Local Climate Policy Programme Attendee

Climate Emergency UK


Volunteer • Part Time


Sectors: environmental policy & campaigning, carbon, climate & energy

Closing date: Monday, 9th September 2024  

Want to learn more about what councils are doing to combat the climate and ecological crises? Want to help communities to get their council to take Climate Action seriously? Interested in gaining experience of local policy, initiatives and best practice?

Climate Emergency UK’s free, online, 4-week Local Climate Training Programme is the place to start!

Councils have the power and influence over around 30% of emissions in their local area. Therefore, they are uniquely placed to make a real impact on emissions within their area. Following the success of the first-ever Council Climate Action Scorecards last year, Climate Emergency UK is looking to create the second edition of the Action Scorecards. But we know that councils can be taking more effective action as the average score in the 2023 Action Scorecards was only 32%. Now, we’re looking for volunteers to help us create the 2025 Council Climate Action Scorecards, tracking the progress that has been made, and scoring all UK councils on their climate action. 

Apply today:
Cohort 1 - August-September 2024
Cohort 2 - Late September-October 2024

Our workshops, alongside the practical experience of assessing local climate action, are designed to help you develop your knowledge, skills and experience around local climate policy and action. Your assessments will help create the 2025 Council Climate Action Scorecards - helping your community and other people around the UK understand how well councils are tackling the climate crisis, the progress that has been made, who’s doing well and what is possible. During the programme you will be part of a cohort of people (maximum 50) who share your passion for environmental justice and local action.

The Training Programme will help you understand:

  • The powers local authorities have to tackle the climate crisis.
  • The actions local authorities are taking to tackle the climate crisis.
  • What good council climate action looks like. 

We will also have workshops from educational, policy and campaigning experts to give you a strong foundation in local climate action. Last year this included speakers from the Climate Change Committee, Lancaster City Council and Friends of the Earth. Those on the training programme will be able to manage their time but must be able to make the mandatory dates, listed below. Both cohorts will be 4 weeks and have the exact same programme of events. While these will be part of the training it will be up to you to make the session, although some of these sessions will be recorded. A full schedule will be sent out 1 week before the training starts.

The Programme Dates:

We are running two cohorts of the training programme: The First Cohort will run from: 6th August to 12th September.

You will need to be free for the following mandatory dates:

  • Scorecards Volunteer Inductions: You will need to attend one induction session on either Tuesday 6th or Thursday 8th August 2024 from 5:30 to 6:30pm. 
  • Scorecards Scoring Training: You will only need to attend only one of the training sessions but please keep both of the evenings free until you are allocated a Scorecards section, which will determine which session you need to attend: either Tuesday 13th or Thursday 15th August. You will need to be available from 5:30-7pm.
  • Final Handover & Certificate Ceremony Thursday, 12th September, 5:30-6:30pm

The Deadline to apply for the first cohort is Monday 29th of July at noon. 

The Second Cohort will run from late September to mid-October 2024. If you are interested in joining the second cohort you can already do so. 

Who is this Programme for? In order to apply you must be:

  • Aged over 18
  • Able to commit to approx. 15-20 hours a week for four weeks
  • Based anywhere in the UK
  • Have reliable internet access and access to a computer
  • You do not need to have previous environmental related experience or a relevant degree. 

Note: We will not accept current Councillors or Officers. Parish/Town councillors or staff are welcome to apply.

Other than that, anyone can apply to be on this programme. We are particularly looking for people who:

  • Are passionate about tackling climate change and sustainability
  • Have an interest in supporting climate action in their local communities
  • Are interested in a career in environmental policy or advocacy (or just enjoy this as a hobby!)
  • Able to use Google Docs and SLACK. Although you will receive training in both. 

Each cohort will be limited to 50 places and we expect to fill the programme. Your acceptance onto the programme will be confirmed once you have attended the Group Interview. 

If you are not able to commit to the training programme but would still like to be involved in scoring local authority climate action then please visit our page on becoming a Volunteer Assessor following this link.

Apply today below:
Cohort 1 - August-September 2024
Cohort 2 - Late September-October 2024