Another big green pow-wow in Hackney

IS HACKNEY council green – or does the word get mentioned around Mare Street only when elections are approaching? Perhaps, but the council is making an effort to find out how much ecology/sustainability people want by, for example holding another Greener Hackney event.

The aim of this feel-good talk-in, says one of the organisers, is to bring together people who live or work in Hackney and who want to help to make it a more ecological or sustainable place (take your pick of terminology).

This will be done with a mixture of short presentations (note that short), group discussions and networking. Invited speakers include:

* Sophie Linden, Hackney council cabinet member for sustainability;
* James Palmer, the council’s projects chief;
* Anna O’Brien and Feimatta Conteh of Dalston Energy Angels, a sustainability group;
* Jo Homan of Transition Finsbury Park, representing a group that has received £10,000 to develop a bid for Big Lottery funding;
* local organisations, including Hackney and Tower Hamlets branches of Friends of the Earth, and council, uhm, units (sections?) will have stalls to showcase their work and demonstrate ways in which people can get involved in their local area. 

The organiser says: “All residents and local business people in Hackney are welcome to attend.  It should be a particularly good opportunity for people who are interested in volunteering or getting involved in local projects to meet like-minded people and find out about the many green initiatives throughout the borough.

“We are also keen to hear from people who have ideas about how the council could better work in partnership with local groups to make Hackney a greener place.”

The last such event was a jolly affair, according to reports. This coming event happens not long after Loving Dalston reported the loss from Hackney Biodiversity Partnership of Kate Mitchell. Ah, well, nothing like a bit of controversy to liven things up.

* Greener Hackney, Attic at the Hackney Picturehouse, Mare Street, London E8 1HE, Saturday 12 May 2012, 10.30am-2pm. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP Fran Bury, 020 8356 7915

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