Making change happen

We can all make some changes.  We can do this individually and in our homes – see the other pages on this site for lots of ideas on energy, food, travel, plastics, and money.

But we can also make changes in our communities. Getting active can be enjoyable and have real benefits for your neighbourhood as well as the climate. There’s activities all over the county where your input and help will be welcomed.

Oxford Friends of the Earth has working groups of volunteers that focus on climate change, air pollution and plastics and welcome your involvement – find out more here.

The Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) organise many events every month where you can take practical action and get close to our natural environment – see those here:

The Oxfordshire Community Action Groups (CAGs) are a network of 60+ groups with lots of action on food, cycling, climate and more and together run over 1000 events every year. See their diary of events here:

There are many other groups working on climate change – Oxfordshire Climate Action Network has more information.

OxToCC invites you to get involved.  If you know what you want to do, simply click here to record your action.

If you’re still thinking about what to do, here are some ideas:

Your first action:

Turn up and try it out. Getting involved in looking after our environment doesn’t need to be a chore. Find and choose an event near you. It might be a conservation action day, a cycle ride, a food event or simply a discussion. Let the organisers know that you’re there for the first time – people will be happy to talk. Click here to record your action.

Next steps:

If you care about what’s happening to the climate then let your MP and councillors know that you are concerned and that you want to see a better response from the government or their council.   You can also ask them to publicly support Oxfordshire Together on Climate Change.  You can get their  contact details from the ‘WriteToThem‘ website.

There are other ways to make your voice heard. The Oxfordshire Clean Air Charter sets out the ways in which our councils need to act to cut transport emissions and get us clean air across the county.  You can sign it here, and better still ask your friends to sign too.

It’s helpful to stay informed on these issues. Social media can help with this – the Oxfordshire Climate Action Network Facebook page covers current news and activities – so sign up if you’re on Facebook.

There’s other practical actions: repair, reduce, reuse, and recycle things wherever possible – from clothes to electric goods. Many of the Community Action Groups can offer help or information on this.

Taking it further – or set your own actions and tell us about them!

If you want to make a bigger impact, get active in a local group working on climate action or environmental improvement and commit time to making positive change happen.

If there isn’t a group in your area then talk to friends about setting one up.  The  Community Action Groups network can offer help on this.  It might be on climate or air pollution or maybe a group to look after your local park

If you are already involved in any kind of local group, then discuss how the group could get involved in OxToCC – encourage people to use this site to commit to an action.

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