GoodGym Area Activator for Redbridge. Slow and steady runner, nature lover and community believer:)
Organisations Julia Shmotkina has pledged to support
September 22 has been named World Car-Free Day. A car-free day is such an impressive gesture – regardless of whether it has a big impact on emissions, symbolically it demonstrates a strong commitment to sustainability, and is a great way to energize the conversation about emissions reduction in our community.
Besides trying to not use a car please spread the word. Any further ideas welcome for that day. Please sign up in support.
Could it be a day when neighbours have a street party? Or a day when a family cycles together in a local park or cycle way or just go for a walk? A day when we reflect on how we can slow down our lives. Engage as a community? A day when we take a walk in the countryside? A day when a parent walks a child to school. Spend some time chatting to someone on the street. Wash our electric car. Read a book, binge on a box set. A duvet day! Take a day off of work. Catch a bus or a train. Could we close down a couple of streets and let our kids cycle freely? Breath some fresh air. Walk to a local shop. Walk to work. Plant some flowers or trees. Maybe people would gain some different perspective on how we live our lives, use our time and affect our environment.
On Monday evening we helped the Chadwell Heath Community Centre - it was good to explore a new to us site and helped a new community on the border of Redbridge and Barking & Dagenham.
Helene and Vicky were already on site with James, Julia and Jenny (the 'J crew'... ) cycled from Barkingside using quieter roads, which made for a nice cycle and exercise!
Once we got there, we moved furniture like desk, cupboards, a safe (!), boxes of books and toys to their new spaces around the centre. Once we've done that, we moved on to uncover the new IT corner with all computers that were very dusty. It was quite a workout and as 4 out of 5 cycled we decided to call it a night!
A satisfying task with satisfying evening active travel - well done to everyone who came to the session!