There is no longer any denying that we are in the midst of a climate emergency. Join us on 8 October, at an event hosted by Lancaster City Council, to find out more about Ashden’s toolkit to help local and combined authorities radically cut carbon emissions while delivering wider benefits.

Ashden will deliver our event in partnership with the Grantham Institute, who will also present the headline recommendations from their new briefing paper on the co-benefits of climate action.

Protests by Extinction Rebellion, the remarkable wisdom of youth activist Greta Thunberg and the powerful film making of Sir David Attenborough have all got citizens thinking about climate change and its implications. However, much of the discussion is still about giving things up. We have a different view.

By connecting climate policy making to the needs of everyone, we can show that the consequence of climate action means people getting things back. It improves lives, through better jobs, more money in local economies, clean air, better health, travel options, green spaces, and warm and cheap-to-heat homes – all engage people on a personal level, helping drive further change through the will of the people.

We have worked with sustainability leaders from city regions and local authorities to develop our toolkit, providing links to useful data sources, and case studies from Ashden winners and pioneering local authorities. Through a co-benefit approach, we can solve climate and social issues at the same time, and use housing, health, transport, infrastructure and economic development budgets in a smarter way. Since the London launch of the toolkit in June, it has been downloaded over 1,000 times.

The North of England launch event will take place at Lancaster Town Hall on 8 October.

Speakers will include:

Cllr Kevin Frea – Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member, Lancaster City Council

Dr Neil Jennings – Grantham Institute, lead author of Co-benefits of climate change mitigation in the UK (2019)

Simon Brammer – Head of Cities, Ashden

Cara Jenkinson – Senior Programme Officer, Ashden

Ali Clabburn – CEO, Liftshare (Ashden Award winner)

Karen Creavin – CEO, The Active Wellbeing Society (Ashden Award Winner)

James Somerville, Agility Eco

Dr Andy Knox, Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group

Who should attend: local authority officers, councillors, public health officers, community energy groups, trade union reps, third sector organisations and anyone interested in radical decarbonisation.