Community Climate Action
Six community organisations in Bristol to co-produce community climate action plans, as part of the National Lottery’s Climate Action Fund
Project duration: November 2020 ongoing
Bristol’s Community Climate Action project is supporting six organisations from across Bristol, in collaboration with Bristol Green Capital Partnership, Bristol City Council and CSE, to play a leading role in shaping Bristol’s transition to a low carbon and climate resilient city. The project is funded by the National Lottery’s Climate Action Fund which is ‘supporting communities across the UK to take action on climate change’ – with Bristol being one of 14 successful communities.
During 2021 the six organisations will work with their communities to co-develop community climate action plans, with an underpinning ambition being that these plans aim to improve the quality of life for local people whilst also reduce carbon emissions. For the first step in the project CSE will work with the 6 organisations to build a picture of each community’s carbon footprint. CSE will also support the communities to better understand the potential carbon savings of the actions they build into their plans. Once the plans are written additional funding will be sought to take the project to the next stage of putting the plans into action.
The six groups that we'll be working with are:
- ACH (formerly Ashley Community Housing), a refugee-led social enterprise working to resettle refugees through labour market and social integration, and is also a registered provider of social housing.
- Bristol Disability Equality Forum an organisation of deaf and disabled people who live, work or study in the city that was established to support independence, choice and the full inclusion of Disabled people in society.
- Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust, a resident-led organisation that exists to support residents of Lockleaze to achieve positive change for themselves and their community.
- Ambition Lawrence Weston, an organisation formed in 2012 by a group of residents concerned about a decline in services and closure of local facilities. It strives to make Lawrence Weston a good place to live and work.
- Up Our Street, an organisation which represents residents and businesses in the Easton and Lawrence Hill wards of East Bristol. It leads a consortium of local organisations including Easton Community Centre and the Felix Road Adventure Playground..
- Heart of BS13, an organisation founded in 1990 by local residents, which aims to improve residents’ health and well-being, and the quality of life in the area.
The project comes as research shows that 88% of people in Bristol reported being concerned or very concerned about climate change in 2019 (according to a quality of life survey). This level of community interest is high by national standards, but research shows that concern doesn’t necessarily translate into high levels of engagement – this project will be an opportunity to address this.
Harriet Sansom is managing the project for CSE. "This is a very exciting opportunity to work with six organisations who are committed to bettering the lives of the Bristol communities they represent", she said. "It is a chance to bring to the fore the voices of people unrepresented in action on climate change, and explore approaches to ensuring our zero carbon transition is inclusive and just."