Act For Ealing is a growing network of community groups, businesses, local organisations and individuals working together to find ways to help the borough reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2030.
Supported by Ealing Council, Act For Ealing was started in summer 2020 and now has its own online Ealing Climate Action Hub on its website, where you can find and share ideas and resources. It is also a place to interact with others wanting to collaborate on collective local efforts against climate change.
There is something for everyone, whether that is tips on recycling better, learning to save energy (and money), changing the way we get about, reducing our food waste, or even bee keeping.
Why not take a look? There are lots of ways to get involved in the network, too.
Climate Action is everywhere and Act For Ealing wants to get everyone involved and working together, whether individuals or groups – from scout troops to students, and from businesses to birdwatchers. Act For Ealing is here to support that connection and involvement, being a central hub to share resources, ideas, and events – as well as promoting your work and helping you to get in touch with others. This way it can make our borough’s collective effort against climate change more impactful.
Some of the organisations already involved in the Act For Ealing network include Ealing Repair Cafe, Ealing Transition, Ealing Wildlife Group and Selbourne Society, with more organisations joining all the time.
Ealing Repair Café focuses on the ‘circular economy’ by encouraging and teaching people to fix their clothes and textiles, through monthly events, online resources on their website and Facebook. So far this year the cafe has helped many people learn how to fix their favourite clothes, such as patching jeans, darning holes in T-shirts and socks, plus many other valued items. Extending the life of a piece of clothing by an extra nine months reduces its carbon, waste and water footprint by 20-30%. This can easily be done by fixing, altering and using our clothes longer addresses this issue. To find out more, visit Ealing Repair Cafe website.
Ealing Transition Initiative believes in pushing for a transition to a more resilient future and not reliant on fossil fuels. Ealing Transition Initiative has set up projects to spread awareness of climate change and future energy challenges; and to act as a focal point for local people to exchange ideas and skills. So far projects include solar schools, where solar panels are installed at local schools, a beehive network, a local orchard and a community garden. Find out more on the Ealing Transition website.
Events in October
‘COP 26’, an important global summit for world leaders on what every country needs to do to combat climate change, , is due to be held in Glasgow in November. In the lead up to this a number of local events are planned to provide helpful tips and advice and so Ealing can play its part in taking climate action. Keep an eye on the Act For Ealing website for details.