May 21, 2015 · Leave a Comment
If you are worried about climate change, you should be there. This will be the first mass mobilisation after the election, and it’s focused directly on Westminster. It’s particularly important bearing in mind how many new MPs there are. Over two-thirds of current Conservative MPs were not in the House of Commons when the Climate Change Act was passed. We need to ensure that they take this agenda seriously. The change may be a good move – many of the new intake will have had climate change on their educational agenda.... [Read the full story]
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:
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.
There will be a lot of political analysts busy at the moment talking about where their predictions went wrong. But for anyone active on climate change, it’s time to look ahead,... [Read more]