Welcome to the 28th 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
Communities and Climate Action Conference
The Communities and Climate Action conference takes place on the 16th and 17th: we look forward to meeting many of you there. See the page on our website for the latest details.
Our AGM will take place on Sunday 16th
It will now not be at the conference venue, but in the ‘Empire Theatre Bar’, upstairs at ‘The Lamb’, a pub on Lambs Conduit St, about 4 minutes walk from the Conference, at 5pm. Sorry that this may not be convenient for those not attending the event, but it does make sense. Anyone is welcome, regardless of whether you are at the conference or not.
Our Annual Report will be on the website very shortly, along with the AGM Agenda and other papers.
If you’re not coming to the AGM but would like to be more involved, we can accept nominations for the Management Group in advance, and would also be interested to hear from people interested to join an Advisory Group. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org with Management Group in the subject line if you’re interested.
Mapping local action on climate change
As part of our work towards the conference we will be starting to map (with your help) local action on climate change. The Map will go live just before the conference and be linked to our website. If your group would like to be on the map (with a link to your website and info about your work) watch our site for more details.
Climate Week Awards
Climate Week is March 21st -27th. As part of the week they will be running a series of awards celebrate the UK’s most innovative, effective, and ambitious organisations, communities and individuals and their outstanding efforts to combat climate change. They will be judged by a star panel including Lord Nicholas Stern (author of the Stern Report), Mary Robinson (the former President of Ireland), best-selling author Ian McEwan, environmental campaigner Tony Juniper, eco adventurer David de Rothschild, Eden Project founder Tim Smit, and Terry Tamminen, advisor on climate change to Arnold Schwarzenegger. There are 15 categories in the Awards including:
- Most Inspirational Leader
- Outstanding leadership that has transformed or progressed an organisation or community’s approach to combating climate change
- Most Inspirational Young Person
- Recognising the next generation of leaders taking action on climate change.
- Best Community Initiative
- Recognising effective projects bringing about change or mobilising people to act at local level.
- Best Local Initiative
- Recognising effective initiatives to help combat climate change by local government and regional bodies.
Go to www.climateweek.com/awards for more information and to enter an award. Deadline for entries: 5pm, Friday 4 February 2011.
Get support for your renewable energy project on energyshare
energyshare is a new social network to support and celebrate community renewable energy projects. It is an innovative idea that aims to fundamentally change the way people source, use and even generate their energy.
energyshare is a social network where you can connect with other people and community groups. The site will provide information about funding and help groups negotiate renewable energy choices and planning. It enables groups across the UK to connect online, and aims to encourage change on a massive scale. Case studies and short films offer inspiration and practical tips from communities, such as a community swimming pool which saved more than 50% on heating costs by using renewable energy, a community hall which slashed running costs by 90% and a BMX club who light their track at night thanks to solar PV. Have a look at films of these projects here:
One of energyshare’s core aims is to help thousands more renewable energy projects be realised in Great Britain and to celebrate the pioneers who have led the way. Groups who join energyshare can gather the support needed to make their project a success and share their experiences to help other communities.
Visit www.energyshare.com for more information and to help make something amazing happen in renewable energy.
Al Gore, Gary neville or Cheryl Cole: Who would you trust on climate change?
A survey commissioned by Climate Week suggests celebrities can help to communicate climate change… Check the Guardian website:
Coal’s burnout: Have investors moved on to cleaner energy sources?
The Washington Post says that “the headline news for the coal industry in 2010 was what didn’t happen: Construction did not begin on a single new coal-fired power plant in the United States for the second straight year”. This in a nation where a fleet of coal-fired plants generates nearly half the electricity used.
But a combination of low natural gas prices, shale gas discoveries, the economic slowdown and litigation by environmental groups has stopped – at least for now – groundbreaking on new ones.
“Coal is a dead man walkin’,” says Kevin Parker, global head of asset management and a member of the executive committee at Deutsche Bank. “Banks won’t finance them. Insurance companies won’t insure them. The EPA is coming after them. . . . And the economics to make it clean don’t work.”
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