There are many initiatives that your community can become involved in to reduce your collective carbon emissions. Here are some of the most popular.
A transition town is a community group that comes together to develop local practical projects for a low-carbon future. These can include food, health, energy and much more. Each transition town is unique, with its own creative initiatives for reducing the local carbon footprint.
Green Communities is a programme from the Energy Saving Trust that aims to support, facilitate and promote community-based energy projects. It includes free training and advice focused on project planning and funding, technical support and a website of resources.
The Greening Campaign is a way of showing what steps you are taking to reduce your carbon footprint and motivating other people to do the same.
Take a Greening Campaign information card, which lists the ways you can save energy in the home and at work. Once you have taken a number of these actions, mark the card and display it in a front window of your home. This creates a powerful visual aid, and allows estimates to be made of the amount of CO2 the community has saved. It gives all members of the community a sense that they have contributed through small, inexpensive actions.
The Women’s Environmental Network (WEN) has produced a well researched booklet to support its Three Tonne Club. This provides step-by-step advice on how to reduce your carbon emissions from the average of 13 tonnes to the 3 tonne ideal. It provides in-depth information and ideas on reducing your individual footprint as well as ideas for collective action.