A Southwark-based community group has been awarded nearly £10,000 from the National Lottery to help fight climate change.
Civil Society Consulting CIC will be using the large grant to create a Community and Faith Leaders Network focused on climate action learning.
The Network will provide training to civil society and faith leaders to encourage local community initiatives inspired by climate action, with an initial target of 60 leaders later expanding to 400.
Mark Ereira-Guyer, Founder and Director at Civil Society Consulting CIC, said: “The time is urgently now – to see what we can all do as climate action activists and leaders in the communities in which we live. To generate an emboldened eco-centric heart to our faith and community activities, services and projects.”
To encourage and strengthen community leaders in the network to take climate action, the consultancy is running three major idea-packed online webinar sessions in 2022, with key inspiration speakers to provide practical examples and showcase community-led climate action projects.
They will also be helping community and faith leaders with onsite, practical learning to help to stimulate understanding of climate action.
The funding announcement follows new research from The National Lottery Community Fund showing that 58 per cent of people in London are worried about how climate change will affect their local community.
When asked who is responsible for tackling climate change, nearly eight in ten people in London said local communities.
The Climate Action Network Launch will take place on February 2, 2022.