IN THE SPOTLIGHT – R URBAN POPLAR

R urban Poplar - Andy. Part of the Just FACT programme - climate Transition
In this series of blogs we meet some of the amazing partners helping to deliver Just FACT, (Just Food and Climate Transition)  a 5 year project in Tower Hamlets. Here, Joshua, Just FACT Mobiliser, speaks to Andy, one of the coordinators at R Urban Poplar.
R-Urban Poplar, off Brion place on the Teviot Estate, is a community garden and re-use facility. Over the past couple years, the site has transformed into a learning facility equipped with a small kitchen, classroom, anaerobic digester, workshop and growing spaces. 
There are classes around food and wellbeing, as well as growing and local energy production. It provides an important space for community with discussions and educational workshops or simply a get together over a cup of tea – all designed to share new skills for people living in Poplar and further afield. 
We met with Andy, one of the coordinators at the site to hear more about how it started and what their involvement in Just FACT will look like, check the video out below!   

What is Just FACT 

The Tower Hamlets Just Food and Climate Transition project led by Wen is a collaborative community led programme to create a tried and tested blueprint for a sustainable and socially just urban food system.  
 Although unsustainable food practices are behind some of our biggest problems in society, food also has a huge power to be part of the solution. Food is at the heart of our communities and families; it is an everyday way for us all to engage with tackling climate change, building a healthier society and injecting opportunities and equity back into our neighbourhoods.  
Find out more about Just FACT

JOSHUA VIRASAMI, JUST FACT MOBILISER

Joshua was born in Hounslow and has lived in London his whole life. He has been involved in a number of economic, climate and racial justice projects and continues to play key roles in a number of organisations. He is a passionate chef, feels at home in nature and is deeply committed to collaborative education and community ownership.

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