The ‘Communities and Climate Action Alliance’ is an emergent body seeking to support community responses to climate change, and links some of the largest networks in the community climate change sector – The Low Carbon Communities Network (LCCN), Transition Network, Green Communities Network, Community Energy Practitioners Forum, ‘Local United’ and The Scottish Climate Challenge Fund Network.
It’s all new and in motion, and starts with an excellent and free action-focused conference in London on the role for community action in tackling climate change and creating a low-carbon society.
- Dates: 16 and 17 January
- Location: Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury, London
- Cost: Free (but bookings required)
- Bookings: See the event booking site
Here is the outline:
The conference will bring together some 200 local community-based organisations to exchange experiences and to discuss the opportunities and challenges they face with innovators and professionals from other sectors. The event is free and places are limited so we invite you to register as soon as possible for one or both days. The aims are to:
- Show how community organisations can play a key role in the delivery of carbon reduction targets
- Enable a broad range of ‘community and climate’ organisations to get up to speed on a developing new agenda, and to jointly discuss their responses
- Strengthen the capacity of this ‘community and climate’ sector
- Enable the development of relationships between this sector and other engaged agencies.
is on Sunday 16th January is aimed primarily at community-based organisations, though others working with communities are welcome.
A series of structured discussions will cover the challenges for community action, our hopes and visions for a low carbon future, ways to share learning and innovation and much more.
is on Monday 17th January, is open to all those working on climate change and low carbon living.
There will be short plenary sessions with speakers from DECC, national agencies and local communities. Workshop seminars in the morning will discuss how the ‘climate and community’ sector delivers on key issues:
- Housing and home energy services
- Community renewables
- Building trust, engagement and behaviour change
The afternoon will focus on developing the climate and community sector looking at the role of social enterprise, lessons from the Low Carbon Communities Challenge, specialist support for innovation and local action, how we work with local government and the ‘Big Society’ and more.
There will be exhibition space, poster displays and opportunities for small group meetings. LCCN is managing the speakers, registration etc.
We hope to have some funding for travel bursaries. Watch this space for more details.
The Communities and Climate Action Alliance (CCAA) links some of the largest networks in the community climate change sector – the Low Carbon Communities Network (LCCN), the Transition Network, the Green Communities Network, the Community Energy Practitioners Forum, Local United and the Scottish Climate Challenge Fund network.