climate emergency

  • Urban densification is key to tackling cities' biggest challenges

    01 December 2021

    Andrew Carter outlines why urban densification is a single solution to three of the biggest policy challenges we face, including the greatest one of all - climate change.

  • A golden opportunity for the sector

    24 November 2021

    Nicola Chiverton says local government is currently enjoying a renewed, positive profile. So now is the time to harness this appreciation and ‘sell’ the personal – and potentially world-changing – benefits of starting a career in the sector.

  • Stepping up to meet the retrofit challenge

    24 November 2021

    The scale of the net-zero retrofit challenge cannot be overstated and needs a joined-up approach by local authorities and housing providers. But the opportunity ahead is truly transformative, says Stephen Fernandez.

  • Crowdfunding’s hive of activities

    24 November 2021

    Cllr Jenny Forde explains why, as COVID-19 struck, Cotswold DC chose to work with funding platform Spacehive, and offers five top tips for successful crowdfunding.

  • We will continue to help councils reach their climate action goals

    24 November 2021

    Local Government Association chair Cllr James Jamieson says: 'We were pleased the final text of the Glasgow Agreement recognised the urgent need for multi-level and co-operative action and the important role of local and regional governments.'

  • Good Cop or Bad Cop?

    16 November 2021

    Financial predators may already be circling in answer to the question of where local government’s funding for climate action will come from, say Paul O’Brien and Mo Baines.

  • Councils criticise climate change deal

    15 November 2021

    The local government sector has stressed the need for local action following a disappointing close to the COP26 conference.

  • Let’s harness the energy of our youth to shape climate emergency declarations

    14 November 2021

    Fay Holland of Groundwork says young people want to be involved in decisions about tackling the climate emergency, and it’s crucial to make sure they’re all included.

  • Global push to recognise councils’ role in climate change

    11 November 2021

    UK councils have joined international calls for the role of local government in tackling climate change to be recognised.

  • Councils urged to hold their nerve on climate change

    11 November 2021

    Senior Local Government Association members told the COP26 climate change conference local authorities must be prepared to take potentially unpopular decisions.

  • Leadership in a tough climate

    09 November 2021

    Leader of Glasgow City Council Susan Aitken says COP26 is the city’s chance to show how its own integrated approach can lead the world in ensuring a climate-resilient future.

  • More than just blah, blah, blah

    09 November 2021

    As COP26 draws to a close, Heather Jameson reports on a Local Partnerships webinar, where some of local government’s leaders on climate change discussed what they were doing to avoid a crisis.

  • Podcast: COP26CAST

    03 November 2021

    As global governments meet in Glasgow for COP26, join The MJ and Local Partnerships for our series of Podcasts on what it all means for local government.

  • Cash is welcome but not the only answer

    02 November 2021

    The funding for local government revealed by the chancellor in last week’s Spending Review is welcome – but it does not come close to addressing the financial woes of districts, says Cllr Sharon Taylor.

  • DCN members stand ready to create greener communities

    02 November 2021

    The dedicated local government day at COP on 11 November gives us the chance to showcase what councils can do, says new chair of the District Councils' Network Sam Chapman-Allen.

  • COP26: It's time to redesign housing from the bottom up too

    02 November 2021

    If we are to prioritise tackling climate change, housing refurbishment - which eliminates the carbon-heavy phase - must be a part of the solution, says Matthew Nimmo.

  • City-level carbon cutting powers backed by 80%

    01 November 2021

    A study has found support for more mayoral powers to curb carbon emissions in some of the UK’s biggest cities.

  • It's war but not as we know it!

    01 November 2021

    As world leaders meet in Glasgow for COP26, Nick Kilby says it's time for action on climate change and local government should be in the driving seat.

  • Government must engage with councils on climate action

    29 October 2021

    MPs have called for the Government to ‘immediately’ begin working with councils on setting out their role in reducing carbon emissions.

  • Councils need to be brave on net-zero

    26 October 2021

    Founder of Climate Emergency UK, Cllr Kevin Frea, says that, to meet net-zero targets, councils need to collaborate with their communities, including groups like Extinction Rebellion.