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Oxfordshire’s twin challenges: climate change & inequality

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if we could find ways of tackling climate change that also have huge benefits in terms of reducing inequality in our county?

A new report, written by Ruth Mayne, Honorary Research Associate at the ECI, explores the huge opportunity for creating responses to climate change which in turn tackle Oxfordshire’s inequality.

The report, ‘Building stronger and fairer communities: sharing the co-benefits of local action on climate change’, funded by an Oxford University impact acceleration award, with support from Low Carbon Oxford and Oxfordshire Low Carbon Hub, has just appeared on the agile-ox website, and makes a fascinating read.

A record of what could be achieved lets light in

In his foreward, Professor Danny Dorling says,

‘Oxfordshire could be so different and was so different not very long ago […]  This report highlights how local efforts to reduce carbon emissions can be harnessed to improve lives and reduce social divides. A record of what could be achieved – and by implication what has not yet been achieved – lets the light in.’

Report outline

The report begins by exploring the detail of the social and environmental challenges we face and presents the opportunity for generating and sharing co-benefits.

It then goes on to explore in more depth some of the co-benefits of local carbon reduction initiatives; covering transport; green spaces and trees; energy-efficient homes; food; local renewable energy generation and community-led action.

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Read and download the report here: www.agileox.org/building-stronger-and-fairer-communities-sharing-the-co-benefits-of-local-action-on-climate-change
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Ruth joined the ECI in 2011 and has worked on a series of projects which focus on low carbon community groups, community-led action on climate change and community energy, often with Oxfordshire as a focus for research.

Find out more about how work here: www.eci.ox.ac.uk/people/rmayne.html
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Want to find more like this?  Find links to a selection of Oxford-focused publications on community action & engagement in the agile-ox research database: www.agileox.org/knowledgebase_category/community/
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