While Greta Thunburg is attempting to create a Green World, XR and GreensCAN are trying to force the pace for a Green Britain, and countless websites and blogs tell us what we can do to change our individual life styles, our local Councils also have the power to achieve a lot.
Of course Greens know that, which is why we are campaigning hard for more Green Councillors. And we have the evidence from real results in Brighton, Bristol and Sheffield amongst others.
But there are so many Councils with no Green Councillors, and the Climate Crisis is not going to wait for us to get them elected!
So has your Council declared a Climate Emergency yet? Probably it has, for many of all political colours have now done so. Has it got a Climate Action Plan? Is the Plan up to the job or does it fall short? Is it ambitious, deliverable, adequately funded, fully engaged with other agencies, businesses and the community? Is the Council itself aiming for Carbon Zero by 2030? Does it acknowledge any responsibility to cut carbon emissions across the whole community?
Even if your council has no Greens, you can get involved. Get a copy of the Climate Emergency Declaration and their Action Plan. Support them publicly if they are doing the right thing: challenge them publicly if they fall short. Use the press and local social media to praise and criticise. Challenge individual councillors to take the Green view. Demand community representation and joint council-community projects to tap into public support.
GreensCAN and should act, and not just campaign and protest.