LCCN Newsletter – Issue 32


Welcome to the 32nd 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. Please forward this to anyone who may be interested, reminding them that they can get their own copy at: www.lowcarboncommunities.net

Have you joined the Big Climate Reconnection?
People around the UK are busy setting up meetings with their MPs to make sure MPs push for the most ambitious Energy Bill that we can get, and for real progress on an international climate fund for poor countries.
The meeting dates are flooding in, and as well as a public meeting in Dorset with Oliver Letwin this Friday, there are also meetings now set up in Richmond Park and Tottenham and the list of groups planning public meetings is growing – you can see more here- http://www.stopclimatechaos.org/bcc2-pm-list.
And we’re still as keen as ever to build up local pressure on the key MPs – could you help set up a public, or lobby meeting in Witney, Tatton or Brentford & Ongar?
If you’re interested in setting up, or getting involved with a meeting in your area, you can sign up to the lobby map – http://www.stopclimatechaos.org/10/aug/big-connection-climate-map, or contact your regional mobiliser –http://www.stopclimatechaos.org/mobilisers.
More information: www.thebigconnection.org

Show your support for wind energy now! (5 minutes online!)

Several backbench (Conservative) MPs have become convinced that their constituents oppose wind power, even though surveys have repeatedly shown that the majority of the public support wind – and wouldn’t mind living near a windfarm.

The data to support this is summarised in the 2009 DECC report: http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content
They’ve organised a parliamentary debate on onshore wind on Thursday this week, and we expect them to use the occasion to push myths about wind – because that’s exactly what they did to get the debate.
See wind energy campaign Embrace My Planet’s take on this at: http://embracemyplanet.com/blog/archive
Embrace my planet want your help NOW!  They say “We need to tell MPs the truth – that the silent majority of the population is in favour of wind energy. Please use the page at this link to write to your MP – you’ll need to log in and click on the pink button on the right. We need MPs to stand up in the debate and say they support wind – not just because they believe in renewable energy, but because we believe in it too. We all know that it’s the job of an MP to represent their constituents. We’re sure you’d agree that it’s their job to represent ALL their constituents, not just the noisiest ones. “



Welsh community energy initiative seeks creative input…

A community initiative in Wales is developing an affordable loan financing mechanism to provide the upfront capital communities need to get their energy schemes off the ground and start generating an income for their communities. They are currently looking at four ‘creative routes’ and we’d like your input on what these mean to you. We’d also like to know what alternative suggestions you might have and why you think they’re prefect for what we’re doing. And because we value your time, at least as much as you do, if your, undoubtedly brilliant, ideas are taken on board then we’ll cite your originality as a way of saying thank you.
To fill in the form please click this link – http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NS9YPT2
Stop Climate Chaos Meeting
We mentioned this meeting last week.  The notes and links are now available. You can either download all the (extensive!) notes here, or just the sections you’re interested in below.
The three strands of SCC’s work in 2011 were presented to the coalition, followed by group discussions to iron out uncertainties and explore how these campaigns could work for coalition members. The presentations and discussion notes are combined below for each campaign strand:
1) Energy Bill campaigning and the Big Climate Reconnection (the main focus in spring). Download Energy Bill and BCC2 notes.
2) Towards a world beyond fossil fuels (throughout the year, with a peak in Summer). Download ‘world beyond fossil fuels’ notes.
3) An International focus in autumnDownload notes on international SCC campaigning 

Assest Transfer boosts local green activity
There’s a large and growing focus on ‘asset transfer’ as communities take over local assets, be they halls, offices or even piers. A good and green example has just got on the BBC (local news) as Lampeter-based Transition Llambed has agreed to sign a 20-year-lease for their local closed-down ‘Victoria Hall’. Check them out at – www.News.bbc.co.uk/local/midwales/hi/people_and_places/newsid_9386000/9386629.stm
For more advice on how you could do it see the Asset Transfer Unit – http://atu.org.uk/

 


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