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The Carbon Neutral Cornwall 'Together We Can' Toolkit has resources and tools to help community groups and local councils in their response to the Climate and Ecological Emergency.

There is a huge amount of information and inspiration, even some of the answers to climate change, within Cornwall. Many groups, local councils and towns and villages are making a difference to Climate Change through their own Climate Action Plans, projects, schemes and initiatives.

The Carbon Neutral Cornwall 'Together We Can' Toolkit is for everyone.
If you have any resources or tools that we can share here, to help other groups and communities, please contact the Council's Carbon Neutral Cornwall team by email: climatechange@cornwall.gov.uk

Explore the Carbon Neutral Cornwall 'Together We Can' Toolkit below.

> Scroll to the bottom of the page for events and news.


FREE Climate change training

Cornwall Council is offering free climate change training to help residents, community groups and businesses learn more about how to reduce their carbon impact.

The one-hour online courses delivered by training provider GEP Environmental are aimed at anyone wanting to learn more about:

  • the science behind climate change
  • how global warming will impact Cornwall
  • the role of government, local authorities, businesses and individuals in tackling the issue.

The courses are open to everyone free of charge.

We also offer free courses aimed specifically at helping businesses find out more about climate change and what they can do to make positive changes.

Spaces on all the courses are limited and are offered on a first come-first served basis.


Funding and grants

Please see the panel on the right of the page (or below on a mobile) for information about funding and grants available to support climate action.

If you know of funding that we can share here please get in touch


Carbon Calculators


Carbon saving behaviour change pledges

Doing the things that are good for us and our planet can be hard. Here are some pledge schemes that will help you to save carbon:


Climate Change for town and parish councils

The Climate Change for parish councils leaflet has information to help councils put carbon reduction, carbon sequestration and the environment at the heart of policy and decision making.

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) climate change booklet has case studies, for county associations or local (parish and town) councils, with chapters on: Carbon off-setting and reduction; Climate Change Forums; Community projects; Designing greener housing; Electric charging points; Energy and heating; Green travel; Plastic reduction; and Trees and tree management. designed to be used by county associations or local (parish and town) councils.

The Government Act on CO2 Guide (2007) has information for parish and town councils on ways to tackle climate change.


Environmental policy template

Based on previous work done by Wadebridge Town Council and with the help of fellow CALC members, the Generic Environmental Policy Template is a comprehensive spread of ‘best’ environment policies which can help local councils clarify position, promote action and secure good outcomes on key issues.


Climate Change online library resources

Cornwall’s libraries offer books and resources containing some of the latest thinking and writing on climate change. The collection will appeal to people wishing to increase their awareness of environmental issues, and those looking to make practical lifestyle changes.

To view the collection use the search term 'climatechange' (without a space) on the online library catalogue available online, on Borrowbox and in local libraries.


Carbon Neutral Cornwall presentation

Our film of Cllr Martyn Alvey - Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change - giving the Carbon Neutral Cornwall presentation, is available for Community Network Panels, Town and Parish Councils and Community Action Groups to download and show at meetings.

You can view and download the film, presentation slide deck and speakers' notes below:


Infographics

Please see the infographics panel on the right of the page (or below on a mobile), with links to graphics you can download and use. If you use one of the graphic images, please credit Cornwall Council.

If you have graphics or charts that you would like us to share here, please get in touch


Films and videos


Schools resources

Support for schools and colleges with energy efficiency: The Department for Education (DfE) has published guidance for schools and colleges to help educational settings reduce energy usage and improve energy efficiency this winter and beyond.


Repair Cafes

Repair Cafes offer a place where people can get together to alter or mend clothes, and fix broken furniture, electrical gadgets, bikes, toys, crockery and more - and reduce waste


Call to action discussion sheets

The Carbon Neutral Cornwall Call to Action sets out a vision for where Cornwall needs to be, while making sure that we all have access to the things we need to stay connected, healthy and thriving.

The documents below breakdown the areas of the Carbon Neutral Cornwall Call to Action, offering ideas for actions we can all take together.


Cornwall Climate Emergency DPD

The Cornwall Climate Emergency Development Plan Document was formally adopted on 21 February 2023.

The plan impacts how places grow and change, whilst sitting alongside Government legislation. The policies will help to protect and shape the future of Cornwall by adding detail to the Cornwall Local Plan (2016).

The aim is to address the impacts of climate change with flexible policies that can keep up with changes in technology.

View and download the Climate Emergency DPD


What we can all do to help with climate change

There are lots of websites and apps with ideas for how we can all reduce our carbon impact. Here are a few:

If there is a website or app that you would like us to share here, please get in touch


Climate Action Plans

Cornwall Council declared a Climate Emergency and produced the Cornwall Climate Change Action Plan in 2019.

In addition Cornwall Council commissioned the University of Exeter to produce the Greenhouse Gas Inventory for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, 2009 to 2017 report and the Cornwall Climate Emergency: Pathways to “Net Zero” report.

Many town and parish councils and other organisations have declared a Climate and developed a Climate Change Action Plan, here are a few which we hope are helpful.

If you would like your climate action plan listed here, please get in touch


Climate Action Groups

There are a number of community climate action groups in Cornwall.

The Cornwall Climate Action Network and Cornwall Climate Action Coalition bring many of them together. Visit the Cornwall Climate Action Network website to learn how they are working to create resilient and empowered communities across Cornwall.

Here are links to some other groups:

If you would like your climate action group listed here, please get in touch


Sustainable Food Cornwall

Cornwall’s food partnership, Sustainable Food Cornwall, is working to make Cornwall a place where there is Good Food for One and All. The partnership brings together people, organisations and groups from all parts of that system, with wide-ranging perspectives, expertise and insights.

Find out more on their website: Sustainable Food Cornwall or Facebook site


IPCC Reports

Cornwall Council has produced a summary briefing paper of the IPCC Climate Change 2021 Report.

The Chatham House Climate change risk assessment 2021 Summary of research findings report summarises climate risks and their consequences for people, food and water security.

The UK Universities Climate Network Climate Papers podcasts offer an insight and introduction to climate risk and why it is so important to understand, quantify and mitigate it as far as possible.

John Lang, of the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), has produced infographics to help explain the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6): The science of climate change and Stopping climate change.


Cornwall Council schemes and initiatives

We are also working in Cornwall with partners on world leading initiatives:


Useful websites / information

Energy


If you would like us to include links to information, resources, groups, websites, or events on the Together We Can Toolkit, please get in touch: climatechange@cornwall.gov.uk


Visit the News and Events Board below for information about what community groups and local councils are doing to respond to Climate Change and events.

If you have an event that you would like us to list please get in touch

The Carbon Neutral Cornwall 'Together We Can' Toolkit has resources and tools to help community groups and local councils in their response to the Climate and Ecological Emergency.

There is a huge amount of information and inspiration, even some of the answers to climate change, within Cornwall. Many groups, local councils and towns and villages are making a difference to Climate Change through their own Climate Action Plans, projects, schemes and initiatives.

The Carbon Neutral Cornwall 'Together We Can' Toolkit is for everyone.
If you have any resources or tools that we can share here, to help other groups and communities, please contact the Council's Carbon Neutral Cornwall team by email: climatechange@cornwall.gov.uk

Explore the Carbon Neutral Cornwall 'Together We Can' Toolkit below.

> Scroll to the bottom of the page for events and news.


FREE Climate change training

Cornwall Council is offering free climate change training to help residents, community groups and businesses learn more about how to reduce their carbon impact.

The one-hour online courses delivered by training provider GEP Environmental are aimed at anyone wanting to learn more about:

  • the science behind climate change
  • how global warming will impact Cornwall
  • the role of government, local authorities, businesses and individuals in tackling the issue.

The courses are open to everyone free of charge.

We also offer free courses aimed specifically at helping businesses find out more about climate change and what they can do to make positive changes.

Spaces on all the courses are limited and are offered on a first come-first served basis.


Funding and grants

Please see the panel on the right of the page (or below on a mobile) for information about funding and grants available to support climate action.

If you know of funding that we can share here please get in touch


Carbon Calculators


Carbon saving behaviour change pledges

Doing the things that are good for us and our planet can be hard. Here are some pledge schemes that will help you to save carbon:


Climate Change for town and parish councils

The Climate Change for parish councils leaflet has information to help councils put carbon reduction, carbon sequestration and the environment at the heart of policy and decision making.

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) climate change booklet has case studies, for county associations or local (parish and town) councils, with chapters on: Carbon off-setting and reduction; Climate Change Forums; Community projects; Designing greener housing; Electric charging points; Energy and heating; Green travel; Plastic reduction; and Trees and tree management. designed to be used by county associations or local (parish and town) councils.

The Government Act on CO2 Guide (2007) has information for parish and town councils on ways to tackle climate change.


Environmental policy template

Based on previous work done by Wadebridge Town Council and with the help of fellow CALC members, the Generic Environmental Policy Template is a comprehensive spread of ‘best’ environment policies which can help local councils clarify position, promote action and secure good outcomes on key issues.


Climate Change online library resources

Cornwall’s libraries offer books and resources containing some of the latest thinking and writing on climate change. The collection will appeal to people wishing to increase their awareness of environmental issues, and those looking to make practical lifestyle changes.

To view the collection use the search term 'climatechange' (without a space) on the online library catalogue available online, on Borrowbox and in local libraries.


Carbon Neutral Cornwall presentation

Our film of Cllr Martyn Alvey - Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change - giving the Carbon Neutral Cornwall presentation, is available for Community Network Panels, Town and Parish Councils and Community Action Groups to download and show at meetings.

You can view and download the film, presentation slide deck and speakers' notes below:


Infographics

Please see the infographics panel on the right of the page (or below on a mobile), with links to graphics you can download and use. If you use one of the graphic images, please credit Cornwall Council.

If you have graphics or charts that you would like us to share here, please get in touch


Films and videos


Schools resources

Support for schools and colleges with energy efficiency: The Department for Education (DfE) has published guidance for schools and colleges to help educational settings reduce energy usage and improve energy efficiency this winter and beyond.


Repair Cafes

Repair Cafes offer a place where people can get together to alter or mend clothes, and fix broken furniture, electrical gadgets, bikes, toys, crockery and more - and reduce waste


Call to action discussion sheets

The Carbon Neutral Cornwall Call to Action sets out a vision for where Cornwall needs to be, while making sure that we all have access to the things we need to stay connected, healthy and thriving.

The documents below breakdown the areas of the Carbon Neutral Cornwall Call to Action, offering ideas for actions we can all take together.


Cornwall Climate Emergency DPD

The Cornwall Climate Emergency Development Plan Document was formally adopted on 21 February 2023.

The plan impacts how places grow and change, whilst sitting alongside Government legislation. The policies will help to protect and shape the future of Cornwall by adding detail to the Cornwall Local Plan (2016).

The aim is to address the impacts of climate change with flexible policies that can keep up with changes in technology.

View and download the Climate Emergency DPD


What we can all do to help with climate change

There are lots of websites and apps with ideas for how we can all reduce our carbon impact. Here are a few:

If there is a website or app that you would like us to share here, please get in touch


Climate Action Plans

Cornwall Council declared a Climate Emergency and produced the Cornwall Climate Change Action Plan in 2019.

In addition Cornwall Council commissioned the University of Exeter to produce the Greenhouse Gas Inventory for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, 2009 to 2017 report and the Cornwall Climate Emergency: Pathways to “Net Zero” report.

Many town and parish councils and other organisations have declared a Climate and developed a Climate Change Action Plan, here are a few which we hope are helpful.

If you would like your climate action plan listed here, please get in touch


Climate Action Groups

There are a number of community climate action groups in Cornwall.

The Cornwall Climate Action Network and Cornwall Climate Action Coalition bring many of them together. Visit the Cornwall Climate Action Network website to learn how they are working to create resilient and empowered communities across Cornwall.

Here are links to some other groups:

If you would like your climate action group listed here, please get in touch


Sustainable Food Cornwall

Cornwall’s food partnership, Sustainable Food Cornwall, is working to make Cornwall a place where there is Good Food for One and All. The partnership brings together people, organisations and groups from all parts of that system, with wide-ranging perspectives, expertise and insights.

Find out more on their website: Sustainable Food Cornwall or Facebook site


IPCC Reports

Cornwall Council has produced a summary briefing paper of the IPCC Climate Change 2021 Report.

The Chatham House Climate change risk assessment 2021 Summary of research findings report summarises climate risks and their consequences for people, food and water security.

The UK Universities Climate Network Climate Papers podcasts offer an insight and introduction to climate risk and why it is so important to understand, quantify and mitigate it as far as possible.

John Lang, of the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), has produced infographics to help explain the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6): The science of climate change and Stopping climate change.


Cornwall Council schemes and initiatives

We are also working in Cornwall with partners on world leading initiatives:


Useful websites / information

Energy


If you would like us to include links to information, resources, groups, websites, or events on the Together We Can Toolkit, please get in touch: climatechange@cornwall.gov.uk


Visit the News and Events Board below for information about what community groups and local councils are doing to respond to Climate Change and events.

If you have an event that you would like us to list please get in touch

Page last updated: 28 Feb 2024, 12:06 PM