Wednesday, 30 November 2011

The 10:10 Times - November 2011

On the 23rd November, about 10 million people sat down to watch episode five of Frozen Planet, the BBC's natural history blockbuster documenting the Earth's polar regions in all their otherworldly glory.

It's an amazing spectacle, with the apparently immortal David Attenborough guiding us through all the fierce drama and haunting beauty of life at the Poles. But for all its sweep and grandeur, Frozen Planet makes it clear that these assorted wonders are just as reliant on a stable climate as everything else.

Everyone has their own reasons for doing 10:10, and you don't have to care about baby polar bears to know that saving energy and cutting carbon make good sense; but I bet it's not just the environmentalists that woke up this morning wondering how they can do more.

For some of us, that might mean an extra effort to bring down our emissions at home or at work, and – as 10:10ers are proving week after week – there's no shortage of options on that front. But more and more people are looking for a way to do something on a larger scale without losing the personal touch that keeps things manageable.

And that's where community energy comes in. Community energy is a catch-all term for projects that aim to save or generate energy on a local level – on a street, for example, or through a shared building like a school or sports centre – and it's becoming a bigger part of our work through things like Energise Barnetand Solar Schools.

If this sounds like your kind of thing, you're in luck. Two members of the 10:10 team recently wrote a book on this topic, and it's being distributed for free thanks to some sponsorship from M&S. The Rough Guide to Community Energy walks you through all the basics: the pros and cons of popular energy technologies, getting a group going (or finding one that's already out there) and the different stages of a typical project.

To get your free copy in either print or ebook format, just head over to the website.

Elsewhere on Planet 10:10, there's absolutely loads going on...
The Welsh Government aimed for 10% and ended up hitting 11.
A flood of letters to MPs and ministers from Lighter Later supporters got the Daylight Saving Bill moving again. Energy-saving lighter evenings are another step closer...
We weigh in on the solar cuts debate, and explain what the government's plans mean for you.
Oh, and an entire village cuts its electricity use by 10%. And then doesn't tell us.

And there's plenty more where that came from – just keep scrolling down.


Angela Bryant
10:10 executive director