LCON is supporting Oxford Together on Climate Change (OxToCC). This is a major new initiative looking to involve as many people as possible in Oxford and across the county in taking action in their own lives to help tackle climate change (and to tackle the idea that ‘nothing I do will make a difference’. OxToCC is seeking to get people taking 10,000 actions by June.
The OxToCC website has advice and information on actions aorund four key issues – Food, Travel, Money and ‘Making Change Happen’ – please visit the site and choose what you can do. Register the action on site and it counts towards the 10,000 target
In November LCON planted 200 trees and shrubs in Cutteslowe Park. It went so well that we are doing it again on February 16th, hopefully with even more trees and people, and in cooperation with the City Parks Dept. No experience needed! Watch this space for more information.
LCON Chair Alison Hill said: ‘Tree planting is one of the most satisfying things anyone can do to help our environment. It makes a real and lasting impact. Some of the trees we planted seven years ago are now fifteen feet high or more. Just last week the Government’s Committee on Climate Change talked about the need for the rate of tree planting to double by 2020. This matters locally and globally’.
Climate Cafés are an incredibly simple idea. They’re opportunities to meet informally and talk about climate change. We provide a space, and some cake; you turn up, get yourself a hot drink and join the chat. You can come to one Climate Café or several. We will host and facilitate the Climate Café; we won’t be giving out any information or expecting you to do anything except listen and talk.
Climate Cafés are a new initiative from Low Carbon Oxford North. We have noticed that it can be difficult to talk about climate change with friends and family, and Climate Cafés are designed to provide a space to do just that. Our first Climate Café took place on 17 November 2018. Thanks to all those who joined us for the great conversation and thinking that took place. We now have a second scheduled:
Saturday 26 January 2019, 3.30pm
Bicycle Shed, 204 Banbury Road
(ask for the Climate Café room)
Because space is limited, if you are definitely planning to come, it would be great if you could let us know via the Facebook Event page or by contacting Rebecca Nestor.
If you have any questions, would like to suggest a venue for a Climate Café, or want to be kept informed, please contact Rebecca Nestor.
LCON has submitted our objection to the controversial Oxford North development. You can download it here.
In summary we covered:
Energy efficiency and energy supply
We want to see this site (if it goes ahead) pioneering a zero-emission future in energy use in buildings and in transport. We have strongly objected to the idea that solar PV might be installed ‘subject to roof design’. Roofs should be designed so that they are suitable for PV panels!
Roads and transport
We have strongly objected to road layout plans. There are no safe and attractive routes into and out of the site for people who walk and cycle. Air quality legislation dictates that no development is permitted to make air quality worse within problem areas, yet this development with its predicted extra car movements will make it worse.
Employment and housing
One of the main reasons for allowing this part of the Green Belt to be built on was ‘poor housing affordability in Oxford and ….. backlog of housing needs’. We have thus objected to the lack of provision of affordable housing, particularly social rented housing.
The FairPlay climate justice campaign has various events in North Oxford this month, including this performance of Haydn’s ‘Creation’. The evening is free with a charity collection. Full information on the campaign is here: http://www.climatejusticenorthoxford.org.uk/index
The County Council meeting on Nov. 6th voted to support a motion from Cllr Suzanne Bartington (the County ‘cycling champion’) to move towards agreeing a prioritised and costed Strategic Active Travel Network (SATN). The text of the motion is here.
This is an important step forward for this campaign but there is a long way to go before anything happens, and it will be important to keep up the pressure.
We will post updates on our Facebook page and welcome your ideas and comments.
Monday, 17th Sep at 7pm — The Threshold, St Michael & All Angels Church, Lonsdale Road, OX2 7ES
Sarah Rowe, Campaigns Office for Christian Aid will give an illustrated talk entitled: “Fossil Fuel and Climate Justice. What part do the Banks Play”. The talk, which will review their work in the Big Shift Campaign with four major banks during the last year and their follow on work with HSBC, will be followed by discussion.
Roads Are for People poster
LCON is holding a major public meeting in Oxford Town Hall’s Assembly Room, on Tuesday 2 October. The main speaker will be Andrew Gilligan, who recently wrote the report ‘Running out of Road’, commissioned by the National Infrastructure Commission. The report details the need for ambitious investment in cycling in Oxford.
The meeting is financially supported by Cyclox, the Civic Society and the University of Oxford, to whom we are very grateful.
This event aims to bring together all the groups and concerned citizens looking for a sustainable 21st century approach to transport in our city. We intend to create a clear manifesto and action plan – and a coalition to take the work forward.
We hope that as many LCON members and supporters as possible will attend. The address is Town Hall, St Aldate’s, Oxford OX1 1BX. The event is free and there is disabled access. Doors open at 18.30 for a 19.00 start.
We advise that you reserve your seat in advance via Eventbrite, because there is significant interest in the meeting and we cannot guarantee entry without a ticket.
LCON are actively involved in the North oxford-based FairPlay network working on climate justice. In autumn 2018 they have an interesting programme of meetings and events – more details here.
LCON and O2 have worked to raise awareness of air pollution in our city. We are happy to sign the Clean Air Charter developed by Oxford Friends of the Earth and encourage others to do so. There’s full information here.