Community and voluntary groups are in a strong position to take direct action against climate change and improve the quality of their local environment.
Everyone has the right to live in a clean, safe and healthy environment. Community and voluntary groups play a key role in tackling issues on the ground by contributing time and energy and developing new ideas for action.
The community is often the best source of knowledge and ideas for improving local neighbourhoods. Concern about the local, and global, environment is a powerful galvanising force for action. Community groups are the best placed to encourage other people to get involved.
The neighbourhood is the scale at which most community groups will work.
Ways that community groups can act
- Create networks of people interested in tackling an issue, for example by implementing a community waste management scheme
- Take ownership of services for community benefit, like at the Westmill Wind Farm
- Make your areas greener and healthier, like in Incredible Edible Todmorden
- Encourage people to make lifestyle changes, as they did as part of the Middlesbrough Urban Growing project
- Develop and demonstrate innovative ways of working, such as social enterprises like the East London Community Recycling Partnership
- Work and collaborate across areas to make a change, like the neighbourhood regeneration in Malmo
- Raise awareness of environmental issues, for example Ashley School.
The Sustainable Places website has more examples of ways community groups have made a difference by directing local projects that tackle environmental issues.
More help for the community
Find out how CABE helps community groups look after their local spaces.
Get support for community-based energy projects from the Energy Savings Trust.
British Trust for Conservation Volunteers
Help on setting up and running a community group to improve the local environment.
Trees for Cities
Independent charity working with local communities on tree planting projects in urban areas.
Community Recycling Network
National umbrella organisation for community-based, not-for-profit and co-operative waste management groups which work in reduction, re-use and recycling.
One Planet Communities
International network of green neighbourhoods.
Charity that supports and empowers community groups involved in projects to improve their neighbourhoods.
Free, independent and professional planning advice to communities and individuals who cannot afford to pay professional fees.
CABE and Urban Practitioners
with the cities of Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield