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And Finally... 18 Nov. 22

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Use your power – the importance of brave and visible climate leadership

As COP27 comes to a close and we start to consider what – if any – meaningful change will come of it, this blog highlights bold climate leadership that local organisations can take to not only reduce their emissions but inspire change and improve ways of living that benefit humans and the planet. It includes case studies on measures such as cutting business flights, and implementing active travel, district heating systems and circular economies.

Read the full blog here.

More from LGIU

Mad about Madison: a city hall visit in Wisconsin

Our Hannah Muirhead might be in Australia now, but she had a fabulous tour of local government and anchor institutions in northern midwest city in the US. Read about it here.

Ownerless property – New routes to public and community reuse

In this article, James MacKessack-Leitch, Policy and Practice Lead at the Scottish Land Commission, explores ownerless land and its impact on the public sector, and shares details of a new consultation aiming to tackle the issue.

The City of Brimbank’s 5G road maintenance research

Keep your eyes on the road... and look for defects. Find out how the City of Brimbank's will deploy and use high-resolution cameras, GPS sensors, edge devices attached to waste collection trucks to rapidly and in real-time detect roadside assets that require maintenance.

Community Champion Hall of Fame

We’re thrilled to be showcasing our 2022 Councillor Awards winners over the coming weeks, starting with our Community Champions, Cllr David MacDonald and Cllr Jabba Riaz. Watch their stories and learn about their meaningful work.

Local government leading climate change action: case studies

This collection of case studies from our Local Democracy Research Centre highlights the actions local government is leading to make climate change action a pragmatic reality.

How can local governments engage communities in climate change?

Councils are uniquely placed to influence a third of emissions through leadership in their communities and engaging with their residents. This article looks at a pioneering project to do just that.

In conversation with...

Check out this conversation with Renfrewshire Council’s Chief Executive, Alan Russell. A year into the post, Alan shares his personal and organisational reflections on the challenges, opportunities facing Renfrewshire Council.

Global Local: In brief

Our weekly free Global Local newsletter focuses on support for veterans.

LGIU staff picks

Weekly highlights of what we're reading, watching or listening to that we thought you might like, too. What do you recommend?

To watch: Both our Ireland Commissioning Editor Séan O'Riordain and Content Officer Sid Hayword enjoyed The Banshees of Inisheran a film set in Ireland in the late 20s. Dark, but funny and well observed. They both highly recommended it. Whatever you do though, don't read the Wikipedia entry. Entirely spoiled.

To read: Our Data and Insight Officer Daniel Hines is reading Lords of the Desert: Britain's Struggle with America to Dominate the Middle East by James Barr. "It focuses on Britain's and the US's fight for hegemony in the middle east from the 1940's to the 1960's, a great read for history buffs."

This week in local government

Check out the latest policy developments, events and happenings and our resources to help you navigate the issues.

  • In Ireland - a roundup of all the latest policy developments in housing, education, culture and so much more.
  • In Scotland - key new findings from council research, news from Holyrood and more.
  • In England - what does the Autumn Statement mean for local government? New support for Levelling Up.

Exclusive policy briefings

Our latest Membership and Global Local subscription briefings:

This week's Global Local bulletin for corporate members and GL subscribers is on COP27

Check out our website for all the articles and resources mentioned in this newsletter and much more. Some of the links above will take you to member-only content – if you are with one of our member organisations, create your free member website account and use everything we have.

Not a member? There’s still a wealth of local government content for you – create a free website account for non-members and be part of our global local government community.

LGIU events and training

Maximise your community impact

Online Training | 18:30–20:30 (GMT) | 6 December
From fixing resident issues to watching over council decision-making, we’re diving into your role as a councillor in this interactive training. Book your spot now!

Global Local Executive Panel: Rural and coastal issues

Chief Executives from rural and coastal councils in Ireland, the UK and Australia to talk about their experiences facing the unique challenges presented to rural and coastal communities and how they’ve dealt with certain issues.

FREE for LGiU or VLGA members (non-members $49.50/£29.70)

Date: 1 December 2022


  • 07:30 GMT
  • 18:30 AEDT

And finally...

This story made us smile...

South Lanarkshire schoolkids promote climate awareness

Local schoolchildren have been praised as good ambassadors for South Lanarkshire Council on account of their climate change and sustainability work. At the council's Climate Change and Sustainability Committee meeting, members of South Lanarkshire Youth Forum of Climate Change and Sustainability attended to give councillors a taste of the work they have carried out in the past year to raise awareness about the issue. Members of the youth forum were able to take part in the Climate Emergency Newsroom which was a collaboration between the University of Glasgow's Department of Politics and International Relations and South Lanarkshire's Education Resources.
The Daily Record

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