Local Council Advocacy
Councils have a huge influence on climate action on a local level, from planting trees to rewilding, to installing new green infrastructure. Sixteen of twenty-two councils in Wales have declared a climate emergency, but Cardiff University research shows that plans lack urgency across the country.
Here, we have a list of resources that aim to help you monitor, pressure, and support action on climate change, on a council level.
Climate Change Committee
- The sixth Carbon Budget limits the volume of greenhouse gases emitted over a 5-year period from 2033 to 2037, taking the UK more than three-quarters of the way to reaching net zero by 2050. This can only be achieved if councils and government work together.
- Sixth Carbon Budget and Local Authorities – This report outlines how this could, and should be done.
- Welsh Government ‘Route to Net Zero’ for the public sector provides a strategic overview of the key priority areas for action and milestones needed for the Welsh public sector to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030
Welsh Local Government Association
- Stay informed on Local Authority Decarbonisation Action Plans. Does your council have one? Is it up to scratch? Hold them accountable.
Climate Emergency UK
- Methodology for assessing all UK councils on the actions they’re taking towards net zero and published as Council Climate Action Scorecards.
Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT)
- A set of recommendations to help achieve Net Zero and tackle the Climate Emergency that has been declared by more than 330 out of 409 UK councils.
- Resource Hub providing freely available online inspiration, tools, reports, guidance, training, webinars and more, to support action on net zero..
Friends of the Earth
- Campaign to get councils to turn their political promises into concrete action by adopting a climate action plan in support of having declared climate emergencies. This tool tells you in what areas your council is delivering on climate change.
- List of 33 key actions your council can take, from retrofitting council-owned properties, to adopting circular economy waste policies. Is your council taking them? If no, then why not?
Net Zero In My Neighbourhood
- A set of resources provided by the Joint Public Issues Team to help churches and communities to hold councils accountable over their climate change action plans.