Communities, Councils and a Low-Carbon Future - What we can do if governments won't

Communities, Councils and a Low Carbon Future
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Alexis Rowell

The idea that councils can play a significant role in saving the world is not sexy or fashionable, but the fact is they could be a big part of the solution. Local governments can think about the moral aspects as well as operational and business aspects of their communities, and they have a duty of care to think about the future.
Communities, Councils and a Low-Carbon Future includes current examples of best eco-practice from local authorities across the UK and elsewhere, and also looks at the background to unsuccessful projects.

This book is designed to inform and inspire councils and councillors, as well as local environmental activists, community groups and Transition Initiatives. Local government can be a huge driver for positive change, but not by itself. Communities need to understand what they can reasonably (and unreasonably!) ask from local councils, and they need to know exactly what levers they can pull.

The author: Alexis Rowell worked as a BBC journalist for nearly ten years. After completing an MBA at INSEAD, his concern about climate change led him to seek election in 2006 as a councillor in the London Borough of Camden. He was appointed Camden Eco Champion and Chair of the council's all-party Sustainability Task Force, and led the transformation of Camden's Development Control Committee (Planning). Alexis also works for the 10:10 Campaign as Councils Coordinator, and has persuaded more than 160 councils to reduce their emissions by 10 per cent in 2010. His eco-political blog is