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What does a low-carbon future look like?

How to find sustainable solutions

In the ‘Resources’ section of this site, you can find access to information about sustainable ways to meet our needs for:

Often people speak about a ‘low-carbon’ future, where we will have managed to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to a level which is sustainable. But what does a ‘low-carbon future’ look like? Is it a realistic vision?

Diverse solutions already exist…

Outside of the Brighton EarthshipThere is a vast amount of work being done to put low carbon solutions into practice. Here are just some of the ways people are visioning a low carbon future (and for grassroots examples of people putting it into practice, have a look at our case studies of community action from all over the world):

Animated graphic showing an imaginary low-carbon cityWelcome to Efficiencity!

Greenpeace has produced an animation showing how people on the ground are creating green energy solutions for to suit their own locations. It’s full of ways to make your town climate friendly.

Transition Towns

The purpose of the Transition Towns Network is to help communities make the transition to a low carbon future (one where we emit much less greenhouse gas).

The Transition Towns network has created a step-by-step process that people can follow to make their own town a Transition Town. There are already many developing Transition Town initiatives in Scotland – have a look at to find the contact nearest you.

More info on the Transition Towns Network

Rethinking modern lifeCredit card being cut in half. Photo by SqueakyMarmot

One of the reasons climate change is hard to face up to is that it requires us to assess the injustices and shortcomings of modern life.

Most of us spend hours every week sitting in a car, choking in traffic jams, to commute to jobs they don’t enjoy, to earn the money to pay for that car, to buy unhealthy, over-packaged convenience food grabbed in the supermarket or buy the holiday they need to recover.

We are working longer hours than ever, are more stressed than ever, families break up under the strain of just keeping on top of the debts – and all to buy things that don’t even make us happy.

So it’s not just about stopping climate change, it’s about a better world where quality of life means living sustainably and being more aware of how our lifestyle impacts the world. From the provision of good affordable public transport, to local services, good housing, and safe streets for our children, dealing with climate change means working towards a better, safer, healthier and more just society.

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