Making Change in How We Live, Where We Live, in Light of Climate Change

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

People's March for Climate - This Sunday 29th November!

TTT will be joining the Transition Bloc at the march, join us :
11am at the entrance to Tooting Bec Underground Station on Sunday 29th November.

More information from organisers, including a route map is on the Campaign against Climate Change page here

This weekend marks the beginning of the 2 week International Climate Conference in Paris called COP21. As we all think about recent events in Paris and wish for peaceful resolution to conflicts the world over, the City hosts the World's major leaders with hope to gain Global agreement to cut carbon emissions and prevent run away climate change.

Our very own Jeni Walker at a similar march earlier this year
This is the largest scale of negotiation on Climate Change mitigation and, if successful, has the highest possible positive impact for the future of us humans on this Planet we call home. However, politics is a tricky business with competing motivations and historical contexts, not to mention very well funded lobbying from those businesses that don't want limits on carbon emissions.

We must let those politicians know that we, the people, care. 
Care that they go to the table with open minds, care they think about the long term, not the few years to the next General Election, care that they listen to the scientific evidence alongside the human suffering that comes from ever more frequent extreme weather events.

You can read about our experience at the march earlier this year here

And think about the reasons why you might want to march here

Hope to see you there, Richard and TTT gang.


Tuesday, 24 November 2015

TTT receives Wandsworth Recycling Golden Ticket prize - THANK YOU Ms Osmond!

Wandsworth's Golden Ticket prize draw scheme means that every two months a properly-sorted bag of recycling - complete with a WBC golden ticket put there by the householder - is selected to win a £5000 prize. Half of the prize is a community pot which the winner donates to local community groups, and half is the householder's own reward.

Three weeks ago the first of four monthly draws took place, and Ms Osmond from Tooting selected Transition Tooting as one of the winners. We have received £1000, and so have two other organisations: FAST, a young people's project in Nine Elms and Share Community which offers training support for disabled people.


Charles from TTT; Michaela, Kerry and Jason from FAST; and Annie from Share Community



All of us in TTT are bowled over at being selected by Ms Osmond.   We hugely appreciate it, and will report back on what we do with these valuable funds in order to help make Tooting a more sustainable and happier place. Thank you again!

Ms Osmond's donation is extra generous because she added £500 of her personal prize to make the community pot a round £3,000 - so her three selected organisations each received £1,000.

NB this scheme continues for three more draws, so it is really worth householders popping their golden tickets into correctly-sorted recycling, and certainly worth community organisations registering as potential beneficiaries. To get more tickets or to register, click here on the WBC website or  here on the WRWA site 

Here we are joined by Michael Singham, WBC Waste Strategy Manager...and yes, a bag of recycling. 
The next draw is on the 18th December - Good Luck and Happy Recycling!

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

'Bringing Nature Closer to Home': Wildlife Gardening Forum November 2015

'Bringing Nature Closer to Home' is the tagline of the Wildlife Gardening Forum, which held its tenth anniversary meeting yesterday at the Natural History Museum in London.



Several of us from Tooting and TTT attended - along with 80 other gardeners, enterprises, government agencies, charities and community groups. It's always a stimulating day (available to all; the Forum has 800+ members now).
Anyone can use the Forum's rich resources at www.wlgf.org/
Forum meetings are held twice a year and give us a valuable chance to hear practical ideas from across the UK, learn about brand new research and discuss key topics with experts and practitioners - in sessions or over coffee.



I've found there has always been learning to bring home to Tooting from these Forum meetings. 

Plus practical things to do - here is a citizen science survey that will let us contribute to earthworm research (ie 'soil ecosytem services').



Monday, 9 November 2015

Community Energy in London - Question Time

Tooting's own Furzedown Low Carbon Zone (FLCZ) is joining Community Renewable Energy Wandsworth (CREW) and Repowering London to host the city's first gathering of all local community energy groups:

Community Energy in London - Question Time
Free Entry!

City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London SE1 2AA, United Kingdom
6pm to 9pm on Thursday 12th November 2015

Please confirm your place as we are filling up. Email us at: communityenergyinlondon@gmail.com

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Help shape a 2016 vision for Tooting


We're running a couple of fun events in the next week and you're invited!

Join us to reflect and celebrate 2015's activities and achievements and let's imagine what we might want to do for Tooting in 2016.

Come along. Everyone welcome!
  • Saturday, 07 November, 10am - 1pm, at Mushkil Aasaan, Upper Tooting Rd (next to Nando's)
  • Tuesday, 10 November, 7pm - 9pm, at the Trafalgar Arms, Tooting High St (back room)
If you can't make it, take some time to think about these questions and get in touch with your thoughts and ideas.
  • What could TTT do in Tooting in 2016?
  • How can TTT support people in Tooting in 2016?
  • What ideas do you have for our projects and activities?
  • How could Foodival evolve, or the community garden?
There are plenty of ideas brewing and we hope some of them become an exciting 2016 reality!

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Wandsworth Oasis UPFest: Tuesday 3rd November

'It's all about waste'  That's how Gill Perkins, CEO of the Wandsworth Oasis charity, describes the driving theme behind UPFest: the Oasis event on Tuesday November 3rd:
All welcome to a fun and original evening: a catwalk and showcase of the joy of upcycling clothes and textiles. 
TTT are proud to be involved via Jeni Walker and her initiative Sustainable Making and Arts Tooting - SMArT

Location: the Oasis shop at 234-250 Mitcham Road, Tooting SW17 9NT
Timings: 5:30pm to 10:00pm on Tuesday 3rd November.
More UPFest details online here- entry by donation.

Jeni has been making scrap silk skirt scrunchies in World AIDS Day red - available on the night next week. Here she is last week in the decorated window of the new Oasis shop at Amen Corner in Tooting:

Oasis supports local people who are affected by HIV and have successful charity shops around the borough. Gill and the team work (tirelessly) to sell as many of the items donated as they can, but inevitably there is still so much that may be fated to become landfill.