City movement building
We want to help Leeds become a city that is united and connected in our response to the climate, nature and social emergencies.
That’s why we’re growing a movement of individuals, communities, public sector organisations, businesses, academics and decision makers who come together to take action on the biggest challenges facing the city.
Climate Action Leeds is building this movement and helping it gain momentum by several different means...
Imagine Leeds: the climate action hub
As well as hubs based in different community settings, our programme of work involves setting up a hub in Leeds city centre - known as Imagine Leeds: the climate action hub.
This will take different forms – pop ups, temporary spaces, open workshops and collaborative activities – all offering spaces where everyone can come to learn more about Leeds and its biggest challenges, build effective relationships and collaborate to create a zero carbon, nature friendly, socially just city.
We strive to make this a welcoming and inclusive space, and it is open for groups and organisations to come and use and get involved.
City plan – the Leeds Doughnut
Climate Action Leeds is developing a Leeds city plan. This will provide an overarching framework for how we see the direction of Leeds over the next few years as it responds to the climate emergency.
We are using the approach of award winning economist Kate Raworth and her Doughnut Economics model to develop this city plan.
This approach asks how can people in a particular place thrive without over-shooting and damaging planetary boundaries (carbon, water, air, soil etc.), and without falling below aspects that ensure a good life (education, health, equality etc.). We call this the Leeds Doughnut, where we aim to live in a safe space within these two boundaries.
Our aim is that the work of the transition partners and the community hubs informs and builds the doughnut, to enable us to create a city plan based on our collective insights.
The Leeds Doughnut is an open and collaborative planning process which we hope will inspire all sectors and groups in Leeds to explore how we can all thrive as we build the future Leeds we want.
Additional funding to support the city planning process has been generously provided by the University of Leeds.
Climate Action Leeds assemblies take place twice a year, although not always in the same format.
They are open, cross-sector events which engage with the broader community of Leeds. They offer a platform for networking and outreach, and to amplify the city-wide conversation on climate action.
The aim is to share, learn and plan together across the diverse communities and sectors in the city. Project updates will be shared along with key information and opportunities.
It is an event to celebrate but also to focus on how we tackle the real challenges ahead, together.
Over its five years Climate Action Leeds is creating a training and learning plan.
The aim of the plan is to support programme activities and make sure we all have the skills and insights to meet our aims.
We want our training to be useful and relevant to meet identified needs, but also strategic in the sense that it takes a ‘long view’ on the structural causes of climate change and social injustice. We want it to be empowering and enabling as well as participatory, so our training is designed around the active involvement of participants.
Our training and learning is rooted in Climate Action Leeds’ principles and ideas of how change happens so we live out our values and principles in our training work.
This training will be informed by the latest climate research as well as insights from civil society groups, NGOs and think tanks.