A community-based strategy for tackling climate change in the city

Nottingham in the UK has just released their climate change strategy for 2012-2020. While many cities have started developing such plans what seems to be quite unique about the Nottingham one is that is goes right down to the ward level within the city, the smallest unit of administration that is closest to the individual residents and households that live in the city. The strategy was developed through the city’s Green Theme Partnership involving extensive consultations with residents, local businesses, universities and public agencies.

While there has been much talk of community-based adaptation (CBA) to climate change over the last 5 or 6 years this has largely been focused on rural contexts, and particularly local agricultural communities in developing countries. It is exciting to see a similar approach practically applied in an urban context where the challenges of and opportunities for addressing global climate change are rooted in the specific local realities of a community living in close proximity of one another, which makes it deeply personal encouraging changes in individual behaviour and everyday practices while also encouraging broader collective action.

For more on the Nottingham Community Climate Change Strategy visit the related article on the Nottingham City website and to download the full document or the summary version go here.


Anna Taylor a Researcher on Climate Change and Urban Sustainability at the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town. Anna’s work forms a part of her PhD research on the governance conditions for adapting to climate change at the city scale.  Her PhD research is jointly funded by ACDI and the Mistra Urban Futures Programme.

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