney are being urged to take advantage of a new scheme making it easier and cheaper to install solar panels.

Campaigners are fighting to block what will be one of the biggest incinerators in Europe from being built in north London. They tell Emma Bartholomew it will lock us into decades of low recycling rates, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions

As I write this, Extinction Rebellion’s protests in central London have entered their second week. More than 1,000 people have been arrested and a few dozen have been charged with low-level crimes.

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