Low Carbon Oxford North (LCON) is a charity set up by local residents in 2011to support cuts in CO2 through local action. The group launched Oxford North Community Renewables and installed solar PV on two local schools through funding raised by the local community. Their aim is to contribute to a zero – carbon Oxford by 2030 through engaging with the city and county councils and collaborating with other community groups in the city. They work with the local community, offering practical ideas, information and activities, to help combat the climate crisis, with a focus on home energy, transport, consumption and waste, tree planting and food.
Partnering with other groups is a key part of their ethos and they are part of “Communities for Zero Carbon Oxford” who run a series of shared workshops designed to help individuals and communities take action to combat the climate crisis. They are also energetic members of the Coalition for Healthy Streets and Active Travel (CoHSAT) to encourage the growth of walking, cycling and liveable streets across Oxford, which is supported by a grant from LCH Community Grant Fund.
They hold regular engaging events and following a successful talk on the impact of the fashion industry on the environment, they launched a sustainable fashion campaign with information and resources available to encourage a more sustainable approach to the industry. They also hold monthly Climate Cafes where people can discuss their responses to climate change in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.