The power of community

Neighbours, farmers, citizen associations, businesses, school groups, and non-profits across Northumberland County are dedicated to advancing sustainability in our communities. Together, they are working hard at a broad range of projects – community gardens, repair cafés, electric-vehicle education, solar installations, urban planning and development, regenerative farming, ecological restoration, strengthening environmental policies at every level of government.

The Community Power HUB tells the stories behind these many local initiatives. We believe that by coming together and harnessing our collective energy we can help mitigate the impacts of climate change and build local models of living and working that respect the boundaries of nature and address the needs of all members of our communities.

Join in the journey towards our sustainable future

Learn more about the climate and sustainability challenges we’re facing here in Northumberland.

Be inspired by the efforts already underway by your neighbours, local organizations, and municipalities.

Take action by joining in a campaign or local project, volunteering your time, or making some lifestyle choices that improve sustainability in your own household or neighbourhood.

Rethinking consumption

If we agree that the world is finite, then the pace at which we are consuming it is and should be an important concern. Locally, we can rethink how we produce, consume, reuse, or recycle goods and rethink our reliance on non-renewable resources like oil and gas.

Embracing the land

Everything we need for our survival depends either directly, or indirectly, on the land and its ecosystems. Think food, water, and clean air. The land also supports our health and wellbeing through less obvious ways, like recreation and culture, and sequestering carbon.

Promoting Equity

Recognizing that the impacts of climate change will disproportionately impact our most vulnerable neighbours, so too must our local solutions be mindful to ensure that we can all adapt and be resilient. Together we can work towards equitable approaches to make sure that no one gets left behind.

Influencing Policy

As we harness the power of community, including elected officials and local authorities, to embrace sustainability and climate solutions at the policy level, we can all be rowing in the same direction and accelerate our progress and impact.

Our community journey

What does sustainability look like?

Sustainability is a complex and evolving concept and best understood today as a movement to find a balance between the environment, equity, and the economy.

Each community needs to determine  how this will look for themselves based on their local characteristics and the needs of residents. 

We encourage our Northumberland community to ask and answer the question: 

How do we reduce our ecological footprint while enhancing our social wellbeing and maintaining our economic viability?

Is sustainability attainable?

There is a growing awareness, globally and locally, of the environmental and societal challenges we currently face, however, there is little societal or political consensus on what to do and how quickly to act. Our network recommends a bottoms-up approach with solutions emerging from within each community contributing to our shared future.

Locally, individuals, businesses, and organizations bring a range of perspectives, responses, resources, and commitment to the sustainability challenges we face. Each may be located at different points of the sustainability spectrum, each action adding up to broader change across Northumberland.

 

Community Power Northumberland convenes with diverse partners to enable and inspire community-based sustainability initiatives across Northumberland County. Together, we are working towards a sustainable future for all communities across Northumberland that is resilient to the impacts of climate change and where no one is left behind.