Action at a local level to cut carbon emissions is gaining momentum like never before, and some of the changes brought on by the current coronavirus crisis (such as changes to encourage active travel) are helping to accelerate this. The low carbon transition will require major change, but this cannot just be imposed on communities. To create the consensus that local and national governments need - and the funds to deliver the work - we have to take citizens with us. 

Last year, we published a Climate Action Co-benefits Toolkit for local authorities, which sets out the health, economic, equity and resilience benefits of taking action on climate change. This has been very well received, with more than 4,000 downloads to-date.

We've now produced a new chapter of this toolkit which explores how councils can use deliberative processes (such as climate assemblies) to give them a mandate for climate action, work with their communities to deliver co-benefits through climate action and overcome objections to particular changes using a co-benefits approach. It includes more than twenty case studies covering areas such as introducing restrictions on private cars, closing roads near schools, introducing plant-based menus in schools, and creating opportunities for young people in the green economy. 

This year, we're also launching a new Ashden Award that will highlight best practice in citizen engagement on climate change and draw attention to successful and replicable methods of involving people in climate issues.  

At the webinar:

We'll be introducing the new co-benefits chapter, with short presentations from:

  • Cara Jenkinson and Matthew Ahluwalia from Ashden
  • Nick Gardner, Head of Climate Action at The National Lottery Community Fund
  • Tom Hayes, Deputy Leader at Oxford City Council, on their climate assembly
  • Mark Cridge from My Society, on how councils can use technology to engage their citizens on climate change 
  • Afsheen Rashid from Repowering, on how councils can support opportunities for young people in the green economy

We'll also be introducing the new award and explaining how you can apply.

You'll then have an opportunity to put your questions to our panel of speakers.

We do hope you can join us. You can register for the webinar (which is free of charge) here: