This is really important.
When can you last remember a government body saying “It is going to be really important to work with citizens organisations” ??
That is exactly what DEFRA have just done, publishing a strategy document for “How government and third sector will work together in the next 5 years to tackle climate change”.
Its recommendations are at early stages, budgets are small, but I think what is most important is that they have even decided to spend time writing and publishing such a report.
I have pasted a few points from the Executive Summary below, and you can read more and download the full report from here: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/about/how/third-sector/
From the Forward:
“It is the responsibility of this generation to shape a future that is sustainable, that respects and enhances the environment and puts us firmly on the road towards a low carbon Britain.”
“…recognition that it is through communities and local supportive networks that real change is achieved”
From the Executive Summary:
“Government and the third sector both have vital but distinctive roles in tackling climate change.”
“action on climate change offers… the opportunities to:
• Provide leadership on the most pressing issue facing Britain today
• Create stronger, more resilient communities
• Enable people to live more sustainably and improve their quality of life
• Create sustainable public services <<<<<<<<<<
• Create new jobs, skills and enterprises”
“These opportunities shape this report. It explores them in detail and describes the action and commitments that will help the sector and government grasp them.”
And then there are detailed recommendations/next steps against each of the above five points, including “recently announced local carbon frameworks are a useful opportunity to consider the former, as they will require local authorities to bring together voluntary sector bodies, businesses and public services, right down to individuals and households, to develop local responses to climate change. “