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Many communities are taking local action to embrace green living and care for the environment. There are articles about communities taking local action on green living, sustainable building and addressing climate change.



  • The Freecycle network is made up of 4,542 groups with 5,455,000 members across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely non-profit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills, and is coordinated by local groups


  • Aurora is a sustainable suburb in outer Melbourne, Australia
  • Bayside Climate Change Action Group -- formed by parents in the Bayside area, the group goals are to provide a collective voice for Bayside residents for both families and individuals determined to fight for a clean energy future.
  • Blue Wedges Coalition -- campaigning against the deepening of Port Phillip Bay in Victoria, Australia.
  • Brimbank Climate Action Network BrimbankCAN (Climate Action Network) is a loose network linking like minded people and community groups in Brimbank and Victoria with the aim to encourage residents, ratepayers, businesses and industry to actively reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Climate Emergency Network (CEN) was established in response to, and in support of, the publication of Climate Code Red: the case for a sustainability emergency by Philip Sutton and David Spratt.
  • Climate Emergency Queensland is a climate change action group based in Queensland
  • Dandenong Ranges renewable energy association
  • Families Facing Climate Change is a group based in Ashburton, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Lighter footprints is a climate change neighbourhood action group active in Surrey Hills and adjacent suburbs, Melbourne, Victoria
  • Friends of South Surrey Park are working on re-establishing native plants in Melbourne's South Surrey Park.
  • -- L.I.V.E. is an acronym for Locals Into Victoria’s Environment, a fast-growing group of around 200 hundred concerned Victorians who are coming together to address the threat of global warming. The organization is independent, non-partisan and non-profit and is based in Melbourne’s City of Port Phillip.
  • National riparian land bank is a big idea for a big continent. We need to invest in environmental repair. We can afford it. The dividends will be there for generations to come.
  • Heinz Kreutz - environment and sustainable living have been a passion a long time. Heinz is establishing the Boroondara Sustainability Network
  • Permablitz is a group activity to get people together and have fun learning about, designing and implementing suburban permaculture systems. The focus is edible gardens, and our ultimate aim is to make the suburbs edible enough such that should food become unaffordable, we don’t even notice.
  • Your Water Your Say -- Action group of families and individuals concerned that the future water provision in Victoria is achieved through environmentally sustanible means. We have all been working relentlessly to establish the groundwork for our anti-desalination campaign.
  • Food Water Shelter an Australian, not-for-profit, non-denominational, non-governmental organisation that builds and runs eco-friendly children's villages with education, social and health facilities for children in developing countries.
  • Victoria Naturally Alliance -- connecting people and nature in Victoria to secure our future against climate change
  • Sustainable jamboree - Facilitating local community and businesses to work towards sustainability ('Jamboree' is a local electoral area in SW suburbs of Brisbane, Qld).
  • Teachers for Forests have formed in the interest of better information about the state of our environmental assets, and the threats to them, and better education about how to protect and manage remnant ecosystems (especially in native forests).
  • Mount Alexander Sustainability Group is based in Castlemaine, central Victoria, and is taking action to combat climate change.
  • Slowday -- make time to celebrate home; to connect with yourself, your community and the environment rather than rushing off to the next Big Thing.
  • Sustainable Living Space group is calling for interest from the outer eastern community in relation to developing a sustainable living space.
  • Hepburn Renewable Energy Association - is a group of voluntary members committed to the reduction of our local greenhouse footprint. As part of that commitment, HREA conceived and nurtured the concept of Australia's first community owned wind farm will reduce the whole area's greenhouse foot print. See also The winds of change

United Kingdom

  • Totnes is the UK's first town exploring how to prepare for a carbon constrained, energy lean world.
  • Woking has achieved significant reductions in energy use and carbon emissions by introducing innovative energy policies to encourage distributed power generation.


  • Freiburg has the largest "carfree" development in Europe. The town has developed extensive public transport and cycle paths to give residents the opportunity to live without cars.


  • Samsø is a Danish Island that now produces from renewable sources more energy than it was uses.

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