If you wish to know more about climate change – the science, its implications AND the solutions – this page gathers together useful sources of information.
Do you know your carbon footprint?
If you do not know your carbon footprint, the WWF Footprint Questionnaire is a good place to start.
The average person living in the UK has a carbon footprint of around 13 tonnes of Greenhouse Gas per year. However, everyone is different – the size of your footprint will depend on the choices you make in relation to: Food, Travel, Consumption of Goods & Services and how energy is consumed within your Home.
Carbon footprint guides
There are numerous ways to reduce a carbon footprint. Some are obvious, others are not. If you would like to find out more, take a look at the Carbon Reduction Guides below. These Guides explore the carbon footprint of our everyday choices and provide information about the alternate, lower impact options. If you would like to provide feedback on these guides or have ideas for additional content, do please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
CLICK THE IMAGES BELOW TO OPEN THE CK FUTURES CARBON FOOTPRINT GUIDES
CK Futures - Carbon Footprint Guide - FAQs (PDF, 313 Kb)
CK Futures - Carbon Footprint Guide - Food (PDF, 286 Kb)
CK Futures - Carbon Footprint Guide - Travel (PDF, 295 Kb)
CK Futures - Carbon Footprint Guide - Stuff (PDF, 315 Kb)
Young people in Cheltenham are rising to the climate change challenge. Check out this engaging A-Z, created by Vision21 Youth Ambassadors at Balcarras and Pates schools as part of the CK Futures EcoExchange. It's packed full of ideas for improving sustainability - there is something for all the family to try at home.
A to Z of Sustainability Guide - June 2021 (PDF, 5.8 Mb)
A to Z of Sustainability Guide - June 2021
- Climate Change Committee - The Climate Change Committee is the body that monitors and advises UK Government on its climate-related commitments and policies. CLICK HERE: CLIMATE CHANGE COMMITTEE
- Carbon Brief - If you would like to keep abreast of climate science, solutions and politics then Carbon Brief is a trove of information. You can subscribe to a free daily/weekly email feed. CLICK HERE: CARBON BRIEF
- Cheltenham Zero by 2030 - More locally, Cheltenham Borough Council has committed to becoming a net zero carbon council and borough by 2030. CLICK HERE: CHELTENHAM ZERO BY 2030
- Climate Action Tracker - The Climate Action Tracker tracks the action of countries around the world, measuring their progress against the 2015 Paris Agreement aim of "holding warming well below 2°C". You can see how the UK and other countries are progressing. CLICK HERE: CLIMATE ACTION TRACKER
- IMPACT Community Carbon Calculation - The community carbon footprint tool IMPACT was developed by the Centre for Sustainable Energy and the University of Exeter. It provides a visual representation of our community's carbon footprint. CLICK HERE: IMPACT
Since 2016 most major countries have declared a climate emergency and established a net-zero emissions target. Some countries have written their target into law, others are in the process of doing so. As of 2020, 1,800 local governments across 33 countries had made climate emergency declarations.
- C40 - C40 is a network of the world's largest cities, currently 97 of them. They are "…committed to delivering on the most ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement at the local level". CLICK HERE: C40
- Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance - Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance is a collaboration of leading global cities working to achieve carbon neutrality in the next 10-20 years. One such city is Copenhagen which aims to be carbon neutral in 2025. CLICK HERE: CNCA AND LINK REGARDING COPENHAGEN
- Transition Network - There are over 1000 Transition Initiatives across the world, communities which raise awareness of climate change and focus on projects such as local renewable power generation, local food resilience and much more. CLICK HERE: TRANSITION NETWORK
- Project Drawdown - Project Drawdown assesses the solutions which will hold the earth's temperature increase at or below 2oC. CLICK HERE: PROJECT DRAWDOWN