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Time To Act - Join us on the Climate March

We invite all supporters to join us at the forthcoming National Climate March in London on Saturday 7th March. Meet outside Kilburn Park tube station at 11.45am, to join up with the march in Central London at 12:30 pm. More details at www.timetoact2015.org

Meeting on Flooding with Guy Shrubsole

Discussion of local flood hotspots flowed when twenty people attended Brent Friends of the Earth's (Brent FoE) public meeting on flooding on Tuesday 10th February in Kilburn. Guy Shrubsole, Climate Campaigner from Friends of the Earth, gave a talk about the risk of flooding and what can we do to tackle floods and climate change in Brent.

Brent FoE response to Council budget.

The following is our response to the Brent Council consultation on cuts. Also downloadable below as a PDF document. 

Response to Brent Council Budget Consultation from Brent Friends of the Earth

Our members are concerned about the cuts to Council services overall, in particular cuts to vital front line services.  Whilst we recognise that Brent's income has been severely reduced, we do not wish to see vital welfare services axed, especially those for children. The vision of what will remain is stark and in some cases unrecognisable from the provision residents have come to know and expect as Council services.  However our comments as a group focus on the impact of proposed cuts to environmental services. We also question whether some of the cuts proposed will actually save money in the long run:

Swimming along Kilburn High Road to publicise meeting about flooding.

Pam swims (or possibly treads water) along Kilburn High Road as we leaflet about our meeting on February 10th.

Brent's Austerity Cuts - a Disaster for the Environment - Our Letter in Kilburn Times

This joint letter from Brent Friends of the Earth and Brent Campaign Against Climate Change was published in the Brent and Kilburn Times this week (January 29th). The paper cut the final sentence.

Floods Meeting with Guy Shrubsole

Our next group meeting on Tuesday February 10th will include a talk from Guy Shrubsole, campaigner at Friends of the Earth, on the risk of floods. Download a flyer below.

Fracking coverage in local press

The Willesden and Wembley Times has reported the latest move to apply for fracking permits in Park Royal, giving prominent attention to our press release and photo.

Click on the photo or link below to download a pdf version.

 

Our Press release on the latest threat of fracking in Brent

Brent FoE says No to Fracking in Brent
In response to London Local Energy's application for a licence to frack for shale gas in Park Royal, Brent, Ian Saville joint Co-ordinator of Brent Friends of the Earth (Brent FoE) says,

“We resolutely oppose fracking in Brent, or anywhere else, and urge Brent Council to turn down the application by London Local Energy to site a well head in Park Royal. Fracking is a dirty technology that may seriously damage our health, environment and is very likely to worsen climate change. Shale gas is a dirty fossil fuel that will add to the dangerous levels of greenhouse gases in the environment. It should be left in the ground.

Fracking: Lobbying our MPs - and new threat of Fracking in London

Members of Brent FoE with MP Glenda Jackson
As part of national FoE's anti-fracking campaign, we are meeting our MPs and prospective Parliamentary candidates to find out their views and highlight our concerns about this 'dirty' technology.
So far we met with prospective Brent Central and Hampstead & Kilburn Libdem candidates, Ibrahim Taguri, and Maajed Nawaz both of whom are anti-fracking; and this week  Nick, Viv, Pam, Debbie, Pat (pictured) and Farhan met Glenda Jackson, Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn.  In a lively discussion we found common ground on the need to address climate change more urgently and insulate our homes
(building regulations have sadly weakened under the coalition Government), but disagreed on the so called 'energy gap' and whether fracking has a role to play in 'keeping the lights on'. 
Whereas FoE believe we must leave some fossil fuel in the ground to achieve carbon reduction targets, Glenda felt that fracking for shale gas, in spite of concerns about the dangers of the process, and the climate change effects, is essential because renewables such as wind and solar cannot meet the gaps in gas supplies that may arise in the next few years.

Talk on Biomass with Duncan Law, Tuesday October 14th

Duncan Law was a guest at our monthly meeting on Tuesday October 14th at 7.30pm. 
Duncan, from Biofuel Watch and Transition Town Brixton, presented a short film and gave a talk about the issues around the use of biomass as an energy source. For more information on this, go to http://www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/