Local government climate action with Rachel Coxcoon

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Local government climate action with Rachel Coxcoon

Rachel Coxcoon is the Founder and Director of ClimateGuide and an elected member of the Cotswold District Council.

In this episode, Rachel covers:

  • Her background and motivation to become an elected member. [Starts at 1:26]
  • Starting at the council with no staff and a limited inherited budget. [Starts at 3:48]
  • Impact of administration change on council staff. [Starts at 6:20]
  • Updating the local plan and defining priorities. [Starts at 8:12]
  • Barriers to good climate policy and examples of councils striding ahead. [Starts at 12:51]
  • Councils competing for finance and the urban/rural split. [Starts at 17:28]
  • Local impacts despite heavily centralised governance. [Starts at 20:57]
  • Possible reasons for lack of reform in governance. [Starts at 24:28]
  • Communities want change but lack belief in its effective mobilisation. [Starts at 26:30]
  • Being brave and energy self-sufficiency in the Cotswolds. [Starts at 31:05]
  • Her different roles and their interplay. [Starts at 33:36]
  • Becoming an elected member and completing the local plan to enact change. [Starts at 38:06]
  • 2050 in the UK – pessimistic owing to a lack of focus on housing and transport. [Starts at 42:44]
  • Personal lifestyle plans – diet, holidays, transport and the home. [Starts at 48:12]

Useful links

ClimateGuide website

Cotswold District Council Cabinet Members


How to connect



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