An online activity pack for training community groups in climate change adaptation has been launched by Community Forests Northwest on behalf of Liverpool City Council. The training resource helps groups to explore how street trees, private gardens, school grounds and other green spaces can help us cope with some of the challenges - and enjoy some of the benefits - that climate change may bring.
The materials were developed in consultation with groups from across the North West of England, and are intended to be used by the likes of "friends of" groups, resident associations, primary and secondary school groups, faith and low carbon community groups.
From presentations explaining the term "green infrastructure" to a game where participants develop a solid understanding of the difference between climate change adaptation and mitigation, the community adaptation training comprises a range of different activities suitable for all kinds of community groups with varying degrees of knowledge and interests in the subject. A pledge of action after the training session motivates trainees to consider their own impact on their local environment in their daily lives.
The website also showcases tips for the practitioner leading the training, such as advice for how much time to give to each activity, what level of understanding certain groups may have, and what kind of equipment may be useful.
Pete Walton, Training Officer at the UK Climate Impacts Programme, said: "This package of activities is a valuable resource to support community-led initiatives. Local groups will be able to use it to help devise actions to make their community more resilient to the climate changes that lie ahead."
To download the materials and find out more about the Community Adaptation Training, visit www.greeninfrastructurenw.co.uk/climatechange/training.
Participating practitioners and groups are also encouraged to feed back any comments to Community Forests Northwest - the charity which supports The Mersey Forest, Red Rose Forest and Pennine Edge Forest - stating how they found the training activities and suggesting any improvements.
The training was created using funding from the Climate Change Local Area Support Programme (CLASP): www.clasp-nw.info, and the EU Interreg IVC Green and Blue Space Adaptation project (GRaBS): www.grabs-eu.org.