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This page is the beginnings of a portal for London community action. The majority of our information about this is collated via our place pages. Please see the right hand side menu for our London place articles.


London is the capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom. The city stands on the River Thames in the south-east of England, at the head of its 50-mile (80 km) estuary leading to the North Sea. London has been a major settlement for two millennia, and was originally called Londinium, which was founded by the Romans. The City of London, London's ancient core and financial centre—an area of just 1.12 square miles (2.9 km2) and colloquially known as the Square Mile—retains boundaries that closely follow its medieval limits. The adjacent City of Westminster has for centuries been the location of much of the national government. Thirty-one additional boroughs north and south of the river also comprise modern London. The London region is governed by the mayor of London and the London Assembly.

London is one of the world's most important global cities. It exerts a considerable impact upon the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transportation. It is one of the largest financial centres in the world and in 2019, London had the second highest number of ultra high-net-worth individuals in Europe, after Paris. And in 2020, London had the second-highest number of billionaires of any city in Europe, after Moscow. London's universities form the largest concentration of higher education institutes in Europe, and London is home to highly ranked institutions such as Imperial College London in natural and applied sciences, the London School of Economics and social sciences, as well as the comprehensive University College London. In 2012, London became the first city to have hosted three modern Summer Olympic Games.

London has a diverse range of people and cultures, and more than 300 languages are spoken in the region. Its estimated mid-2018 municipal population (corresponding to Greater London) was roughly 9 million, which made it the third-most populous city in Europe. London accounts for 13.4% of the U.K. population. Greater London Built-up Area is the fourth-most populous in Europe, after Istanbul, Moscow, and Paris, with 9,787,426 inhabitants at the 2011 census. The London metropolitan area is the third-most populous in Europe, after Istanbul and the Moscow Metropolitan Area, with 14,040,163 inhabitants in 2016.

Sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

Community involvement[edit | edit source]

London Citizens -Open Institute London

Climate action[edit | edit source]

London Climate Change Partnership

London is a member of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Biodiversity[edit | edit source]

London Wildlife Trust - West London Organic and Wildlife Gardening Association (WOWga)

Wikipedia: Nature reserves in London, Sites of Special Scientific Interest in London

Arts, sport and culture[edit | edit source]

GoodGym, helps people get fit by doing good - London buses: one bus at a time - Magnificent Revolution, Bike Power People - Platform, describes itself as "bringing together environmentalists, artists, human rights campaigners, educationalists and community activists to create innovative projects driven by the need for social and environmental justice, (Wikipedia)

Wikipedia: London, Sister cities

Community and voluntary action[edit | edit source]

Just Space, Community groups cooperating on London planning - London Advice Services Alliance

Community energy[edit | edit source]

Repowering, empowering communities with clean, local energy

Community safety[edit | edit source]

Know Where To Go, online directory of support services for women dealing with domestic violence, rape, forced marriage, trafficking and prostitution - CommunitySafe.gov.uk, real-time advice and information

Cycling activism[edit | edit source]

more video: Cycle Vision 4mins Online

The Bike Project, getting refugees cycling - The London Bike Kitchen, a DIY workshop where you can take care of your own bike - Barclays Cycle Hire, Barclays Cycle Hire - London Cycling Campaign

Blogs

London Cyclist Blog

Wikipedia: Cycling in London, Barclays Cycle Hire, List of cycle routes in London, London Cycling Campaign, Prudential RideLondon

Education for sustainability[edit | edit source]

London Sustainable Schools Forum

Environment quality[edit | edit source]

Mums for Lungs School Streets
By Mums for Lungs, Dec 8, 2020
  • Mums for Lungs, "group of London parents, established in Brixton in 2017, when a number of us were on maternity leave together. Walking around South London with small babies we became aware of the toxic levels of air pollution on London’s streets. Our movement has grown rapidly in the last three years. We’ve been joined by many more mums — and dads — with children of different ages, and we’ve established two branches in East Sheen and Walthamstow (E17). We are united in our commitment to deliver clean air for everyone — for our children and future generations. We are a grassroots organisation with no formal structure. Most of our members are ordinary people with no specialist background in air pollution, who volunteer their time to campaign." added 14:46, 5 March 2021 (UTC)

Resources

Ethical consumerism[edit | edit source]

Fairtrade London

Free stuff[edit | edit source]

Free London, Londonist - londonforfree.net - More London Free Festival

Localism[edit | edit source]

wikipedia:List of markets in London

Open spaces[edit | edit source]

Explore South East London's Green Chain

Lea River Park

There are many parks and open spaces in Greater London, England. Green space in central London consists of five of the capital's eight Royal Parks, supplemented by a number of small garden squares scattered throughout the city centre. Open space in the rest of the region is dominated by the remaining three Royal Parks and many other parks and open spaces of a range of sizes, run mainly by the local London boroughs, although other owners include the National Trust and the City of London Corporation.

London is made of 40% public green space, including 3,000 parks and totaling 35,000 acres.

Road safety[edit | edit source]

Campaigns

Stop Killing Cyclists, Facebook Discussion Group, is the direct action protest group set up after last November’s terrible spate of cyclist killings in London. They arranged the mass Die-In at TfL HQ where 1,500 cyclists laid down in the road in protest at lack of safety investment in London.
Stop The Killing is the associated group of pedestrian, cycling and environmental grass-root activists who want to eliminate Traffic Violence which includes Westminster Living Streets, Stop Killing Cyclists and the Campaign Against Climate Change. [1]

Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit | edit source]

London Community Resource Network - Recycle for London - The Restart Project, repair, don't despair! towards a better relationship with electronics - Restarters London, Meetup

Sharing[edit | edit source]

Little Village, a gift form one family to another.

Older Womens Co-Housing

Room for Tea, a new kind of home sharing network

Maps: mapjam-2016-london

Social inclusion[edit | edit source]

London Fairness Commission - No Second Night Out - The Loneliness Lab

Networks

  • 4in10, campaigning network of organisations working to improve the lives of the 4in10 children living in poverty across the capital.

Sustainable livelihood[edit | edit source]

East London Green Jobs Alliance

Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]

Electric vehicles: Source London information about London's electric vehicle charging network

Public transport: public transport directions for London within Google Maps - Transport for London, city transport authority

Walking: Metropolitan Walkers - Walk London - Transport for London walking - Inner London Area of the Ramblers' Association

Walking is a popular recreational activity in London, despite traffic congestion. There are many streets that provide interesting walks, especially within historic central London, In addition there are attractive commons, parks, canals, and disused railway tracks that provide space for walks. This includes Wimbledon Common, Epping Forest, Hampstead Heath, and the eight Royal Parks: Hyde Park, Regent's Park, Richmond Park, etc. In recent years access to canals and rivers, including the Regent's Canal, and the River Thames has been greatly improved, and as well a number of long-distance walking routes have been created that link green spaces.

Waterways: Thames21 - London Rivers Action Plan, the River Restoration Centre - Friends of Regent's Canal

Towards sustainable economies[edit | edit source]

My Fair London, an autonomous group associated with The Equality Trust that works to promote the findings contained in The Spirit Level.

Small Works

Trees, woodland and forest[edit | edit source]

Thames Chase community forest, 9842 hectares (24,320 acres/38 square miles) located in 47 sites in London and Essex, England. Its stated aim is

...to renew and regenerate the landscape at the edge of East London and South Essex by creating Thames Chase, the Community Forest: a varied wooded landscape for local people to influence, create, use, enjoy and cherish.

It has been managed as a community forest since 1990. The forest centre is located near Upminster and is surrounded by 56 hectares (140 acres) of new woodlands, meadows and ponds. W

Urban sustainability[edit | edit source]

Mayor of London's Civic Innovation Challenge

Campaigns[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

Resources London - London news - London community action events - Food London - London and South East England


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External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Press release, November 16, 2014 stopkillingcyclists.org