About

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 14 to Saturday 23 November).

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 

Schedule: Thursday 14 November to Saturday 23 November

Think & Do pop-up community space

Shop design by: alistephens.co.uk

 

Thursday 14 November - Book via Think&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.

 

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 - Book via Think&Do Eventbrite

 

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 - Book via Think&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.

 

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 - Book via Think&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.

 

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 pace 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 and Decolonising Environmentalism

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 - Book via Think&Do Eventbrite

 

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 - Book via Think&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.

 

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.

 

4 to 6pm: Climate workshop with frontline staff in the health & social care sector

A working session looking at the impact of the climate emergency on public services and the disproportionate effect it has on vulnerable groups. We will be looking at how front line staff can contribute to reduce this effect and how we can nurture climate stewardship. The session will be led by Telescope, an organisation dedicated to delivering meaningful change while closing the gap between people on the front line and those making policy.

 

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.

 

 

Unless stated, booking isn’t required but register your interest if you’re thinking of coming via Think&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. 
Contact Becca Dove: Becca.Dove@camden.gov.uk

Saturday 2 November

11am to 4pm: Bringing the Think & 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. 

Contact: Debbie Bourne debbiebourne21@gmail.com or Alicia Pivaro aliciapivaro@me.com 

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 & 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.
Book on Eventbrite

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. RSVP to Debbie Bourne: debbiebourne21@gmail.com