In a recent article, Smart Villages and transition: climate change action as a driver for community-led innovation,  Eamon O’Hara, Executive Director of ECOLISE, (the European network for community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability) notes that the most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 2018), calls for rapid and far-reaching transitions or transformation on a massive scale, affecting all aspects of our economy and society. O’Hara writes that:  

"Across Europe, and globally, tens of thousands of communities are piloting and testing new social innovations, from community energy, car-sharing and cycling schemes, to community gardens, reuse and upcycling schemes, and much more. … These community-led initiatives are not only having important environmental impacts, but are also helping to revive local economies and build social capital and resilience.
He notes that Cloughjordan eco-village – which includes lots of community education - provides a model for sustainable living."

There is also information about what is happening in Scotland where government   support for climate-smart communities has produced some great results.

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