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West London Sustainable Lifestyles - Community Engagement

Alongside the Sustainable Lifestyles Demonstration Model, Groundwork and the London Borough of Brent are delivering a range of projects to engage the local community in the climate change issues and promote more sustainable behaviour.  Activities include community festivals, energy saving challenges, climate change pledges and social media campaigns.

For more information contact Gillian.desoyres@groundwork.org.uk 
Gillian is part of the C-Change Expert Planning Group 1b, which focuses on how citizens, communities and all stakeholders can be actively engaged in practical responses to climate change?

Climate Change Youth Ambassadors

This exciting environmental volunteering programme supports 16 – 25 year olds to communicate their climate change and environmental concerns to their local communities. This is achieved through local events, multimedia, music, arts, and intergenerational projects.

They named themselves ‘Impact – making a difference to our environment’ and took part in workshops, organised community events, redesigned a community centre garden and spread sustainable messages through events at IKEA, Wembley. They've also made a film and podcasts about their experiences as Climate Change Ambassadors. Watch the film and download their Impact Report to find out more.

A wind turbine and film making workshop
Brent River Park, July 2011.

Wind turbine workshop
Brent Youth Volunteers are taking part in a series of workshops being run by Groundwork. They will make a scale model wind turbine from recycled materials to be displayed at the launch of the pavilion.

The young people have also made a short film about the Brent River Park and their concerns about the environment and Climate Change.

Brent Social Media and Climate Change Project
Find out more about how C-Change and Brent Council have piloted an innovative social media initiative to promote awareness of climate change issues and household energy efficency measures. This awareness raising was accompanied by the support and advice required for householders to make real and immediate energy savings. For more information download the full Climate Change and Social Media report.


 Brent Climate Change Strategy Launch Event
December 2009

The climate change strategy for the London Borough of Brent was launched at an event on 2 December 2009. It was attended by nearly 200 local residents, school children, businesses, public services and community groups. Also launched on this day was the 'Brent Residents Climate Change Pledge', seen below with local children from Roe Green Primary School, who are championing the pledge in their community and in their school. Download our Roe Green School case study here. Going for Green at Roe Green Primary School
 Climate pledge

For more information visit: http://www.brent.gov.uk/directorate.nsf/Climate%20change/LBB-393

Brent Make a Difference Day
October 2010
Groundwork London teamed up with Brent Council and the Young Friends of Brent River Park for Make a Difference Day in Brent on Saturday 30 October 2010. Over 40 volunteers, including Tokyngton Councillor Joyce Bacchus and community police officers, cleared the River Brent of rubbish and planted 500 native daffodil bulbs and 100 woodland species of bulbs in the surrounding open spaces. For the full story click here.


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