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Addressing the Climate Crisis

Local action in theory and practice

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Brings together a collection of cutting-edge insights into how action can and is already being taken against climate change.

  • Offers hope, inspiration, and analyses for multi-level climate action.

  • Spans multiple levels of analysis, interrogating diverse perspectives and practices

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxv
  2. Community and Place in Local Climate Praxis

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Local Climate Praxis in Practice: Community Climate Action in Belfast

      • Amanda Slevin, John Barry, Teresa Hill, James Orr, Pauline O’Flynn, Lynda Sullivan et al.
      Pages 3-13Open Access
    3. A Commoners’ Climate Movement

      • Lucy Stone, Gustavo Montes de Oca, Ian Christie
      Pages 27-37Open Access
    4. The Envirolution Revolution: Raising Awareness of Climate Change Creatively Through Free and Accessible Community Engagement Festivals

      • Bob Walley, Ami Crowther, Paloma Yáñez Serrano, Abderrahim Nekkache, Rui Cepeda, Debapriya Chakrabarti et al.
      Pages 39-48Open Access
  3. The Spaces of Local Climate Action

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 49-49
    2. How Have Climate Emergency Declarations Helped Local Government Action to Decarbonise?

      • James Dyson, Calum Harvey-Scholes
      Pages 51-61Open Access
    3. Power in Practice: Reflecting on the First year of the Edinburgh Climate Commission

      • Rosanna Harvey-Crawford, Alice Creasy
      Pages 73-82Open Access
    4. How Can ‘Ordinary’ Cities Become Climate Pioneers?

      • Wolfgang Haupt, Peter Eckersley, Kristine Kern
      Pages 83-92Open Access
  4. The Agents of Local Climate Action

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 93-93
    2. Diversifying the Private Sector in Local Climate Commissions

      • Robert Connell, Matthew Lane
      Pages 107-117Open Access
    3. Universities as Living Labs for Climate Praxis

      • Zoe P. Robinson, Philip Catney, Philippa Calver, Adam Peacock
      Pages 129-139Open Access
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 141-143

About this book

This open access book brings together a collection of cutting-edge insights into how action can and is already being taken against climate change at multiple levels of our societies, amidst growing calls for transformative and inclusive climate action. In an era of increasing recognition regarding climate and ecological breakdown, this book offers hope, inspiration and analyses for multi-level climate action, spanning varied communities, places, spaces, agents and disciplines, demonstrating how the energy and dynamism of local scales are a powerful resource in turning the tide. Interconnected yet conceptually distinct, the book’s three sections span multiple levels of analysis, interrogating diverse perspectives and practices inherent to the vivid tapestry of climate action emerging locally, nationally and internationally. Delivered in collaboration with the UK’s ‘Place-Based Climate Action Network’, chapters are drawn from a wide range of authors with varying backgrounds spread across academia, policy and practice.


  • Open Access
  • climate change
  • climate emergency
  • praxis
  • community
  • theory
  • practice
  • climate action
  • local climate praxis
  • community engagement
  • sustainable business models
  • climate crisis
  • climate action
  • community climate action


“We shall not get to Net Zero without local action and Local and Regional Authority participation. This book shows how real subsidiarity works and how important it is. It’s a clarion call to a Government which still hasn’t made local government its partner in the battle against climate change. These are lessons to be learned at every level and their positive story gives us all renewed hope.” 

-The Rt Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben, Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change 

“Local communities have emerged as influential drivers of action against climate change and important sources of institutional and behavioural innovation. This powerful book, written by a new generation of climate experts, provides a thoughtful introduction into the theory and practice of place-based climate action.”

-Professor Sam Fankhauser, Professor of Climate Change Economics and Policy, University of Oxford and Research Director, Oxford Martin Initiative on a Net-Zero Recovery


“What does it mean to deliver place-based climate action, and how can we make that possible? Making a deliberate effort to engage with the complexity of climate action and the contradictions of place-based initiatives, this book points towards the potential for a new, more just, politics of climate change: a politics that puts people’s voices at its center.” 

-Professor Vanesa Castan Broto, Professor of Climate Urbanism, University of Sheffield and a lead author for the IPCC Working group II on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.


"There is real urgency to tackle the climate crisis and local action is playing a critical role in this. This book provides a rich set of contributions on the theoretical and practical applications of climate action which make an important contribution to the debate on what it means to deliver and assess action on climate change on the ground" 

-Miatta Fahnbulleh, Chief Executive, New Economics Foundation

Editors and Affiliations

  • Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK

    Candice Howarth

  • School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

    Matthew Lane

  • School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, UK

    Amanda Slevin

About the editors

Candice Howarth is Senior Policy Fellow at the LSE Grantham Research Institute and Co-director of the Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN). She has an interdisciplinary background in climate policy, communication and pro-environmental behaviour with degrees in meteorology (BSc), climate change (MSc) and a Ph.D. in climate policy and pro-environmental behaviour.

Matthew Lane is Researcher in Sustainable Urban Governance at the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on how city and regional governments are coping with an increased responsibility to act on crises of sustainability despite having limited legal, institutional, political and economic capacity to do so. He has undertaken fieldwork in the UK, Zambia, China and the United States of America.

Amanda Slevin is Environmental Sociologist with 20+ years’ experience in community development, adult and community education. Co-Director of QUB’s Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action, Amanda works with the Place-based Climate Action Network through which she co-founded Belfast Climate Commission and chairs its Community Climate Action Working Group.

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