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May 21, 2015 · Leave a Comment
In May 2015 representatives from 24 organisations and networks from across England met (hosted by LCCN) and identified a range of possible ways forward for a national support body to work with local organisations and networks.
A meeting to discuss how to take this forward will take place on July 23rd in London at University College London from 12.30pm – 4.30pm. It will also dicuss current issues. If you are active locally, coordinating a group or network, we invite you to attend. Please see the briefing paper and... [Read the full story]
LCCN – time for a new approach
Low Carbon Communities Network held a workshop in London on 15th May 2015. 25 groups and networks from many parts of England took part. The aim was to discuss and develop plans for a new support structure for local action on climate change and to look at what is needed to link local networks and support the key individuals (‘leaders’) who are coordinating local action. A full report is here.
There was general recognition of a need for such activity, and discussion focused on how a national network could:
- Provide opportunities for national-local information sharing (in both directions)
- Develop an identity, a shared mission, aims, objectives, policies
- Provide peer-to-peer support, skill-sharing, training
We need better ‘infrastructure’ for local action. We need groups and activists to be supported for the ‘long game’ – these issues are with us for the foreseeable future. There was agreement that we should develop a model framework, connecting local and national, local to local, peer to peer, with the scope for different groupings within a national network.
We would also look to work more closely with The Climate Coalition, national NGOs and also with local Government through the LGA’s ‘Climate Local’.
LCCN will draw up a paper proposing structure, process and objectives. This will be sent to all, with clear questions for local groups to discuss. We will meet again on Thursday 23 July - venue to be decided.