September 2020
LCEO newsletter - September 2020

Join us for our next meeting and make a difference to carbon emissions in East Oxford

For our next Low Carbon East Oxford meeting we're hoping to be joined by a speaker from Abundance Oxford, a community project to harvest and forage seasonal gluts of local fruit and food.

As we start doing regular online meetings - and with life getting busier again for many of us - we want to know what day/time works best for you for these meetings, before we book in a date and time for our next meeting.

Fill in the poll to tell us when works for you

This month at Low Carbon East Oxford 

On Thursday 16 July we had our 'reset meeting', a chance for old and new Low Carbon East Oxford members to share ideas for future activities.

As ever, August was a quieter month filled with holidays and down-time, but we're now raring to go for September. If you couldn't make the re-set meeting, but you're keen to get involved with reducing carbon emissions in east Oxford, we want to hear from you. Send us an email to with the areas you're particularly interested in working on (active travel, home energy, food waste, repairs etc) and we'll get back to you. 

Our vote for the Low Carbon Hub communities director

As a Community Member of the Low Carbon Hub CIC, we have a vote in the upcoming election for their new Communities Director.

There are three candidates, and you can get to know them below:
Then use the survey linked below to tell us your preference. The candidate with the highest number will be submitted as our vote at the Low Carbon Hub AGM on 17 October - so please submit your vote by Saturday 10 October.

Cast your vote
Are you part of a local WhatsApp or email group?

We have a sub-group of members who are interested in tree planting to reduce carbon emissions - led by Ruthi Brandt. The best time for planting trees is between October and April, so we'll soon be planning activity on this.

We'd love to see more local residents join us with tree planting, so we have a favour to ask. If you're part of a street WhatsApp, local Facebook group, or email list, please share the wording below:

"Low Carbon East Oxford are currently working on getting more trees planted in our area - if you're interested you can get involved by emailing More trees means a nicer residential environment, more shade on hot days, more local wildlife - and reduced carbon emissions, so it's win win!"

Email us
We need support to organise our first repair cafe

We want to start running a repair cafe in east Oxford! Our friends at Rose Hill and Iffley Low Carbon have been running repair cafes for a while, and they've kindly offered to support us as we set up in east Oxford. 

To do this, though, we need a local volunteer who has brilliant organisation skills and who would be keen to lead on organising the repair cafe events. Of course, you'd have lots of help and support from other members in the group.

Does that sound like you? Contact us on

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Oxfordshire's pension scheme is divesting from fossil fuels

LCEO member Al Chisholm is the founder of Fossil Free Oxfordshire, who this month successfully influenced Oxfordshire's £2.5bn Local Government Pension Scheme to align their investments with the Paris Agreement, as well as agreeing to a target of 7.6% reductions in the Fund’s greenhouse gas emissions year on year - a huge achievement!

But, there's still much more to be done - and you could help. Fossil Free Oxford is looking for new members, particularly people with investment experience or social media skills. 

Find out more

What else is happening in Oxford?

Beyond our own work at Low Carbon East Oxford, here's what's happening in Oxford's low carbon community:

  • Waste2Taste, a social enterprise turning food waste into healthy meals for all, based out of the Ark-T centre in Cowley, is fundraising after struggling to keep afloat in lockdown - please donate if you can.
  • East Oxford Farmers Market continues to take place on Saturdays. If you're trying to reduce plastic waste why not pre-order groceries from SESI refill to pick up - also available at Flo's Place In The Park.
  • Rose Hill Junior Youth Club have bought an allotment! And they are now looking for donations to help them provide gardening sessions to young people.
  • The Low Carbon Hub are hosting their next (virtual) Community Coffee Morning on Tuesday 17 September, focusing on community engagement and making the most of social media. As a CIC Community Member, we're all invited! Register here.
  • Share Oxford are holding their next repair cafe on Saturday 5 September at MakeSpace in Jericho, offering bike repairs and tool/knife sharpening. Plus, did you know their Library of Things is back open again?
  • Low Carbon Oxford North are holding a screening of the documentary 2040, along with a panel event exploring what a low carbon Oxford could look like by 2040. 
  • The Coalition for Healthy Streets and Active Travel (CoHSAT) along with other local groups held a pop-up shop showing how our streets could be improved by prioritising pedestrians and cyclists over motorists. Read the event summary.
  • Oxford City Council are planning an ambitious air pollution target. Look out for a consultation, opening this September.
  • Broken Spoke, a community bike workshop, are looking for new board members who can help with business planning and improving their educational work.
  • Oxford Climate Society are setting up an alumni network. If you're an alumnus of Oxford University you can register your interest and/or help them to shape the purpose of the network by taking their survey.
  • Low Carbon groups across Oxford are busy organising a new series of ACT Now workshops, with topics of home energy, food waste, and more - so keep an eye out for more information on those events, coming soon.
Get prepared for the Green Homes Grant in September

Cosy Homes Oxfordshire are holding webinars on home energy efficiency and retrofit this autumn, covering home energy, retrofit, the Green Homes Grants, and specific measures - heat pumps and insulation.

The first webinar, A Beginners Guide to Retrofit, is on Tuesday 8 September at 6pm and will include an explanation of the Green Homes Grant. It's a great chance for you to ask any questions.

If you can't make them, the webinars will be recorded and available on YouTube.

Register for the webinars
Do you own (or work for) a local business?

A brand new non-profit company called Energy Solutions Oxfordshire (ESOx), is being set up to tackle the carbon emissions from businesses and workplaces. With buildings responsible for 81% of emissions in Oxford alone, it's important we engage with local businesses to improve their offices, factories, retail shops and more.

ESOx is hosting a series of informative webinars this autumn - definitely worth encouraging your workplace to attend and find out more about the opportunities to save money on energy bills.

Find out more

And beyond Oxford...

This month's highlights from across the UK and the world.

The good
  • ExxonMobil have been forced to leave the Dow Jones, costing them prestige and (potentially) stock price.
  • Extinction Rebellion have started their next phase of protests, with marches in London, Manchester, and Cardiff over the bank holiday weekend.
  • Further information was released on the UK's Green Homes Grant, including news that quality assurance and accredited contractors are at the heart of the scheme.
  • A proposed new UK law would require companies to prove where cocoa, soy, rubber, and palm oil used in their products came from, potentially forcing more transparency about their contribution to deforestation. Read more.
The bad
  • A huge oil spill took place due to an abandoned ship off the coast of Mauritius, which is badly affecting marine life and the people who live on the island.
  • The latest data shows that 28 trillion tonnes of ice have been lost from the surface of the Earth since 1994, a direct result of manmade climate change.

That's it for now!

That's it for this month's newsletter. If you'd like to see something included in next month's newsletter or have an idea for a campaign we could run in East Oxford, send us an email to - we'd love to hear from you.

Best wishes,
The Low Carbon East Oxford Team
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