18th Newsletter from Low Carbon Communities

We’ve missed posting a few, but here’s the latest.

Welcome to the 18th LCCN newsletter. These come to you regularly with updates on what the Network is doing, other developments and, if you tell us, what you’re doing. We’re keen to find contributors who could send us an update (monthly?) on whats happening in their region that may be of interest elsewhere. And please forward this to anyone who may be interested, reminding them that they can get their own copy at www.lowcarboncommunities.net

  • Climate change and the spending review
  • Early Day Motion being proposed to take Action on Climate Change
  • Learning Opportunities in Sustainable Communities and Environmental Technologies
  • University of Leicester’s second Big Green Week
  • Year-to-Date Global temperatures are Warmest on Record (and archive of Climate disasters)
  • How to Win the Climate Change Argument during a 15 minute tea break


Climate and the spending review
So how did we fare? Most people say that the spending review brought very mixed news. As FoE say, On the plus side, green business got a welcome boost with £200m pledged to support low-carbon technologies like offshore wind. This will mean thousands of new green jobs in areas like the North East that need it most. And, thanks to campaigning by Friends of the Earth supporters, there was a reprieve for feed-in tariffs and the renewable heat incentive. This will encourage more people and businesses to generate clean, green energy and help wean the UK off its expensive addiction to coal and oil.
But savage cuts to home insulation and bus schemes will hit the UK’s poorest people and the planet hard.
Slashing energy-efficiency grants to some of the UK’s most vulnerable people will send a chill into many homes – while cutting £300m from busues will devastate services that the poorest rely on most.
The Green Investment Bank survived and is critical to the UK’s low-carbon future, but it needs more money and to happen fast. Of the £6Bn called for there’s just £1Bn.
FoE are asking you to “help us convince the Government to make it a real bank not just a fund, before the big decisions are made”.
Also the 38 degrees organisation is asking people to email MPs to protect green jobs. You can email your MP on this issue by clicking here.

Early Day Motion

853 Action on Climate Change
This EDM proposed by MP John McDonnell, sets out a radical vision for the action on climate. It has been signed by 12 MPs in its first week. Get yours to sign up too.
Among other things it states that immediate action is required to enact a programme of emergency measures with substantial emissions reductions with a goal of achieving a Zero Carbon Britain by 2030; “that at least two hours of prime time television per week should be used to explain the gravity of the crisis to the public”, that domestic flights should be phased out, a speed limit of 55 miles per hour introduced and unabated coal usage reduced.

Learning Opportunities in Sustainable Communities and Environmental Technologies
Aston’s Universities Lifelong Learning Centre is leading the development of a new Lifelong Learning network offering part time, flexible and accessible modules relating to the building of sustainable communities, urban regeneration and environmental technologies. A varity of modules and on offer and may be taken independently or as part of a negotiated award (Certificate HE, Diploma HE, BSc) in Professional Development. They have been designed and developed by the Lifelong Learning Centre and partners to develop understanding and skills needed for the emerging green knowledge based economy. Among Aston’s partners are MADE, Localise West Midlands, Sterling Power and I-SE and Chameleon Designs. The modules are mainly at level 4, are accessible, flexibly delivered, practical and contemporary. New modules include: Sustainable Built Environment; Practical Strategies for Local Food; Engaging Communities in Climate Change; Setting Up and Running a Social Enterprise; Planning for Energy and Carbon Reduction; Environmental Auditing; Concepts and Issues in Sustainable Development, Sustainable Cities; Visualising and Understanding Geographic Information; Technology, Society and Sustainable Life; Sustainable Design Strategies; Enhancing Employment Skills, Professional Practice and many others.
Further information can be found at: http://www1.aston.ac.uk/study/professional
Or by contacting John Blewitt (j.d.blewitt@aston.ac.uk / 0121 204 4284) or Shelly Campbell (s.campbell@aston.ac.uk / 0121 204 5220).

Just How Big is a Tonne of Carbon?
The University of Leicester holds its second Big Green Week from next Monday. The full programme is now on their webpages – www.le.ac.uk/environment. The highlight of the week will be a carbon cube built in the centre of the campus which shows the volume of a tonne of carbon at standard atmospheric pressure. It’s as big as a house.

Year-to-Date Global temperatures are Warmest on Record (and Climate disasters)

The US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric spell it out fairly clearly: this is the warmest year to date:http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories
It’s easy to miss extreme weather stories. The Guardian website now has a running page on this:http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/natural-disasters
Someone else has posted a selection of films from this year in YouTube here

Climate Forum
Saturday, 30th October
Friends House, euston Road, London 1.00pm to 7.00pm
Zero Carbon 2030. We need to reach this goal and we can reach this goal. But to get there we will need a radical programme of climate action for the UK – a positive vision with real solutuions. Join us in challenging the new government to take the kind of action we really need to address the Climate Emergency.
Speakers include; John Mcdonnell MP, Caroline Lucas MP, Maria Souviron (Bolivian Ambassador), George Marshall (founder of COIN), Ben Brangwyn (Transition Towns), Vicki Hird (FoE Real Food Campaign), John Stewart (HACAN, Airport Watch) Stephen Murphy (‘Zero Carbon Britain’ Team).

How to Win the Climate Change Argument
In a 15 minute tea break
Date: 13th November 2010
Time: 10am – 1pm
Venue: Brighton Junction
This course aims to: Provide tools for one-to-one engagement and inspiration in workplaces, organisations and social situations.
The course is suitable for anyone interested to learn the communication skills and negotiation techniques required to inspire others in their workplace to take action on Climate Change by identifying and challenging common arguments against doing so.
For more information click here.

You want more good local stories instead of global bad news? – well send those stories to us!

Website: lowcarboncommunities.net 26/10/2010

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