London goes green - for a fortnight

For two weeks, London will be a green playground hosting events and projects ranging from naked cycle rides and organic food fairs to community clean-ups and business seminars - all designed to promote a more sustainable and carbon neutral capital.

Love London is the largest London Sustainability Weeks since the event was created four years ago, with a lineup of over 250 events taking place on June 3 - 17.

Over a half million visitors from London and across Europe are expected to participate and go to events, experiencing what organizers call a "diversity of creativity of local action and community projects that are working to make the city's communities more sustainable."

"This year, we're focusing on engaging with more communities by putting on events that will appeal to a wider audience," Vicky Kingston, communications manager of London Community Recycling Network (CRN) told edie.

"We're trying new and different things because we want this to be open to everyone."

Events include London FRN (Furniture Reuse Network), a campaign for furniture reuse. TV personality Oliver Heath has created an installation for the campaign, trying to show that "one person's unwanted furniture is another's dream come true."

Artists, musicians and visual artists will perform throughout Stokefest and various environmental talks on tackling climate change and promoting sustainability will be discussed at a series of events called Faith in London's Environment.

Love London kicks off this Sunday, June 3rd with the Camden Green Fair and an ethical fashion show.

London CRN is one of five environmental organizations that hosts the annual celebration of events around the capital. The Love London campaign works with local authorities and major campaigning groups, with a commitment to promoting and assisting small, community-based initiatives.

Organizers say that the idea of 'local sustainability festivals' such as Love London are now being taken up by other UK cities and across Europe.

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Dana Gornitzki


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