The 7-Day Vegan Challenge

By |2021-12-14T12:06:05+00:00November 23rd, 2020|Articles, Veganuary|

Could you eat a plant-based diet for seven days? You may be thinking: ugh, no way!  Too much to think about / my family have to eat meat / isn’t it just chickpeas and salad…?  I felt exactly the same way when my son – an inveterate carnivore - initially proposed it two years ago.  The challenge was doing the [...]

Cycling for the first time Lewisham

By |2020-09-10T21:41:37+00:00September 7th, 2020|Articles|

Why Cycle?For several years I would regularly drive to work because it was the quickest option. That was before I became aware of air pollution and all the health and inequality problems it wreaks on our communities. Around then I also got switched on to climate change and I started getting the train and walking to work instead. And then [...]

Lewisham’s first low-traffic neighbourhood

By |2020-08-02T17:42:40+00:00July 6th, 2020|Articles|

If you were on Twitter or the BBC news website around the end of June you might have seen slightly alarming footage of cars mounting pavements in Lee Green, a council ward in the northeast of Lewisham. This was an early teething problem, quickly rectified, associated with the introduction of London’s largest low traffic neighbourhood. It is one of a [...]

It’s a critical time

By |2021-12-13T16:53:12+00:00June 21st, 2020|Articles|

A report from the International Energy Agency says that although carbon dioxide levels fell by 17% on average globally during the lockdown, emissions are already back to within 5% of last year’s, and warns that a rebound may cause dangerously high emissions as we go back to “normal”. If emissions rebound, says the executive director, Fatih Birol, “it is [...]

Anna’s View

By |2020-06-10T18:19:49+00:00May 9th, 2020|Articles|

As a respiratory doctor, I’m really interested in air pollution, so the recent high media profile of the various relationships between Covid-19 and air pollution has caught my attention. The bulk of my work as a doctor is seeing people who come into hospital with flare ups of their chronic lung condition - mostly asthma and COPD. In fact, [...]

Inspiring Ways to Help the Environment whilst in Lockdown

By |2020-08-02T19:35:54+00:00May 9th, 2020|Articles|

A lot has changed since Lewisham Council declared a climate emergency in February 2019, with a pledge to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. More than a year has passed and we all have found ourselves in a very different reality as a result of global coronavirus outbreak. What remains unchanged is the ever increasing urgency of taking positive action [...]

Car Free Day on Blythe Hill

By |2020-05-13T08:17:07+00:00September 27th, 2019|Articles|

We closed our street for the first time to become a ‘play street’ on car-free day. Our street slopes steeply up from the South Circular up to Blythe Hill Fields in SE6. We’re a friendly community, linked by many close relationships, inter-dependencies and common culture. We’ve had Big Lunches and street parties, and we share babysitting, gardening tips, bulk food [...]