September 2013

It might have turned cooler now, but our summer was a scorcher with August being the 342nd consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average and the fourth hottest on record.

We’ll be bearing this in mind when the IPCC release their new Fifth Assessment report next week, giving an update on knowledge of the scientific, technical and socio-economic aspects of climate change. Big moments to look out for include 27 September, when a finalised Summary for Policymakers (available here) will be released on ‘the physical scientific aspects of the climate system and climate change.’

As ever, if your organisation would like to publicly show their support for an inclusive green economy, do send us your logo to put on the East London Green Jobs Alliance website, and we will get in touch about further learning and networking opportunities.

Jamie Oliver’s magazine features Branch Out trainees

The Otesha Project UK‘s June-September Branch Out group were featured in the last issue of Jamie Oliver’s magazine! Don’t they look dashing?

There are a couple of spaces available for the September – November cohort of this horticultural green jobs training programme. Get in touch with this week if interested.

Hot off the press

Energy workers union GMB has slammed the UK government for failing to promote green jobs among the nation’s young unemployed, insisting “the whole issue of green jobs is one massive missed opportunity”. The London Array offshore wind farm was held up as an example, with GMB stating that “the turbines were manufactured abroad, the cables to connect the turbines were manufactured in China and boats used to float the turbines into position were from the Continent with a workforce also mainly from the Continent”.

However, we can take heart that there are now 18,500 people in the UK working directly in wind and marine power, which is more than triple the 5,005 people working in the UK coal industry. Nearly 16,000 people also have jobs that indirectly support these industries, such as gearbox manufacturers, and other component suppliers, the research found, bringing the total number of people employed in the sector to more than 34,000.

And, according to a report for the Mayor’s Office published this month, there are more than 9,200 green businesses in the capital employing in excess of 163,500 people. Yay!

Blog: Every election throws an issue up the pop charts

The run up to the 2015 general election is beginning and political battlegrounds are being reconoitered. Whilst the Liberal Democrats’ credibility has suffered immeasurably as the hapless stooge in the Coalition’s double act, they have played an early gambit with their Green Growth and Green Jobs policy paper for their Autumn Conference. All the bases seem to be covered: transport, heating, electricity, decarbonsiation and behaviour change are all mentioned. This is encouraging news for those who want to see green issues rise to the top of the national political agenda. However, it does not necessarily mean we should jump aboard the yellow sustainability train to Greenville, and it certainly doesn’t mean the Lib Dems have found the magic ticket that will regenerate them into the electable force they were last time round. Rather than the content of their proposals, perhaps the most interesting aspect of their paper is the decision to choose the Green Economy as the issue upon which they strike out on their own and distinguish themselves from their Coalition partners…

Continue reading on the East London Green Jobs Alliance website.

Case Study – Sole Share

SoleShare is London’s first community-supported fishery. They use a veg-box based model to help bring local seafood direct to you. They’re helping provide better access to seafood that is caught responsibly right off our coast, and bringing you one step closer to the fishermen who are catching it.

Britain’s small, inshore fishermen (known as the under-10m fleet) are the stewards of our marine environment. They fish close to shore, using environmentally friendly techniques. However, they’re really up against it these days. They don’t get much quota for expensive species of fish and don’t get a fair price for the fish they land. Recent years have seen the under-10 fleet decline along with jobs on shore and the cultural heritage that along goes with it. Sole Share wants to reward these fishermen for their hard work and responsible practices, and ensure they get a fair price for their fish.

Find out how it works and sign up here.


Become a climate leader in your community – 26 September, 24 October

LCRN and LVSC will be delivering a series of FREE environmental training workshops on September 26th and October 24th from 1pm until 5pm. These will take place at LCRN’s office at The Grayston Centre, 28 Charles Square, London N1 6HT, five minutes from Old St. tube. The workshops will focus on climate change and potential actions that can be implemented in organisations to reduce their carbon footprint. Organisations will receive support in implementing an environmental policy and action plan, plus a range of tools to improve their environmental performance. Organisations can also sign up to a free Eco-audit delivered by City Bridge Trust. Contact or 020 7324 4701

Nick Stern to deliver keynote public lecture on climate policy – 24 September

Professor Nicholas Stern, Chair of the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy will give a lecture on ‘Growth, Innovation, International Understanding and Climate Policy in a Changing World’.

Stern is a former Chief economist at the World Bank and author of a seminal assessment of climate change and economics that became a crucial reference for governments around the world. Register here.

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