100% Renewable is community organising campaign designed to help connect and support local groups and individuals working to promote a renewable energy future in their community. But what does this term actually mean? And why do we need to do it to get to 100% renewable energy?
What is community organising?
Community organising describes the process of working in and with communities to empower them to create their desired future. Rather than doing the work for local people, organisers work with them to help develop the skills, ideas and strategies required to achieve their common goals.
So why do we need this approach for this campaign?
While making a shift to 100% renewable energy is technically feasible, getting there is going to require considerable effort and considerable numbers.This is because there are a small number of wealthy and powerful people interested in maintaining the status quo and stopping the shift away from polluting industries of the past to the clean energy industries of the future.
We need enough people actively supporting and calling for a 100% renewable energy future, so that one by one we can move every politician, every business, and every community organisation to join us in making this vision a reality.
What is the organising model of the 100% Renewable campaign?
The 100% Renewable campaign team are not interested in setting up a large organisation with centralised bureaucracy to speak on behalf of others. Instead we are supporting and connecting local groups and communities who share the vision for 100% renewable energy. We work with local people who are already doing great organising work, to share thier stories of success, effective activities and to together become more organised to inspire more people to get involved.
To do this the key organising aspects of the campaign are:
1. Setting up a regional organising program, with regional organisers so that local groups are supported and connected
2. Developing tools and tactics - both online and on the ground that individuals and groups can use to grow their own power and influence within their community
3. Sharing tips, ideas and good news stories with local groups through a campaign blog and campaign profiles
4. Running community organising workshops and training for local groups and campaign leaders
What resources can I use to learn more about community organising?
For those who are interested in knowing more about organising, we recommend you have a look at these great resources recommended by our friends at The Change Agency:
- Recommended books and articles
- Mobilising for Change workshop resources
- Community organising presentation
Happy organising folks!