Supporting communities to lead their response to the climate crisis
The Community Climate Action Project is an ambitious, citywide programme funded by the National Lottery’s Climate Action Fund. It demonstrates the important role communities can play in achieving the city’s climate and nature ambitions, whilst also improving people’s quality of life.
Bristol’s first community climate action plans
A key element of the Community Climate Action Project is the coproduction of community climate action plans which respond to both social and climate priorities. The plans are developed through community engagement with diverse communities across the city.
Bristol’s first community climate action plans were developed in neighbourhoods experiencing inequality and disadvantage, along with the communities of Disabled people and refugees in the city. Leading climate action at a community level provides opportunities to improve the lives of local people and ensure the needs of Bristol’s diverse communities are better represented as the city responds to the climate and nature crises.
Ashley Community Housing, Ambition Lawrence Weston, Bristol Disability Equality Forum, Eastside Community Trust, Heart of BS13 and Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust led an in-depth community engagement process to coproduce their community climate action plans.
Supported by Bristol Climate and Nature Partnership, Bristol City Council and the Centre for Sustainable Energy, the community organisations hosted accessible climate conversations exploring the themes of transport, energy, food, waste, nature, buildings, jobs/economy and inequality. These conversations enabled each community to create a unique set of climate priorities as part of a comprehensive community climate action plan.
Read Bristol’s first community climate action plans
Bristol’s Disabled people
Bristol Disability Equality Forum led an in-depth community engagement process with Disabled people living in Bristol to coproduce their community climate action plan, which includes a unique set of climate priorities and actions for their community.
Easton & Lawrence Hill
Hartcliffe & Withywood
Heart of BS13 led an in-depth community engagement process with Hartcliffe and Withywood residents to coproduce their community climate action plan, which includes a unique set of climate priorities and actions for their local community.
Refugees & migrants
Ashley Community Housing led an in-depth community engagement process with refugees and migrants living in Bristol to coproduce their community climate action plan, which includes a unique set of climate priorities and actions for their community.
“We want to ensure that climate action reflects the reality of people’s lives. It’s about climate justice – we need to improve people’s quality of life whilst tackling climate change.”
Eastside Community Trust
Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust
Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust are working with local residents, Avon Wildlife Trust and Bristol City Council to rewild Lockleaze, transforming Lockleaze’s 41 acres of greens and grass verges to encourage wildlife and support nature recovery with the support of a Community Ecologist. Find out more about Really Wild Lockleaze.
Learning and mentoring programme
The learning and mentoring programme supports more Bristol community organisations to codevelop their own community climate action plans. The programme provides a bursary, a series of free workshops, peer mentoring and resources. The current cohort started in April 2023 and will be launching their plans in spring 2024. We will be recruiting six more community organisations in February-March 2024.
Climate and creativity
Creativity has an important role to play in helping make the climate conversation more relevant and accessible to people and their daily lives. A series of community level and citywide creative commissions, which tap into Bristol’s thriving creative sector, form a key element of the Community Climate Action Project with the aim of engaging more, and more diverse, people with climate and just transition.
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