Climate and cake: climate cafés have arrived in North Oxford and Jericho!


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.

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.

Roads Are for People: a public meeting with Andrew Gilligan

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.

Climate Justice – action in North Oxford

Low Carbon Oxford North is supporting a new (July 2018) initiative by the FairPlay Network to encourage people in North Oxford to engage with ‘climate justice’ issues. Evidence from around the world shows that it is the poor and vulnerable who suffer the most from a changing climate. This is also making existing inequalities worse since those with least resources often lack resilience in crisis situations.  FairPlay’s work shows that there is plenty that we can do in richer nations to help tackle these problems.

Find out more about FairPlay here



Public meeting, 18 April: Air quality in North Oxford – what can we do?

Public meeting, 18 April: Air quality in North Oxford – what can we do?

Please come to our public meeting on Wednesday 18 April. Our guest speaker at this meeting is Dr Tim Chatterton, who will be talking, among other things, about the Claircity project that he has been involved in. This is about citizen-led interventions to improve air quality, hence the title for his talk: What can we do?

We will start with an update from Allen Shaw on what is happening to monitoring air pollution in Oxford.

The event is part of our work to help inform people in Oxford about the air quality situation, how it is affecting our health and what we can do about it. We are hoping, also, that better informed citizens will result in extra pressure on Oxford City Council to introduce effective policies.

We look forward to seeing our supporters and friends there – it is free and there will be ample time to ask questions and network.

Wednesday 18 April, 19.00 – 21.00
Baptist Church, 198 Woodstock Road
Facebook event page