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1 Can footprinting inspire political as well as lifestyle change? Heather Hunt and Jenny Patient Sheffield Campaign against Climate Change

2 SCACC petition to Sheffield City Council: “We recognise urgent action is needed now to avert catastrophic climate change. Therefore we call on Sheffield Council to set targets to reduce CO2 emissions across the city in line with keeping global temperature change below 2°C”

3 Global Steps

4 Sheffield’s footprint: 3 planets Personal effort can reduce this to 2 planets Here’s where we are now Huge policy changes needed to get to 1 planet

5 Context for Conversations

6 Intentions of our Action Research n Gather information systematically from our footprinting conversations n Engage Sheffield Council and Sheffield First Environment Partnership with our experience and findings n Our framework – conversational space and change at all levels

7 The Structure of our Conversations n We’re interested to know what Sheffield people think about climate change, and what we can all do about it. n How concerned are you about climate change? What is it that concerns you most about climate change? n Footprint dialogue, estimate and interpretation – number of planets n Asking about inspirations for personal actions and infrastructure changes in Sheffield that would help them to reduce their footprint

8 Findings – who engaged? n Over 100 people n 6 days across 4 festivals June, July and August n 51 female, 19 male, 16 in some group combination n Age estimates: 10 aged 60+, 57 aged 18-60, and 6 below 18 years n A broad cross-section of Sheffield people from different postal districts

9 Findings – how concerned? n “How concerned are you about climate change?” n High –Extremely –Very n Low –A bit –Not much –Not at all

10 Findings – Climate Change Concerns n “I have small children, I want them to have a planet” n “Effect on me, my future – I might see hell break loose” n “It’s going to hit people in the poor world most, we’re all part of humanity, a huge shift in attitudes is required”

11 Findings – Climate Change Concerns n “Scary – our weather changing. These floods – first time I’ve thought how other people have to cope” n “Weather’s strange, think of the animals, everything really – storms and fires” n “If we get political will, everything will follow”

12 Findings – Footprints n 86 footprints, mean score 254 = 2.5 planets n Possible scores between 100 and 450 n Actual scores range 121 to 383 n No marked gender or age patterns n Lower than SEI Sheffield average (3 planets) – may be biased by self- selection and self-assessment

13 Inspirations for Personal Actions and Infrastructure Changes

14 Asymmetric footprints Transport + Holiday high score Transport+Holiday low score Food+Waste high score NOTTs “Not Tried to” 11 footprints Average 330 LINCs “Low Income, No Car” 11 footprints Average 263 Food+Waste low score WILTs “With Income, Likes Travel” 33 footprints Average 276 DERBs “Doing Effective Reduced Behaviour” 31 footprints Average 200

15 How can we inspire political change? n Conversations with city people n Conversations with city leaders

16 Conversations we would like n Your experience of using footprinting for popular engagement around action on climate change n Your thoughts on how our information and experience can engage powers-that-be for infrastructure change


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