13 September 2023

Developing locally-appropriate climate actions for Cotswold District

Common net zero goal

Our response to the climate crisis requires significant, expeditious societal change, writes Aimee Morse, Research Assistant. Although the price of failure to meet our net-zero targets should not be underestimated, it is important to recognise that there are reasons to be optimistic, particularly regarding tangible solutions that have been shown to deliver change at the local level. Such locally-appropriate solutions will be vital in reaching the common goal of net zero by 2050 – but how best to discover what works for local communities and businesses?

There is increasing recognition of the value of participatory deliberative approaches in exploring potential climate solutions (Maye et al., 2022).

The importance of engaging local communities is also supported by local authorities, such as Cotswold District Council. In its Climate Emergency Strategy the council acknowledges the requirement for community engagement on climate issues, and a need for collective action to address climate change.

As part of a NICRE research project, the CCRI has partnered with Cotswold District Council, and Farm491 (based at NICRE partner, the Royal Agricultural University) to deliver an innovative approach to collectively developing locally-appropriate climate action solutions: the Climathon.

Engaging communities

Building on the British Academy funded Co-designing Sustainable Food Futures project (led by NICRE co-investigator, Damian Maye), the Cotswold Climathon will bring together actors from across Cotswold District and the wider Gloucestershire region to discuss actions which may support the area’s journey to net zero. In doing so, the event aims to encourage participants to learn about the extent of the climate emergency in their local area and harmonise the diverse voices across the district to deliver unified messages to citizens regarding climate action.

The CCRI team has been collaborating with organisations working in food, farming and land use to design a solutions-focused event to be held online in the morning of Wednesday 27 September 2023, and in-person at the Royal Agricultural University on Thursday 28 September 2023.

You can sign up to attend the event on this Eventbrite page. Bookings close at noon on Monday 25 September.