Climate Change Gathering in Milton Keynes

Local Groups and Individuals urged to pledge commitment to low carbon living

Local community groups and individual citizens will be gathering in Campbell Park in central Milton Keynes on Saturday 28th November between 1-2pm. The aim of the gathering is to show support for the national and international campaigning efforts aiming to put climate change much higher on the political agenda, specifically before the next key UN Conference on Climate Change due to take place in Paris between 30th November and 11th December (‘COP21’).

The event, funded by MK Community Foundation, is organised by Transition MK, a leading local environmental group who, with the support from Citizens MK, are encouraging other organisations and community groups in Milton Keynes, and individuals to take part. Both organisations recognise  the  value and importance of making our politicians aware of the widespread concern over the climate change issue.

George Marshall Talk on 20 NovThe event is one of two events organised by the group in November, following the hugely successful and well attended talk from the renowned climate change author and communication specialist, George Marshall, which took place on Friday 20th November.

 

Everyone attending the rally will be urged to sign a pledge card, making a commitment to reduce their individual carbon footprint, putting pressure on the MPs in Milton Keynes to take the action to David Cameron, and demanding policies which promote investment in renewable energy – a reversal of recent decisions to abolish support for wind, solar and biomass energy. The completed pledge cards will then be handed over  the local office of our  MPs on the morning of Monday 30th, urging them to take further action.

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The plan for the rally is to meet at The MK Rose at 1pm and walk to the Beacon of Hope, where pledges (which will be provided) will be collected and everyone will have a chance to meet with other groups. There will be a few short speeches by local dignitaries. The event is scheduled to finish by 2.00pm.

To download the pledge card as a PDF click hereLet’s make it 1000 by the weekend!

If you would like to provide further support for the event to Transition MK make a bigger impact, e.g by sharing posters and pledge cards, or taking another specific action, please contact the organisers on: transitionmkinfo@gmail.com.

You can follow updates about the event on social media:

Twitter: @TransitionMK or search: #climatechangeMK
Facebook: Transition MK

In case of queries, please contact:  transitionmkinfo@gmail.com.

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MK Climate Change Gathering – show your support for a low carbon MK!

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MK Climate Change Gathering
Saturday 28th November, 1 – 2pm @ MK Rose, Campbell Park
Transition MK invite you to join them to show MK’s support for a greener and more sustainable future. Come along to Campbell Park to show your support for action on climate change in the lead up to Paris COP21 which begins in December.

Sign a pledge card with the personal actions you will take to show your commitment to climate change reduction, and network with others. After the event, Transition MK will share your pledges with MPs to show our support for a lower-carbon future. If you can not attend the event but would like to still show your support we ask you to contact Transition MK for a pledge card which you can return to them with your commitments.

Visit the Transition MK website for more information.

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Communicating about Climate Change – a Transition MK event

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Transition MK are pleased to invite you to a talk on ‘Communicating about Climate Change‘ by author and leading specialist on climate change communication, George Marshall. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

In his recent book George Marshall explores the reasons why we ignore climate change. He also is the co-founder and a leading member of COIN (Climate Change Outreach and Information Network). Come and hear George’s talk and ask him your questions.

Friday 20th November, 7.30 – 9pm

St Pauls School, Phoenix Drive, Leadenhall, MK6 5EN

Tickets are £5 on the door, or £4 with a pre-booked eventbrite ticket (in both instances please pay on the door as we cannot accept online payment).

For more information contact Transition MK.

To book your online ticket please click here.

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Learn more about ‘Smart Cities’

Its not too late to sign up to this free online course to understand more about ‘Smart Cities’.

The Open University has released a free public education programme on Smart Cities, available to everyone over the Internet.

Milton Keynes, just like many other cities around the world, is using new approaches to improve lives and well-being of communities and create economic opportunities for all – sometimes this is being referred to as Milton Keynes becoming a “smart city”.

Sign up here.

OU-logoThe Open University has now made available a free public education programme on Smart Cities, available to everyone over the Internet.

The online course helps learners understand issues such as: What is a smart city? What are Milton Keynes and other cities around the world doing to improve lives and well-being of communities?. What is the role of citizens? What is the role of technology?

In this course learners are able to connect with other people to explore how they can contribute to the creation of smart cities through a range of interactive activities.

The course is available on FutureLearn.

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The course has been developed as part of MK:Smart, a £16 million collaborative smart city initiative partly funded by a grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and led by The Open University, which will develop innovative solutions to support the economic growth of Milton Keynes.

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Communicating about Climate Change – a Transition MK event

Transition MK are pleased to invite you to a talk on ‘Communicating about Climate Change‘ by author and leading specialist on climate change communication, George Marshall. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

In his recent book George Marshall explores the reasons why we ignore climate change. He also is the co-founder and a leading member of COIN (Climate Change Outreach and Information Network). Come and hear George’s talk and ask him your questions.

Friday 20th November, 7.30 – 9pm
St Pauls School, Phoenix Drive, Leadenhall, MK6 5EN
Tickets are £5 on the door, or £4 with a pre-booked eventbrite ticket (in both instances please pay on the door as we cannot accept online payment).

For more information contact Transition MK.

To book your online ticket please click here.
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Launch of Our MK

Our MK website ready for collaboration!

Our MK, a new collaborative website designed for sharing ideas on how to transform Milton Keynes into a smarter, greener place to live, was showcased at the launch event held at Transport Systems Catapult on Wednesday 23rd September.

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Launched as part of the city-wide project, MK: Smart, it’s a platform for all people living in Milton Keynes who want to have their say in shaping the future of our city. Individual citizens as well as existing groups can share their ideas through the website and apply for up to £5K funding to run projects beneficial for the city’s transport, energy, water, health and environment. The main aim for the website is to generate exciting and tangible citizen-led projects in Milton Keynes.

The launch event, with cheese & wine, was organised by the Citizen Innovation team, one of the eight workpackages of the MK:Smart project.

We were delighted to see a number of MK citizens and representatives of local organisations, groups and businesses, keen to find out more about this local initiative. Many of them shared their ideas with us at the event – by leaving comments at our ‘inspiration station’ and expressed their eagerness to be part of Our MK by running or helping to run local projects.

Robbie Macpherson, Chief Operations Officer at Community Action: MK, who has been working on the MK:Smart project from its inception said:

Great to meet so many enthusiastic people – many with ideas and some wanting to volunteer and help others, develop their ideas and deliver projects. A real buzz, and a “great gig”. 

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The event featured presentations from the key people behind the MK:Smart project, including members of the Our MK team at Community Action: MK and the Open University, who explained the concept of and the core objectives behind the smart cities initiative.

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The real highlight of the event was a talk from Michael Sheppard – MK citizen, teacher and a keen activist involved in a number of local initiatives, including Transition MK and the MK Green Party.

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Michael has just been announced as the winner of the first round of Our MK funding competition and was telling the audience about his plans for the innovative project related to off-grid solar lighting. You can visit Michael’s page on Our MK to find out more about his project and you can also sign-up to our monthly newsletter to receive updates on how Michael’s progressing in the coming months.

Our MK Competition

If, like Michael, you have an innovative and impactful idea for a project that could be run in MK, visit Our MK and find out more about our Citizen Ideas Competition, and your chance to win up to £5K of funding. See more information about the application process here:

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To explore further and sign up to our Drop-In Sessions at which we will provide you with support & advice for your project idea, please click here.

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Top prizes up for grabs in exclusive MK energy trial

You could win a UHD TV by changing your energy habits 

Are you prepared to re-think the way in which you use electricity and gas? Samsung is running an energy trial exclusively for Milton Keynes residents and only 90 households will be selected to take part. These people will have the chance to win a top-of-the-range Samsung appliance or TV (amongst many other prizes). MK residents can take-part as an individual household, or increase their chances of winning by inviting friends and family (only one application per household).

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What’s in it for the participants?
  • Be part of a ground-breaking trial which will revolutionise the way people think about energy;
  • Benefit from innovative new energy web apps and tools being developed by Samsung;
  • Earn prizes for you and your friends/family (top prize of a top-of-the-range Samsung appliance or TV; other prizes for all participants).
How does it work?

Eligible participants who apply now will have equipment installed in their homes in the next few weeks which will record when and how they use energy.

The state-of-the-art sensor equipment will be installed at five plug sockets and gas/electricity meters and an energy monitoring hub will send data to Samsung about participants’ energy consumption via their Wi-Fi router.

The trial is taking place as part of the MK:Smart project, which is an Open University-led project working to make Milton Keynes a smarter city. The data collected will be curated in the MK Data Hub located in Central Milton Keynes.

In the New Year Samsung will provide a web portal for those taking part. There is no need to change energy provider to participate in the trial, but participants are free to do so if they wish. The scheme will not affect the rate participants pay their supplier for their energy.

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For further details or to register for the trial visit www.mksmart.org/samsung

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