Our vision is for a network of organisations which actively support individuals, families and members of community organisations to adapt their lifestyles and adopt low-carbon technologies, driving down emissions and reducing biodiversity loss each and every day. #StAlbansCAN
Go to the St Albans CAN Count Us In page here and take a step to reduce your carbon footprint now.
Protect what you love with COUNT US IN – our major campaign
About Count Us In
Take action and get counted! Count Us In is an international movement, calling on people to take at least one of the 16 highest impact carbon-cutting steps between now and the COP26 climate talks in November.
St Albans district now has its own St Albans CAN Count Us In page, where your steps can add up to something bigger. Go to the page to see how many people in the district are taking action, and what it all adds up to. When you register, remember to tick to select that you are part of the St Albans Climate Action Network team, and get counted!
Who are the members of St Albans Climate Action Network?
The St Albans Climate Action Network so far comprises:
- Sustainable St Albans
- St Albans Friends of the Earth
- St Albans City and District Council
- UK Student Climate Network Hertfordshire
- AECOM St Albans
- Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Other groups are very welcome to join, if they support the vision above and are committed to taking meaningful action to move the district towards being net zero carbon by 2030 and tackling biodiversity loss.
What does the network do?
- The network works together to help deliver the community outreach elements of the St Albans City and District Council’s Climate Crisis Strategy and Action Plan.
- St Albans CAN has created a Residents Survey, currently open until 6 June, and gathering the views of local people on climate action. We will feed these views into the council’s Climate Advisory Group.
- We have set up a dedicated St Albans page on the international COUNT US IN site, showing how many local people are undertaking the 16 highest impact carbon-cutting steps.
- We are planning a 16 week community engagement campaign linked to the 16 steps of Count Us In, to run from July until the COP26 climate talks in November.
Can you help with the community engagement campaign?
We are running a climate engagement campaign from June to November 2021, and are looking for people who could help us make it happen: by writing a blog, researching resources, or reaching out to their network across the district.
Our campaign will use the 16 steps of Count Us In, and focus on one step per week each week from 12 July until the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow in November.
We’re going to have a blog each week, a piece on the radio, social media, and resources highlighted on our website.
We need extra people to make it happen! Could you:
- Help us reach groups who might not hear about it otherwise, outside of our ‘green bubble’?
- Write a blog on how you’ve tried one of the 16 steps? … there are loads to choose from … home insulation, flying less, greening your money and more.
- Coordinate and edit blogs from other people? … perhaps perfect for a media student?
- Help research resources for one of the 16 steps? … perhaps perfect for an environmental sciences student or professional?
- Coordinate and edit pieces for local papers and magazines, social media or content for local radio? … are you a budding journalist or comms professional?
If you think you could help, then email catherine DOT ross AT sustainablestalbans DOT org.
The results are in! Climate Emergency Survey.
Over 600 local people completed our survey, Apr-Jun 2021. Download the full report. Key findings:
- The vast majority of respondents (86%) were either worried or very worried about the twin crises for climate and nature.
- A third did not know St Albans District Council had declared a climate emergency and set a 2030 target.
- While respondents might not have been aware, 89% were supportive or very supportive of the council doing this.
- Respondents were asked about a range of actions the Council could take. The majority supported every action.
- The top five steps people want to take personally are driving electric cars, ‘greening’ their money, installing solar panels, installing heat pumps and speaking up more.
- What local people need to take more climate action are access to expert advice, more money, and knowledge of local installers.
Why not have a Climate Conversation with your family, work colleague or other group? Get started here – we have all the materials you need online.