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Low Carbon Communities

Imaginative Approaches to Combating Climate Change Locally Edited by Michael Peters, Lecturer in Energy Policy, University of Reading, UK, Shane Fudge, Lecturer in Energy Policy, University of Exeter and Tim Jackson, Director, RESOLVE, University of Surrey, UK
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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  • Environment
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Geography
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Geography
  • Human Geography
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Public Policy
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.

On the one hand, community-based action offers a meaningful way to achieve global targets and an avenue for renewing social relations at the local level. On the other, it challenges fundamental aspects of social organization in the modern economy and sometimes comes into conflict with wider structures and constraints. This volume brings together theoretical and practical perspectives on community action to mobilize social change towards a sustainable, low carbon future. The opportunities and challenges are considered through a diverse range of models and case studies. Fresh conceptual insights are provided and new light is shed on the policy implications and practical ramifications of establishing effective community engagement in efforts to combat climate change locally.

This book will prove a stimulating read for academic researchers in the fields of climate change science, local and national level policy analysis and governance research. Local authorities, development agencies and policy makers seeking to understand and to influence the behaviours and practices of ‘energy consumers’ and the communities in which they live will also find much to inspire them.
‘We are faced with the greatest challenge to public engagement since World War Two, and a new discourse of fear – not military invasion but climate change. At the same time most people cannot grasp the scale of the challenge nor what they are supposed to do about it. Good governance requires an informed citizenry who are much more than consumers and customers, but active participants in a new post-carbon politics. Low Carbon Communities helps to set out the political and cultural agenda for the first half of the twenty-first century and, ultimately, the imaginative approaches that are required now to address climate change.’
– Michael Redclift, University of London, UK

‘Few aspects of the transition to sustainability are more important than the search for effective means of enabling behaviour change, innovation and cooperation in local communities. This collection is a hugely valuable contribution to our understanding, and to the work of practitioners and policy makers alike.’
– From the Foreword by Ian Christie, Associate, Green Alliance and Chair, RESOLVE Advisory Committee
Contributors: W. Abrahamse, E. Bushay, M. Cardona, I. Christie, E. Cox, L. Curran, S. Davidson, D. Evans, S. Fudge, S. Gerrard, T. Jackson, V. Johnson, M. Kelly, H. Lee, J. Lockyer, M. Peters, S. Roberts, G. Seyfang, J. Spinney, J. Taylor
Contents:

Preface: The Research Group on Lifestyles, Values and Environment (RESOLVE)

Foreword
Ian Christie

Introduction

PART I: FACILITATING THE LOW CARBON TRANSITION: THEORETICAL AND INTELLECTUAL UNDERSTANDINGS OF COMMUNITIES AND SOCIAL CHANGE
1. Community Engagement and Social Organization: Introducing Concepts, Policy and Practical Applications
Michael Peters

2. Sustainable Communities: Neo-Tribalism between Modern Lifestyles and Social Change
David Evans

3. The Social Dimensions of Behaviour Change: An Overview of Community-based Interventions to Encourage Pro-environmental Behaviours
Wokje Abrahamse

PART II: CHALLENGES FOR LOCAL LEVEL CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY AND ALTERNATIVE MODELS FOR LOW CARBON COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE
4. Transforming the Nation-state through Environmentalism: Political Influences on a Multi-level Governance Framework in the UK
Shane Fudge

5. The Role of Local Authorities in Galvanizing Action to Tackle Climate Change: A Practitioner’s Perspective
Simon Roberts

6. Mobilizing Sustainability: Partnership Working between a Pro-cycling NGO and Local Government in London
Justin Spinney

7. Low Carbon Communities and the Currencies of Change
Gill Seyfang

8. Decarbonizing Local Economies: A New Low Carbon, High Well-being Model of Local Economic Development
Elizabeth Cox and Victoria Johnson

PART III: MODELS OF SUSTAINABLE AND LOW CARBON COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
9. The Community Carbon Reduction Programme
Simon Gerrard

10. Global Action Plan’s EcoTeams Programme
Scott Davidson

11. Woking Borough Council: Working Towards a Low Carbon Community
Lara Curran

12. Intentional Community Carbon Reduction and Climate Change Action: From Ecovillages to Transition Towns
Joshua Lockyer

13. Energy Conscious Households in Action (ECHO Action)
Elliot Bushay

14. The HadLOW CARBON Community: Behavioural Evolution in the Face of Climate Change
Howard Lee and Julie Taylor

15. Empowering Farmers to React and to Act: From an Anti-golf Course Pressure Group to a Community-based Farmers’ Cooperative
Mario Cardona

Epilogue: Retrofitting Buildings Viewed as a Civil Engineering Project – Just Do It
Michael Kelly

Index