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Supporting community action on climate change

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Supporting community action on climate change

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Course readings & resources

Session 1

Climate Change and Carbon Footprints

Wed June 9th, 7pm-9pm

After a welcome and get-to-know-you, this session will look at how climate change has been tackled internationally over the last decades and how greenhouse gases are created. We’ll also cement our understanding of climate change jargon. 

The cultural and political landscape of climate change

An introduction to carbon footprints

Resources

Essential reading

Theme Title Type Time Details
Net Zero Now Net Zero Now Webpage 0:05:00 What is Net Zero Now and what can you expect over the next couple of months.
Net Zero Now Course outline Document 0:10:00 Find out more details of Net Zero Now and what we will cover in the different sessions.
Carbon Footprints Cambridge Climate Change Charter Calculator 0:15:00 Calculate your carbon footprint and find out about potential actions to reduce your personal emissions.
Carbon Footprints Climate Basics: Your carbon footprint explained Video clip 0:03:00 A short explanation of how carbon footprints are calculated.
Political Landscape The Climate Emergency in Cambridge Article 0:10:00 Find out more about the climate emergency declared by Cambridge City Council and what the local authority is doing.
Political Landscape 12 Important Moments in the History of Climate Action: In Photos Article 0:10:00 A conscise overview of the history of the climate change movement.
Course tool Quick introduction to Slack Document 0:03:00 A brief introduction to the Slack tool we will be using as part of this programme
 

Further reading

Theme Title Type Time Details
Carbon Footprints Learn Articles 0:15:00 More background information on carbon footprints and climate change.
Carbon Footprints Act Articles 0:15:00 More detailed information on the actions that you can take to reduce your carbon footprint.
Carbon Footprints Carbon Footprint: Exploring the UK's contribution to climate change Report 1:00:00 An examination of the UK's carbon footprint, and how it has changed between1990 and 2016.
Climate Change Plastic pollution: how humans are turning the world to plastic Video clip 0:10:00 Why plastic turned into a problem and what do we know about its dangers.
Climate Change We asked scientists to help answer your most pressing climate questions Article 0:10:00 Expert answers in simple english to a range of climate questions.
Climate Change Met Office Climate Glossary Glossary 0:05:00 A glossary of climate related terms.
Climate Change Explainer: how to read an IPCC report Article 0:05:00 An explainer on what an IPCC report is and how to understand it.
Climate Change Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report 1:00:00 The IPCC's reports on climate change. Dense, highly technical text for those wanting to delve very deeply into climate change research.
Climate Change Costing the Earth Podcast 0:30:00 BBC Radio programme exploring a range of environmental problems and solutions.
Climate Change Net Zero – The UK’s contribution to stopping global warming Report 1:00:00 The Committee on Climate Change's report on how the UK can get to Net Zero.
Political Landscape United Nations SDGs Webpage 0:05:00 An overview of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with links to further information and publications.
Political Landscape Who is responsible for climate change? Video clip 0:10:00 Looks at which countries emit the most CO2 now and historically and explores who can and should take the lead in reducing emissions.
Political Landscape What is the Paris Agreement Article and Video 0:10:00 An explainer on what the Paris Climate Agreement is and why it's important.
Political Landscape Glossary of Climate Change Acronyms and Terms, UNFCCC Glossary 0:05:00 A glossary of climate related terms courtesy of the United Nations Framework Convenetion on Climate Change.
Political Landscape Key Milestones in the Evolution of International Climate Policy Timeline 0:10:00 An interactive timeline of key milestones and achievements in international climate policy.

Session 2

Understanding Solutions and the Local Context

Wed June 23rd, 7pm-9pm

We discuss how solutions need to be at every level. We learn about the local context within which we can implement our ideas

Action at all levels

Climate action in South Cambridgeshire

Resources

Essential reading

Theme

Title

Type

Time

Details

Multi-level actionIndividual Action vs Collective Action and the Importance of the Swiss Cheese ModelArticle0:10:00Article discussing both individual and collective climate action
Multi-level actionLifestyle change and system change are two sides of the same coinBlog
Video clip
0:02:00Blog discussing the debate on lifestyle change vs system change
Multi-level actionLinking individual action and system change in climate advocacyReport0:10:00Relationship between individuals and systems in changing behaviour
Local ContextZero Carbon Communities GrantWebsite0:05:00Introduction to South Cambridgeshire District Council's Zero Carbon Communities Grant
Local ContextZero Carbon Communities ProjectsWebsite0:10:00Overview of Zero Carbon Communities projects in South Cambridgeshire
Local ContextLocal Transport LeadershipWebsite0:07:00An overview of the different local government bodies, with a particular focus on transport and changes since the recent elections
ToolGetting started with MiroTraining0:20:00An introduction to the collaboration tool Miro.
ToolCommunity Carbon CalculatorCalculator0:10:00Estimates carbon emissions at Parish level - useful tool to think of community action

Further reading

Theme Title Type Time Details
Effective Action Deforestation: What's wrong with planting new forests? Video clip 0:03:00 Video explaining the benefits and pitfalls of reforestation
Solutions 39 Ways to Save the Planet Podcast 0:15:00 BBC Radio Four, in partnership with the Royal Geographical Society, presents 39 ideas to relieve the stress that climate change is exerting on the planet.
Solutions Our ten bold ideas for climate action in the 2020s Report 0:15:00 By Possible. (formally 10:10 Climate Action) on their top 10 solutions to climate change
Solutions South Cambridgeshire District Council: Community Clear ups Website 0:05:00 SCDC supporting communities to run litter picking activities
Solutions Net Zero Climate: Tools Library Tool 0:10:00 A library of hundreds of free practical tools for businesses, policy makers and organisations of every size and across every sector to help organisations meet net zero targets
Solutions The Climate Crisis: Towards Zero Carbon Video clip 0:13:00 Cambridge University alumni Sir David Attenborough and Dr Jane Goodall DBE, and leading Cambridge University researchers, talk about the urgency of the climate crisis – and some of the solutions that will take us towards zero carbon.

Session 3

Changing Behaviour

Wed July 21, 7pm-9pm

This session we’ll explore how and why people switch to pro environmental behaviours and what this means when it comes to developing local climate projects.

What makes a successful initiative?

Communicating climate change

Resources

Essential reading

ThemeTitleTypeTimeDetails
Behaviour changeCommunicating Lifestyle ChangeArticle0:45:00A report outlining the impact of lifestyle changes on greenhouse gas emissions and how to foster lifestyle changes through policies
Behaviour changeFive ways behavioural science can transform climate change actionArticle0:10:00A short blog piece that links behavioural science (how do we change our habits?) to climate change interventions
Behaviour changeCase studiesDocument1:00:00A document outlining the four case studies that we have selected to introduce behaviour change campaigns

Further reading

ThemeTitleTypeTimeDetails
Behaviour changeBehaviour change, public engagement and Net ZeroReport1:00:00This extensive research paper by Imperial College London shows how behaviour change principles and public engagement can be used for working toward Net Zero goals. The executive summary and first chapter are particularly relevant to our course.
Behaviour changeCommunicating low-carbon lifestylesWebinar1:00:00This webinar summarises the findings of the Climate Outreach report linked in the essential reading above.
Behaviour changeLevers of Behaviour ChangeWebsite0:20:00An overview of six categories of intervention strategies that can help change behaviour.
Behaviour changeCriteria for Behaviour Change InterventionsReport0:30:00This report aims to provide a framework on how to assess how successful environmental interventions and projects have been.
Behaviour changeWaltham Forest Mini HollandWebsite0:15:00Enjoy Waltham Forest website, providing information about the programme
Behaviour changeRepair CafésWebsite0:15:00The original Repair Cafe website, outlining what it is and where they can be found.
Behaviour changeCarmarthenshire EnergyWebsite0:15:00The community energy scheme's own website.
Behaviour changePlastic Free CommunitiesWebsite0:15:00Surfers Against Sewage website outlining the framework and network.

Session 4

Communicating Climate Change

Wed July 28, 7pm-9pm

After a general introduction to ‘Theories of Change’ and sustainable lifestyles this session looks at some successful interventions around the UK and Europe.

Check back later for videos and slides from this session.

Resources

Essential reading

ThemeTitleTypeTimeDetails
Communicating climate changeLet's change how we talk about climate changeVideo clip0:13:00TED talk outlining five things that don't work when communicating climate change and four things that do.
Communicating climate changeHow to have a useful conversation about climate changeBlog0:06:00A psychology professor outlines eleven steps to having a useful conversation about climate change.
Communicating climate changeHow to step up in the face of the climate crisisVideo clip0:14:00Talk by youth climate campaigner, Clover Hogan, on how to communicate climate change positively to younger people and how to limit climate anxiety.
Communicating climate changeSustainababblePodcast0:01:00An informal, chatty and free climate change podcast: "A weekly podcast about the environment, for and by the confused. Your hosts Ol and Dave are supposed to be experts in how to save the planet. But why’s everything got to be so confusing? Each week they try to get a little bit closer to enlightenment. They may fail."
Communicating climate changeBritain Talks ClimateReport1:00:00Full report by Climate Outreach looking at engaging the British public on climate change.
Communicating climate changeAre the public ready for net zero?: Executive Summary and Next StepsReport0:30:00A Climate Outreach report looking at how to communicate the concept of net zero to the British public. Most relevant pages 1-5 and 17-32.
Communicating climate changeRural Attitudes to ClimatePresentation0:45:00A research document by Climate Outreach looking at how attitudes to climate change differ in rural areas.
Communicating climate changeClimate visuals: from photos to videoVideo clip0:10:00How do use images in environmental campaigns
Communicating climate changeEngaging the public on COP26Webinar1:00:00A Climate Outreach webinar looking at how to engage the public on COP26, the 2021 UN climate conference taking place in Glasgow.

Further reading

ThemeTitleTypeTimeDetails
Effective ActionDeforestation: What's wrong with planting new forests?Video clip0:03:00Video explaining the benefits and pitfalls of reforestation
Solutions39 Ways to Save the PlanetPodcast0:15:00BBC Radio Four, in partnership with the Royal Geographical Society, presents 39 ideas to relieve the stress that climate change is exerting on the planet.
SolutionsOur ten bold ideas for climate action in the 2020sReport0:15:00By Possible. (formally 10:10 Climate Action) on their top 10 solutions to climate change
SolutionsSouth Cambridgeshire District Council: Community Clear upsWebsite0:05:00SCDC supporting communities to run litter picking activities
SolutionsNet Zero Climate: Tools LibraryTool0:10:00A library of hundreds of free practical tools for businesses, policy makers and organisations of every size and across every sector to help organisations meet net zero targets
SolutionsThe Climate Crisis: Towards Zero CarbonVideo clip0:13:00Cambridge University alumni Sir David Attenborough and Dr Jane Goodall DBE, and leading Cambridge University researchers, talk about the urgency of the climate crisis – and some of the solutions that will take us towards zero carbon.