Oxfordshire Climate Action News and Resources: October 2010
Climate change enlightenment was fun while it lasted. But now its dead.
An interesting article by George Monbiot: 'the collapse of the talks at Copenhagen took away all momentum for cgange and the lobbyists are back in control. So what next... . All I know is that we must stop dreaming about an institutional response that will never materialise and start facing a political reality we've sought to avoid'.
Well worth a read at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/sep/20/climate-change-negotiations-failure
New Scientist. Time to blame climate change for extreme weather?
The New Scientist argues 'it is time to start asking the hard questions, Countless people in flood-stricken Pakistan have lost families and livelihoods. Who can they hold responsible and turn to for reparations?'
Wallingford Local Producers Market Celebrates Third Birthday.
On 18 September 2010 the Wallingford Local Producers Market celebrated its third birthday. The market runs every Saturday morning in the Regal Centre in the centre of town.
The new market website is: www.wallingfordlocalproducersmarket.com
Interesting new publication from WWF, COIN and other organisations urging a re-think of communicating climate change. Common Cause: the case for working with our cultural values makes the case that civil society organisations can find common cause in working to activate and strengthen a set of helpful 'intrinsic' values, while working to diminish the importance of unhelpful 'extrinsic' values.
New Government Website on Climate Change from the Government Office for Science
Commonwheels Car Club Expanding in Oxford
Commonwheels in finding plenty of demand in Oxford and is set to double the number of cars it runs this year, from 8 to at least 18. If you live in East Oxford, Headington, Cowley or Iffley village consider whether membership might suit you.
Ten Steps to Greener Driving: Resource Sheet from 10:10
What's Mine is Yours
'Barter, swap or pass on this book.' These are the first words you see on opening the book entitled What's Mine is Yours- the Rise of Collaborative Consumption. The old-fashioned sensibility of lending and sharing, combined with the power of today's online networking technologies is really the essence of what Collaborative Consumption is all about.
More info on the book can be found here: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/09/whats-mine-is-yours-the-rise-of-collaborative-consumption-book-review.php
Fresh Ideas Network
The Fresh Ideas Network supports community food projects which aim to make healthy/ local food more easily available, accessible and affordable to local communities, particularly in areas of disadvantage.
New Podcasts Showcasing Women's Inspirational Contribution to Climate Change and Sustainable Energy
The UK Energy Research Centre's (UKERC) Meeting Place and the Oxford Society for Females in Engineering, Science and Technology (FEST) are pleased to launch a series of podcasts celebrating the enterprising and entrepreneurial women who have conducted research into some of the most critical challenges of climate change, sustainable energy and equity.
New Book: Eradicating Ecocide
A new book by Polly Higgins highlighting the need for enforceable, legally-binding mechanisms in national and international law to hold account perpetrators of long-term severe damage to the environment.