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TOPIC: Motivation to take part in a sustainable community.

Motivation to take part in a sustainable community. 2 years, 2 months ago #1

The distance people travel to work and the time they spend to do this are substantially longer
now than in previous years - 50 mile journeys are common, and David Cameron has stated
that a 90 minute journey to and from work should be considered normal. Work also has a presenteeism culture. Citizens can only take part in civic life and contribute to their community
if they are present in it and have the energy to do so - a more local pattern of employment
would both help citizens to take part in community life and would reduce the environmental
damage associated with travel.

Re: Motivation to take part in a sustainable community. 2 years, 1 month ago #2

I agree that it is really important that we enable people to live and work in their community if possible. For too long development for businesses and homes in rural areas has been focussed on towns. The negative consequences of this have been that people in rural areas have to travel to find work and access services. Local facilities have closed because as people travel they end up shopping at supermarkets and using services near their work.
Over the past 25 years, the Rural Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Partnership has funded workspace for local businesses. This has not only removed the need for people to travel to a job, but has enabled businesses to create local employment. Of course the next hurdle is affordable accommodation for people as they leave home, even if they have a local job, they can't afford to compete in the retired or holiday home market. There are some success stories of course, but we have struggled against national and local planning guidance and NIMBYISM. In the past much of the motivation to get involved in the community has been to stop development. Now I think we may be able to persuade people that community Energy Service Companies (ESCos), oil/other buying cooperatives, local allotments/horticulture initiatives, community composting etc will bring benefits to everyone. Allowing sites for employment and homes for local people will keep communities alive and encourage a wider population demographic. Most of the project committees, parish, town, district and County councils are dominated by well meaning (not always well informed) older generations. If we can demonstrate that local decisions can lead to local action, with investment being made available to viable and sustainable projects, then maybe more people will think it a worthwhile use of their time to get involved.

Re: Motivation to take part in a sustainable community. 2 years ago #3

Building sustainability should not be something done in a darkened room by a privileged few – it needs to be the way we do things period. Nor should it be something to tick boxes! I remember something the Archbishop of Canterbury said recently at the Olympics Stadium in London during a Faith Representatives visit, it was very poignant in that he said it was amazing how communities, development agencies, sporting bodies, government and everyone else rallies round when the Olympics are in town. He where there is a clear vision and specific outputs and deadlines things happen – or words to that effect. We need to distil our words, get enough diverse yet interested groups interested and involved to create that critical mass to deliver change.
If we take the Olympic example not all the ‘players’ involved in London are there for the sport. Some are about economic outcomes, some just want the area to look better, some want to interject community spirit, others faith values – we need to find ‘the hotspots’ or ‘the buttons’ that people will want to engage with such initiatives. Once we have that for the different players then get them to rally round to a firm, concise vision and set realistic outcomes and timeframes for achievement.

Re: Motivation to take part in a sustainable community. 2 years ago #4

SUNFLOWER aims to create the necessary conditions to attract investment in renewable energy projects characterized by a large RES potential but with yet insufficient mass to attract industry. The test regions are Moura (PT), NorthYork (UK), Kilkis (Greece), Sliven (BUL) and various Czech regions. The project will act along three axes: political commitment, market stimulation and environmental awareness. The four main objectives are as follows:
Local authorities to trigger interest to build renewable energy powered plants Attract renewable energy industry to the regions and increase the number of business partnerships formed between investors and local (or regional) authorities Train recent graduates or young entrepreneurs in local markets and help to create new enterprises among them Increase the ratio of popular involvement in the project and thus start a long and durable "community energy vision" in line with European energy climate targets.

For further information about the results of the project follow link below;

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