'A few months ago I was asked to describe Alexis Rowell in one word. The word I came up with was Rottweiler! When he gets his teeth into an idea or into you he just doesn't let go! That's really important for a subject like climate change and the environment. Too many of us profess great concern about the environment as long as we don't have to do something; as long as we don't have to change our life style. In this book Alexis shakes councillors like me out of complacency. Can we do anything about the polar ice caps? By ourselves - no. But if we all did our bit then there would be major changes in environmental activity and some of those things that are going so desperately wrong would be changed. It's at council level, where we engage with people on a daily basis, that we can talk to people, explain to people and get them involved in the eco-movement. This book doesn't tell us how to do it. It shows us how to do it. It's crammed with good practice, it overflows with enthusiasm from Alexis and all those people he talks about within it. This book is not just a good read its a good starting point for any councillor who know that they 'should do something' but just don't know where to start.' Cllr Richard Kemp, Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Local Government. 'Alexis Rowell is an inspiring figure who has done a huge amount to make local government more sustainable. This excellent book distills all his detailed knowledge and on-the-ground experience and will prove an invaluable resource for any green-minded councillor or community group.' Eugenie Harvey, Director, 10:10 Campaign. 'As a committed localist and environmentalist I share Alexis Rowell's view that local councils and communities have a central role in tackling climate change. This book usefully sets out just some of the ways councils can take a lead.' Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. --Reviews.
Alexis Rowell is an inspiring figure who has done a huge amount to make local government more sustainable. This excellent book distills all his detailed knowledge and on-the-ground experience and will prove an invaluable resource for any green-minded councillor or community group. --Duncan Clark, 10:10 / The Guardian
From the Back Cover
Communities, Councils and a Low-Carbon Future is an urgent rallying call to reduce our carbon emissions. Alexis Rowell's inside knowledge of how councils and community groups work enables him to give essential advice to both councillors and citizens who want to work together to promote a green agenda.
The idea that councils can play a significant role in helping us to prepare for a low-carbon future may seem unlikely, but the fact is that they could be a big part of the solution. Local authorities have a duty of care to think about the future, and they can address the moral aspects as well as the operational and business aspects of their communities. They can help us to reduce the environmental impact of our lives in every way possible.
Communities, Councils and a Low-Carbon Future includes current examples of best eco-practice from local authorities across the UK and elsewhere, and also look at the challenges in achieving change within government organisations. It is designed to inform and inspire councils and councillors, as well as local environmental activists, community groups and Transition Initiatives. Local government can be a huge driver for positive change, but not by itself. This book will help communities understand what they can reasonable (and unreasonably!) ask from local councils, who to ask, how to ask it, and what levers they can pull.