LCCN Newsletter – Issue 41



Welcome to the 41st 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
Communities and the Green Deal
This week LCCN will be joining other members of the Communities and Climate Action Alliance to discuss how we can help communities get more involved in the upcoming ‘Green Deal’ when the government agrees it.
In the meantime there’s a DECC briefing on this subject on our website at – http://lowcarboncommunities.net/2011/04/12/communities-and-the-green-deal/

Contributors Wanted!

This week’s newsletter is a bit short. Can you help fill the gap?  We are looking for people to send us stories – local, regional or national – relating to climate and low carbon living. There’s a lot going on out there that we never hear about! We like them short and with a weblink, but we can post longer texts on the website.  If you fancy helping us develop this resource then drop a note tohello@lowcarboncommunities.net.
12 people each doing 1 article a month – that’s three new pieces a week….


The DECC Carbon Plan now online
The Government’s ‘Carbon Plan’ is “a Government-wide plan of action on climate change, including domestic and international activity, which sets out department by department, actions and deadlines for the next 5 years”.
Like it or not, it’s got some useful information in and it’s at – www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/what_we_do/lc_uk/carbon_plan/carbon_plan.aspx




Energy Bill Petition – fight for a warmer home and a cooler planet!

Stop Climate Chaos Coalition have launched an Energy Bill petition. It is vital we get as many people as possible to sign up to ensure every one of our MPs votes for an Energy Bill that will be a triumphant milestone in the fight against Climate Change. Visitwww.demandabetterbill.org.uk to find out why this bill matters for people and planet and to email your MP. Then tell your friends!

Thanks to everyone who came along to the meetings last week, and to all of those that kept everyone else updated on Twitter. It’s great to see so many of you lobbying your MPs on this important issue and pushing for definitive action for a safer future.

The Energy Bill lobbying season has only just begun! Check out the interactive lobby map to see what Big Climate Connections are being made in your area. And, as always, please sign up to our interactive map to get in on the action and start a Big Connection in your area.

www.thebigconnection.org
Beyond the Brink – better late than never!
The excellent film ‘Beyond the Brink
’ has been around for a few months but we’ve not caught up with it until recently. 18-year-old Ross Harrison spent a year chasing up experts, studying the news and filming to create a short documentary that answers the ever-pressing questions, are we really causing climate change, and who cares? The result is a 40 minute film about the knowns and the unknowns of the science, about the risks, and about being hopeful for the future too.
It’s all on line at – www.beyondthebrink.org
 

Nuclear power and low-level radiation
The arguments roll on, and in recent weeks there’s been some astonishing claims made by people (who should know better) about how ionising radiation isn’t that bad really.  Anyone interested in this and who missed this should read the article on “How nuclear apologists mislead the world over radiation (George Monbiot and others at best misinform and at worst distort evidence of the dangers of atomic energy)” by radiation expert Dr. Helen Caldicott – www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/apr/11/nuclear-apologists-radiation

 




Carbon Leapfrog internship opportunity
Working closely with the Exec Team, this role will be focused on running and improving the existing project management processes and infrastructure internally in Carbon Leapfrog. This role will provide you with hands on project management experience, exposure to top class professional organisations and corporations and first hand knowledge of the challenges a start up organisation face.
To view the job specification click here
http://carbonleapfrog.org/get-involved/2011/4/8/internship-opportunity-manager-of-projects.html


‘Communicating Renewable Energy’ Training
The next course on this subject being run by social enterprise Talk Action with the National Energy Foundation is on 12 May 2011 in London.
Full details at – Communicating Renewable Energy: Training Day


Transition Network 2011 UK Conference
8th – 11th July, Liverpool, UK

The Network conference this year will be at Hope University in Liverpool.
For more info see –

http://www.transitionnetwork.org/news/2011-03-23/transition-network-2011-uk-conference-8-11-july-liverpool

 



Building LCCN – your help needed
This newsletter now goes out weekly to more than 600 people and groups, but we’d like to get it to many more. You can help!

If you find the newsletter useful , why not forward it to other people you know, either in your group or within  your network. Let them know it comes out weekly, it’s free and all they have to do to get it is to join the network…by sending an email requesting a membership form to – membership@lowcarboncommunities.net

Or you can download the membership form by clicking here 

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 12/04/2011

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