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.
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!
- 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
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/
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/
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.