Galvanising community-led responses to climate change

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National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Great Britain)
Date of publication
1 April 2010
Community Development and Regeneration
Social welfare
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Alongside action by government and business, community-led innovation will be central to the UK’s ability to achieve its CO2 emission reduction targets. In order to galvanise community led responses to climate change, government will however need to be more active in creating the conditions within which community leadership can flourish. This paper draws out the lessons for UK government climate change policy, drawing on communities’ experience of NESTA’s Big Green Challenge. It proposes a series of practical recommendations by which government could ensure that communities are more willing and able to take action in their own right with respect to climate change.

The Big Green Challenge demonstrates that, together with other government initiatives, community-led innovation can be a powerful means for delivering national strategic objectives – at a lower cost to the public purse and with less bureaucracy than traditional grant funding processes for community and voluntary groups.

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