Government Tax Plan Could Spoil Local School Solar Projects

Plans by the government to charge schools a business rate tax for income from solar panel have put a dampener on recent school solar installation in Derbyshire. Last October New Mills School in High Peak, Derbyshire installed a 21kW array following a fundraising campaigning involving the local community, with the expectation of receiving a decent income from the panels for 20 years. Now the school, along with others nationwide, may receive much diminished financial savings from the project due to the new tax. Not only that, but private schools will be exempt from the tax due to their charitable status, whilst state schools will have to pay it.

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Organise a Community Screening of 'Tomorrow'

The Transition Network has negotiated the rights necessary for community groups to screen Demain (Tomorrow) a film that has bene seen by 1.5 million people in France. This hugely positive, affirming and inspirational film explores creative solutions to climate change. It has been a huge boost to community-led projects and is the perfect antidote to the current sense of global despondency.

Ladybird Publishes Climate Change Book

As part of a new Ladybird Expert series, Climate Change is a new book in the iconic Ladybird range that explains climate change in clear, simple language. Authored by HRH The Prince of Wales, environmentalist Tony Juniper and climate scientist Dr Emily Shuckburgh, it explains the history, dangers and challenges of global warming and explores possible solutions with which to reduce its impact.

Aimed at an adult readership, the topics covered include the causes and consequences of climate disruption; heatwaves, floods and other extreme weather; disappearing wildlife; acid oceans; the benefits of limiting warming; sustainable farming, new clean technologies and the circular economy.

Recording of Launch of 'Talking Climate' Book

Climate Outreach recorded the recent launch event for their new book Talking Climate from research to practice in public engagement and you can listen to it on their website. The book is a definitive summary of the latest thinking on public engagement with climate change, and also makes a case for a fresh approach to climate change communication, based on widespread participatory engagement.