By Maryke van Staden, Francesco Musco

Climate swap is a major environmental, safety and socio-political problem. Its impression is already noticeable at group point around the world. Tackling this problem calls for pressing motion, with the engagement of neighborhood governments and groups wanted.

The concentration of neighborhood Governments and weather swap is on how small and medium-sized groups in Europe are successfully responding to weather switch, with a selected specialise in diverse methods utilized in sustainable strength making plans and implementation. a couple of situations offered convey the results of diversified (and usually mixed) motivations and activities. the best responses are people with a holistic, built-in and long term process, addressing either weather switch mitigation and model, in response to citizen and different neighborhood stakeholder involvement. neighborhood weather motion potential addressing various sectors, from structures to waste, but additionally related to the and enterprise sectors. the point of interest is on attractive groups on a wide scale.

Local governments, including different actors, play a necessary position during this regard: making a imaginative and prescient for the neighborhood, constructing correct techniques, imposing potent regulations and rolling out activities. They lead voters, act in an exemplary demeanour, and increase strength use in prone.

The context they act in is usually vital, influencing methods focused on framework stipulations (enabling or blocking off) , financing, and effort safety concerns are addressed. a couple of vital foreign and eu community-specific developments.

"This is a well timed e-book that addresses an pressing challenge. not just does it draw our recognition to the position of neighborhood govt in addressing weather switch however it additionally highlights the problem in regards to small and medium sized groups, that is the place nearly all of Europe's inhabitants really lives. in addition, the emphasis on participation is critical in an age the place the legitimacy of presidency motion is more and more being questioned."
Rob Atkinson, collage of the West of britain, Bristol, UK

"Municipalities topic! With transparent arguments and a number of case reports Maryke van Staden and Francesco Musco convey how mayors and native governments can - and needs to - lead in weather motion. "
Michael Hebbert, collage of Manchester, UK

"This publication tackles the weather switch schedule because it pertains to small and medium sized groups. It presents a panoramic review of the problems and the activities which are being constructed to house these matters and fills an important hole in our realizing and within the educational literature. it's going to be learn and digested by way of all practitioners, politicians, lecturers and scholars who're concerned or drawn to this key region of neighborhood governance."
Joe Doak, college of examining, UK

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From the ISES international headquarters in Freiburg, Germany, she worked on international renewable energy projects addressing policy, education, business and sustainable development. She also acted as Global Liaison for the ISES network of 52 National Sections and four Regional Offices. Before turning to sustainable energy Maryke did a 9 year stint working for the South African 10 M. van Staden and F. Musco government where she headed an analysis division focusing on national security policy.

1 Communities, Mitigation and Adaptation 29 efficient by reducing the need for (and cost of) extensive energy transmission and distribution networks that have extensive associated waste. It boils down to regarding energy as a valuable resource. With increasing public awareness on the need to reduce harmful GHGs, rising fossil fuel prices, and with more options to improve energy consumption behaviour, the transition to a sustainable energy future has started. What is needed are climate neutral and climate resilient communities, which are nice to live in.

Humans are not the only contributors to climate change, but play a major role and through this can cause catastrophic change if there is not a significant change in releasing human caused GHGs. The aim identified by many industrialised nations is to limit global warming to 2°C above pre-industrial average temperature levels. This is said to be the ‘tipping point’ – a threshold identified beyond which climate change will reach dangerous levels. Beyond this point scientists predict that a ‘snow-ball effect’ is achieved and the changing system can no longer be stopped.

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