22 Jan 2021
Update on Elections
In our last update we looked ahead to the biggest round of local elections ever in England, with hundreds of council seats across dozens of councils up for grabs, as well as elections for Metro Mayors and the Senedd.
At the time we were expecting these elections to happen this May. However, there are murmurings that they could be delayed due to the pandemic.
Nevertheless, we're busy developing a bunch of resources that we hope will be useful. Whenever the elections happen, they offer a golden opportunity to raise the profile and importance of climate action and get commitments from politicians. And if they’re delayed, we’ll have a longer window in which to influence.
Climate Action Gathering
We’re bringing together Climate Action Group members online to cultivate connections and share lessons this spring. This will also be an opportunity to:
- build a shared understanding of campaign priorities and our theory of change for 2021;
- invite feedback on key aspects of our Climate Action Group strategy for the year ahead, specifically on council work, election campaign, COP26 and beyond!
The gathering will be spread across two dates. Please attend both to get the most out of the gathering.
- Thursday 25 Feb 6:30pm – 8pm
- Tuesday 2 March 6:30pm – 8pm
If you’re in a local group considering becoming a Climate Action Group, this could be a great way to get to know the network and be involved in shaping our next steps.
Our next welcome webinar is on 18 February from 19.30-20.45. Welcome webinars introduce you to the Climate Action movement and provide you with tools and resources to support and develop your local campaign.
A reminder that we're running a repeat webinar – How to tell if your council's Climate Action Plan is ambitious and robust – on 2 February from 13.00-14.00.
If you’re keen to build your online influencing skills, remember to express your interest in our new course – using social media to campaign – which we’re hoping to launch this spring. If you can’t make the training please take a look at our quick guide to using social media.
In the meantime, don’t forget to keep an eye on the latest training opportunities.
Spotlight on the Take Climate Action website
If you’re looking for inspiration or evidence of councils taking action on climate, you might like to browse these case studies. We’re thinking of condensing the most useful bits of these case studies into a more digestible format, so please let us know if something really stands out for you.
Please let us know if your local authority is doing something that might be worth sharing. The quicker we can spread smart solutions and ambitious action, the easier it’ll be for us to tackle the climate crisis.