Greener shoots in economic crisis

 

London may be suffering from an economic melt-down but it is also a fertile seed bed for green ideas. The current Mayor, Boris Johnson,  does not necessarily spring to mind when you think about gardening, but it seems that he has realised the value of vegetable gardens:

The Mayor is also supporting the excellent Capital Crowth project set up by Rosie Boycott which aims to create 2012 new food growing spaces  in the UK by 2012 http://www.capitalgrowth.org/Mr Johnson is also promoting roof gardens in London as the new weapon in the fight against climate change in our cities as  they soak up rainwater from heavy downpours now experienced by London and in fact many other major cities.http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/aug/30/climatechange.greenpolitics

Mr Johnson’s adaptation strategy,  billed as a world first, calls for compulsory water metering, greater awareness of flood risks and more tree planting, alongside stronger efforts to resist attempts by local authorities and insurance companies to fell existing urban trees – great news!

This strategy  calls for a citywide “urban greening” programme, using green spaces and trees to absorb and retain rainwater,  and recommends greater use of rainwater harvesting and “grey water” recycling in new buildings.

Dear Boris might like to take a look at what is happenning in the States with a wonderful organisation called Sky Vegetables http://www.skyvegetables.com. They encourage supermarkets and other businesses to grow vegetables on their roofs to minimise carbon footprints and help harvest valuable rain water falling on roof tops that otherwise would evaporate .Maybe Tesco and Waitrose should explore this as an option if they are serious about their ‘green credentials’?

Check out a useful UK web-site that promotes green roofs (roofs that are intentionally vegetated) and provides advice for their installation – http://www.livingroofs.org.

Let’s hope all of these ideas develop during 2009/10 as an optimistic answer to the current economic turmoil.

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