Diary London June 2009 Edit
- 4 - 28 Love London, Love Your Planet, described as Europe’s largest annual green festival.
Celebrating local action for sustainability across London Edit
London 21 Sustainability Network's largest project to date is London Sustainability Weeks. This two-week programme celebrates local action for sustainability in Greater London, to coincide with World Environment Day on 5 June. Events are organised by local organisations and London-wide networks: there are nine supporting partner organisations, who work on issues such as food-growing, recycling, city farms, energy etc.
This was run on a small scale in 2003 (with about
50 events in one week). In 2004, London 21
received financial support for this work and
expanded the event from one to two weeks.
The partnership of organisations supported over
350 local events across the city. Certain days
were designated theme days to focus attention
on issues such as energy, working with black and
minority ethnic groups, cycling etc.
The core idea is that it can be hard for small projects to get any media coverage on their own. By working together they are able to provide a much stronger story for the press and TV.
Local government involvement Edit
Local authorities are also now actively involved. Most of London’s 32 local authorities work with local communities to organise events in their own areas and also run a major London-wide conference for secondary schools on an environmental theme.
The idea spreads Edit
The idea of ‘local sustainability festivals’ is now being taken up by other UK cities and the 2004 ANPED AGM also agreed that this was something that should be developed in other cities and regions across Europe.
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References Building our own futures: Local action for sustainable development across Europe in the 21st century A report for ANPED, the Northern Alliance for Sustainability, Chris Church, March 2005