LCCN Newsletter – Issue 78

Welcome to the 78th LCCN newsletter! It’s shorter than usual because of the conference. These come to you regularly with updates on what the Network is doing, other developments and, if you tell us, what you’re doing. Welcome to the 78th LCCN newsletter! It’s shorter than usual because of the conference. 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: http://www.lowcarboncommunities.net

The LCCN conference – last call
Our conference takes place in Oxford this Saturday Jan. 14th. We’re expecting 200 people like you and we very much hope that this is going to be an inspiring and valuable event. Our thanks to all those who are helping run the various sessions.

The main focus is on developing stronger local action and there’ll be sessions on better work with local councils, with academics and with the wider community, with plenty of good examples. There’ll also be sessions on community renewables, community approaches to the Green Deal, local and regional networking, lessons from home efficiency projects and of course Jonathon Porritt will be speaking in the final session.
You can still book by clicking here.

But be aware that we only have a few places left.

So where should LCCN focus its’ efforts?
Local action on climate takes many different forms from campaigning through awareness to community energy. Our conference is to help you work more effectively, but it’s also to help us, as a member-led organisation, work out where we should look to work in future. A paper on possible ways forward is available at http://lowcarboncommunities.net/about/lccn-next-steps/

If you’re coming to the conference please do have a look at this paper beforehand. If you’re not coming please do have a look anyway and give us your comments.

LCCN Management Group, Conference and AGM
Our conference takes place this weekend. Normally we would include a formal Annual Meeting within that event. However, timings and the sheer number of issues that need discussing has meant that the conference has very little space space / time.

Accordingly we will hold an AGM after the conference. This is intended to also be the launch of the report on developing local climate partnerships that we will look to produce out of the conference. So this will be a working seminar and an AGM: we will hold this event in March.

A key reason for that AGM is to elect our Management Group – LCCN has been set up to be a democratically-based network. If you are interested to help develop this unique network we are always keen to hear from people who would like to be involved in putting some time into this. Anyone with fundraising expertise to contribute is particularly welcome!

At some point in the not-too-distant future LCCN will also be seeking a new Chair. This will need to be someone who can put in a fair amount of time and has a good overview of local action on climate and energy. There would be time for a structured handover from Chris Church, the current Chair.

If you are interested, please contact the LCCN office via hello@lowcarboncommunities.net or talk to Management Group members at the conference.

Government’s appeal against solar ruling set for 13 January
The Government’s costly challenge to last month’s High Court solar ruling will be heard by the Court of Appeal on Friday 13 January. The Government is disputing the High Court’s decision that it acted illegally when it rushed through sudden cuts to solar payments. Friends of the Earth and two solar firms, Solarcentury and HomeSun, took the Government to court to get the ruling.

See http://www.foe.co.uk/news/solar_appeal_january_34524.html

Britain’s Biggest Climate Change Campaign – 12 to 18 March 2012
Climate Week is a supercharged national campaign to inspire a new wave of action on climate change. It culminates in thousands of events and activities, planned by organisations from every part of society. Showcasing real, practical ways to combat climate change, the campaign aims to renew our ambition to create a more sustainable, low-carbon future.

By drawing much deserved attention to the work and effort individuals, groups and organisations are making, we want to spur a movement of action against climate change. Register your activity today to help build a movement.

You can register your activity or event online at http://www.climateweek.com/run-an-event/

To find out more about getting involved in Climate Week go to http://www.climateweek.com, email info@climateweek.com or telephone on 020 3397 2601.

More training
Social enterprise Talk Action are running more courses in the next two months. As well as a session on Facilitation Training (2nd Feb.) they will be running ‘Communicating Renewable Energy’ on 15th Feb. and another session on ‘Engaging Communities on climate change’ in March. As ever, some reduced fees are available for community organisations.
See http://www.talkaction.org/training/ for details.

Climate Change? There’s a Game For That
Anyone interested in computer gaming and climate change may fine this article very interesting: http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/01/climate-change-game/
It looks at various innovative ways of using gaming and at some of the underlying principles.

Climate BS of the year (that’s Bad Science to you!)
The ever-useful Huffington Post blogs have this article on the worst and the stupidest: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-h-gleick/climate-change-denial-_b_1185309.html?ref=green&ir=Green

The worrying thing here is that the winners (and there was a lot of competition) are the Republican Party candidates for the US presidency….
Mitt Romney is a unique case: in June he said “I believe the world’s getting warmer. I can’t prove that, but I believe based on what I read that the world is getting warmer. And number two, I believe that humans contribute to that…. And so I think it’s important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may well be significant contributors to the climate change and the global warming that you’re seeing.”
But in late October he’d changed his view: “My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet. And the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for us”.

Do you want to be a featured group on the LCCN website?
We have started a new featured groups page on the LCCN website here. RURENER is the current group featured, check the page out if you want to find out more about them.
If you’d like to be featured on the website, 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 email your details to – hello@lowcarboncommunities.net

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

General Email: hello@lowcarboncommunities.net
Website: lowcarboncommunities.net 10/01/2012We’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: www.lowcarboncommunities.net



The LCCN conference – last call
Our conference takes place in Oxford this Saturday  Jan. 14th. We’re expecting 200 people like you and we very much hope that this is going to be an inspiring and valuable event. Our thanks to all those who are helping run the various sessions.

The main focus is on developing stronger local action and there’ll be sessions on better work with local councils, with academics and with the wider community, with plenty of good examples. There’ll also be sessions on community renewables, community approaches to the Green Deal, local and regional networking, lessons from home efficiency projects and of course Jonathon Porritt will be speaking in the final session.
You can still book by clicking here.

But be aware that we only have a few places left.

So where should LCCN focus its’ efforts?

Local action on climate takes many different forms from campaigning through awareness to community energy.  Our conference is to help you work more effectively, but it’s also to help us, as a member-led organisation, work out where we should look to work in future. A paper on possible ways forward is available at http://lowcarboncommunities.net/about/lccn-next-steps/

If you’re coming to the conference please do have a look at this paper beforehand. If you’re not coming please do have a look anyway and give us your comments.

LCCN Management Group, Conference and AGM

Our conference takes place this weekend. Normally we would include a formal Annual Meeting within that event. However, timings and the sheer number of issues that need discussing has meant that the conference has very little space space / time.

Accordingly we will hold an AGM after the conference. This is intended to also be the launch of the report on developing local climate partnerships that we will look to produce out of the conference.  So this will be a working seminar and an AGM: we will hold this event in March.

A key reason for that AGM is to elect our Management Group – LCCN has been set up to be a democratically-based network.   If you are interested to help develop this unique network we are always keen to hear from people who would like to be involved in putting some time into this. Anyone with fundraising expertise to contribute is particularly welcome!

At some point in the not-too-distant future LCCN will also be seeking a new Chair. This will need to be someone who can put in a fair amount of time and has a good overview of local action on climate and energy.  There would be time for a structured handover from Chris Church, the current Chair.

If you are interested, please contact the LCCN office via hello@lowcarboncommunities.net or talk to Management Group members at the conference.



Government’s appeal against solar ruling set for 13 January

The Government’s costly challenge to last month’s High Court solar ruling will be heard by the Court of Appeal on Friday 13 January.  The Government is disputing the High Court’s decision that it acted illegally when it rushed through sudden cuts to solar payments. Friends of the Earth and two solar firms, Solarcentury and HomeSun, took the Government to court to get the ruling.

See www.foe.co.uk/news/solar_appeal_january_34524.html

Britain’s Biggest Climate Change Campaign – 12 to 18 March 2012

Climate Week is a supercharged national campaign to inspire a new wave of action on climate change. It culminates in thousands of events and activities, planned by organisations from every part of society. Showcasing real, practical ways to combat climate change, the campaign aims to renew our ambition to create a more sustainable, low-carbon future.

By drawing much deserved attention to the work and effort individuals, groups and organisations are making, we want to spur a movement of action against climate change. Register your activity today to help build a movement.

You can register your activity or event online at http://www.climateweek.com/run-an-event/ 

To find out more about getting involved in Climate Week go to www.climateweek.com, emailinfo@climateweek.com  or telephone on 020 3397 2601.



More training

Social enterprise Talk Action are running more courses in the next two months. As well as a session on F
acilitation Training (2nd Feb.) they will be running ‘Communicating Renewable Energy’ on 15th Feb. and another session on ‘Engaging Communities on climate change’ in March. As ever, some reduced fees are available for community organisations.
See http://www.talkaction.org/training/ for details.

Climate Change? There’s a Game For That

Anyone interested in computer gaming and climate change may fine this article very interesting:http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/01/climate-change-game/
It looks at various innovative ways of using gaming and at some of the underlying principles.

Climate BS of the year (that’s Bad Science to you!)
The ever-useful Huffington Post blogs have this article on the worst and the stupidest:
www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-h-gleick/climate-change-denial-_b_1185309.html?ref=green&ir=Green

The worrying thing here is that the winners (and there was a lot of competition) are the Republican Party candidates for the US presidency….
Mitt Romney is a unique case: 
in June he said  “I believe the world’s getting warmer. I can’t prove that, but I believe based on what I read that the world is getting warmer. And number two, I believe that humans contribute to that…. And so I think it’s important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may well be significant contributors to the climate change and the global warming that you’re seeing.”
But in late October he’d changed his view: “My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet. And the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for us”.

Do you want to be a featured group on the LCCN website?

We have started a new featured groups page on the LCCN website hereRURENER is the current group featured, check the page out if you want to find out more about them.
If you’d like to be featured on the website, 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 email your details to – hello@lowcarboncommunities.net

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


General Email: hello@lowcarboncommunities.net

Website: lowcarboncommunities.net                                                             10/01/2012

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