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.
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
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