Newsletter – May 2013


May 2013

This month we passed 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. It’s the highest level recorded in human history and sets us on course for a six degree rise in average temperatures. The world’s governments have agreed to keep the rise in global average temperature, which have already risen by over 1C, to 2C, the level beyond which catastrophic warming is thought to become unstoppable. Clearly, they are not doing enough.

Depressing news to start the month (sorry!), but we hope you can take heart that the work featured here has never been more important, and our collective cause never more legitimate. Every member of this community is taking the lead where those in power aren’t, and for that give yourself a pat on the back and let the thought propel you forward – whether it’s asking for funding, approaching an unlikely partnership, or just getting out of bed in the morning.

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.

Branch Out needs mentors!


Interested in giving young people a bit of a boost into a green job? Got a couple of hours free each month? The Otesha Project is looking for people working in the green economy to be a mentor to the young people on their ‘Branch Out’ green jobs training programme as they graduate from the course into employment. Mentoring sessions can be anything from a quick coffee to some pre-interview prep to a phone call – Otesha will match you up, help arrange the first few meetings and then be on hand to help.

Get in touch with if you’re interested!

Hot off the press


Ed Balls slams the government’s ‘energy policy crisis’ for putting green jobs on hold in the North East

…at the same time as avowed climate sceptic and international oil executive Peter Lilley hasbeen appointed to advise the prime minister on key foreign policy issues

and austerity hits unemployed young people hard – facing a dearth of sustainable jobs, just at a time when the coalition government is chipping away at out-of-work benefits.

Thankfully, Namibia has the right idea – establishing itself as one of the southern African countries creating decent jobs through the emerging green economy.

Green Business Crowdfunding 101

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This month, we took some great tips from Green For All‘s Green Business Crowdfunding 101 webinar. Interested in learning how to get support and funding for your new venture or project?Then tune in!

You can also take inspiration from ioby – a platform with a mission to deepen civic engagement in cities by connecting individuals directly to community-led, neighbor-funded environmental projects in their neighborhoods. They do this primarily through their web-based crowd-resourcing platform. Their name is also derived from the opposite of NIMBY, which is just cool.

Case Study – Repowering London


Repowering London is a not-for-profit organisation that specialises in facilitating the co-production of community-owned renewable energy projects, and they are currently on track to install 120kWp of community owned renewable energy on Brixton estates, saving almost 50 tonnes CO2 per annum.

Those are the basic facts, but Repowering London goes above and beyond. The design, execution and maintenance of each solar project includes internship opportunities for young people in finance, IT, technology, legal and marketing activities. The investment for the projects is raised from the community and a percentage of the profits go back into energy efficiency education and initiatives that tackle fuel poverty.

If you could have a crush on a project, this would be the one.

Agamemnon Otero, Director of Repowering London said:

“We were fortunate to be able to include young people in the development and installation of Brixton’s second solar energy cooperative. They can now show prospective employers that they’re serious about their careers and building the skills they need to get a job.”

Work experience opportunities are still open, with an average pay of £8 an hour. Check it out, and pass it on!



Horticultural Apprenticeships

Our friends at Trees for Citieshave 3 and 6 month paid horticultural apprenticeships going. Based in Lambeth, application deadline 22nd May.

Organiclea buddy scheme

Organiclea is looking for volunteer support gardeners at Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery, London to ‘buddy’ other volunteers who have higher support needs. There will be weekly training sessions for two months – Wednesdays 10am-3pm, starting 5th June – after which they hope you will continue volunteering at Hawkwood in order to practice your learning and to support other volunteers here. For more info contact Kate Ulrick at the Hawkwood growing site on 020 8524 4994, or email

16 May – James Hansen

James Hansen is giving a public talk on the current climate crisis. The former director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies will explain how the unfolding climate crisis seems almost surrealistic from a scientific perspective. Arguing that as knowledge of a climate emergency improves, policies change in ways that exacerbate rather than mitigate the situation.
This is a public talk and discussion hosted by the London School of Economics and Political Science, for more details see here, entry is on a first come first served basis.

And that’s it for another month! Do email us your opportunities and stories for next month’s newsletter. Send to



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