Posted in Environment on February 29, 2012|
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“There is enormous urgency behind the agenda as planetary boundaries are indeed being breached. If everybody in the world lived as we do in the rich north, we would need another three planets to provide the resources and absorb the waste. I hardly need to say that we do not have three planets; we have one, and it is already looking pretty degraded.
“It is important to state in black and white that there are limits to growth. I know that that is not a popular perception or idea, but it is very clear that on a planet of finite resources with a rising population and rising expectations, infinite economic growth simply is not possible.
“We could learn from some of the businesses that are already beginning to think about what it would mean for them to live in a steady state economy, rather than one that was based on more and more production and consumption.
“The time that we have in this Parliament—the next three or four years—will be critical as to whether we invest properly in getting off the collision course that we are on with the climate crisis. It falls on our generation to do that. It is a huge responsibility, but it is also an awesome opportunity.”
A full text of her contribution can be found here.
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by Charlie Kiss
Camden Council has received an application to hold an Irish music festival in Grange Park, Kilburn, from July 26 to August 12, when the Olympic Games are being held. This would be fine and welcomed by many people in Kilburn if this was a standard weekend festival, but to have a music festival for 18 days is excessive.
It seems like a blatant attempt to make as much money as possible from visitors to London during the Games, and there has been little thought about how this will affect the lives of local residents.
Grange Park is very small and not well know outside of the local area but it is immensely enjoyed by local people. Jogging, playing tennis, children playing, relaxing; there are not many green spaces in Kilburn but this is one and it is a treasured.
To have this park inundated by up to 5,000 people will place considerable strain on such a small area. Not to mention the noise late into the night. (With a licence up to 2am on Fridays and Saturdays!)
This will affect other people living and working in other areas around Kilburn as well of course.
To have your say about the plan write to the licensing team at:
Camden Town Hall Extension
or visit: http://www.camden.gov.uk/licensing
and search for ref: APP\PREMISES-NEW01117
BY 12TH MARCH!
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Cllr Maya de Souza
Some of our high streets are really struggling. Small businesses, which provide valued personalised services, and far more jobs than chain stores and supermarkets – up too six times as many jobs for each pound spent – are disappearing, and many more are just hanging on.
I’ve called for the council to take a long hard look at what it can do to help.
Hopefully the March Culture & Environment Scrutiny Committee will be considering this issue, and I’ll be taking a submission to it. If you have any thoughts about what that should include, please pleave a comment here, or email me directly: Maya.deSouza@camden.gov.uk
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