LCCN Newsletter 39


Welcome to the 39th 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

Cities and Climate Change

The UN Global Report on Human Settlements 2011, released today, focuses on Cities and Climate Change.  For links to the report and back up materials see our website:

http://lowcarboncommunities.net/2011/03/29/cities-and-climate-change/

Renewable Energy debate heats up

In the wake of the Fukushima disaster, there’s been a lot of public talk and a lot of rubbishing of renewables by people (usually associated with the beleaguered nuclear industry). It’s easy to hear pundits say how ‘everybody hates wind farms’ even though the opinion polls show just the opposite is true (when people resort to this blatant lying, it usually means they are losing the argument!).

But we need to counter these and other inaccurate allegations. The best place to start is ‘Embrace My Planet’ the pro-renewables website.

http://www.embracemyplanet.com/facts has answers to all the myths.

 

Councils Survey

Thanks to all those who have responded. This is ongoing and is important – please help with this.

See the survey at – http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/68ZG3SB

 

 

Reconnections all over the country!

Big Climate Reconnections are being made all over England and Wales – with 9 public meetings and lots more lobby meetings taking place in the next fortnight! Take a look at our interactive lobby mapto see if there’s one near you. If you can’t make a meeting, you can still ‘be there’ by following bigconnect on Twitter.

If there’s nothing happening yet in your area, why not sign up to organise a lobby with your MP? We’ll be asking our MPs to help make sure the government accepts the Committee on Climate Change’s advice, vote to make the Energy Bill stronger and deliver on international climate finance.

More information at: www.thebigconnection.org

Thank you. Together we can make a difference.

 

Superhomes

The Sustainable Energy Academy promotes education and action to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings and communities.  They are developing ‘Old Home SuperHome’ – a network of exemplar, old dwellings which have undergone an energy-efficiency retrofit. They aim to create a network of homes that are local and publicly accessible, within 15 minutes, to nearly everyone in the country. Many of these are open this coming weekend so why not fix a visit?

See www.sustainable-energyacademy.org.uk or check on these links:

 

Hockerton Housing Tours

Another place to learn by seeing and doing is the ever-excellent Hockerton Housing Project who have been doing low energy and renewably powered housing for many years in Nottinghamshire. Their ‘hub for sustainable living and housing’ can help you:

 

  • Cut your energy bills
  • Build you own eco home or office
  • Get Inspired or inspire your students, employees or community group
  • Generate your own renewable energy

See www.hockertonhousingproject.org.uk for details of upcoming events and much more.

 

More training dates

Talk Action are running more relevant  Training Courses:

Engaging Communities on Climate Change

(7 April 2011, London)

Communicating Renewable Energy: Training Day

(12 May 2011, London)

As ever, some subsidised places are available.

 

 

LCCN Facebook page

Please like the Low Carbon Communities facebook page here.

Tell us your stories

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

 

Website: lowcarboncommunities.net 29/03/2011

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