What is the issue?
The impact of recent climate activism has been profound in emphasising the urgency of the climate crisis, but we are yet to see this translate into policy that will deliver the changes required. This challenge is clearly visible at the Local Authority (LA) level where none have detailed plans on delivering on their climate emergency declarations. Gaps in technical knowledge, inadequate scaling up of solutions, a lack of fiscal resources, uncoordinated local action and a nascent understanding of a ‘Just transition’; are some of the prominent challenges at the local authority level that need to be addressed.
What will the project try to achieve?
Green Alliance will help 2-3 Local Authorities (LAs) gain clarity and confidence in the policy priorities and pathways needed to make real their climate emergency declarations. Green Alliance will work towards building an ‘ambition coalition’ of LA’s and their local area stakeholders that can co-own and implement locally agreed policy decisions.
The project will offer LAs new approaches to engage their citizens on the opportunities and challenges of achieving net zero locally. Green Alliance will strive to complement other organisations and their work at the local area level to ultimately engender a stronger coalition working towards the common goal of bottom up climate action.
Who might be interested in this project?
- Local authorities that have declared a climate emergency
- Policy Makers at the central government level
- Climate activists and engaged citizens who are lobbying their local political leaders to implement bold climate policy
- Wider civil society that is working on raising ambition in their lead up to the UN climate conference in 2020.