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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George Marshall – the author is coming to Milton Keynes!

George Marshall’s book on climate change communication has had widespread acclaim from environmentalists all over the world.

George Marshall has written an influential book on the challenges of climate change communication – the book has just been re-released in paperback. Now the author of ‘Don’t Even Think About it – why our brains are wired to ignore climate change’ is coming to Milton Keynes to give a talk about his ideas and answer questions – paperback copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing.

The event will take place at St Paul’s School in Leadenhall on Friday 20th November at 7.30pm.

To book your place at the event via Eventbrite, click here: prebooked tickets are £4. £5 if you pay on the door.

This event is one of the two main activities organised by Transition MK, a local environmental group, in November that are aiming to put a local mark on the national and international efforts to address the issue of climate change. The second event is the Climate Change Gathering at Campbell Park on Saturday 28th November.

George MarshallDescribed by The Guardian as “The most important book published on climate change in the past few years”, Don’t Even Think About It is full of witty and engaging stories through which, drawing on years of his own research, Marshall shows in how the scientific facts of climate change can become less important to us than the social facts – the views of the people who surround us. He argues that our values, assumptions, and prejudices can take on lives of their own, gaining authority as they are shared, dividing people in their wake.

He argues that once we understand what excites, threatens, and motivates us, we can rethink and reimagine climate change, for it is not an impossible problem. Rather, it is one we can halt if we can make it our common purpose and common ground.

Don’t Even Think About It does not talk in detail about the impacts of climate change or the things that make us turn away. There are no graphs, data sets, or complex statistics, because, in the end, all of the computer models and scientific predictions are constructed around the most important and uncertain variable of all: whether our collective choice will be to accept or to deny what the science is telling us. And this, says Marshall, is the most engrossing and intriguing question of all.

To find out more about the book, visit the website: climateconviction.org or too see it’s trailer, click here. You can also follow George Marshall on Twitter: @climategeorge.

George Marshall’s main projects applying the learning from his book are working with people of faith and people of conservative values to develop better narratives that will build conviction among their peers. You can see his recent work on the website of Climate Outreach.

For more information, visit Transition MK website: www.transitionmk.com. You can follow updates about the events on social media:

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

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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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MK Forum Discussion Event – Transport and Parking Strategy for CMK

Join MK Forum at 7.30pm on Monday 26th October at Margaret Powell House, Midsummer Boulevard for a public meeting to discuss MK Council’s proposed Transport and Parking Strategy for CMK.

“The subject is a contentious one. Over many years, it seems as though there is never a meeting about CMK that does not mention the subject sooner or later. Why do we seem to get ourselves in knots when we have so many spaces? Do we need more spaces or should we manage the existing ones better? Is it sensible to narrow existing bays where possible to make more spaces? Do we need multi-storeys? If so, where? How do we encourage more people to use public transport and bikes?

In an attempt to widen the public debate on the issue the Forum has arranged the public meeting which will adopt a Question Time format so come along with your questions & ideas.

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