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Low Carbon West Oxford – LCWO

Low Carbon West Oxford – LCWO

LCWO was set up after the summer floods of 2007 by residents concerned about climate change and local flooding.

It is a community-led initiative which aims to combat climate change by cutting our community carbon dioxide emissions by 80 % by 2050, encouraging residents to live more sustainably, and contributing to a more cohesive and resilient community.

We seek to work in an inclusive manner and ensure that everyone who lives and works in the area has a chance to participate in and benefit from LCWO’s projects.

Highlights of the ‘For the love of …..’ lobby

The best bits

It was a sunny day on 17th June when 9,000 people from around the UK came to Westminster to speak up for what they hold dear.  They spoke to over 330 MPs.  Find out what happened in the highlights video.

Speaking up

Amber Rudd,  Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, was interviewed about the lobby.  She welcomed the campaign and said that “Politicians can’t deliver on the ambition without the public saying we need you to do this.”  Listen to her views in this video clip.

For the love of …… all that we hold dear

On 17th June about 9,000 people went to Westminster to lobby their MPs to help protect all the things they love from climate change.  The Energy Bill Revolution, one of the groups involved in the event, called upon the government to make insulating homes a priority “for the love of 2 million cold children” because insulated homes use less fuel which is good for the climate and cuts bills.   The Guardian gave a full report on the event.

The role of bunting

In the run up to the event LCWO members Ruth Stavris, Miranda Miller and Vicky Hirsch organised “For the Love of…….” bunting workshops in West Oxford and at the Big Green Day Out fair in Broad Street at the start of Low Carbon Oxford Week.  The bunting showed MPs the things we love and could lose as a result of climate change.

Bunting - carrots Do the right thing bunting Save me bunting Rows of bunting from West Oxford

LCWO lobbyists

LCWO members Lois Muddiman and Ruth Mayne spent one hour with 35 other Oxfordshire residents lobbying our MP Nicola Blackwood providing suggestions on how to address the difficulties faced by local councils and community groups in accessing grants for energy efficiency measures.

 

For the love of ……..

Speak up for the things you love that could be lost to climate change

The things we love are threatened by climate change – but we can protect them by urging politicians to act.

On 17th June thousands of people from across the UK are coming together for a day of action and celebration and to speak to their MPs and tell them why fighting climate change matters to us all.  This will be the biggest ever UK MP climate lobby, and the first mass lobby of the new government.  Continue reading

Low Carbon Oxford Week 2015 calendar of events

Low Carbon Oxford Week 2015 has something for everyone.  This What’s On guide will help you make the most of the week:  Low Carbon Oxford Week full events listing.  A hard copy of the listing is also available from shops, community centres and leisure centres across the city.  You can find more details about each event on the LCO website.    All events are free unless otherwise stated and booking is required for some events and activities. Continue reading

Low Carbon Oxford Week 13-21 June 2015

Low Carbon Oxford (LCO) Week was a huge hit in 2014 and it’s back again this year with even more activities and events for you to get involved in.   If you missed it last year you can get an idea of what it was about from this short video.

LCO Week is a summer festival which uses culture, creativity and community to inspire local people to take action against climate change.  It’s a celebration of all things good and green in Continue reading

Bring and Take Saturday 9th May

Our twice-yearly swap shop for residents of West Oxford is happening tomorrow at the West Oxford Community Centre.   Residents can save money, cut carbon emissions and take home a whole range of things, some useful, some unusual:  a pile of books to read, or a ‘new’ outfit, or a DVD of a favourite film, or even a life-size cardboard cut out of Luke Skywalker from Star Wars!

Bring & Take poster May 2015

An unusal find at the Bring & Take

You can find all sorts at the Bring & Take!

Question your election candidates on environmental issues

A climate change hustings is being held on Tuesday 28th April at 7.30pm in the Assembly Room, Oxford Town Hall.

Low Carbon West Oxford and Low Carbon Oxford North put a series of questions on environmental issues to the parliamentary candidates for Oxford West and Abingdon.   The climate change hustings is a chance for you to put your own questions to the candidates on the key environmental issues affecting everyone.   Questions can be emailed in advance to hustings@oxfoe.co.uk or tweeted to @Lowcon using hashtag#hustingsq, or you can submit them on the night.

climate change hustings poster april 2015

What the election means for climate & energy policy

Experts give their views

In two weeks voters go to the polls in one of the closest-fought and least predictable elections in a generation.  Carbon Brief has already pored over the political parties’ manifesto views on climate and energy.  But the chance of a multi-party coalition make it hard to Continue reading

What the manifestos say on climate and energy

Carbon Brief tracks manifesto promises

The UK’s closest election in a generation is now only two weeks away.   Carbon Brief has been tracking the climate and energy content of the parties’ manifestos as they were launched.  Their climate and energy tracker table allows an easy comparison between the parties on twenty-five issues.

Carbon Brief reports on the latest developments and media coverage of climate science and energy policy, with a particular focus on the UK.   They produce news coverage, analysis and factchecks, and publish a daily and weekly email briefing.

Energy efficiency commitments in election manifestos

Low Carbon West Oxford is a supporter of the Energy Bill Revolution (EBR), campaigning for warm homes and lower energy bills for all.  The EBR is an alliance of children’s and older people’s charities, health and disability groups, environment groups, consumer groups, trade unions, businesses, politicians and public figures.

The EBR has been reviewing the parties’ commitments to energy efficiency as set out in their election manifestos.   EBR’s views (not necessarily LCWO’s) can be read on their website.

The election manifestos published so far for parties with candidates in Oxford West and Abingdon are: Labour Party, Liberal Democrat Party, Conservative Party, Green Party, UK Independence Party UKIPSocialist Party of GB.  The  remaining party, the National Health Action Party, has not yet published its manifesto but its policies are shown on its website.

 

Where do local candidates stand on climate issues?

In the run up to the election, Low Carbon West Oxford, together with Low Carbon Oxford North, has contacted the parliamentary candidates for West Oxford and Abingdon to ask them the following questions about climate issues and improving energy efficiency: Continue reading

It’s better by bike!

The benefits of cycling to work

Cycling is Greener, Quicker, Faster, Cheaper, Healthier, Smarter, Sexier.

As part of Climate Week seven of our members cycled along the Botley Road during rush hour on Friday 7th March  wearing hi-vis vests displaying one of the following words:  Greener, Quicker, Happier, Cheaper, Healthier, Smarter, Sexier.  Our aim was to encourage commuters to get on their bikes, beat the traffic jams, get fitter, save money, reduce their carbon footprint and reduce air pollution.

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