Engaging Communities on Energy and Climate Change – Edinburgh 2013

31/01/2013 10:00
31/01/2013 16:00


The Melting Pot, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PR


Thursday 31st January 2013, 10am-4pm


£288: Large charities, public sector and small businesses
£130: Smaller charities (under 15 staff) and individuals

Concessionary rates are available for students, pensioners and the unemployed. Please contact chetna@talkaction.org for further details.

Event Description

A course for anyone looking to develop community engagement for energy-saving and climate change.

Communities and the people in them have important roles to play in tackling energy and climate change issues. The Green Deal, community energy projects, fuel poverty action and simple energy efficiency work all need active local engagement and this can be a problem.

This course will teach you the skills and information needed to develop long-term engagement of civil society organisations, groups and individuals in work on energy efficient climate change and low-carbon living. The Localism Act stresses the need for better community engagement: the question is how to make that engagement happen on these complex issues. While some groups are active on limiting and adapting to climate change, this poses unique challenges to the majority who may have other interests and priorities.

This course outlines why energy and climate change can be a particularly problematic issue for communities, how to overcome this and how this supports work on the Green Deal and climate change.

People attending this course will:

  • Learn the ways in which community engagement can deliver lasting change on climate and energy issues and how to make this happen.
  • Understand why community engagement on climate change can be problematic.
  • Be clear on the best ways to start a dialogue around climate change and saving energy
  • Learn to lead a discussion on the positive aspects of low carbon living.
  • Learn to support and work with communities.
  • Be able to offer guidance to any community group on reducing their own foot print.
  • Receive guidance on how to develop an action plan.

Who should attend the training?
The course will benefit anyone working with or seeking to work with community organisations on community energy, behaviour change, projects or local action planning. It will include a review of work around the Green Deal and lessons learnt from recent energy programmes.

It is designed for climate and energy staff, community workers, organisers and activists. It covers approaches to work with both enthusiastic and less engaged communities. All participants will have time to work on developing their own actions plans for work after the course.

Facilitated by Chris Church
The course is run by Chris Church who has over 20 years experience of work with communities on climate and sustainability issues. As an experienced trainer, his courses for Talk Action are popular and have run regularly for three years. Chris has written manuals on local action for BTCV, Groundwork and the Community Development Foundation. He is Chair of the UK Low Carbon Communities Network. Chris has also worked with the Community Sector Coalition, many local Councils, the Environment Agency, the National Trust, BTCV, Defra, Groundwork, the European Union TACIS programme, Surfers Against Sewage and numerous community organisations. He is trained as a teacher and has been developing and running training programmes for 22 years.

Prices include a hot Mediterranean buffet lunch, Fair Trade refreshments and networking time.

“Stimulating, informative and thought provoking!”
- Barry Turner (East Lothian Council)

“Engaging on engagement”
- Paul Radcliffe (Environment Agency)

"Useful course to get an overview of key issues and ideas”
- Julian Holbrook (Scottish Climate Change Impact Partnership)

Supported by environmentjob.co.uk


For bookings and information please contact Chetna on:
Tel: 0207 324 4775
Email: chetna@talkaction.org

About the Organiser

Talk Action values social justice and environmental sustainability. We promote equality, opportunity, diversity and environmental action through community programmes, training and events.


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