Islington Council developed Vision 2030 as a roadmap for creating a net zero carbon Islington by 2030. After research identified Islington as one of the six London boroughs most at risk of the effects of climate change, the council launched its first major event on the 18th October, 2021.
The Islington Greener Together Festival aimed to engage with and galvanise those who live and work in Islington using a series of events to tackle the climate emergency. Not only did the festival raise awareness of the crisis, it also gave those in the community a voice in the process, and the opportunity to take community-led, community-owned action.
Angel Central worked with the council and several community groups to support the initiative, offering space within the centre for organisations. Events at the centre included the Electrical Repair Café, Textile Repair event with TRAID, Thanks For Trying Exhibition, My Wardrobe, My Way, and This is Energy.
The Angel Central team also completed their first volunteering day at Carfree Open Space on the 22nd October, in partnership with Islington Clean Air Parents. The team helped to develop the Islington Forest For Change, an area hoped one day to be a sanctuary for wildlife, with activities including litter picking, weeding, and planting bulbs and trees. This initiative is the first step in helping to store air pollutants, slow the movement of water and reduce the risks of flooding.