UCL Public Policy


Climate Action

Ever wondered "What can I do about climate change?". Rather than telling people what to do, the Climate Action Unit helps them discover how to do it. We offer cookbooks and cooking classes, not menu items. 

Our sessions equip changemakers with the insights to unblock common barriers to climate action. We help align a group to find actions that are meaningful to them. We mobilise people and resources to put ideas into practice.

Our skills and insights are based on the CAU's indepth understanding of neuroscience and psychology to overcome a lack of agency (the ability to act).

We create a multiplier effect for climate action through helping an exponentially growing number of people to deliver effective projects in evermore communities.

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Recent projects

Climate Action Programme for UK Parliament

In 2021 the CAU delivered its first programme on climate action for Members of Parliament and the House of Lords. The programme was developed to engage participants in meaningful dialogue and explore new opportunities to bring action on climate change into their roles. Over five sessions, participants engaged in a series of activities to examine how people respond to the complex nature of climate change.

February 2021 - March 2021

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Finance Transition Lab: driving systemic, pro-environmental change in the financial sector

A development from the original Wales Transition Lab, the CAU is facilitating a series of dialogue events over five months to help financial institutions develop high-impact 'accelerator' projects. These projects will deliver practical solutions and build capability for the finance industry to act on climate change.

Partner organisations:
North Star Transition

June 2021 - September 2021

Further information:
Finance Transition Lab website

Wales Transition Lab: Reconnecting Food, Health and Nature

The CAU is facilitating a series of online co-production events with leaders from the farming, food production, health, finance, local policy and environmental community in Wales. The aim is to bring about systemic change on how to manage food and its connections to land, health, environment and financial impacts.

Partner organisations:
North Star Transition

October 2020 onwards

Further information:
Wales Transition Lab website

Net Zero Innovation Programme

The Net Zero Innovation Programme helps local government organisations to deliver their climate action plans. It does so by creating and fostering partnerships between net-zero experts in universities and council officers. The project is currently working to deliver 12 local projects in housing, transport, procurement, finance and community engagement.


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Partner organisations: 
Local Government Association & UCL Public Policy

January 2019 onwards

Further information:
Together Towards Net Zero podcast
UCL Public Policy website
Local Government Association website

Facilitator Programme

The CAU ran a bespoke training programme for organisational development consultants and leadership coaches. The aim of this training was to build their capacity to bring climate change decision making into the project work they do with clients in business and government organisations. 

May 2020 - November 2020

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Developing Meaningful Action & Leading Change training

The CAU team ran a three day community training in Cornwall on how to develop agency for climate action. The purpose of the workshop was to help organisation and community leaders to deliver meaningful action on climate change.

Partner organisations: 
The Hall, Treverbyn, Cornwall

February 2020

Further information:
Kings College London blog - "Helping communities manage anxiety on global issues"