LCCN Newsletter – Issue 66

Welcome to the 66th 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:

Major Conference: Councils, communities and climate change
This interesting-looking Friends of the Earth event is on 2nd Nov. 2011 and 34 Great Smith StreetWestminster, London, SW1P.  It shows that FoE is seeking to take a lead role in work on climate and local government. Speakers include the former Mayor of Toronto David Miller , Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker, shadow Climate Change Minister Luciana Berger, and David Kennedy, Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change.  Sessions will also cover the new ‘permissive guidance’ for local councils, local carbon strategies, decentralised energy; Greening local transport, and much more.

A full programme is on our website here.
Attendance is free, to register fill in the form on their website:

The Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC
You may have read about the new an industry-led consortium aiming to lead financing of the Green Deal. The idea of Goldman Sachs being part of a not-for-profit consortium may have caused some of us to express a little surprise, but there’s clearly large-scale buy-in here.
See the detail on the DECC website:

Greenest Ever???
The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) said the recent decision to review targets for cutting emissions in half by 2025 makes business think David Cameron is not really serious about being ‘the greenest Government ever’. As a consequence companies are failing to invest in urgently-needed renewable energy projects like and wind and solar.

LCCN news – website upgrade
We’ve been revamping our website. Check it out and comment!  We are looking to start to include examples of good local action. If you’d like to be one of our first pilots for this, send us some text now. This should be broadly structured like this:

  • Who we are
  • What we’re doing
  • How we involve our community
  • The results we’ve achieved

250 words max, and please include a photo and logo.
Please also ensure that you are listed on the UK Climate Action Map, which can be accessed through our site here.

Please email your details to –

More training: Engaging Communities on Climate Change Course
This Talk Action course is on Thursday 1st December, 2011 at the TCPA, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AS.
This course “will teach you the skills and information needed to develop long-term engagement of civil society organisations, groups and individuals in work on climate change and low-carbon living. It looks at “why climate change can be a particularly problematic issue for communities, how to overcome this and how this links to issues around the new Localism Bill and the `Big Society’.”
More information here –

Other news sources

There’s a lot of them, and this week we’re highlighting:

The Scottish Climate Challenge fund newsletter;
That covers a wide range of issues, not just in Scotland:

Environment Times;
With a story from them on how Britain’s multinationals are selecting low carbon suppliers due to shareholder pressure (The Carbon Trust is claiming that Britain’s multinational companies are selecting their suppliers on the basis of their carbon reduction performance in marked contrast to the position in the USA). 
Check them out at

Global News

The Tuvalu water crisis

The Economist magazine, never the most alarmist news source, suggestes that ‘In the South Pacific, one canary in the climate-change coal mine may have quietly fallen from her perch’ – see the story here: – a nation of deniers…
The way in which most people in the USA believe that the world is getting warmer but that this not caused by human activity is spelt out in the figures used in this news report.  Very scary figures for Republican belief in climate change…
And lastly…
Climate Change Could Cause Chocolate Shortage!
Contributors wanted!
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 web link, but we can post longer texts on the website. If you fancy helping us develop this resource then drop a note to

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 –

Or you can download the membership form by clicking here.

LCCN Facebook page
Please like the Low Carbon Communities facebook page here

Website:                                                             11/10/2011

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