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Supporting community action on climate change

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Supporting community action on climate change

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About Net Zero Now

Net Zero Now is a training course designed to fast track our move to net zero emissions by building a local network to deliver carbon reduction activities, events and communications that engage people of all backgrounds. 

Approximately 60% of the changes needed to reach net zero by 2050 will require changes to the way we live our lives. We’ll need to reduce energy use, make changes to the way we travel, what we eat, how much we buy and how we dispose of things. This means that in the coming months and years each individual and community will need to find positive ways to adapt, change and thrive as we move towards net zero emissions. 

In 2021 Cambridge Carbon Footprint, with support from the South Cambridgeshire District Council Zero Carbon Communities fund, launched and ran Net Zero Now. We are now pleased to be able to offer this course as an online resource for anyone to undertake in their own time at home.

This free training is designed to enable everyone, regardless of knowledge, skills or experience to participate. Net Zero Now provides tools to get started with community action on carbon reduction. This could be something as simple as setting up a new local clothes swap, or something as big as a community energy scheme. 

There are many online sources of information and inspiration, and we have linked to a selection of these within the course resources.

Get in touch

If you’re interested in taking part in the next round of Net Zero Now training, are inteterested in promoting it in your community or simply would like to find out more, please get in touch:

Start the free online training course

Find out more information or begin working through
the course materials at your own pace


Who was the training programme for?

Net Zero Now is for residents of South Cambridgeshire who would like to learn more about how to bring climate action into their community. This could be through 

  • combining environmental action into your existing activities (e.g. within community or faith groups), 
  • supporting an existing environmental group or activity or 
  • setting up a new project (e.g. community energy project). 

There is only a limited number of places available on the course, so we will select applicants to reflect a broad spectrum of local parishes, individual backgrounds, organisation types, pre-existing knowledge and strengths.

As this programme is looking to bring together keen residents from various backgrounds, existing knowledge or experience is not as important as enthusiasm and motivation to take action in your local community.

What does the course involve?

Online sessions

The course consists of eight online sessions between June and October 2021. The course is divided into two parts with a summer break halfway.

Other activities

In addition to the online sessions, there will be a small amount of additional work to be undertaken outside of these sessions. This is outlined below.

What is required to participate?

While this course is suitable for applicants with a range of knowledge, experience and proposed actions, successful applicants will demonstrate an interest in supporting their community to take action on climate change. This may be through a number of factors, including demonstrating:

  • an interest in their local community. Either through previous experience of engagement with their community or through an interest in getting involved as a result of attending this course.
  • concern about climate change combined with an interest in developing and improving knowledge on this topic.
  • a motivation to take action on climate change. This can be from larger-scale ambitious actions (such as setting up a community energy project) down to smaller-scale actions (such as running a clothes swap with your local scout group)
  • a commitment to the course activities. Including both attending online sessions and the additional activities outlined above.

In order to take part in this course, applicants will need:

  • access to an internet connection strong enough to use the video conferencing service Zoom.
  • a basic knowledge of using Zoom. Please let us know if you would need training on this before taking part as we may be able to provide this.
Will you be running this course again?

We are hoping to run a number of mini-versions of this course in the new year as in our experience there is nothing that beats the personalised support that a local community of like-minded practitioners can provide.. Watch this space or get in touch for updates.