Local Action Groups
An impressive abundance of voluntary-led group projects and initiatives based in and around Todmorden is testament to the area’s proactive approach to community and environmental improvement. The objectives of many of these groups and organisations, whether directly or indirectly, address climate-related issues, promoting long-term sustainability through communal efforts and self-sufficiency.
The ethos that underpins many of these varied projects is one of community enrichment, reflecting the innate kindness that defines Todmorden as a town. There has never been a more important time for global climate action. What these groups illustrate, however, is how small-scale, local efforts are key to creating a culture where individuals and local communities can be empowered by exercising green choices, through learning, mutual support and collaboration.
The best way to tackle climate change, therefore, is to build stronger communities and engage in local efforts. This assertion is aptly put by the following powerful quote:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead.
Coming soon to our Climate Emergency web section is a comprehensive list of the various local groups and organisations, mainly Todmorden-based, whose actions, either directly or indirectly, tackle the causes and effects of climate change, and improve the environment. Many of these groups are calling out for volunteers to join them in their collective efforts to improve the welfare of individuals, the community and our environment. We as a town council, therefore, encourage anyone who wishes to make a positive difference, to consider joining and supporting their local voluntary groups, and to encourage others to get involved, too.