Woman’s Politics Weekly: HOW to BUILD a WOMAN: ‘Liveable London’: Dutch City Living (!) 

Sunday 4th August, 2019

Reporting, Base Camp, London, Tottenham

Woman’s Politics Weekly: HOW to BUILD a WOMAN: ‘Liveable London’: Dutch City Living (!) ❤

I am really passionate about the possibilities of things we can do within London, to transform people’s lives.

Not just within London, I am passionate about the possibilities of things we can do within London, to transform people’s lives, all across the world.

As outlined by Director of University College London’s City Leadership laboratory, Ellie, in the BBC’s ‘My Perfect City: Belief in the possible’, “Some of the most contentious and problematic issues, are within cities”.

“People leading cities, are people who are taking the most progressive action”.

It’s cities that can take the lead and say, ‘This is important to us, this is important to our citizens, and this is what we are going to do about it’.

We now have a community here in London, who believes this is is an important part of how we should ALL be living our lives, how we should ALL be conducting business.

One thing we take very seriously, is recycling.

How do we manage the process of rapid urbanisation… so that it doesn’t contribute to climate change anymore than it already has (?) Indeed, we can begin to reverse these carbon emissions.

London is also a city, that feels its’ own fragility, and this is at the heart of London’s ethos around the environment.

Looking at the environmental challenges of cities, if you were building a city from scratch, which has been done in our imagined world (My Perfect City.bbc) “given our murky climate change horizon, you’d have to build it in a sustainable way”.

London’s long standing history of tradition, culture and commerce and ‘techy’ present, have combined to make its’ counterculture, really fertile, for environmental projects (!)

‘Freecycle’ for example, is a non-profit organisation, registered as a charity in the United Kingdom.

The ‘Freecycle’ network, coordinates a worldwide network of ‘gifting’ groups to distribute reusable goods from people’s homes and landfills, for free.

You can sign-up and register on the site for free, enter your post code, and login for search tools to find goods that you may require, within your local area, and to receive regular updates, free of charge, (please see also): https://www.freecycle.org

*, managed to get a Playstation 4 yesterday.

Moving away from the tech and the modern, on a more basic scale, the majority of London’s business is orientated around catering and hospitality.

The everyday business of shopping and eating, how different people shop and eat in London’s market’s, is also a great example of how people in the city, shop and consume, sustainably.

The season is reflected, so you can see the fruits, the berries, the mangoes, the runner beans, the asparagus, and know, it’s that time of year.

Food, is at the heart and soul of many of our initiatives.

Food can also be used as a ‘Recycling Centre’, so for example, Grocery Shop, Creamery, Cafe and Catering owner Sam Mogannam, the owner of the ‘Bi-Rite’, in San Francisco says, “when we have blemished fruit or veggies that are starting to wilt, we cook it, and we sell it”.

This in turn, helps the economics of your business, because you’re having to buy less.

It also helps the impact on the land, as you’re not putting this food back out into the waste stream.

“Over 70 % of the product we buy, is sourced locally”.

“All our packaging is compostable or recyclable”.

This is a part of the world where the organic food movement started.

By operating like this, Sam Mogannam, owner of Bi-Rite, is close to achieving zero waste, which is 90 % diversion, currently at about 85 % diversion right now.

We now have a community here in London, who believes this is is an important part of how we should ALL be living our lives, how we should ALL be conducting business.

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