Local Council Climate Action Day

Local Council Climate Action Day

In 2019, the UK’s target to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 was enshrined in law. But getting there requires a step-change in pace and scale from what we’re doing now. All levels of government will need to be involved.

Town and parish councils are uniquely placed to help, by stimulating grassroots action, setting a leadership example and providing a focal point for practical action – and 100s of councils have passed declarations of a Climate Emergency, signalling their determination to do exactly this.

GreenShootsBut how, exactly?

This one-day workshop from the Centre for Sustainable Energy will help. We’ll support town and parish councillors – busy people who are not expert in this complex area – make sense of the scale of the issue, and take action in the way that is most appropriate to their area and spheres of influence.  

Funded by a grant from Warwickshire County Council Green Shoots Fund

Event Event date Event Ends Location Notes Registered Available places Register
Local Council Climate Action Day Wed 19 Jan 2022 9:45 Wed 19 Jan 2022 16:00 WALC Zoom Room £30 to Members 38 0

Event full.

The day will consist of the following core elements:

  • Intro to the climate emergency, and the radical action now needed.  
  • Facilitated workshops on understanding local impacts, communicating with your residents, and building an action plan.
  • Introduction to CSE’s community carbon footprinting tool       
  • Online conference ‘Exhibition Hall’, with stalls from local advice providers, projects and schemes that can help you.       
  • Networking opportunities, allowing 1:1 informal meetings with other parish councillors and clerks from your area.


The aim of the workshop is to provide a group of local councils with:

  1. A good grounding on the context, drivers, facts and figures in this space from global to local levels.
  2. An understanding of the role of local councils and what levers of influence they have.
  3. The beginning of a practical action plan for their parish or town and be better equipped to address the climate emergency.
  4. Access to CSE resources and continued support.


  • A full day workshop with a mix of presentations and interactive workshops
  • Delegate resource packs on topics such as ‘Communicating Climate Change’ and ‘Fundraising for the Climate Emergency’.
  • A report based upon the day’s findings.


3 CPD Points

Record of attendance at training events is required when applying for the Local Council Awards Scheme


£30.00 per delegate for Member Councils

Non-member fee £60.00

Help with Delegate’s Fees

WALC will subsidise member councils

Help with Delegate’s Fees WALC will subsidise member councils

  • Members with a budgeted income up to £15,000 will get half price for all delegates
  • Members with a budgeted income between £15,001 & £30,000 can send two for the price of one
  • Members with a budgeted income between £30,001 & £50,000 can send three for the price of two
  • Members with a budgeted income over £50,000 can send five for the price of four

Unfortunately the website cannot currently handle the free places, so if you qualify please email events@walc.org.uk and we will amend any relevant invoices.



Any delegate cancellations

must be received in writing 5 days before the event for a full refund of the fee. Substitute delegate(s) may be named at any time up to the event.

Terms and Conditions of Registration

Please read

Full terms and conditions of registration

To attend this session

you will need

A suitable device for attending the session with a speaker, camera and microphone; laptops and tablets are ideal.

Megan Blyth

Centre for Sustainable Energy

Megan joined CSE in September 2017, after studying Geography at the University of Edinburgh. A major part of her role has been supporting local councils who have or plan to declare climate emergencies. Megan has supported the development, delivery and outreach for the Parish action days, as well as the creation of further support resources.
She also supports young people through the Bright Green Future and Green Influencers programmes, and works on projects supporting communities with their energy projects.

Centre for Sustainable Energy


CSE is an independent national charity, established in 1979 to tackle climate change and end the misery of cold homes. We undertake practical work to support households and communities to take action on energy, alongside original research and analysis to inform local and national policy, with a particular focus on modelling, data analysis, and software development. Since September 2019, through our Climate Emergency support programme CSE has been supporting local authorities and local councils – providing bespoke support, presentations and advice.

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