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Wednesday, September 26th, 2007
5:04 pm
[callytimecat]
Other Islington Time Banks are blogging
Several of Islington other time banks now have accounts - follows these links to see if they have any events or interesting news to report:
  • Caxton House (link to follow)
  • Hargrave Parkl/Whittington http://interuptedsoul.livejournal.com/
  • Hilldrop http://community.livejournal.com/hilldroptimebnk/
  • St Luke's http://interuptedsoul.livejournal.com/
Sunday, April 29th, 2007
11:43 pm
[callytimecat]
Recycle Picking at Arsenal again
It's nearly the end of the football season so today gave us one final opportunity to recycle pick around our local stadium during a home match. A guy from one of the local papers came for a press call at 4:30 but before then we were interviewed by some student film-makers from London Metropolitan University. I took some more film myself too & plan to make another mini-movie for youtube. The turnout was high - like the first recycle pick back in May 2003 there were seven of us & over the course of an hour we collected 557 cans & 200 plastic bottles - as well as at leats half a dozen glass bottles.

Here are some photos from the event...


Val, John, Stephen, Nick & Barbara outside Holloway Road station









Friday, April 27th, 2007
1:17 am
[callytimecat]
EC1 Time Bank Launch
This afternoon EC1 Time Bank had its launch event at the St Luke's Centre on Central Street. John Bird gave a short speech - he joked that he was only allowed seven minutes here whilst the Prime Minister gave him a full ten. He explained how a man he had known for some years had  transformed. He started off as a venomous deceitful guy, full of self-pity & woe, full of hatred & blame for a world that had done him a disservice . He gradually became someone who could see a greater picture - who was willing to change himself & work towards helping others. It is like Stephen Covey's message about paradigm shifts and changing things from the 'inside-out'.

Also poets from West Euston Time Bank gave readings of their works, Chinese dancers performed with their drums & a lion costume, some time bank members explained what how they had benefitted from various projects.There was also another soectacular choreographed dance & an opprtunity to chat & network over refreshments. Fatuma, Keren & everyone else involved did a grand job organising the event.
Wednesday, April 18th, 2007
5:12 pm
[callytimecat]
Time Bank Network Planning Day
Today we had a Time Bank Network Planning Day at Upper Street Time Bank. The whole day has been very positive but the session that fired up my enthusiasm the most was when I had brainstorming session with the time brokers from Upper Street & Caxton House about raising awareness amongst Islington's residents of their ecological footprint. We are thinking of a project that lasts soemwhere between 6 months & 2 years. 

The first step is to provide information about what exactly an ecological footprint is. I have already set up a blog about ecofootprinting here communities.livejournal.com/ecofootprint & we would like to produce a leaflet explains the basic idea. If things go to plan we would hope to launch it in around July with a green walk around the borough that culminates in a picnic. 

One possibility is to run some workshops or  create a video to provide an alternative way of learning about the environmental our lifestyles have on a local & global level. Participants could complete one of the existing questionnaires on ecological footprint that individual participants & their households create on the planet.


Monday, February 12th, 2007
5:20 pm
[callytimecat]
Time Banking in the news
Whittington & Caxton Time Baks feature in a double page spread article in this week's Islington Gazette. To read it follow this link:

Banking on each other
Tuesday, February 6th, 2007
12:47 pm
[callytimecat]
IsTubing

Article for Islington Time Banks Network Newsletter
YouTube, http://www.youtube.com, is a very popular movie sharing website which has around 100,000 hits per day & 65,000 new videos added every new day. Its slogan is "broadcast yourself" & that is exactly what you can do if you have any device that enables you to capture images & uploading them to its website. You can publish your spoken thoughts directly recording from a desktop camera or upload video that you have shot on your mobile phone.

One of our time bank projects is to create a photographic record of Islington as it is now in 2007. This will include video street maps to show exactly how our borough looks today & residents thoughts about the urban space they live in - what's good, what's bad, & suggestions on how we can work together to improve the parks, pavements, roads. We can use online video & photo sharing tools like YouTube to create our own community map. If you would like to find out more about participating in IsTube and earning time bank credits for your efforts visit
http://communities.livejournal.com/istube, email or call me.

Videos with an Islington or Time Bank theme that have already uploaded include these:
Waste - refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle - Ecosounds: (viewed 364 times) An attempt at a music video using footage from a Cally Time Bank Recycle Pick for last summer.
Hilldrop Solar Power: (viewed 364 times) A celebration of the solar panels that were installed at Hilldrop Community Centre a year ago.
Video Street Map: Holloway to Highbury Corner: (viewed 338 times) I just let the camcorder roll as a friend drove from Nags Head down to Highbury & Islington. I would like more videos like this to show what every street to provide an online historical record of what Islington looked like in the twenty-noughties (i.e. early 21st century).
New Arsenal Stadium Recycle Pick: (viewed 118 times) In October 2006 Islington Friend of the Earth & Cally Time Bank held the first recycle pick at the new Emirates stadium. This is the video record of the event.
Islington Canal Festival: (viewed 115 times) A video blog of the canal tunnel between Angel & Caledonian Road
Islington Farmers Market: (viewed 69 times) This film explains the benefits of buying fresh local produce & supporting farms around the capital.
Imagine Islington: (viewed 65 times) The 2006 festival focused on green issues - if you missed it you can see a quick snapshot of what happened.
Culpeper Community Garden: (viewed 49 times) A short tour of the urban oasis near Angel that has been created & run by community minded people for nearly quarter of a century.
Webcam competition entry: (viewed 42 times) This is a film I quickly made one night in a bid to win a computer top camera from another 'tuber. It is made from footage I shot along the 274 bus route between Islington & the Notting Hill Carnival

Monday, January 22nd, 2007
2:24 am
[callytimecat]
Arsenal Recycle Pick # 3
This afternoon during the match at Arsenal Emirates Stadium we collected 350 drinks cans (approx 0.875 kilograms). Although we concentrated on cans we also collected 43 glass bottles which aggregated to 10.3 kilograms.

Here are some of the photos we took...


















Monday, January 8th, 2007
1:11 pm
[callytimecat]
Islington Photo & Video Map

Cally Time Bank is creating a photographic & video map of Islington. It is available to view on the internet using a google map 'mash-up':
http://map.istime.org/islington-community-map.htm

Anyone with a digital camera (or conventional camera & scanner) can join in by taking photographs of the streets, parks & other features of your area. Contact kirstysburns(at)hotmail.com (replace the (at) with @ in the email address) for more information.

Monday, October 30th, 2006
2:07 pm
[callytimecat]
New Arsenal Stadium Recycle Pick
New Arsenal Stadium Recycle Pick
 
On the final Saturday in October Cally Time Bank & Islington Friends of the Earth participated in the CSV’s annual Make a Difference Day. Arsenal were playing at home in their new stadium so as the match was about to kick off we met outside Highbury & Islington tube armed with gloves, see-through bags, & litter grabbers to collect the recycleables off the streets around the new grounds.
 
We found Holloway Road was surprisingly clear of rubbish: some of the recycle pickers had just walked down to the tube station that way & noted the debris that scores of fans had left had already been collected by the street-sweepers. In a marked contrast from the last Arsenal match recycle-pick, held in mid-March, there was a fairly sparse scattering of beverage containers, although as we got approached the stadium the amount we found increased. We found most of the cans & bottles we collected in the stretch of Hornsey Road that leads up to the stadium from Holloway Road & in Benwell Road.
 
We weighed the contents of all our bags before handing it in at the i-Recycle Centre, off Caledonian Road. During 90 minutes or so of the event we collected 17.8 kilograms of recycling.
 
Cans
Recycling aluminium cans can save 95% of the energy required to make it from raw material [1]. For steel cans, up to 75% of the energy needed can be saved, if recycled rather than produced from virgin material. For more information about the process of recycling cans see: http://www.wasteconnect.co.uk/media/factsheets/Cans.pdf

Glass
An average 8-10% of household waste is recycleable glass. The amount of energy needed to make glass bottle is 50% less if the source material is from recycled containers rather than raw material [1]. Every 1000 kg of recycled glass saves 600 kg of sand & almost 200 kg of soda ash & limestone [2]. Glass is 100% recycleable with no loss in quality however many  times this is done.

Plastic PET bottles
Around 85% of PET bottles are landfilled, 8% is incinerated & only 7% is recycled. You can save 7.75 kWh worth of electricity by recycling 1 kilogram of plastic bottles [1].  Each PET bottle that is recycled prevents about 450 grams of carbon emissions. All plastic drink bottles & similar plastic containers for liquids like shampoo, washing up liquid & mouthwash can be recycled.

Ecological footprint
The sustainable world average for carbon emissions is 2.5 tonnes/person/year. In the UK we currently use [bp ]

Overall
Recycling waste creates more jobs (over 400 for each million tonne of waste produced, compared to 100 - 290 for incineration & 40 - 60 for landfill)

References & other useful links:
Why recycling is important in terms of climate change:
http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/event_presentations/waste_and_climate_change.pdf

[1] http://www.earth911.org/master.asp?s=lib&a=energy/EnergyFacts.html Some of the data taken from this site has been converted to metric units for this article (for instance : 3413 BTUs = 1 kWh; 1lb = 0.45 kg)

[2] http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/briefings/up_in_smoke.pdf which refers to Anne Gray, Sue Percy and Irene Bruegel, ‘Estimating job creation from recycling and reprocessing’. Report for London ReMade, June 2002. Available at: http://www.londonremade.com/london_remade/reports.asp

[ ] http://www.britglass.org.uk/LocalAuthorities/AmazingFacts.html

[ ] http://www.recyclenowpartners.org.uk/research_fun_facts/fun_facts.html#2

[ bp] http://www.greenchoices.org/footprint_calculators.html
The green choices website provides as useful resource on recycling many household items from batteries to paints: http://www.greenchoices.org/recycling.html

Miscellaneous useful links
CRed UK (Carbon Reduction): http://www.cred-uk.org/

http://www.wastebook.org/

http://www.green-living.com/info/recycle.html

http://www.bestfootforward.com/

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006
9:20 am
[callytimecat]
Monday, July 10th, 2006
5:58 pm
[callytimecat]
Updating the ITBN website
Replace: Islington runs a recycling scheme, but there are limited facilities available to those living in flats. Street based recycling facilities are often located away from blocks of flats: In the Westbourne Estate area, Time Bank members can take part in a household recycling scheme. Since August 2002, a Household Recycling Collection service, for residents not included in Islington councils doorstep recycling scheme, has collected half a tonne of recycled material, such as paper, tin cans, glass bottles, jars and clothes.
With: Islington now provides doorstep recycling scheme for most residents, both those living in street properties and blocks of flats. To encourage recycling, anyone who joins the time bank and who is willing to provide a summary of their weekly recycling activity will receive a time credit for each hour spent on recycling. The Cally Time Broker keeps a list of recycling done by tgime bank members: since the scheme started in the summer of 2002 time bank participants have recycled over a tonne of domestic waste.
The list of materials which can be recycled has increased recently & now includes plastic (PET) drinks bottles and cardboard as well as paper, metal cans, glass, compostable kitchen waste and clothes/textiles.
Replace: the photograph of the photograph “Recycling_Crate.jpg”
With: the photograph available on the web at this location:
Page Two
Replace:The photograph opposite shows Time Bank members on Westbourne Road, during a recycle pick event. The event involved litter collection around Freightliners Farm and the Westbourne & Caledonian Estates
With: The photograph opposite shows Time Bank members outside IslingtonTown Hall, with all the cans they collected during a recycle pick event. The event involved litter collection in and around Upper Street and Highbury Fields.
Replace: the photograph of the photograph “recycle_pickers.jpg”
With: the photograph available on the web at this location:
Replace:Time Bank members can take part in a farmers food cooperative, where they can spend their time credits on the delivery service. The locally produced food is spray free and provides an opportunity to eat more healthily. The photograph opposite shows some of the produce available. Surplus stock is collected and delivered on Sunday afternoons or most Mondays. Other activities Time Bank members have become involved in include the construction of a straw bale building, promoting the benefits of shopping locally and a community mapping project.
With: Time Bank members can take part in a farmers food cooperative, where they can spedn their time credits on receiving samples of fruit and vegetables. The locally produced food provides an opportunity to eat more healthily and reduce oour carbon emissions and ecological footprint. Other activities that Time Bank members have become involved with include gardening, promoting environmental awarenss and community mapping.
2:12 pm
[callytimecat]
Eyes for Islington: Damaged Tree
Location of the problem:
Roman Way - Caledonian Ward - north of the junction with Armour Close - at map location:
http://maps.google.co.uk/?ie=UTF8&om=0&t=h&ll=51.569214,-0.130506&spn=0.003654,0.009656

Information about the problem:
Vandalism to tree: a large tree branch has been ripped off & left on the pavement at this location. Further north on Roman Way (opposite Tealby Court north of MacKenzie Road) another tree has been similarly damaged. 

http://map.istime.org/IMG_10009.JPG
http://map.istime.org/IMG_10010.JPG
http://map.istime.org/IMG_10011.JPG

Monday, July 3rd, 2006
7:24 pm
[callytimecat]
Recycle Pick
On Saturday we collected the following amounts of recycleables on our recycle pick:



























































Recycle Pick Saturday 1 July
Date Category Sub-category Weight (kg) Count Destination Comments
01-07-2006 Cans   4.0 209   Estimated weight: bearing in mind that steel cans weight more than twice aluminium cans
01-07-2006 Glass Clear 1.32 6    
01-07-2006 Glass Green 0.38 2    
01-07-2006 Plastic PET 0.62 20   Polyethylene Therephthalate
01-07-2006 Total 6.32 237    
5:08 pm
[callytimecat]
Community Mapping Day
Islington Time Banking
Community Mapping Project
 
Come along to help us with mapping
CulpeperCommunityGarden & the surrounding area
 
12:00Midday -16:00
Sunday 9 July 2006
CulpeperCommunityGarden,
1 Cloudesley Road, IslingtonN1 0EG
 
·        Bring your camera (preferably digital or cameraphone)
·        Take photos of your favourite shrubs, flowers & trees
·        Earn time credits
·        Help build an interactive community map
 
For more information see http://communitymap.istime.org
 
Thursday, June 22nd, 2006
3:55 pm
[callytimecat]
Disability consultation meetings
Disability consultation:
this might be of interst if you want to have your say on issues affecting people with disabilities:

Equality for Disabled People in Islington - Events
Monday, March 6th, 2006
11:27 am
[callytimecat]
Cally and Islington FoE join Green Party for Arsenal Recycle Pick
On Sunday, 12 March, Cally Time Bank & Islington Friends of the Earth will be teaming up with the Green Party for a recycle pick in the streets around Arsenal Football Ground, to highlight the need for on-street recycling facilities in Islington. The event will start at 16:00 at Arsenal tube station and finish by the recycling bins next to Highbury Pool on Highbury Crescent at 17:30.

The aim of the event is to demonstrate the amount of recyclable litter, in particular drinks cans & bottles which are discarded on the streets of Islington before & after large public events. This 'rubbish' currently ends up in landfill. Jon Nott, the Green Party's shadow councillor for Highbury West, said

"Local residents in Highbury West have been pressing the council for years to put in recycling bins around the Arsenal on match days. The Council have said there is not enough space - but we can't understand this given that they do find space for all the stalls selling food and merchandise. It is shameful that the rubbish from Arsenal matches - almost all of which is recyclable - is ending up in landfill."

Participants will spend an hour walking around streets, picking up cans and bottles that have been dropped by football fans on their way to the afternoon match against Liverpool and will be handing out leaflets to the general public to highlight that a lot of litter that people simply throw away is a valuable resource that we should ensure is recycled, not discarded in the street, and not binned because it may end up in landfill.

Katie Dawson, local resident and Green party activist said

"I live very near the Arsenal stadium and on match days there are bottles and cans lined up all along my front wall. It would be so much easier and safer if the Council gave us bottle and can banks so that fans could dispose of these properly.

"Throwing these things away is a terrible waste of natural resources and energy, contributing to the worrying problem of climate change. Like many Londoners I am very concerned about the effects climate change will have on our city, particularly in terms of the risk of flooding. And as a mum, I worry about the effect climate change will have on my children and future generations."

It takes 20 times more energy to produce a new can from mined rather than recycled aluminum but in the UK, 160,000 tonnes of aluminum are sent to landfills every year. Recycling 1 kg of aluminum saves 8 kg of bauxite, 4 kg of chemical products and 14 Kilowatt hours of electricity (1). Cally Time Bank and Islington FoE have collected 450 cans (almost 7 kilograms) of cans during the last two recycle pick events and thus saved over 50 kg of bauxite, and almost 100 Kilowatt hours of electricity.

The lack of on-street recycling facilities is a problem every day, not just on match days, Jon Nott added:

"Councils in other London boroughs have recycling bins alongside litter bins on all the main streets, making it easy to do the right thing and recycle paper and cardboard, glass, cans and plastic bottles. We call on Islington Council to do the right thing and give us the on-street facilities we need."
Monday, February 27th, 2006
12:50 pm
[callytimecat]
Newsletter items
Cally-Arsenal Recycle Pick
On Sunday, 12 March, Cally Time Bank & Islington Friends of the Earth will be teaming up with the Green Party for a recycle pick in the streets around Arsenal Football Ground.

The aim of the event is to highlight the amount of recyclable litter, in particular drinks cans & bottles which are discarded on the streets of Islington, before & after large public events. It will start at 16:00 at Arsenal tube station and finish by the recycling bins next to Highbury Pool onm Highbury Crescent at 17:30.

Participants will spend an hour walking around streets, looking for cans and bottles that have been dropped by football fans on their way to the afternoon match against Liverpool and will be handing out leaflets to the general public to highlight that a lot of litter that people simply throw away is a valuable resource that we should ensure is recycled, not discarded in the street, and not binned because it may end up in landfill.

It takes 20 times more energy to produce a new can from mined rather than recycled aluminum but in the UK, 160,000 tonnes of aluminum are sent to landfills every year. Recycling 1 kg of aluminum saves 8 kg of bauxite, 4 kg of chemical products and 14 Kilowatt hours of electricity (1). Cally Time Bank and Islington FoE have collected 450 cans (almost 7 kilograms) of cans durinbg the last two recycle pick events and thus saved oiver 50 kg of bauxite, and almost 100 Kilowatt hours of electricity.
Monday, October 17th, 2005
5:32 pm
[callytimecat]
Current Activities
Cally Time Bank is participating in the annual Clean Up day organised by North Kinsg Cross Environmental Task Force on Saturday 29 October. Kirsty will be giving a short talk on recycling, which is the theme for this year's event.

Samples of fresh local fruit & veg from the Islington Farmers' Market will be awarded to participants. Cally Time Bank has organised 12 recycle picks over the last 2.5 years & collected 60 kilograms of recyclable material. In August a short article on recycle-picking appeared in the Islington Tribune.

Cally Time Bank is also currently encouraging volunteers from Culpeper Gardens to join & earn time credits for the tasks they do. On the second Sunday of every month there is a work day in which members do things which are focused on improving the communal aspects of the garden. As in ther world of volunteering in general, the burden of many major tasks are left to a small handful of members. It is a familiar 'tragedy of the commons' scenario.

Kirsty is investigating whether time banking may help encourage more plot-holders to take on more communal activities. There is already a list & people who attend write their names against the tasks they are willing to do. Earning time credits would provide some recognition for their efforts.
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