Oxford Together on Climate Change – 10,000 actions for our climate

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

Tree Planting Day – February 16th in Cutteslowe Park

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’.

 

LCON responds to the Oxford North proposal

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.

County Council supports proposal for action for clean and safer streets

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.

Get Finance out of Fossil Fuels – Monday 17th public meeting


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.

Heatwaves and climate change

County Council supports proposal for action for clean and safer streets

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 ...

FairPlay events on climate and justice this autumn

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 signs the Oxfordshire Clean Air Charter

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.

Heatwaves and climate change

It’s hot and dry across much of Europe and North America – a good time to talk about climate change?  Climate Outreach have produced some new material on this that would be useful for anyone looking to engage with organisations or simply our ...
It’s hot and dry across much of Europe and North America – a good time to talk about climate changeClimate Outreach have produced some new material on this that would be useful for anyone looking to engage with organisations or simply our neighbours.