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Culture and Community

Building a sustainable future is also about nurturing the local community, with strong local identity and heritage, and a culture of sustainability, where people are supported and empowered as part of a wider network.

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How to make a change in your community

  • Ensure adequate access to your meetings for people with disabilities, as well as places you put on events.
  • Hold regular ‘One Planet Living’ events and meetings, to get as many stakeholders on-board as possible.
  • Consider utilising local noticeboards etc. as Green information points – let people know about what your vision is, and what you’re doing to get there.
  • Host or attend community events 
  • Host a ‘Skill Share’ evening or event, for the community, where people can swap knowledge and learn from one another.
  • Invite members of a local charity to discuss their work.
  • Pushing our leaders to act is essential to combatting the climate crisis. Write to your local councillors or MP about issues important to you such a climate change, or high levels of litter in the area.
  • Participate in local decision-making processes – respond to planning proposals, raise concerns with councillors and vote for local representatives
  • Design your own local ‘Heritage route’ for people to walk or cycled between key interest points in your community – organise a led ride or walk to get people using it!

Example Actions

  • Speak to your community about the One Planet Living framework, for example host a talk and visioning exercise one evening
  • Put up notices about One Planet Living in your community spaces
  • Design and walk a heritage route around your area
Cyclists in Cannon Hill Park

Useful Links

Great Big Green Week run an annual festival week for communities to get involved with, and celebrate sustainability. https://greatbiggreenweek.com/

ecobirmingham have a set of Heritage cycling routes to explore local heritage highlights. https://ecobirmingham.com/project/secret-birmingham/

Suggested Tools

Bioregional offer Sustainability Consulting for Local Authorities. https://www.bioregional.com/projects-and-services/built-environment-consultancy/local-authorities

Net Zero Navigator tool for identifying and building plans to reach net-zero in UK local authority areas. https://netzero-navigator.oneplanet.com/ 

Join the Climate Emergency Network on Knowledge Hub, for sharing information between local authorities https://khub.net/web/climatelocal 

Local Government Association – Climate change hub, includes tools such as Greenhouse Gas Accounting tool for identifying baselines. https://www.local.gov.uk/our-support/climate-change-hub

Support local businesses to pledge to reducing their environmental impact with the West Midlands Net Zero Business Pledge https://www.wmca.org.uk/what-we-do/environment-and-energy/west-midlands-net-zero-business-pledge/ 

Ashden Sustainability plan Toolkit for Councils: https://ashden.org/tools-for-councils/ 

Funding 

The National Audit Office Report into Local Government and Net Zero identified £1.2 billion in specific grant funding available in 2020-2021 for local authorities to act on climate change, and notes this is a sixteen-fold increase on the previous year.

Download an Action Plan so you can set your own goals!





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