LCCN Newsletter – Issue 34

Welcome to the 34th 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
Contents this week:

  • Attend the UK Aware exhibition
  • Complete the DECC Survey on level of demand for Community Energy
  • Sign to lobby your MPs to support the Climate Act
  • Attend the one-day “Creating Low Carbon Communities” event in London
  • Results of the Feed-in Tariff Survey
  • News from Europe
  • Prince Charles speaks out
  • 10:10 is recruiting a new Director
  • Earth Community Festival

UK AWARE
Now in its fourth year, UK AWARE will bring together over 150 exhibitors, 10,000 visitors, and over 50 world class speakers. It will offer visitors unique opportunity to discover some of the thousands of amazing products and services ranging from cars to computers, from fashion to food and from eco-tourism to energy saving advice- and lots more!

Our key zones:

  • Green Machines Expo – Britain’s largest collection of low carbon vehicles
  • Home and Lifestyle – green ideas for both inside and outside the home
  • Energy – to see some of the innovative ways in which you can reduce your energy consumption
  • Fashion – create your own ethical style
  • Business – an oasis of solutions to make your business a sustainable champion
  • Kids area – shows and interactive activities designed to inspire the next generation
  • Food area – locally sourced, delicious treats to tantalise your palette
  • Workshop area – urban bee keeping, restyling your clothes, bike repair and maintenance

…. plus much much more!  Come to UK AWARE and be part of the solution not the problem!
Visit www.ukaware.com for tickets and join our newsletter to be kept up to date with the latest developments.


The event details
: 25th and 26th of March, 10am-6pm

Contact
: 0207 091 7214/info@ukaware.com

Event address
:
Olympia Two, Hammersmith road, London, W14 8UX

UK AWARE has also created a discount code LCCN which gives LCCN members discounted tickets for £5. (full price £7) To get the discount just write the code in the promotional box at the ticket booking page which can be found at www.ukaware.com.

DECC survey on demand for community energy
DECC have launched their own survey (with some interesting similarities with some other surveys…)  They say: Community Energy has a key role to play in the UK’s future energy mix. We are told that it brings people together, reduces bills, and helps for the environment. Many organisations are working to make it easier for communities to set up their own schemes, but very little is known about the level of interest in this type of energy.
This short survey explores the latent demand for Community Energy; who has done it, who hasn’t, and why?  What technologies are being used, how much energy do they generate, and who is it being generated for?

Whether you’ve never even considered Community Energy or you’ve set up a city-wide scheme, your experiences and opinions are imperative in answering these questions. If you have 5-10 minutes please contribute to this very important survey at the following link.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/communityenergy
If you have any questions about this survey please contact community-energy@hotmail.co.uk


Have you signed up to the Big Climate Connection yet?

The
Energy Bill is our first chance to meet the targets in our Climate Change Act, but right now it’s nowhere nearly strong enough. We need a huge amount of public pressure to make sure MPs up their game and grab this opportunity to put the Climate Change Act into practice.
We need you to lobby your MP in April
. There may be others in your area already planning a lobby, you can check out the
lobby map to find out what’s happening near you. And if nothing’s going on, you can sign up on the map to organise a lobby.
There are also public meetings being organised across the country, and the next one is in Manchester in 2 weeks! You can see if there’s one near you on the map, or check out a a list of areas where people are planning meetings on our public meetings page.

We still need to help build a network in George Osborne’s constituency (Tatton) and Eric Pickles’ constituency (Brentwood & Ongar). Are you a climate concerned constituent of Tatton or Brentwood & Ongar? Get in touch: lobby@stopclimatechaos.org!

With your help we can make sure our MPs understand the importance of this bill and vote to make it as ambitious as possible!

For more information on the Big Climate Reconnection visit – www.thebigconnection.org
 

Creating Low-Carbon Communities Conference
Creating Low-Carbon Communities, on the first day of Climate Week, is the first national event to bring together community-based low-carbon project developers with City of London financial expertise and other professional support firms.
With localism firmly on the political agenda, this one-day event is designed to provide the key steps and know-how for community-based projects to raise capital and become self-financing in the long term, providing the renewable power to drive the Big Society. This event is run by Carbon Leapfrog: for more information see:
http://carbonleapfrog.org/home/2011/1/10/come-to-our-communities-conference-on-21-march.html

Feed In Tariffs Survey

Thanks to all those who’ve responded to the CCAA survey in response to the Government’s recent announcement of the fast track review of FiT (as in last week’s newsletter). It’s still open, so if you’ve not had your say get along to:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CCAA_consultation_on_fast_track_review_of_FiT

European Action
Our colleagues in the European Low Carbon Society network have joined with Greenpeace and others to produce the Declaration: “100% Renewable Energy in Europe by 2050”. It has now been supported by more than 50 entities including international NGO networks (INFORSE-Europe, EEB, CAN-Europe, FoE-Europe, WWF), national NGOs like Germanwatch, European renewable energy industry associations (EWEA, EUBIA, EPIA, ESTIF, ESHA, AEBIOM, EOEA) and 38 members of the European Parliament.
The Declaration is open to join by organisations, networks and companies until October 2011 and they are hoping to hear from you. Contact: frauke.thies@diala.greenpeace.org .
For this and more news: http://www.lowcarbon-societies.eu/


The Prince and the Sceptics

On 9th February 2011 Prince Charles spoke on climate change, industry and our environment. He took the time to go head-on for the climate sceptics, which is worth a watch for a few choice lines…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgw9IgTs8kI&feature=player_embedded
There’s a link next to this clip to a film of his whole speech.


And another job
10:10 is looking to recruit a new executive director to lead the organisation and help carry out our mission: to inspire and celebrate low-carbon living. See  http://www.1010global.org/uk/jobs (and don’t mention exploding children!….)

Conversations with the Earth Community Festival
11-20 March at the Old Book
Binders, 9 Green Street, East Oxford, OX4 1YB

At the heart of the festival is the multimedia exhibition, “Indigenous Voices on Climate Change” that combines impressive photo-stories with moving community videos from indigenous communities that live in critical ecosystems around the world.
At the community festival you are invited to hear the stories and learn about the work of both these far-off indigenous communities and your Oxford neighbours and to find out what you can do yourself to contribute to a more sustainable and just lifestyle – through a varied program of workshops, conversations over food, films, discussions, music, dance, poetry, comedy, art.
For more information visit the website – www.wix.com/conversationsearth/festival



LCCN Facebook page
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We are very keen to get local news – reports, project launches, meetings etc.. Send us the details!

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