I’m standing as the Ealing Green Party candidate in Northfield Ward Ealing.
I’m standing as the Ealing Green Party candidate in Northfield Ward Ealing.
Northfield Ward Ealing Council Elections are being held 3rd May 2018.
I believe that Ealing Council needs a green voice to ensure the council:
In May 2018 I urge us all to think locally and elect a Green councillor in Ealing to make Northfields a better place to live.
Business as usual in Northfields would mean the usual battle between Conservatives and Labour squabbling about who will clean the streets better; a vote for a Green councillor will help focus on transparent positive change.
I pledge to find new and innovative ways to tackle:
There are three votes in the local elections in Northfield Ward make sure one of those votes is Green.
On a bigger scale, the Green Party and their representatives can always be relied upon to oppose Brexit, back Climate Change by opposing the expansion of airports like Heathrow, and fight to protect the natural world we love. Read our full manifesto here.
Darren Moore is a trained Earth Scientist (Geology and Geophysics) with a deep understanding of the Earth’s physical processes and environmental science. He loves nature and loves to be outdoors and is currently enjoying the conflicts and challenges of finding nature in the City. You’ll often see him walking and cycling about Ealing taking his two children to school. He runs a local marketing business, enjoys teaching local children coding and chess, regularly runs a team at Ealing Soup Kitchen and plays in local band Power, Corruption and Lies. More details at the Ealing Green Party
And here it is, the long-awaited 2017 Carbon Footprint calculation!
Using our utility bills, car and rail mileage, the Climate Care calculator, the lame Virgin Rail Footprint calculator, the excellent SCNF one and NEF‘s I have calculated that our family’s footprint is about 11 tonnes.
To put this in perspective 11 tonnes is the same amount of CO2 emitted as one business class flight to Australia.
This is broken down in the graph.
This is down from 12.22 last year ( despite adding in stuff and food) because of our greener holiday choices, and more use of train travel. Electricity usage is down slightly thanks to switching entirely to LED lightbulbs and being more careful, gas slightly down too probably just due to weather variations, although the Hive may have helped by allowing us to remotely switch on and off our hot water. Food and clothes emissions are still difficult to reliably calculate although we have made progress with our flexitarian choices, reducing our beef consumption and eating more non-farmed fish.
There’s a great graph here to help with food choices:
This graph from Business Insider also has a great breakdown of the explanations behind the food emissions calculations.
Our next step is to really try and work on our domestic gas usage – so double glazing is next on the list.
The traffic along the High Road in Chiswick ruins the lovely villagey character and cafe culture that Chiswick once had. Sitting outside the High Road Brasserie I’m struggling to hear my companion over the noise of a truck accelerating past and the delicate flavours of my blueberry pancakes spoilt by the taste of diesel fumes in the air.
How will we ever return Chiswick to calmer more civilised place for humans?
Well good news – Will Norman and TFL have the answer. Through their mini-Hollands programme, they have managed to tame Kingston and car controlled Walthamstow and make them clean, green and spaces fit for humans to live, breath and unwind in.
TFL has the bold goal to make 80% of all trips in London by foot or by cycle which also has the side-effect of removing the noise and pollution of cars and trucks from our London streets. The side effect of these schemes and #CS9, in particular, is that ‘rat-running’ cars, on the increase now thanks to the WAZE and Google Maps apps, will be cut off and blocked from racing down our side-streets to cut through to the A4.
Already in central London 460,000 km are cycled every day – imagine how London would feel if these 150,000 daily trips were carried out by car rather than by cycle?
Cycle Superhighway 9 is just a tiny part of a bigger brighter safer and greener future for Chiswick and given the predicted increases in population and traffic in London, endorsing and supporting TFL’s vision for a nicer Chiswick is the only way we might return to the Chiswick we all want to work and live in.
TFL need your responses to their consultation before the end of October. Have your say here – and vote yes:
its go-ahead depends on you.
Following on from the debate about #CS9 at the George IV on Tuesday 17th October I’ve been thinking about the following points.
Not only that but if the goals for increasing the number of journeys by walking and cycling are to be met then ultimately we will need to end up with high-quality cycleways along the Uxbridge, the A4 and the High Road. #CS9 is a very positive and simple start in the right direction.
There were also three very strange but obviously genuine fears from the local community:
In summary, a cycleway should be built along the Chiswick High Road to save people like you and I who bike to and from work in Chiswick from serious harm and possible death.
Cycle Superhighways = efficient transport of ppl in London!
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— 21st Century City (@urbanthoughts11) October 19, 2017
So let’s build #CS9 along Chiswick High Road and make Chiswick a safer, quieter, greener space for all.
Deborah Orr’s lovely article in the Guardian this week ‘Value your health: head for the inner city, and swerve the ‘burbs’ got me thinking. Her premise is that people who live in the Inner City are healthier than people, like me in Ealing, who live in the ‘burbs’. The reason? Because people in the Inner Cities walk more.
The ‘burbs’ of Ealing have wonderful opportunities for walking and active transport so I feel that the ‘burbs’ can be just as healthy, and certainly significantly more active than people who live in the countryside and rely on their car as the only form of transport.
Beyond the obvious and frequently stated advantages of active modes of transport (I’m grouping walking and cycling here) that could address a number of our nation’s ills in a stroke:
Personal benefits: Walking and cycling reduces obesity, decreases high blood pressure, and can often help with depression.
Physical benefits: Walking and cycling substantially decreases air pollution (BBC).
Business benefits: Local shops thrive as people walk and cycle to them, rather than drive to supermarkets.
There’s also compelling evidence that there are substantial social benefits to active transport in the ‘burbs’ too. The neighbours we all know in our community are the ones getting about by foot, the ones on their bikes, the ones who stop for a chat whilst walking their dogs. These are the people who are the heartbeat of their communities, encouraging social bonding, acting as the glue in our country. In fact when we examine the NHS’s ‘Five Steps to mental wellbeing’ we see that “To Connect” is number one.
It is impossible to connect with your neighbours in the ‘burbs’ if you walk out of your house straight into your car (that you obsessively) park directly outside your house. There’s no opportunity for your paths to cross with others, no casual serendipitous encounters. Not only is this having a detrimental effect on ourselves, but also on our society as a whole.
I believe that millions of people missing out on these community micro-interactions means we are less likely to tolerate our neighbours and this is responsible for the increase in tension and hate across the country and online.
This is a big part of Yuval Harari’s book “Sapiens”, where Yuval speculates that without the ability for humans to ‘gossip’ and interact frequently in their communities we wouldn’t have been as successful at colonising the world as we have been.
These vital micro (or as long as you like!) interactions that would have previously occurred as we walked out of homes to go to the local football game, left our houses dragging our kids on foot to the local primary school, or as we wandered down the road to pick up some food from the local shop: They’ve all been lost.
The good news is, they’re actually still there. Just a small change in behaviour has meant I rarely spend a day without bumping into one of my friends or acquaintances from my social network by accident – making me really feel part of a network – connected in the real world.
So why not give it a go next time you go to pick up your car keys or maybe try a change in behaviour once a week and see how different it makes you feel – I guarantee it will make you feel healthier, happier, more connected and have better interactions with your friends and family.
Don’t be a community ghost.
It’s National Clean Air Day today, so I wrote the following letter to my MP.
Congratulations on your re-election to represent the people of Chiswick again. I am extremely concerned about the air pollution situation in this country and the lack of will by the current Government to address this with a cohesive plan.
Therefore I am writing to you, to see if you can help to improve the air locally.
I work at the Barley Mow Centre in your constituency and to get to work each day I cycle through Ealing, Acton and Chiswick. I am dismayed that each day I see a number of drivers of lorries, van and cars sitting by the side of the road with their engines on. Although this may seem like a trivial issue it isn’t from an air quality point of view and it is harming all of us. It is particularly disturbing to see Mothers in the cars with the engine on unnecessarily outside schools adding to the air pollution there.
I think that it is a case of educating people of the dangers – often when I speak to people who are idling their cars they are unaware that it is harmful and unaware that we are in the middle of an air pollution crisis.
I think as a start, a simple education campaign (on social and print media) would be a simple and cost effective start to addressing this very serious problem. I would love to have the opportunity to speak to you about my concerns, or even take you for a little cycle ride around Chiswick so that you can understand the problem.
Thanks for your time,
There’s also a great flyer about idling here:
Update on the PCWorld DPD eCommerce problems.
Soon after I published my blog post about PCWorld’s terrible customer service I started receiving some strange comments on it.
At first, I thought they were a friend messing around with me. So I thought nothing of it but they kept on coming and they were getting more disturbing!
I thought this was quite strange and a little worrying. I ssh’d onto my server and started checking through the Varnish access log.
The following IP address was being used to post the comments.
I searched online to find the IP Address 188.8.131.52 and it came up with the following results:
i.e. that it was owned by Dixons Stores Group, Stevenage. Which means somebody from PC World in the Stevenage store was defacing my blog to get at me!
I also tracked the comments down to articles from David Thorn’s blog http://www.27bslash6.com/frogs.html
At first one of the PC World support agents, Matt Bagshaw, said that he’d sort the misdelivery out and called me to apologise for his company defacing my blog.
I said that I was willing to be patient but three weeks later I still don’t have my Mac Mini and there hasn’t been any compensation or decent apology from the PC World branch in Stevenage that defaced this blog.
It was an honour to speak alongside Energy Expert Steve Pye and Pastor Mark Melluish at St Paul’s Church last night.
Here are my slides from my part of the talk, with audio and video following from St Paul’s soon.
Timeline of how PC World and DPD deliveries completely fail their customer.
I made an order for 3 items with my PC World business account.
The PC World website did not confirm which delivery address the order would be shipped to.
I received the confirmation email from PC World stating an incorrect delivery address.
I called PC World to amend the delivery address on the order. PC World said that the order had already been completed and I should contact DPD the following day to change the delivery address
I received a message from DPD saying the order would be delivered (to the wrong address) that day. I found that I couldn’t change the delivery address on the DPD App. I called DPD they said they couldn’t change the delivery address.
I called PC World and this time they said they could change the delivery address. They said it would be all sorted.
I received a notification from DPD that the order would be delivered today. I received a notification from DPD that PCWorld had updated the address of the order. All looked good.
I received a notification from DPD that my order would be delivered that day. I contacted DPD via their chat app and by telephone and told them not to deliver as it was the wrong address. DPD confirmed they had seen the notification for the change of address and verbally confirmed they wouldn’t deliver.
I receive a notification from DPD to say they have delivered the parcel to the wrong address that they said they wouldn’t deliver.
I contact DPD and tell them they need to redeliver. They say they will return and pick up the parcel and return it to PC World.
I receive a delivery at the correct address but it only contains two items of the order.
I contact PC World and DPD and both parties deny responsibility for the miss-delivery. PC World say they will investigate. DPD deny any knowledge of the re-route and re-collection.
Emails and calls to PC World and met by no response.
I start using Twitter to engage with PC World support and they start to respond, however, they don’t appear to have any CRM to keep records of the situation. I have to explain everything anew with every contact I make.
In the meantime the order is lost and my company is out of pocket, and my staff are waiting for their equipment that was ordered affecting productivity.
Next up for the Vintage Bikes is the truly stunning Chaz F Hill. There isn’t a lot of information on the internet about Chaz F Hill and they’re not to be confused by the more common Hill Specials. Chaz F Hill were founded in the 19th Century and made lovely steel framed bicycles, the family are still in the bicycle business and are trading as Sidcup Cycles.
Considering this chrome-framed beauty has been in storage for about 20 years (or longer) it has polished up really nicely. I’d love to get hold of a new set of transfers and build it up to cycle it around – I think it will look stunning with a contrasting black Brooks saddle on it. I’ve got no idea what it looked like originally as there isn’t much about them on the internet!