What can my community do?

Community Groups

(schools, scout / guides groups, transition towns etc)

Local actions to tackle climate change are taking place across Devon.  These include local energy projects, campaigning groups and work on behaviour change. Community-led initiatives have huge potential to create embedded behavioural change across several strands of sustainability (i.e. energy use in the home, transport, recycling, food) and help Devon on the road to achieving net zero.

The benefits of community action go beyond their direct impact on climate change. Community action and projects are a brilliant way to build a greater community spirit and help build trust and friendships. Furthermore, many activities, from tree planting to beach cleans can help make your local environment a healthier, happier, prettier place to live.

If you’re wondering what your community group can do to address climate change and nature loss, look no further. We’ve compiled a list of effective actions you can do with your community to help address the climate crisis and raise awareness. Explore below for some top tips.

In light of the current Covid-19 pandemic, some of the suggested actions may need to be modified, run as a virtual event or postponed to ensure they comply with social distancing advice designed to keep you and our communities safe.

Schools: reduce, reuse, recycle

The Recycle Devon School website provides teachers, parents and youth groups with a wide range of resources to help teach our children how to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Compost more of their waste every day. Have a look at the support they offer here.

Could your school work to safeguard the planet for future students? Let’s Go Zero 2030 is a campaign uniting UK schools working to be net-zero carbon by 2030. Find out more and get involved here.

What’s Your Community’s Carbon Footprint?

Using this handy tool you can find out the emissions produced by your community. You can compare emissions to other parishes and to the district and national averages. Emissions are shown as ‘territorial’ emissions (those directly produced from your parish by road transport, agricultural, domestic activities, for example) and consumption emissions.

Simply follow the link below, enter your parish name and the tool will display the carbon footprint for your community.

Build your carbon footprint!

This game is a great way to engage people in how different lifestyle choices have different carbon footprints. Suitable for all ages, all you need are some blocks. Download the instructions here and get building!

Schools and Youth Groups