• Abby Chitty

Think and Do: Community space for climate and eco-action reopens in Camden

Tuesday 04/02/2020

Following its success as a temporary pop-up last year, Camden's Think and Do has reopened its doors as a permanent community cafe.

The outside view of the Think and Do Cafe
Think and Do offers residents the opportunity to come together to tackle climate change. Credit: Abby Chitty / City News

Camden Council has partnered with the Think and Do Project, Transition Kentish Town and Friends of the Earth to create a community space for residents to attend workshops on climate change and discuss action to tackle it at a local level.

Think and Do was initially opened as a six-week pop-up in response to last year’s Citizens’ Assembly recommendation that local communities come together to fight against global warming.

Following its success, Think and Do decided to start phase two by setting up a semi-permanent community café in Kentish Town where talks and training on eco-action will take place weekly, led by local groups and young people.

Camden Greenpeace hosted the first event since the space reopened; an immersive exhibition in support of Greenpeace’s Protect The Oceans campaign.

A variety of activities and talks were held to educate residents on the crisis surrounding the world’s oceans.

A table with various craft activities surrounding the theme of protecting the oceans.
Activities on offer involved colouring in for children and VR headsets for an immersive experience. Credit: Abby Chitty/ City News

The event was held to encourage residents of Kentish Town to put pressure on the UK government to endorse the UN’s Global Oceans Treaty.

Attendees were able to sign a petition to make 30% of the World’s Oceans into Sanctuaries by 2030.

The event was endorsed by Sian Berry, co-leader of the Green Party and Camden counsellor.

The Think and Do café will be open six days a week until the end of May 2020, with two evening sessions to take place weekly between 18:00 and 20:00.

Their next key event will take place on 14 March and will involve a brainstorming session on how local business, schools and organisations can reduce plastic waste in the Camden area.

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