POP+ Learning & Collaboration Event follow-up

Many thanks to everyone who came along to the POP+ Learning & Collaboration event!


The Climate Crisis

It was great to have Paul Elliott from the council with us explaining the City Council’s Climate Emergency Action Plan. Paul was very clear that this was the beginning of the council’s drive to zero carbon by 2030. We heard how the council will review and update the plan each year; how we need everyone talking about it and working together to achieve it and how doing nothing is no longer an option. The Action Plan states that it will cost about £442m or £1,625 per household to reach zero carbon but that the social, environmental and economic cost of NOT achieving it far outweigh this figure.

We heard from James Ellwood, one of the directors of fotonow CIC, about the organisation’s recent ‘climate crisis’ declaration. James told us that the process had taken longer than expected as there were many things for each of the members of staff to consider. The next step, he said, was for fotonow to measure its emissions and its impact and then, to set targets and deadlines towards achieving zero carbon. A survey on their modes of transport had already led to a change in behaviour among the members of stafr, resulting in an immediate reduction in emissions.

We also heard from Jess Holliland from Plymouth Social Enterprise Network (PSEN), which has also issued a climate crisis declaration, who felt it was important that organisations “aren’t just making a statement into the wind”. As a network organisation PSEN has fewer opportunities to reduce its carbon footprint, for example, there is no building, fleet of vehicles or waste to consider but as Jess says, its hoped that by declaring a climate crisis, it will set an example to its members and support them to reduce their emissions. Furthermore, Jess explained that it hopes to influence, through its work and partnerships, Plymouth City Council. This was particularly interesting given that Paul Elliott had highlighted, from a conversation that began with cycle lanes, the fundamental incompatibility between the Government’s objective for (economic) Growth and its own declaration that the UK achieve zero carbon by 2050.

Achieving zero carbon – 5 key takeaways from the Plymouth Social Enterprise City Festival

PSEN’s Climate Emergency toolkit

Both James and Jess admitted that the Youth Strike 4 Climate events in Plymouth had galvanised them. As James said “the visibility of young people on the streets was a bit of a kick for us to step up”. It will be interesting to hear more from fotonow and PSEN on their progress as more and more organisations, community groups and businesses across the city follow in their (carbon) footprints and make their own carbon reduction commitments.


Learning through Collaboration

Kim Armstrong (POP+ Learning Champion) presented how the next phase of Street-to-Scale would be launched. Following on from Matt’s vision for 2020, the theme of going beyond our usual reach, and engaging with grass roots organisations, would be the driver for the next round of Street-to-Scale funding. POP+ hope to engage citizens from communities which are under-represented in the POP+ network, using a poster campaign to get people interested in doing good in their areas. The final details are being agreed but the Street-to-Scale funding will be ready to launch in February 2020.

POP+ would like to continue the conversations and get together to learn with and from each other. If you’re interested in meeting others to talk more about learning through collaboration, get in touch with Charlotte Brew (POP+ Learning Champion) at charlotte@plymouthoctopus.org.


Ideas into Action

Thank you to those who attended the Ideas into Action taster workshop. This new series of workshops from POP ideas aims to support people through the process of establishing and running a new community group or project.

You can complete the surveys below to help shape the content of these workshops moving forward.