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Low Carbon Communities

Imaginative Approaches to Combating Climate Change Locally

Edited by Michael Peters, Shane Fudge and Tim Jackson

Community action is a vital strategy in the fight against climate change and has increasingly informed government policy, academic inquiry and grassroots action since the start of this century. This timely and engaging volume explores both the promise of community-based action in tackling climate change and some of its limitations.
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Chapter 9: The Community Carbon Reduction Programme

Simon Gerrard


Simon Gerrard BACKGROUND For those of us fortunate enough to live in the developed world making the transition to a lower carbon way of life requires significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from many aspects of present day living. Of course much of the damage has already been done and so mitigation efforts will need to be coupled with planning and adaptation for the inevitable climate change already built into the system. However, the more we can reduce our emissions the less extensive adaptation will need to be and, importantly, the less painful the impacts of climate change will be too. This chapter focuses on one attempt – the Community Carbon Reduction Programme (CRed) – to create a subset of modern society that works together to plan and implement the transition to a lower carbon future. The main motivation driving the development of CRed was the emergence of consensus in climate science about the scale of the challenge ahead and the need for action to demonstrate how organizations and individuals might move to a lower carbon future. The UK Government through its consultations on the 2007 Energy White Paper called for unprecedented levels of partnership, though there was relatively little insight at that time as to how those partnerships should be developed. Clearly mobilizing people to change their values, attitudes and behaviours at the scale required is a huge challenge requiring combinations of carrots and sticks at both (inter)national and local levels. Yet despite the scale of the challenge CRed’s sense...

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