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Super Sunday

16 May

1. I just got back from seeing Snoop Dogg at Brighton Dome! Quite hilarious.

2. This is awesome. I want to deliver this rap at my graduation. That should be fine, right?

3. The guys over at UKYCC sneakily uploaded this video of me talking about green jobs as part of their Push Europe campaign. I had really liked this outfit, but now think it’s on the wrong side of girl guide/hobo. Hmmm…

4. I had a really good banana and chocolate chip cake today. I didn’t take a picture of it though, so here’s an even more excellent carrot cake muffin I had in brooklyn. yum yum yum.

5. After being ill for 3 weeks, being put on antibiotics wasn’t super as such, but it was pretty good. (image from weheartit).

6. This trailer for new film Schooling the World really blew my mind. So many important questions for development.

7. Generally catching up with friends old and new was really nice this week. Ahhhh.

hanna ♥

p.s. I forgot to say last week that I watched Brief Encounter for the first time and it was incredible! Watch it, if only for the accents.

Goodbye Gear Up… Hello East London Green Jobs Alliance!

15 Mar

This is cross-posted from The Otesha UK blog.

How time flies. It is March already, and that means our Gear Up programme is wrapping up. As coordinator of the programme, I have had such a fun time meeting all the young people we have worked with, mentoring them, helping them to gain more experience and start their journey towards green and meaningful employment.

We have worked with 18 young people in total, connecting them in internships and training in ethical fashion, waste management, green woodwork, green enterprise, and bike mechanics. They have also received training in local food production, money management, cv-writing, and cycling proficiency – Ozlem (above) loved her cycling training at Bikeworks so much that she is planning on giving up her car and buying a bike! I said goodbye to Ozlem earlier this week, sending her off with a reusable coffee cup and a copy of the Otesha handbook. But this isn’t the last we’ll see of her, or any of our Gear Up participants, as they will all be added to our alumni network, and continue to hear of job and volunteer opportunities, and other exciting things, through our weekly update. You can’t get rid of us that easily! Once you’re in, you’re in.

We’d like to say a big, heartfelt thank you to the Youth of Today for supporting this project.

And now, to pastures new! Our Gear Up programme might be winding down, but we have been squirrelling away in the background making even bigger plans for the coming year. Last November, we held our first roundtable discussion for organisations interested in local green job creation in East London, and we’ve had two more since then. Some very exciting people have been a part of the conversation – TUC, Friends of the Earth, Hackney City Farm, Bikeworks, Friends of the Earth, IPPR, UK Youth Climate Coalition, Aspire, London Development Agency, Tower Hamlets council, Tower Hamlets College, Young Foundation, Capacity Global, Fairbridge – I get excited just writing it out! Together, we have established the East London Green Jobs Alliance.

We have looked to the example of projects in the States, who have successfully created pathways into green jobs for young, unemployed people. We want to take that model and see how to make it work here in the UK. It’s all still early days – our mission statement is getting final touches to it as we speak – but we will be very excited to make it public in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about the alliance, and how we plan to learn from projects in the US, please look at my blog entry below and sign up for updates from my learning trip to San Francisco!

Super Sunday

30 Jan

1. This week has been SUPER cold, no jokes. I am officially out of love with winter, it’s overstayed its welcome. To warm up after a day outside yesterday, I listened to this amazing Fuel Theatre podcast by Kazuko Hohki which is part of the Everyday Moments project. This one was meant to experienced in the evening, in the bath (cue hilarious antics trying not to drown your ipod). It was really beautiful, I’d definitely recommend it, and I do love the idea of recreating all these mundane moments.

2. I saw both Black Swan and The King’s Speech this week. Black Swan was brilliant, if admittedly the most stressful experience of MY LIFE. The King’s Speech sees Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle (from the BBC P&P) reunited, so I was happy. He also needs to win that Oscar.

3. I met up with a girl from the super cool network So We Stand, who work against environmental racism and support local communities in standing up for themselves against injustice. Check them out, hopefully I’ll be getting involved in some way sooooon…

4. I’m a big fan of this jumper, worn by Tavi Gevinson of Style Rookie. I’ve put in a request to my knitting friend to make me one, but I think she may have to be bribed more extensively.

5. Wondering what exactly happened during the climate change negotiations in Cancun? No? Well… anyway, here’s a truly excellent video made by UKYCC which explains it brilliantly with the aid of hand puppets.

6. Brill picture doing the rounds from the Egyptian protests.

7. Been thinking this week about the coming year – what’s going to happen and what I want to happen. Nothing wrong with a little dreaming…

hanna ♥

Super Sunday

12 Dec

1. I don’t know what this means, but I like it. Another print by Mr A Hayes.

2. My friends Jess and Char came down for the day yesterday and we had such a fun time! We had a good trawl through the antiques market – I bought this very freaky owl mask which is quite possibly the best thing ever. Now someone needs to have a woodland themed party, like, now.

3. Brighton Farm Market is, I think, my favourite place to be on a Saturday. Look at the scrummy food! Get the vegan hot chocolate from the Jolly Green Cafe. Divine.

4. We also hit up Terre a Terre while Jess and Char were down, which was the craziest culinary experience I’ve ever had in my life. If you want vegetarian food like you’ve never tasted before, definitely definitely check this out.

5. I’ve been following the anti-cuts protests avidly and was so, so disappointed that the rise in tuition fees got voted through. I’ll definitely be attending the Pay Day protests next weekend. In the meantime, I read about this incredible one woman TopShop protest, that involves chocolate. Sounds good to me.

6. Only just discovered 80s band Martha and the Muffins. Where have they been all my life? Super!

7. I was very proud of my friends Niel Bowerman, Kirsty Schneeberger and Casper ter Kuile for being featured in The Guardian as youth climate leaders. Well done guys!

hanna ♥

Yes we Cancun! (maybe)

30 Nov

Today is the first day of the UNFCCC negotiations in Cancun, Mexico. Want to follow what’s going on? Of course you do. First read this article by Kate Sheppard on Grist which gives a comprehensive analysis of what we should and shouldn’t expect over the next two weeks. Then follow these great links that will give you the lowdown as and when you want it.

Got any more good links? Leave ’em in the comments below!

Adopt an MP – a Caroline Lucas update

16 Oct

If you are a new reader, you should know that I have officially adopted Caroline Lucas MP, as part of the UK Youth Climate Coalition’s Adopt an MP campaign. And the adoption is taking very well! I have stalked seen Caroline twice this week – on Monday at the TUC Alliances for Green Growth conference and at the Climate Rendezvous, hosted by Climate Rush. I almost went to see her again last night host an evening with Peruvian activist Hugo Blanco on Latin America and the Ecosocialist Alternative, but I went to the pub instead. I have to say, Caroline is so hard-working. She seems to always be dashing in and dashing out again, but always completely on the ball and so enthusiastic. She isn’t just any MP, she is the only Green Party MP and that means she is the face of the UK Green Party movement. That’s a lot of responsibility, but I think she does it fantastically.

Here is the transcript of her speech to the TUC conference. Some of the points I got from it were:

  • We can not continue to measure a society’s success by GDP, we need to acknowledge that increasing levels of wealth are not making us happier and start looking at different measurements (check out NEF’s Happy Planet Index).
  • A less consumption-obsessed society is crucial if we are to meet the requisite cuts in emissions, as no amount of energy efficiency initiatives or technology will compensate for a world that is growing ever larger and making more and more energy demands.
  • We need to really start pushing for government regulation and back off the individual behaviour change. We can only achieve so much without proper regulation.
  • We need a shared vision – not one about shivering in a hair shirt in a cave, but one that stresses warmer homes, better public transport, cleaner air (all things that can only be achieved with regulation).

The Climate Rendezvous speech was similar, but peppered with fun anecdotes and infected with the enthusiasm in the room (she was wearing a red sash too – photos to come soon). She said:

  • Westminster looks like Hogwarts.
  • That our political system is completely archaic compared to the European parliament (she used to be a MEP). We have all kinds of weird traditions like having to vote at midnight, and having to vote for and against something if you want to abstain, which just makes you look like an idiot.
  • That a suffragette once hid in a broom cupboard under the stairs all night on census night, so she could write on the census that her address was at Westminster. This would have gone unremembered but Tony Benn took his own hammer and nails and put a plaque on the cupboard to commemorate it!
  • That sometimes she walks the long way round from her office to the chamber, because it takes her through a corridor full of photos of suffragettes and memorabilia, which makes her feel fired up by the time she gets there.
  • That when she thinks about how urgent taking action on climate change is (we have the next 5-8 years), the bristles stand up on the back of her neck.

It really struck me that she is not at all in it for the power (of course, I’m not sure if you could be, being a part of the Green Party). The fact that she has to fire herself up as she walks along the corridor I think is symptomatic of how much she has taken on – the entrenched, old-fashioned, archaic traditions of Westminster – as a progressive, passionate woman. She simply cares about it A LOT. It is so nice to see a politician be like that.

Gosh, I have really just swooned over her, haven’t I? What if she’s secretly married to Jeremy Clarkson? That would take the shine off a bit!

Super Sunday

26 Sep

1. This is Emmy the Great. Er… I LOVE HER. She makes lovely music. She wears big knitted things. She is half English, half Chinese (’tis all about the half asian invasion). And she is now a big fan of Climate Rush! I have heard on the grapevine that she is looking for a “climate action presence” at her gigs next year, so we might be climate suffragetting it up at an Emmy the Great gig near you. How bloody cool is that?

2. Frozen yoghurt and napping on the beach on sunny Wednesday was pretty super.

3. I was really moved by MummySam‘s craft project this week. She is sewing journal entries, expressing the feelings that come up in trying to raise a child with Asperger’s. Do read her blog about it here.

4. Here is a short video of me being a Green Dragon at the Wipe Out Waste Awards last week. There will be a longer video soon where we were all encouraged to look super scary and evil so I can’t wait for that one! The bit where I stand up and do a funny twizzle is where I am explaining that my jacket came from a charity shop!

5. I bought a typewriter. “Hipster idiot” you may be thinking but AHA you are wrong. For I have no illusions of typing away on this into the night (although Cormac McCarthy wrote all his novels using just such an Olivetti 32 so it can’t be half bad) but I am going to use it to make nice business cards and badges etc for my upcoming craft project. Plus it looks soooo pretty.

6. Ed Miliband is leader of the Labour party! I actually think that’s quite super. I wish we had less “career” politicians and more who had gained experience contributing to their community in some way, but I think he’s a nice guy, he listens and he’s always made time for us at the climate change conferences as UKYCC.

Funny anecdote – back in 2008 at the conference in Poznan,we had our first meeting with him (where he bought us all beer! Way to get the youth on side). He was 3 months into the job of Energy and Climate Change minister and seemed very unsure of himself. Obama had just been elected, and Ed lamented that we had no one in the UK like him. I said that the opportunity was there for him, the door was open and all he had to do was walk through it. He actually put his head in his hands (!) and said, “I know, I know. You’re right.” I don’t know if he would remember that exchange, but it’s funny to think that we were probably witnessing a slow realisation in him that he needed to step up.

7. I have been listening to She & Him: Volume Two on repeat for the last couple of months. You may have heard Zooey Deschanel’s silver tones before in that much lauded film, Elf. This is her folky two piece band and I rahlly like it.

hanna ♥