Respond to the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 and Ox-Cam Arc consultation

Respond to the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 and Ox-Cam Arc consultation

Two important consultations are taking place right now that will significantly affect Oxfordshire’s ability to respond to the climate crisis. It is important that as many people as possible respond to the consultations and put the case for climate.

The first, for the Oxfordshire Plan 2050, closes on Friday 8 October 2021. We are pleased to support the consultation responses by Oxford Friends of the Earth and the Coalition for Healthy Streets and Active Travel. You can use their responses to inform your own and we urge you to do so.

The second, for the Ox-Cam Arc, closes on Tuesday 12 October 2021. Friends of the Earth have suggestions on how to respond to this too (it’s the same page as for the Oxfordshire Plan, scroll down to the bottom).

Bothered about climate change? Come to one of our warm and friendly climate cafés

Climate Cafés provide a supportive space in which to talk about how the climate crisis is affecting us – without pressure to act. The cafes run monthly on Sundays, 16.00 to 17.30, and are facilitated by Karen Dauncey and Rebecca Nestor. Climate cafés are not drop-in events, and we limit numbers to 12, so please try to arrive in time for the 16.00 start (though we won’t turn you away if you’re a few minutes late and there are still spaces!).

Thanks to the hospitality of Summertown café/restaurant El Rincón Thirty Eight, we are beginning our in-person climate cafés again from Sunday 17 October. Climate cafés are warm, welcoming spaces, with facilitators, where people who are concerned about the climate crisis can meet in small groups and share their thoughts and feelings about climate and related issues. We’re delighted to be partnering with El Rincón for our climate cafés and hope to see you there.

We think our Climate Cafés offer something different from the usual gatherings of people with interests in climate change. They are facilitated – so you can be sure that there will be space for you to speak. They are not designed to recruit you to do anything or to put you under any pressure. The idea behind them is that talking about climate change is really important – but it is often made more difficult by our feelings of guilt that we are not doing enough, or frustration that others are not doing enough. So we provide a space in which we don’t talk about what we or others are doing or should be doing. We just talk about climate change and how it is making us think and feel. Everyone is welcome, though we don’t advise young children attending. There’s no charge. We provide the cake and we invite you to buy your own hot drink.

Read more about climate cafés in the Guardian or in Rebecca Nestor’s blog post.

Upcoming climate cafés: 16.00-17.30 on Sundays 17 October, 14 November, 12 December, 23 January, 13 February, 13 March, 10 April, 15 May, 12 June, 10 July.

What can north Oxford do about the climate crisis? Discussion and AGM, 28 September 2021

What can north Oxford do about the climate crisis? Discussion and AGM, 28 September 2021

Come and help us plan the coming year

We look forward to welcoming you to LCON’s public meeting on the evening of 28 September (18.45 – 21.00). As well as holding our formal Annual General Meeting, we want to talk with you about our priorities for the coming twelve months. It’s a chance to express your views on how you think we can be as effective as possible, and to explore how you can get involved. With the climate crisis intensifying, the stakes couldn’t be higher: everyone is needed. Whatever your skills and interests, whether you’ve got a lot of time to offer or hardly any, please come along and take part.

We will be meeting in person at the Woodstock Road Baptist Church (corner of Woodstock and Beechcroft Roads). You can also join via Zoom if you prefer. It will help us to plan the evening if you book via Eventbrite: you will be asked to choose Zoom or in-person. All those who book via Eventbrite will receive the Zoom link.

Doors will open at 18.45 for hot drinks and biscuits, and a prompt 19.00 start for the AGM. We will continue at about 19.30 with a presentation of our plans for the coming year and small-group discussions about how we can make our plans as successful as possible and how you can get involved. The meeting will end at 21.00. We are not providing food this year but there will be unlimited hot water and plenty of biscuits!

Everyone concerned about climate change is welcome to the whole evening, but at the AGM only LCON members can vote.

Annual General Meeting

This is the formal notice of LCON’s Annual General Meeting. Everyone is very welcome to attend the whole evening, but voting at the AGM is limited to LCON members. 

The AGM agenda and papers can be found above or at this link. The agenda includes links to the documents, including the annual report and accounts (combined in one document). There will be limited copies of the report and accounts at the meeting, and we can send a copy to anyone who would like one (email us to request this).

This year we have a special resolution involving a constitutional change. This is in response to changes in the City Council ward boundaries, which affect the definition of our area.

If any members cannot attend the AGM, they can appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf. The proxy can be any member, including the chair. If you wish to do this, please fill in the proxy form and return it to Rebecca Nestor by 7pm on 26 September. 

Interested in becoming a trustee?

We still have a few vacancies for new trustees, so if you are interested, please get in touch to find out more. The AGM is not the only opportunity to join the board, as we can co-opt trustees at any time during the year. We are particularly hoping to broaden the diversity of the board and especially encourage people of colour, younger people and men to consider the role. You don’t need specialist knowledge, though this is always welcome: we want people who live in our community and care about climate change. To find out what is involved and for an informal chat, please contact our chair Rebecca Nestor (chair@lcon.org.uk), or feel free to approach any of the trustees on the evening of the AGM. 

LOW CARBON OXFORD NORTH

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
To be held on Tuesday 15 September 2020 – online

To join by Zoom for the panel discussion and AGM only, please see the recent email to members with the Zoom link, or email us to request the Zoom link. To attend the whole event, including the film, panel discussion and AGM, please book via Eventbrite. If you are an LCON member but cannot attend, please complete the proxy form.

Programme for the evening:

19.00-20.30 Public meeting with guest speakers and discussion. The film 2040 will be screened in advance and form the basis of the discussion.

20.30 Annual General Meeting – all welcome, members can vote. Please see agenda below.

21.00 Close

Full details of the whole evening, including the film, and how to register are on Eventbrite here.

AGM AGENDA

  1. Attendance and apologies
  2. Approval of minutes from AGM 3 July 2019
  3. Trustees’ Report

A report on our activities will be presented by the trustees and there will an opportunity for questions. The meeting will be invited to accept the report. The trustees’ report and the accounts (combined) can be viewed here, and a summary will be available on screen at the meeting.

4. Financial Report

The Treasurer will present the accounts for 2019 and take questions. As above, the document can be seen here, and a summary will be on screen at the meeting. The meeting will be invited to accept the accounts.

5. Preparation of statutory accounts for 2020

The trustees propose, as last year, the appointment of Tom Futter as an independent person to prepare the statutory accounts for 2020, without an audit or Independent Examination. (Under charity and company regulations, LCON would be required to arrange an audit if its income was above £1m or if 10% of the members wanted one. The threshold for an Independent Examination is an income of £25,000.)

6. Retirement and Election of Trustees

LCON’s Board can have a maximum of 10 trustees: up to 7 elected by the members and 3 appointed by the board. Our Articles require one third of the elected trustees to retire each year by rotation. There are currently 4 elected trustees. We have determined that Tina Leonard is due to retire by rotation. Tina is willing to be re-elected. 

Carey Newson was co-opted onto the board during the year and is willing to be put forward for election. 

Nominations have been sought to fill vacancies. The trustees are also able to recruit another 2 trustees by appointment and have authority to co-opt trustees between AGMs.

7. Any other business

8. Close of meeting: 21.00

Oxford 2040: free film screening, panel discussion and LCON Annual General Meeting

The Covid-19 crisis has led to much reflection on what we value and has given us a unique opportunity to ‘build back better’. Can changes in the food we eat, the energy we use, the way we travel and the way we save and spend money, help in addressing Oxford’s deep inequalities while steering us towards a low carbon future? 

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26 June 2019 – lobby our MPs

Don’t miss out on your chance to be part of history. ‘The Time is Now’ aims to be the biggest mass lobby the UK has ever seen – with 10,000 people expected to surround Westminster on 26 June and ask MPs to take strong action for our climate and environment.  Even though our local MPs are generally ‘on side’ it’s important that they know that there are people who do care and will go to Westminster to talk to them. Oxfordshire groups are working to have the largest presence possible.  So if you can help, please register on The Time is Now website. It only takes a minute, and you can see how many others from your area have also signed up.

‘Old houses, new houses – thoughts on sustainable homes’

We are delighted to announce a public meeting followed by our AGM, at the Baptist Church, Woodstock Road (corner of Beechcroft Road) on Wednesday 3 July at 7pm (doors open 6.30pm).  The evening is open to everyone, so do invite friends. We’d appreciate it if you would RSVP via Eventbrite.

Our theme for this meeting is Cosy Homes Oxfordshire – the new local home energy efficiency retrofit service. Our headline speaker, Charlie Luxton, is an architectural designer and TV presenter who writes and speaks about the environment and sustainable architecture (see article below). His practice Charlie Luxton Design is based in North Oxfordshire and specialises in sustainable housing.

We will also hear from a representative from the Cosy Homes Oxfordshire service and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and find out more about the new service.

These discussions will be followed by our Annual General Meeting.

We’re still recruiting

LCON has an opportunity available for a talented freelance contractor. The deadline is 28 May 2019, with interviews to be held in the week beginning 3 June. We’ve extended the deadline from the earlier April date to enable us to find the best possible candidate for this important piece of work.

Project manager for the Healthy Streets and Active Travel Low Carbon Hub Community Grants Fund

Do you want to be involved with tackling air pollution in Oxford and making it a healthier, more attractive city to travel in? On behalf of a coalition of community groups, Low Carbon Oxford North is looking for an enthusiastic, capable project manager to help us deliver five, funded activities, starting as soon as possible.  The time commitment is approximately 4 hours a week for nine months but is very flexible. The description of the work and how to apply are available here.