Taking climate action in Bristol, reaching new audiences and widening the conversation. 

15 December, 2021

The agreements made at COP26, according to scientific consensus, will take us to between 1.8 and 2.4 degrees of warming  if all of the national pledges are implemented.  

It is a step in the right direction, but much too small a step to keep heating below a 1.5 degree increase. But there is hope in that next year, rather than waiting 5 years for the next COP as would have happened under the Paris agreement, there will be an opportunity to revise and set more ambitious targets.  The climate crisis certainly needs more people to take action, but perhaps the climate conversation doesn’t always feel accessible to everyone. 

To open-up the conversation, Bristol Community Climate Action project has been collaborating with community artists with the aim of inspiring people about community-level climate action. Using creative approaches of connecting increases the chances of overcoming some of the barriers that currently exclude people from climate conversations. Such methods can increase the chances to connect with more diverse groups of people in ways that feel relevant to them and their lives.  

Community Climate Action, led by Bristol Green Partnership, is working with partners to deliver a range of projects and initiatives that support innovation and foster inclusive collaboration to achieve ambitious change. Artists Dee Moxon and Morgan Tipping and filmmaker Tommy Chavannes have produced two creative commissions as part of the Community Climate Action Project. You can read more about the project in their recent news post. 

The Bristol Green Capital Partnership has a wide range of stands and themes and as part of their Action Programme they are encouraging organisations to think about how their digital activity impacts on the environment.  Join them online on Tuesday 25 January, 2022 - 12:30 to 14:00 and hear Gerry McGovern, author of World Wide Waste, deliver: How digital is killing the planet and what to do about it. There will be a Q&A led by Hannah Smith from Green Tech South West. This course will provide an increased understanding of the environmental impacts of digital activities and help organisations prepare to take steps towards minimising their digital footprint. Find out more about the event and register here. 

Look out for Voscur sharing our own experience of measuring and reducing our organisational carbon footprint in future stories.