Ideas for action
… just some of the things already happening near you …
- Organising a Car Free Day
- Hosting a Great Big Clothes Swap-a-rama! (see our news and events pages for this and other ideas)
- Becoming an energy efficient village, a low carbon community, or a transition town/city/island
- Lobbying the Scottish Parliament for action
- Taking part in national campaigns for strong climate laws
For more ideas, you can browse our case studies of community action.
We can all get inspiration from the things that communities in Scotland and around the world are already doing to tackle climate change, and there are plenty of tools out there to help new groups get started.
Here are a few ways to get things going:
- Running a local participatory event to ask everyone what changes they’d like to see and how they’d like to make it happen
- Skills and resources for community organising – training and publications
- Schools getting active – sources for teachers and parents
- Promoting the vision of a climate-friendly future – models and ideas for how it could look
- Challenging the activities of corporations – groups that can help
- Lobbying and challenging political decision-making – how do we begin?
- Ways of taking action at a national level – some existing campaigns
- Ways of taking international action – find out about the networks thatalready exist
- What about direct action? What is it and what role does it have?
- Cultural activism – from climate operas to clowns
A great way to kick-start a community dialogue around climate issues is to show a film and have a discussion. You can do this in your living room or in your local town hall – it depends how ambitious you are feeling! We’ve pulled together a list of films you might find useful for this kind of event – along with details of how to get a copy and some ideas for discussion topics.