Reach Volunteering believes that the climate and nature crises are an existential threat to civil society. The scale of change needed to address this is huge but the solutions also include big opportunities to make society fairer, more connected and more co-operative. We need to harness the creative energy of as many people as possible in order to transition to a society that is equitable, fair and sustainable.
In 2021, Reach’s board put climate justice at the heart of our strategic framework, in our vision and underpinning beliefs.
Our CEO signed up to ACEVO’s environmental and leadership principles, committing us to acknowledge the scale of the crises, be ambitious for climate justice and act where we can for progress.
Since that time we have:
- Moved to web hosting to Krystal, powered by 100% renewable energy.
- Spoken out about the need for civil society to engage with the climate crisis. For example in the blog 'Leading a charity in a climate emergency: where do you start?' and in the podcast 'Bringing the environment into your mission'.
- Run a campaign #ChangeTheStory, which centres the values we need to create a more caring, sustainable culture.
- Supported hundreds of climate action groups and charities to recruit volunteers and trustees.
- Run a campaign #VolunteerForClimate aimed at encouraging more people to volunteer for climate and environmental groups and highlighting the power of collective action.
Collaboration is essential because of the scale of the crises and because solutions are interconnected:
- Our CEO is a member of ACEVO’s Climate crisis working group.
- We are learning partners for NPC’s Everyone’s Environment.
We are living in a world of rapid and uncertain change. We have an adaptive strategy: we have set a clear strategic framework, and we review priorities regularly, on the basis of our changing insights.