If you’ve decided on a whole-place approach for taking action on climate change in your community, you might be wondering whether you should spend time working out your local sources of greenhouse gas emissions, or just get on and tackle the obvious ones, like home heating and electricity.
The answer is probably a bit of both!
We recommend that you do kick off some research to identify the different sources of emissions in your community and how much each one contributes to your total carbon footprint.
That will help you to prioritise projects, so that you’re tackling the biggest sources of emissions that are within your community’s control.
You could do this alongside a project to tackle an obvious source of emissions or another quick win. It’s often a good idea to start with something that will have a direct benefit to individuals in your community, to build up awareness and support.
A great example of this was in Ashton Hayes in Cheshire, which set out to be the first carbon-neutral village in England. They looked at their community overall, but began with an initiative to help households cut their energy usage, therefore saving them money on their bills.
Find out more about the Ashton Hayes story in the video on the right. It’s a talk hosted by CAfS in Staveley by Garry Charnock, one of the driving forces behind the initiative in Ashton Hayes.