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Where did the Greening Campaign start

In 2008, Terena (the founder of the Greening Campaign) realised that only ‘green’ people visited ‘green’ centres or read ‘green’ magazines and she felt that this meant most of the time people with climate change expertise were preaching to the converted. She also realised that the whole Climate issue was overwhelming people, and more than this, no-one could tell whether anyone else was taking action, resulting in the attitude ‘why should I change my lifestyle when everyone else is carrying on the same’.

Engaging the community

Terena wanted to engage everyone and so started the Greening Campaign in her own community. To her surprise, she found that if people are given clear advice and ideas on how to save money and CO2, in a fun and visible way, they take action! People all over the community started to change their behaviour, and the Greening Campaign was born.

Making the campaign visible was key to its success and soon afterwards more communities asked if they could copy the format – now over 200 communities have run Phase 1 and the number is growing.

We then realised that as people learned to make small changes, they wanted to do more with their community and so, with the help of Experts, Phase 2 was created and is now active for communities to explore.

A successful tool for communities

We are now recognised as a successful tool for communities to use to engage residents in a wide range of sustainable actions and activities to make the community more resilient – we even got asked to speak at the Houses of Parliament so MP’s could learn what we do!

As each community has taken part, we have learnt what works, and what complicates things.  Thus, the Packs have all the great ideas ready for you to learn from, they have all your fun and intriguing suggestions included (some slightly mad, others absolutely hilarious). 

Anyone can tackle climate change

The unique part of this programme is that it allows anyone to tackle Climate Change and lead their community, because you do not need any experience or knowledge in any of the topics. We bring you a pathway to follow, experts to support you, and ideas and tools to use to make it fun and achievable.

Support is always at hand, and we regularly bring all the groups together so you can share experiences and enthusiasm.

If you would like to run a Greening Campaign in your area, all you need is to be enthusiastic and contact us!

Our aim is to support you! We exist to support you!

Interested in running a campaign or finding out more?

Please contact Terena and she will talk you through all the options. We want to support you to enjoy running The Greening Campaign - our future is your future - we all live on the same planet!

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