Civil society creating powerful, shared stories “Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.” —Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Author What we’ll do Through our work and many conversationsRead more
Catastrophic heatwaves, devastating droughts, deadly wildfires and extreme storms. In 2018, the world saw glimpses of what the future could be without urgent action to solve the climate crisis. But everywhere, people are coming together to organise for real climate solutions. More than ever, we need to be fighting to win, to shift the narrative,Read more
For anyone working towards a more equitable, democratic and sustainable society It’s just seven days until the polling stations close. Depending on your constitution (and/or the most recent poll you have seen), you might feel we are living in exciting (or terrifying) political times, or you might agree with Brenda in Bristol that there is justRead more
KICKSTARTER LAUNCHED Values: 58 Ideas We Live By is a beautiful deck of cards for exploring who we are, designed by Genis Carreras in collaboration with PIRC. “Love. Creativity. Enjoyment. Curiosity. Friendship. Purpose. Psychological research shows that we are all driven by the same things – but differ in how we prioritise them. Fifty-eight valuesRead more
A great infographic from 10:10 and the Four Winds Coop – it cites our Offshore Valuation report a few times.
In June, we’re running a Common Cause training course in the beautiful hills of mid-Wales. It”ll be an exciting three days of participatory learning, exploring creative, values-based tools for social or environmental change. Find out more
The upcoming IPCC Fifth Assessment Working Group 2 report will cover outsourced emissions: “A growing share of CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion in developing countries is released in the production of goods and services exported, notably from upper-middle-income countries to high-income countries.“ For more on this problem, see our Carbon Omissions animation.
In October the Smart CSOs Lab hosted a conference in Germany attended by over 80 activists and researchers from 14 different countries. This video was produced at the conference and shows voices of activists from different parts of the world and different sectors of civil society talking about their frustrations, motivations and inspirations to join the growing movementRead more
London, January 25th 2013 10-4.30pm
Since the failure of the Copenhagen climate talks in 2009 and the ‘Climategate’ debacle of early 2010, media interest in climate science has declined, and the public become somewhat more sceptical about its veracity. Yet the evidence base itself has only become more robust in that time. Conveying the certainties and uncertainties of climate scienceRead more
MPs have stepped up the pressure on government Ministers to take responsibility for the UK’s outsourced carbon emissions, in a series of developments today. This morning, the parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) published its report on carbon budgets, calling on government to review its current method of reporting emissions, and instead report on the totalRead more
You almost certainly won’t have spotted the publication of Defra’s new set of statistics on agriculture and climate change yesterday. But before you nod off, check out this clever piece of spin by the statisticians.
We’ve just completed our latest piece of work, The Common Cause Handbook. It’s a practical and accessible introduction to the importance of values and frames for organisations working towards a more sustainable and just society.
This is a guest post from Friends of the Earth Scotland’s Energy Campaigner, Beth Stratford. The Scotsman printed a two page spread in the lead up to the Scottish election warning that the SNP’s target for 100% renewable electricity by 2020 would ‘wreak significant damage on the Scottish Labour market’, citing as evidence a reportRead more
Ro Randall is founder and director of Cambridge Carbon Footprint, a Cambridge based charity that uses approaches drawn from psychotherapy and community work to engage diverse audiences in work on climate change. She blogs at rorandall.org. Behaviour change is the new black – although the idea has been around for a while it is increasingly theRead more