With the looming climate crisis and lacklustre international agreements and national government responses, councils are ideally placed to be leaders in responding to the climate emergency. Our mission is to inspire and provide the tools needed for campaigners and councils to take action on the climate and ecological emergency at a local level in the UK. By providing accessible information and transparent data on climate action through our Scorecards, we support campaigners and councils to learn from each other and lobby for further action, as well as providing a network where local authorities, activists, NGOs, business and local communities can work together for climate action.
Our focus is currently on creating the Council Climate Action Scorecards, after our successful launch of the Council Climate Plan Scorecards in January 2022. You can find out the latest update on the Scorecards project on our blog.
Our previous projects include working with mySociety on creating the Climate Action Plan Explorer – a database of UK Local Authority climate & ecological emergency declarations and action plans. We also created the Climate Action Plan Checklist – detailing what makes a good action plan and the best practice from Councils.
Creating a UK wide movement requires strong networks. We have supported this by holding seminars and conferences that connect people and organisations interested in local authority climate emergency response.
We work with councillors and officers across the political spectrum, as well as individual activists, XR and NGO’s including Friends of the Earth, Centre for Alternative Technology, Ashden and mySociety. We liaise closely with Cedamia who started the global ‘climate emergency declaration movement in Australia.