Provide leadership

Tackling climate change requires strong leaders who take a long-term view despite short-term pressures.

Nigel Turpin, team leader of city projects, Nottingham city council

Nigel Turpin, team leader of city projects, Nottingham city council. Photo by Michele Turriani.

This will require tough decisions. A courageous response will deliver progress on other sustainable development priorities, including provision of affordable homes, jobs and regeneration – all crucial in troubled economic times.  Cities, towns and neighbourhoods need to:

  • mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • adapt to a changing climate by providing more comfortable environments for people to live and work in
  • adapt services and infrastructure to ensure resilience to extreme weather
  • ensure vulnerable people are protected from climate change risk
  • increase low-carbon energy supplies.

Find out more about leading on energy, waste, water, transport, green infrastructure and public space.

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Community groups

Community and voluntary groups are in a strong position to take direct action against climate change and improve the quality of their local environment.

Local authorities

There are eight main ways in which local authority leadership can influence climate change and sustainability.

Funding and resources

People around the world are tackling economic uncertainty, climate change and energy security at the same time.


Partnership working is essential to tackle climate change.


Spatial planning is a critical tool to take action on climate change.

Benefits of strong leadership

An inspiring vision, an evidence-based approach and effective communication and engagement are essential.

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