What is the Pop-Up Think and Do?

In response to the Citizens' Assembly recommendation to do more to bring existing community groups together to work on tackling the climate crisis, we are opening a pop-up Think & Do community space for climate and eco action in Kentish Town. 

The aim of the space is to give people in Camden the chance to take part in, run and grow activities that get people more involved in tackling the climate crisis. 

The six-week programme of events is being curated and led by Camden residents and community groups. 

Read this week's schedule (Thursday 5 to Saturday 7 Dec).

The schedule will be updated as and when events are confirmed, so keep checking in to see new events  and how to get involved. 

Get in touch 

If you're interested in hosting an event in the space, email thinkanddo@camden.gov.uk 

Address

315 Kentish Town Road (opposite Kentish Town Library), London, NW5 2TJ 

This week's opening times

10am to 8pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday 

Pop-up Think and Do Schedule: Thursday 5 to Saturday 7 Dec

Think & Do pop-up community space

Shop design by: alistephens.co.uk

 

 

Thursday 5 December - Book via Think and Do Eventbrite

 

10am to 12 noon: Test and Learn

A weekly session where we review and learn from what we are doing and continue to improve from week to week.

 

1 to 3pm: Solar together – Drop-in session

If you have registered for Solar Together and are currently considering your personal recommendation for solar panels, or you are interested in installing solar panels in your property, please drop-in to discuss any queries you may have on this with Council officers. This will be an informal session and will allow you to ask any queries you have around planning restrictions, the Camden Climate Fund, and anything else.

 

2 to 3.30pm: School debate. How can we stop fast fashion from destroying the planet?

A group of students from Acland Burghley will come together to debate the challenge of fast fashion, its environmental effects and what can we all do to address this issue. The Debate will be led by Transition Kentish Town and aims to activity students into action including a follow-up clothes swap event at their school.

 

4 to 6pm: Letters to the Earth Poetry and Spoken Word Workshop

Join us for a poetry and spoken world workshop to coincide with COPO25 in Madrid. As world leaders take action on the climate emergency, we will talk, write and perform. Creation is the antidote to despair. Led by Rakaya Fetuga, Roundhouse Poetry Slam Winner 2019; Kay Michael, Letters to the Earth and Culture Declares Founder; Kelly Hill, Photographer and activist.

 

6 to 8pm: Home Improvements Planning Guidance – Your Views
Join us for a discussion about a new Camden Planning Guidance for alterations and extensions to your home. We want to understand how this guidance could help you to introduce sustainability measures that save you energy, enhance your health and wellbeing and reduce your bills. The activity will be led by a planning professional from the Council.

 

Friday 6 December - Book via Think and Do Eventbrite

 

10am to 12noon: Taking action on cleaning up the air around local schools and high streets. What can you do?

Drop in and join others who live and work around Kentish Town Road, including parents, teachers and kids from local schools, to share ideas and plans for practical action to clean our local air. The conversation will be led by researchers from Imperial College and members of Camden’s Clean Air Unit.

 

11am to 1pm: Make your own furniture with the help of experts! (this activity takes place at al alternative venue: Make @ Story Garden, Ossulston Road, London, NW1 1DF). Booking required

In this two-session activity, you will have the opportunity to choose a furniture template with a designer, adapt it to your needs and change it’s size to fit your home. You will then be actively involved in the making of your piece including sanding and varnishing.

 

1 to 2pm: School workshop/debate. Our throw-away culture.

Join students from Kentish Town primary school is a workshop/debate on how to stop our throw-away culture at a global and local level. The activity will be led by Transition Kentish Town and aims to activate students into action.

 

1 to 3pm: Carnival Seed Crowns with @stellacecildesign

Theatre Designer Stella Cecil will be running a Carnival Seed Crown workshop for children and their parents. Using potato prints, compostable paper and natural embellishments this workshop will introduce children to materials that do not have a negative impact on the environment. The crown can be planted after being worn, allowing them to think creatively about waste and how it is of equal value to the piece itself.

 

4 to 5pm: NW London Urban Hedgehog Re-introduction Program

Come and learn about this successful hedgehog re-introduction programme into private gardens. Supported by a registered Wildlife Hospital, orphaned or rescued hedgehogs were released in private gardens and only months later they started to show all the early signs of settling and breeding in our habitat once more. A very inspiring story.

 

5 to 6pm: Tree giveaway. A Camden Forest project

Following last week's successful tree giveaway, part of the Think&Do project to create an urban forest in Camden, we will be giving away more trees this afternoon. If you are interested in offering a new caring home for a young tree, pop along and pick yours. We are looking for dedicate 'story tree guardians' to plant 2025 story trees in back gardens across Camden by 2025. We will also be hosting a follow-up meeting to further develop the ideas shared and make this project a reality.

 

6 to 8pm: Divestment Q and A: how Camden can fight the fossil fuel industry for climate justice.

Join Divest Camden for an informal evening to learn about what divestment is, how it can make Camden a climate justice leader, and how you can help. All welcome and no question is too basic to ask!

 

Saturday 7 December - Book via Think and Do Eventbrite

 

10.30am to 1pm: Hackathon

Come and join us to help turn some of the week's ideas into action. This is an opportunity to work together and start connecting people, resources and ideas shared at the pop-up as a way of enabling new projects and activities to happen.

 

2 to 5pm: Camden festive gift swap. Book here

Help us reduce the potential environmental impact of the festive season by giving unused presents and other stuff a second life. Bring any item you received last year that you have not used, or anything that you have used but is still in good conditions and swap it for something else. Gift sets, candles, diffusers you have not opened, festive jumpers that you no longer love, clothes, shoes, accessories...everything is welcomed!

 

5 to 6pm Create safe routes for cycling to school

Join us for a conversation lead by Camden Cycling Campaign on how we can create safe cycling routes for cycling to schools. Tell us about your children’s route to school and share ideas on simple changes that could make it possible to cycle. For example, a safe cycle crossing over a main road or less motor traffic in a residential street. Parents and children welcome.

 

6 to 8pm: What is next? …and celebration with Vegbox Kentish Town. Book your ticket here

Join us for a reflection on what is next following the six weeks trial of the Think and Do pop-up shop on the clime emergency as we celebrate the ideas, energy, connections, friends, and much more this six weeks have delivered for all involved. We will be sharing a delicious communal meal made from surplus veg from Kentish Town Veg Box and play vintage board games… so get your game out of the cupboard and bring it on the evening.

 

Unless stated, booking isn’t required but register your interest if you’re thinking of coming via Think and Do Eventbrite

Past events

Thursday 31 October

1 to 3pm: Parent and activists circle discussion
Organised by Camden Full Circle, this is an opportunity to explore the relationships we have with each other and how this reflects on the relationship we have with our local environment. We will be reflecting on how we can look after each other following a traumatic event in the community.

Saturday 2 November

11am to 4pm: Bringing the Think and Do pop-up to life
Everyone is welcome to join us on a day of activities to get the space ready to go. There will be a range of activities including: 

  • Community mapping
    Who is doing what and where to tackle the climate crisis?
  • Make a sofa
    Learn how to build a simple and sustainable sofa using recycled wooden pallets.
  • Greening the space
    Join local gardeners to create a green sculpture to green the space while making use of fresh garden cuttings. 
  • Green mural
    Join local children in the design and painting of a featured mural to welcome visitors.
  • Bike power
    Jump on our bike generator and find out how much power is required to light a string of LED lights
  • A taste of India
    Sample a delicious and simple portion of rice and dal cooked by a local resident. 

Thursday 7 November

10am to 12 noon: Test and Learn
A weekly session where we review and learn from what we are doing and continue to improve from week to week. 

12.30 to 2pm: Developing a climate crisis public information campaign 
One of the recommendations from the Citizens' Assembly was to develop a public campaign to raise awareness of the climate crisis and enable positive behaviour change to tackle this urgent issue. Led by the Council, we are bringing together a range of people from different backgrounds to help us design and develop the campaign. RSVP to James Davies: james.davies@camden.gov.uk

12.30pm: Building a giant bottle sculpture 
Students from Acland Burghley School will come together to create a sculpture made of plastic bottles to raise awareness of single-use plastic, followed by a reflection of what can we do to tackle this issue. Organised by Transition Kentish Town and The Sustainers. 

2 to 4pm: Weaving workshop
Come and learn how to free weave on a loom. A great fun activity for all abilities.

3 to 5pm: The climate crisis and public health 
Join experts from Camden and Islington's Public Health Team as we reflect on the impacts of the climate crisis on our health and explore actions we can all take to minimise the risks. 

6 to 8pm: Unleashing the power of collective imagination
An evening featuring climate change lawyer, author and activist Farhana Yamin, Extinction Rebellion Camden and... dinosaurs! 

Friday 8 November

10am to 1pm: Face the waste issue
Pop in and meet the Council staff who are working to reduce food waste and get your recycling and rubbish questions answered. 

11am to 12 noon: Food waste: What can we do to minimise it? 
An educational talk to learn how to reduce food waste and save money. Organised by the Council.   

3 to 5pm: Fermentation workshop
Join a local expert to learn how to produce food using fermentation as opposed to cooking. 

5.30 to 6.30pm: Capturing the power of the sun: going solar
A talk by Power Up North London to highlight the opportunities and challenges of going solar in Camden and how you can help to make it happen. 

6.30 to 8pm: Networking event
Join us at this fun networking event for an opportunity to get to know other people in your local area interested in tackling the climate crisis. 

Saturday 9 November

10.30am to 1pm: Hackathon
Come and join us to help turn some of the week's ideas into action. This is an opportunity to work together and start connecting people, resources and ideas shared at the pop-up as a way of enabling new projects and activities to happen.

10.30am to 1pm: Nothing New November
A fab fashion swap with Friends of the Earth Camden. Join us for an afternoon of clothes swapping, talks and opportunities to find out how you can make the most of your clothes, without damaging the planet.

10.30am to 1pm: Get sewing
There will be an opportunity to repair and mend your much-loved piece of clothing with a sewing workshop led by Little Hands. 

6 to 8pm: Rewilding Camden launch
Rewilding is large-scale conservation aimed at restoring and protecting wild nature like flowers. Last week in collaboration with The Conservation Volunteers’ Green Gym we laid 70 square metres of species-rich wildflower turf in the first stage of our rewilding programme on Raglan Estate. Join us to talk about how we can re-wild the whole of Camden over a communal meal made from surplus veg from Kentish Town Veg Box.

 

Thursday 14 November

 

10am to 12 noon: Test and learn

 A weekly session where we review and learn from what we are doing and continue to improve from week to week.

 

12.30 to 2pm: Let’s create a Camden forest

Come and share your ideas of how we could create an urban forest in Camden.

 

3 to 4pm: Singing for the environment

Join local activists including members of Transition Kentish Town, Extinction Rebellion UK and Culture Declares Emergency, on a series of singing sessions to perform for the environment. This session will be followed by three more sessions (16 Nov, 3-4pm – 21 Nov, 3-4pm – 21 Nov, 3-4pm).

 

4 to 5.30pm: Storytelling drop-in workshop

Join Natural Born Storytellers founder Michael Kossew for some tips on how to get the most from sharing a story. Please Bring along a skeleton story or a series of events that you want to turn into a story under the theme of 'Waking up to the Climate Crisis'.
 

6 to 8pm: Natural Born Storytellers live show 'Waking Up to the Climate Crisis'
Natural Born Storytellers presents an evening of true stories from Rebels and others .

4 to 8pm: Weaving the community together

Come and learn how to free weave on a loom while contributing to creating a community piece of art. A great fun activity for all abilities. Feel free to bring any piece of material you would like to incorporate into the community cloth. If anyone wants to donate any natural leftover yarn, you are more than welcome.

 

Friday 15 November

 

10am to 11.30am: Qigong for ecological and climate resilience

An introduction to Qigong, the ancient Chinese art of health and wellbeing. Come and learn some Qigong practices that will help you to connect and nourish your energetic body, and from there, to the group and beyond.

 

1.30 to 4.30pm: Food waste: Refill Station Camden

Camden is trialling a mobile refill station selling unpackaged grains, liquids and cleaning products to customers with their own reusable bags, mugs or boxes. Biodegradable, recyclable or reusable storage containers will also be available.

 

3 to 5pm: Grow a community garden

Come and learn how to get your community garden off the ground with Transition Kentish Town. You will learn how to plant native wildflower meadows to support local biodiversity.

 

6 to 8pm: What has Fairtrade got to do with Camden and climate change

Join us for an evening of Fairtrade films, tea/coffee and cakes, as Camden Fairtrade group leads us on a discussion about the effects of climate change on farmers around the world.

 

Saturday 16 November

 

10.30am to 1pm: Hackathon

Come and join us to help turn some of the week's ideas into action. This is an opportunity to work together and start connecting people, resources and ideas shared at the pop-up as a way of enabling new projects and activities to happen.

 

1pm: Kids vegan cookery workshop

A workshop for kids and parents who are interested in helping the climate through reducing meat and dairy, and learn how to make some fun and easy vegan treats.

 

1 to 4pm: A family workshop sculpture: Say no to single-use plastic

Join us for a fun afternoon building a giant plastic bottle sculpture made of single-use plastic bottles. The sculpture will be used across the borough to raise awareness around single-use plastic. Bring your plastic bottles to add to the sculpture.

 

3 to 4pm: Singing for the environment 

Join local activists including members of Transition Kentish Town, Extinction Rebellion UK and Culture Declares Emergency, on a series of singing sessions to perform for the environment. This session will be followed by two more sessions (21 Nov, 3-4pm – 21 Nov, 3-4pm).

 

4 to 6pm: Weaving the community together

Come and learn how to free weave on a loom while contributing to creating a community piece of art. A great fun activity for all abilities. Feel free to bring any piece of material you would like to incorporate into the community cloth. If anyone wants to donate any natural leftover yarn, you are more than welcome.

 

6 to 8pm: Culture Declares evening

Join Fehinti Balogun, a British Nigerian talking about the Climate Crisis and why he got involved with XR. Fehinti’s presentation will be followed by a discussion lead by Farhana Yamin on how we engage ethnic minorities in the climate debate.

 

Thursday 21 November

 

10am to 12 noon: Test and Learn

A weekly session where we review and learn from what we are doing and continue to improve from week to week.

 

12.30 to 2pm: Schools and the climate crisis. What can you do?

A working group to explore what secondary schools in the borough can do to contribute to tackle the climate crisis. This discussion will build on the borough's climate crisis declaration and the role secondary schools played in the UK’s first Citizens' Assembly on the climate crisis in Camden. If you work in a local secondary school, are an active member of a parents association or have ideas of how schools can be more active, pop in and join the conversation.

 

2 to 3pm: Let’s create a Camden forest

Following our first successful session around how we could create an urban forest in Camden. We are hosting a follow-up meeting to further develop the ideas shared and make this project a reality which aims to plants 2025 new trees in private gardens by 2025.

 

3 to 4pm: Singing for the environment

Join us to sing for the environment and see if we want to go on to create a climate choir. We held our first session last week and there will be another gathering on 28 Nov, 3-4pm.

 

4 to 5pm: Caring for People and planet - South and North

Join Women of Colour from Global Women's strike and Crossroads Women's Centre in a workshop to discuss how we can collaborate to promote South-North initiatives that help us care for people and the environment everywhere.

 

5 to 6pm: Inclusive Reflections for Climate Justice. Power and race with Sen

A reflection session on what influences us to disconnect from people, locally and globally, as the basis to start thinking inclusively in terms of who is affected by the climate crisis and, recognise alternatives for climate solutions and our future.

 

6 to 8pm: 24 Hours of Reality: Truth in Action

On November 20–21, the world is coming together to talk about the climate crisis with 24 Hours of Reality: Truth in Action. Join the conversation here while we discuss what the crisis means for us in Camden – and how we can solve it.

 

6 to 8pm: Weaving the community together

Come and learn how to free weave on a loom while contributing to creating a community piece of art. A great fun activity for all abilities. Feel free to bring any piece of material you would like to incorporate into the community cloth. You are welcome to donate any natural leftover yarn.

 

Friday 22 November

 

10am to 12noon: Introduction to Climate Justice

‘Climate Justice’ has become a buzzword in the climate movement. But what does it really mean? In this workshop, we will be exploring why the climate movement must take into account how our economic system has created and perpetuated climate change.

11am to 4pm: A Knitted Christmas

Pop in and visit Kentish Town Library Knitting group stall and get hold of a treasured and unique knitted Christmas present for a loved one.

 

1.30 to 2.30pm: Primary school debate on the climate crisis

A group of students from Rhyl Primary school will come together to debate the climate crisis and discuss ideas around what can schools do to contribute to tackling this urgent issue. The Debate will be led by Transition Kentish Town and aims to activity students into action.

 

3 to 5pm: How to communicate the climate emergency

Central Saint Martin's graphic design students will share ideas and existing examples of participatory activities that address issues around climate change through graphic and communication design. They will be looking at what words/images will work best in Camden to engage residents to take action.

 

5.30 to 7.30pm Camden's Citizen's Assembly. What is next?

Early this summer Camden Council delivered of the UK first Citizen’s Assembly on the climate crisis. So what is next? Joins us for a follow-up session to learn about the outcomes of the Assembly and what how the Council is progressing on the delivery of the 17 agreed proposals.

 

Saturday 23 November

 

10.30am to 1pm: Hackathon

Come and join us to help turn some of the week's ideas into action. This is an opportunity to work together and start connecting people, resources and ideas shared at the pop-up as a way of enabling new projects and activities to happen.

 

1 to 4pm: Experts tips for low carbon renovations. Retrofit Camden

Have you got a question on how to retrofit your home to make it more energy efficient? Join local industry experts on a series of talks, questions and 1:1 surgeries on how to renovate your home. Just pop in with your renovation question.

 

6 to 7pm: Climate Change - 10 Years to Save the Planet

Join colleagues from Greenpeace as we discuss the science, the facts, and what we can all do to save our planet. We will be looking at every aspect of our day to day lives including food, energy, transport, recycling, fast fashion, technology, waste and finance. Bring your questions and ideas to feed into the conversation.

 

Thursday 28 November

 

10am to 12 noon: Test and Learn

A weekly session where we review and learn from what we are doing and continue to improve from week to week.

 

12noon to 1pm: Qigong for ecological and climate resilience

An introduction to Qigong, the ancient Chinese art of health and wellbeing. Come and learn some Qigong practices that will help you to connect and nourish your energetic body, and from there, to the group and beyond.

 

1.15 to 3pm: School debate. How can we stop fast fashion from destroying the planet?

A group of students from La Sainte Union will come together to debate the challenge of fast fashion, its environmental effects and what can we all do to address this issue. The Debate will be led by Transition Kentish Town and aims to activate students into action including a follow-up clothes swap event at the school.

 

3 to 4pm: Singing for the environment

Join us to sing for the environment and see if we want to go on to create a climate choir. This session will be followed with a final gathering on Saturday (30 Nov).

 

4 to 6.30pm: Pathfinding session for the climate awareness toolkit

Artists Rachel Jacobs and Giles Lane will run a hands-on mapping activity to explore the gaps and missing connections in how people understand the complexities of climate change and climate science. This workshop will be a pathfinding exercise towards co-designing a civic thinking awareness toolkit that can help people and communities de-mystify the complexities of climate change and reveal potential pathways for action.

 

6.30 to 8pm: Nowhere to call home

Join us as we explore human issues around climate change and forced migration. We will be showing a short film: 'Nowhere to call home', portraying climate refugees from Bangladesh and the Sami people of the Arctic, followed by a discussion regarding future actions and the relevance to Camden residents.

 

Friday 29 November

 

10am to 12noon: Keep warm for winter

Pop in for a chat with the Council Green Doctors about how to stay well and warm in your home this winter. They can give you tips on how you can reduce your energy bills and you can even book a home visit to have small energy efficiency measures (low-energy lightbulbs, radiator panels, etc.) fitted in your home, subject to eligibility.

 

11am to 4pm: A Knitted Christmas

Pop in and visit Kentish Town Library Knitting group stall and get hold of a treasured and unique knitted Christmas present for a loved one.

 

2.30 to 4pm: School debate. How can we stop fast fashion from destroying the planet?

Students from Parliament Hill and William Ellis secondary schools will come together to debate the challenge of fast fashion, its environmental effects and what can we all do to address this issue. The Debate will be led by Transition Kentish Town and aims to activity students into action including a follow-up clothes swap event at the school.

 

4 to 6pm: Placard making. 'Say bye bye to buy buy culture'

A banner-making workshop with Extinction Rebellion (XR). We will be making banners “Say bye bye to our buy buy culture”. We will then use these banners to stage a non-disruptive demonstration outside the Think and Do in support of the world-wide Climate Strike taking place that Friday.

 

4.30 to 6pm: Weaving the community together

Come and learn how to free weave on a loom while contributing to creating a community piece of art. This is the last session when we will be finishing this wonderful community cloth which will be donated to Think and Do. Feel free to bring any piece of material you would like to incorporate into the community cloth. If anyone wants to donate any natural leftover yarn, you are more than welcome.

 

6 to 8pm: From Imagination to Execution
Can Camden’s Think and Do Space mobilise Climate Action? Join Rob Hopkins and Farhana Yamin in conversation. You can expect an evening of talk, laughter, shared food.

 

Saturday 30 November

 

10.30am to 1pm: Hackathon

Come and join us to help turn some of the week's ideas into action. This is an opportunity to work together and start connecting people, resources and ideas shared at the pop-up as a way of enabling new projects and activities to happen.

 

1 to 2pm: Laughter yoga

Join us for some easy, fun laughter exercises – absolutely no experience or ability necessary! When we laugh we release endorphins that make us happier and lets us build compassion for those around us.

 

1 to 4pm: Tree giveaway. A Camden Forest project

Can you offer a caring new how for a young tree? If so, we need you. We are looking for dedicate 'story tree guardians' to plant 2025 story trees in back gardens across Camden by 2025. Just pop-in to sign up and take your new tree home.

 

2 to 4pm: A Knitted Christmas

Pop in and visit Kentish Town Library Knitting group stall and get hold of a treasured and unique knitted Christmas present for a loved one.

 

4-6 pm. Dr Bike repair workshop

Come and learn how to check you bike and to carry out simple adjustments and repairs.

 

6 to 8pm: Model My City — #SDGSforCamden campaign launch with Shana Tufail 

Join local resident, Shana Tufail — Model My City and collaborators, for a networking event to launch of #SDGSforCamden. This is an opportunity to connect and discuss how we might work together to localise the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) also known as the global goals, in particular, sustainable cities (SDG11), climate action (SDG13) and partnerships for the goals (SDG17).