Communities, Councils & A Low-Carbon Future
subtitle: What we can do if governments won't
Description: The idea that councils can play a significant role in helping us to prepare for a low-carbon future may seem unlikely, but the fact is that they could be a big part of the solution. Local authorities have a duty of care to think about the future, and they can address the moral aspects as well as the operational and business aspects of their communities. They can help us to reduce the environmental impact of our lives in every way possible.
The latest book in the Transition Series from Green Books, Communities, Councils & a Low-Carbon Future includes current examples of best eco-practice from local authorities across the UK and elsewhere, and also looks at the challenges in achieving change within government organisations. It is designed to inform and inspire councils and councillors, as well as local environmental activists, community groups and Transition Initiatives.
Local government can be a huge driver for positive change, but not by itself. This book will help communities understand what they can reasonably (and unreasonably!) ask from local councils, who to ask, how to ask it, and what levers they can pull.
The author : In previous high-carbon lives Alexis Rowell was a journalist and a businessman. His environmental concerns led him into local politics in the London Borough of Camden in 2006, and in 2010 he won a national Sustainability Councillor of the Year award. He now runs an environmental consultancy called cuttingthecarbon and works part-time for the 10:10 Campaign. He also helps to coordinate Transition Belsize and the Camden Climate Action Network.
Reviews: " Communities, Councils & A Low-Carbon Future is an urgent rallying call to reduce our carbon emissions. Alexis Rowell’s inside knowledge of how councils and community groups work enables him to give essential advice to both councillors and citizens who want to work together to promote a green agenda. This excellent book will prove an invaluable resource for any green-minded councillor or community group.” Eugenie Harvey, Director, 10:10 Campaign
Format: PB, 216pp
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