Climate Action - Action for Local Food

In collaboration with Global Generation our Climate Action project 'Action for Local Food' represents an ambitious rethink

Action for Local Food will broadly employ the three permaculture ethics, as a ‘thinking tool’ for designing sustainable low carbon, highly productive systems as a means of connecting local people, who live, work, study and visit Islington more deeply to nature’s patterns and of practically applying that understanding to everyday life. In its initial development phase, we will focus on Diagnosis and Test.

 

The Doing Cycle will be realised as a result of a larger, longer-term programme of work for which we intend to be taken forward by seeking further funding from the National Lottery's Climate Action Fund and by securing in-kind support and cash match funding.

 

 

As a result of the project we expect that the following can be realistically achieved:

 

  • Safeguard land for food growing

Citizen-led social action and movement building to identify brand-new and meanwhile food growing spaces, results in Islington’s food growing space being increased by 59% to achieve 7.5 tonnes carbon reduction.

 

  • Improve skills and knowledge

Upskill a minimum of 12 Adult Climate Action Ambassadors and 12 Young Climate Action Ambassadors responsible for building a Climate Action Movement in Islington through a minimum of 4 and up to 9 Climate Action Movement Making events, engaging a minimum of 100 people through these, and more broadly raising awareness among 1500 children, young people and adults.

 

  • Transform food waste and water harvesting culture

Citizen Science activities at five demonstrator sites provide evidence of how food-waste reduction and water harvesting help tackle climate change in urban environments; achieving 100% food waste reduction and increase water harvesting by 3900% (several sites have no existing capacity), results in 10.5 tonnes carbon reduction.

 

  • Increase food growing social action

Production of a draft Community Food Growing Strategy for Islington is underpinned by community-led social action, which results in a minimum of 5 social action groups leading the development of a borough-wide Climate Action Network.

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Our Outcomes

  • Evidence of carbon reduction achieved informs the basis for scaling-up the project beyond the three demonstrator sites.

 

  • Climate Action Ambassadors are equipped with the confidence and capabilities for building and leading a Citizen Science and Climate Action Movement in Islington through two Climate Action Learning Hubs.

 

  • Increased cross-sector partnership working results in collaborations and the generous leadership needed to (i) influence local government policy and (ii) build and sustain community-led climate action initiatives.

 

  • Gardens designed use a permaculture approach realising a functioning ecological system, contributing to the overall stability, health and resilience by building soil diversity and fertility, naturally.