Category Archives: Climate Change

Grants for on street charging points for electric cars!

The Government has recently announced an additional £2.5m in funding for the public on-street electric car charging infrastructure, claiming that the cash will see an extra 1,000 charging points installed in residential areas.

The Independent newspaper has a useful article on this announcement but it and other media fail to cover the importance of getting local councils to apply for grants

Local authorities should take action now and apply for grants for such programmes. It’s long been the practice of government to announce a programme with limited funds and of course it sounds good. However, unless local councils apply for the money, EV facilities won’t come to our local area. £2.5 million won’t go very far. We suspect the big cities will be quick off the mark in applying for funds and that will leave rural towns at a disadvantage.

It’s essential that local county and district councillors are lobbied in order to get their  councils to apply for grants ASAP.   A letter by residents to the Leader of the Council might kick things off.  Contact details can be easily found on council web sites.

Here is a sample letter that you could send to your own local council:

Dear <………….>

Government funding for on-street electric-car charging is to be doubled according to Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps.  An extra £2.5m will available for local authorities to install charge points on residential roads. The scheme is aimed at providing access to charging infrastructure near the homes of people without off-street parking. Also it is understood that the Government are willing to consider applications for charge points situated in car parks owned by the Local Authority where they meet the objectives of the scheme i.e. that the car park is suitably located in or near a residential area and provides an option for local residents looking to charge their car both during the day and overnight.

Data published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders shows 14,200 pure electric new cars were bought during the first seven months of the year, up 71% compared with the same period in 2018. These cars now hold a 1% share of the new car market.

It is understood that this funding is available to Local Authorities for eligible projects, on a first come, first-served basis. That being the case would you ask your officers to apply for funding as soon as possible before funds run out?

Kind Regards

Good luck!

An appeal to All Governments to take action on Climate Change!

By way of an introduction please take a look at this  short video which shows how methane is stored in the permafrost and in frozen lakes:

2010: University of Alaska Fairbanks Professor Katey Walter Anthony takes us onto a frozen lake in Fairbanks, AK to demonstrate why methane gas is a key ingredient in global warming.

The continuing climate change protests , the Greta Thunberg appeals and Sir David Attenborough’s dire warnings in his TV programme Climate Change – The Facts may not be top news now but climate change is the biggest issue facing the future of life on Earth. I implore everyone to watch it. …… Click here for the full 58 minute BBC iPlayer recording of the programme  If you don’t have time to view the whole programme the TV guide Radio Times has a great summary including some dramatic video clips.  Or follow Twitter: #ClimateChangeTheFacts

For my part, the climate change threat is so important to us here on Earth I have tried to repeat  some of the key warning and advice from scientists and university researchers filmed in the BBC programme in this article …………

Continue reading An appeal to All Governments to take action on Climate Change!

Climate Change: Catastrophe or Hoax? Friday 24th Nov in Lewes

WHEN: November 24, 2017 at 7:30pm – 9:30pm

WHERE: Lewes Town Hall

CONTACT:  Oli Henman

 

Climate Change: Catastrophe or Hoax? Lewes: Friday 24th Nov

In Lewes:   Click here for tickets

We are delighted to invite you to the first in our new series of open speaker events on November 24th – ‘Climate Change: Catastrophe or Hoax?’ with Professor Tim Palmer, one of the world’s leading climate scientists.

At a time when devastating storms are increasing around the world, while key governments seem to be stepping back from their commitments to reduce emissions of damaging greenhouse gases, we ask you to join us to debate the real science on climate change. While in power, the Liberal Democrats were able to introduce landmark policies to encourage renewable energy for a full transition to a low carbon economy but many of these policies are now being dismantled by the Conservative government. How can we define what the underlying science tells us? And how can we share these facts in an engaging way?

Professor Palmer is The Royal Society Research Professor of Climate Physics, University of Oxford. He will explore the science of climate change and will share the latest thinking on how to measure and predict our changing atmosphere. He has spent most of his career working on the dynamics and predictability of weather and climate. Amongst various research achievements, he pioneered the development of forecasting techniques for weather and climate prediction (at the Met Office and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts). These techniques are now standard in operational weather and climate prediction around the world.

Join us for a rare opportunity to hear from a leading thinker in this critical area of debate!

You can find a link to book up for tickets here:
http://www.leweslibdems.org.uk/climate_change_catastrophe_or_hoax