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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.

Cardiff University Research

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

  • 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

Climate Emergency UK

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.
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