Local knowledge is essential for effective climate action

This week, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released their latest report on climate change. 

We need to act now

The IPCC state again that we need to take urgent climate action right now. It will be a mammoth task that requires ‘genuine and global transformational change’. Yet, it offers a huge opportunity to create a future that is healthy, happy and equitable for both people and the planet.

The IPCC press release explains that climate resilient development is the solution. Adapting to climate change needs to be integrated with actions that reduce or avoid greenhouse gas emissions whilst providing wider social and environmental benefits. 

To be effective, these choices need to be rooted in our diverse values, worldviews and knowledges; including scientific knowledge, Indigenous Knowledge and local knowledge. 

IPCC Press Release

Local knowledge and climate action

Recently at OnePlanet, we have been developing our work with community climate action groups. We believe that these community groups are key to unlocking climate action and harnessing that much needed local knowledge. 

CREW is a charity set up to provide the space and infrastructure needed to inform people on Climate issues, gather resources and take action to create a better future. Based on the concept of CEC (Climate Emergency Centres), the CREW centre is one of forty across the UK working to respond to the Climate and Ecological Emergency. 

Part of this CREW alliance is Transition Town Worthing, which has developed the “Sustainable Worthing Map” using OnePlanet technology. The map signposts citizens to actions they can take   to support their community and become more sustainable. The map is organised on the 10 One Planet Living principles.

Find out more

The Sustainable Worthing Map can now be consulted online, including at CREW centre along with a handbook containing information about all the locations. You can visit the CREW centre in Worthing, 8/9 South Street:

  • Wednesday 10am to 4pm
  • Thursdays 10am to 4pm
  • Saturdays 10am to 4pm
  • Late evenings for talks and events

Contact CREW