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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. 

Talk: The cultural and political landscape of climate change

Talk: 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 Identifying Ideas

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

Check back here for videos of our guest speakers after the session.

Resources

Essential reading

Theme Title Type Time Details
Multi-level action Individual Action vs Collective Action and the Importance of the Swiss Cheese Model Article 0:10:00 Article discussing both individual and collective climate action
Multi-level action Lifestyle change and system change are two sides of the same coin Blog Video clip 0:02:00 Blog discussing the debate on lifestyle change vs system change
Multi-level action Linking individual action and system change in climate advocacy Report 0:10:00 Relationship between individuals and systems in changing behaviour
Local Context Community Carbon Calculator Calculator 0:10:00 Estimates carbon emissions at Parish level - useful tool to think of community action
Local Context Zero Carbon Communities Grant Website 0:05:00 Introduction to South Cambridgeshire District Council's Zero Carbon Communities Grant
Local Context Zero Carbon Communities Projects Website 0:10:00 Overview of Zero Carbon Communities projects in South Cambridgeshire

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.