Take an area prone to flooding and then ask the question – who knows best how to devise a plan of action to safeguard the area? Charlestown and Lower Kersal New Deal for Communities took the interesting step of taking Climate Change Action Planning out of the office and into the community, reasoning that the best way to bring about real change in a community is not by telling people what to do but to ask them. And to add to the innovation, they actually put their money where their mouth was and set aside £20,000 for residents to bid and vote for. This fascinating approach is detailed in the content listed below. You’ll see the Participatory Budgeting event in full flow, see young people pledging to make their difference to Climate Change, and see some general views from the community to get a sense of the challenge.

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