We believe that working with local communities to build their resilience is vital in facing up to the challenges of a globalised economy and a changing climate. We know that the negative effects of climate change and environmental breakdown impact first and worst on those who have the least power in society, and who contribute least to the cause of the crisis. A ‘just transition’ to an inclusive, net-zero economy must tackle, rather than entrench, this inequality and provide a springboard for better work and healthier, happier lives in the places that need it most.
This means creating green jobs that build wealth in local communities, changing behaviour to reduce wasted food, energy and water, providing biodiverse, accessible green spaces, supporting businesses to be more responsible and empowering communities to lead activities that improve their quality of life and promote health and wellbeing.
Why our work is important
- 89% of community groups say their work is needed more than ever, but more than half say it has got harder for them to operate in the last ten years.
- 75% of people say they feel unable to influence decisions about what happens in their local area.
- Nearly half of young people say they feel they don’t belong to their neighbourhood.
- 2.69 million people do not live within a ten minute walk of a green space. Those who are at greatest risk of poor physical and mental health are more likely to miss out on the benefits of green space.
- Around half a million young people were ‘economically inactive’ – not in learning or employment and not looking for work.
- One in ten households in England is experiencing fuel poverty, rising to almost one in five for ethnic minority households.
- 76% of adults say they are concerned about climate change.
- 40% of young people admit to feeling ‘overwhelmed’ by the climate crisis.
- 90% of SMEs said being sustainable was important for their business but more than half said they were finding it difficult to take action.