November climate news from Lambeth

Lambeth climate news

November 2022

Bike bus

This month, Egypt hosted the global climate meeting, COP27, where world leaders agreed to “phase down (rather than phase-out) fossil fuels” to “keep 1.5 alive” and to a Loss and Damage fund - financial support for countries already severely affected by the climate crisis.

We're disappointed by the soft wording of the final deal, but we're reminded of the power we have make positive change locally when we see all the inspiring climate and nature action happening across Lambeth.

Our November Climate News edition shares how you can take part - from support to safely cycle around the borough to a new initiative for your local school to become more environmentally friendly.

Let's celebrate National Tree Week


It's National Tree Week from 26 November - 4 December, marking the start of the UK's tree planting season. Trees clean our air, absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and provide vital cooling for humans and habitats for wildlife. That's why we've committed to planting 600 by spring.

How can you get involved?

  1. Learn about trees in Lambeth by taking a look at our Biodiversity pages 
  2. Plant trees by getting involved with organisations such as Trees for Cities or Friends of the Earth or contact our trees team
  3. Support the Orchards for Schools Programme working with schools to plant fruit trees on their grounds
  4. Apply for Groundworks Space Award awarding up to £20,000 to groups enhancing their local green spaces.

Support your local school to take climate action

Future fit schools

Lambeth Schools Partnership and Lambeth Council have launched the borough’s first network providing practical support for schools to take climate action - Lambeth’s Future Fit Schools Network.

Teachers, heads, governors and other school staff can sign up to the first workshop is on Monday 28 November from 5-6.30pm with Ashden’s Let’s Go Zero campaign Lead, Suzanne Gibbons.

Sign your school up here

Have your say on Streatham Wells active travel measures


You can have your say on a trial Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) and wider street improvements in Streatham Wells.

The LTN will restrict vehicles cutting through residential streets, helping to reduce road danger and congestion and tackle the climate crisis by supporting people to walk, wheel, scoot and cycle. Wider improvements, include more street trees, cycle parking, and places to rest and play.

Visit our consultation website to tell us your ideas.

Curb the Cost Family Fun Day


Many planet friendly behaviours are also low-cost and will not put extra strain on household budgets.

Learn more about doing both by taking part in workshops and more at Lambeth LEAP's Curb the Cost event.

Tuesday 29 November, 11-2pm, Myatts Field North Community Centre, SW9 6FS. 

Sign up on the LEAP website.

Do you live in a home using electric or oil heating?

Green homes grant

Do you want to manage your energy bills and shrink your carbon footprint?

Government-funded grants through Sustainable Warmth are available to homeowners and tenants with a household income of less than £30,000 or who are unemployed and receive an income, health, or disability benefit.

Off-gas grid homes including those oil and coal heating sources are encouraged to apply by the end of November.

Check if you are eligible!

Sustainability makes business sense

Business climate challenge

We're so inspired by businesses and organisations in Lambeth taking decisions to become more environmentally friendly. Luckily these practices can also mean energy savings, suitability for grant criteria and better customer relations. Here's three new opportunities for your business:

  • The Mayor's Business Climate Challenge supporting London's businesses to reduce energy usage. Apply today.
  • Integrate UK's Going Greener Guide for Lambeth's voluntary and community sector. Scroll down this page to download the pack.
  • Start-up Discovery School's Rewire London Event on 6 December, bringing together government, civil society and start-ups to discuss responsible business practice. Sign up for the event.

Support for diverse-led organisations tackling climate and health inequalities

Climate fund

Our climate partners at Impact on Urban Health have launched the new Climate Health & Community Fund.

The grant will support diverse-led organisations with grants of up to £40,000. Individuals are also eligible. 

Find out more and apply today!

Swap and share your pre-loved clothes

Clothes swap

Passing on our pre-loved clothes to our neighbours saves money, brings us closer to our communities and reduces our impact on the planet.

That's why we so excited by the Clothes Swap Pop-ups hosted by Lambeth Libraries.

Save the dates:

Carnegie Library, Tues 13 December

Upper Norwood, Thurs 15 December

Become your own bike mechanic!

cycle confident

Want to learn how to keep a bike in good working order? Learn how to fix a puncture, adjust brakes, index gears, and lubricate your chain correctly at one of Cycle Confidence's bike maintenance classes

Dates: Sat 10 Dec 2022, Sat 14 Jan 2023, Sat 4 Feb 2023, Sat 11 Mar 2023.

Time: 10:30 – 15:30

Location: Cycle Confident Training Centre. Unit 3B, behind Canterbury Court, Kennington Park Business Centre 1-3 Brixton Road London SW9 6DE

Cost: £18

Sign up to the workshops through Cycle Confident

The Remakery turns 10!

remakery 10

Our friends at upcycling community workshop space, The Remakery are turning 10 years old next month.

Join them for a Birthday Bash on Saturday 3 December for a day of workshops, talks and more.

Sign up here to celebrate!

Want to give your unwanted electrical items a second life?

small electricals

Our Waste team have introduced a service for residents to recycle small broken electricals.

This will increase the amount of valuable materials that are repurposed and divert them from more environmentally damaging waste streams.

Simply pop the items in a plastic bag carrier on top on your wheelie bin on bin collection day.

Find out more information about recycling your small electricals here.

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