After Copenhagen Conference

After Copenhagen Conference

After Copenhagen – A report by Jennifer Lawrence -  from Transition Town Horncastle

Lincolnshire Action on Climate Change

Having attended this conference my overall impression was that the emphasis was definitely on the second half of the title. Only the opening speaker Lord Anthony Giddens mentioned the Copenhagen talks, the remaining speakers concentrated very much on what is being done and planned to lower carbon emissions in Lincolnshire.

Anthony Giddens spoke of the disappointments and successes of the Copenhagen talks. The points that struck me most were:

1 Copenhagen was about the WHAT of Climate Change. What is it? What causes it. Now we need to concentrate on HOW to combat it.

2 Copenhagen concentrated on the COST of action. The real issue is to INSPIRE people to act.

Unfortunately neither he nor the other speakers, though able, had that spark.

The main presentations are on the EPIC web site so I will not describe them further.

Holt Hill reciprocal roof

Hill Holt reciprocal roof

Of the afternoon sessions I attended one on Biomethane fuel and one on Sustainable Building. The pilot use of biomethane in Lincolnshire is already described on the Epic website.

Relevant links: http://www.freerain.co.uk (Rainwater systems)

http://www.n-kesteven.gov.uk (North Kesteven District Council)

http:/hillholtwood.com/ (Hill Holt Woods)

North Kesteven Straw House

Straw House at North Kesteven

Overall I learnt quite a lot from the event and am grateful to Lincolnshire County Council for sponsoring a delegate from our Transition Town. I was a little disappointed that although working to reduce their own emissions I got the impression that Lincolnshire councils were doing little to inspire, encourage or help individuals and businesses to do the same other than this event. All the more reason to invest time and effort in our own

TransitionTown’s work to involve as many people in Horncastle as possible in defining our own Dream for a sustainable future and the path to it.

For more follow up from the conference go to: http://www.epic-lincolnshire.org/epic_lincolnshire/

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Rainwater Collection System

Whether we are attempting to mitigate or adapt to the challenges posed by climate change any successful responses need to be based on cooperative action founded on good quality understanding of the issues. Whilst the world’s leaders struggle in Copenhagen the Lincolnshire Low Carbon Action Network in association with Lincolnshire County Council worked together to develop a one day conference to showcase the actions that Lincolnshire has taken, or is planning to take, to tackle the causes and effects of climate change.