Climate action: leadership and communication

How can we champion climate change work from the top and direct action?

Climate change hub

LGA resources

Ten questions to scrutinise climate action

In collaboration with the Centre for Public Scrutiny, the LGA has launched this publication which covers ten questions, and several supplementary follow ups, to ask if you are scrutinising climate action in your council. It lays out key issues on which local scrutineers (councillors sitting on scrutiny committees and the officers who support them) can pose to those with decision-making responsibility.

Councillor workbook: acting on climate change

This workbook is a learning aid for councillors on the roles, opportunities and drivers for council-led action on the changing climate, both to reduce local carbon emissions and to build resilience to extreme weather. 

New Conversations 2.0 - LGA guide to engagement

The resources in this report support the basic, statutory aspects of engagement, with a particular focus on pure consultation. It explores best practice, legal requirements, and the pre-emptive steps you can take to get engagement around decision-making right. This includes assets to help you choose your channels and messengers, and decide whether you need to formally consult. There are also resources supporting the evaluation of consultation, and the use of insight.


Webinar: Scrutinising climate action

Climate change is a critical global problem that will impact environments everywhere and individuals across all levels of society. The challenge has been thrown into sharper relief by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, demonstrating the need for places and communities to become more resilient. Within the local government sector, councils have been leading the response to climate change, but with many having declared a ‘climate emergency’ there is a need to show how they will prioritise and embed climate action in all policy areas. Scrutiny has a critical role to play in these cross-cutting issues, testing the assumptions in the development of climate action plans and securing political buy-in for sustained action. Scrutiny can also support the council to engage with partners and channel local views, as well as playing a formal accountability role as councils make public commitments to climate action. 

Drawing on our recent publication ‘10 questions to ask if you are scrutinising climate change’, this event will outline a practical approach for scrutineers to understand and seek oversight on climate action in their localities. It is designed to explore questioning, identify key stakeholders, plan effective scrutiny work and consider the impacts that scrutiny can expect to deliver on this issue.  

You can sign up to the events using these links: 

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We encourage you to attend both the morning and afternoon sessions.  

Leadership Essentials: Climate Emergency

The impact of climate change on our planet was dominating global news headlines prior to COVID-19 and, no doubt, we do again. An Ipsos MORI survey has shown 85% of adults are now concerned about global warming.  Many councils have formally declared a climate emergency and are looking at practical steps to turn ambitions on reducing carbon emissions into action.   

This programme will help leaders and portfolio holders explore the crucial local leadership role in responding to the climate emergency.  It will explore levers for councils to reduce carbon emissions and provide opportunities to learn from the experience of others.   

Featuring a range of inputs, practical sessions and discussions, the programme will explore themes including community engagement, action planning, current climate change issues, including our green recovery from COVID-19, and how councils can bring partners together to deliver meaningful changes. 

Programme 3: Thursday, 22nd October – Friday, 23rd October 2020 

Fee: The cost of attending this programme is fully subsidised.  This includes accommodation, meals, course materials and tuition.  

If you would like to book on, please email 

Past LGA event resources

LGA Climate emergency conference 22 January 2020

See all the resources at the climate emergency webpage.

Resources from elsewhere

The COVID-19 pandemic's lessons for local climate leadership

A report from Boston University, writes about the opportunities and challenges presented for climate change, following the COVID-19 peak.  

Four lessons shine through:  

1. Focus beyond the COVID-19 crisis and maintain and boost climate-action momentum because the risks and costs will only grow if action is delayed.  

2. Act to prepare your communities for climate change and GHG reduction; walking away from or delaying crucial climate actions risks disastrous and inequitable local consequences.  

3. Enhance local climate action by building on your residents’ and businesses’ behaviour changes during the pandemic response that reduce emissions and enhance resiliency.  

4. Maximize the local economic and community benefits of an economic recovery that simultaneously drives business and job expansion, improves personal and public health, reduces GHG emissions, strengthens climate resilience, and improves social equity.