Newsletter – July 2013


July 2013

This month, we found out that according to a Freedom of Information request submitted to the Department of Energy & Climate Change, 939,627 people in the UK now work in Low Carbon Goods and Services, which is a 2.8% annual growth from the previous year. Huzzah!

We also wrote a blog update: Six Months on from the ‘Green and Decent Jobs’ report at OteshaYou can read it here.

As ever, 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.

Roots of Success is… a success!


Roots of Success is an empowering environmental awareness and green job- readiness training programme for young people and adults.

Otesha UK recently partnered with East Thames to deliver Roots of Success as a part of their Construct Your Career construction training course. Here is the latest group at their graduation in the Carpenter Hall. HUGE congratulations to them all for completing their Construct Your Career course and gaining their environmental literacy certificate!

The curriculum is soon to be accredited by OCN. If you would be interested in you or your beneficiaries attending the course, you can find more information here.

Hot off the press


The EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard is the latest prominent political leader to endorse divestment from fossil fuels, following Barack Obama’s “crypto-radical” backing of the movement in his recent climate speech…

…while on Friday the Norwegian pension fund Storebrand announced a decision to divest from 19 fossil fuel companies, because they expect stocks in high-carbon projects will become “worthless financially”…

…and a Fossil Fuel Divestment Strategy passed at an American Church Association, a first by any religious group.

We smell change.

The future of UK infrastructure – REPORT

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According to a Green Alliance report out today, over 70% of planned government spending on infrastructure projects is on infrastructure which is helping the UK’s transition to a low carbon economy. Offshore wind projects alone are worth around four times the planned spending on gas power.

This infrastructure investment could help with kick starting the economic recovery. If all the
£60 billion of low carbon projects planned for the next two years were to go ahead, the predicted impact is a 0.7% increase in GDP by 2015. However, if the low carbon investment programme were to be dropped – as some climate sceptics want – GDP could fall by 2.2%, which is likely to push the UK back into recession.

Case Study – The Living Furniture Project

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Our new favourite people are The Living Furniture Project.

In their workshop just off Brick Lane, they employ and train homeless Londoners to make beautiful bespoke furniture.

They are dedicated to sustainability – upcycling old unwanted furniture or working with waste materials reclaimed from the local area.

Every piece is unique – designed to a brief by one of their partner designers, who then teach the homeless Apprentices to build the furniture in a fully equipped workshop.

Apprentices also work alongside a Mentor – a professional and experienced furniture maker who teaches them valuable skills, and ensures a beautiful, crafted final product.

More of this please!


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Spacehive, has a couple of amazing opportunities to support sustainability projects in East London:

  • Save The Yard from winter closure! In 2011, The Yard (a theatre, bar & kitchen) was built in a vacant warehouse in Hackney Wick. Now they need your help to insulate the building so that they can keep open all year round!
  • Unlock London’s secret dock! Cody Dock sits in between London’s new cable car, Canary Wharf and the Olympic Park. Built in the 1870s, it slipped through the cracks of East London’s regeneration, lying abandoned and sealed off for decades. It’s the last barrier blocking people from walking the length of the Lea River. This project will fund the construction of the new pedestrian bridge – the missing piece in the jigsaw that will enable us to take down the gates and open up the dock for everyone to enjoy this lovely section of London’s second river.

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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