300 councils have declared a climate emergency

How do communities respond to the emergency?

What can we learn from each other?

We don’t have the time to reinvent the wheel. We must learn from what others have done – and pass on what we ourselves have tried and learned.


Declaring a climate emergency is a great first step – but a first step is all that it is. We in Talk Shop know from personal experience that working out how to implement it can be very hard. Who do you start with? What do you actually do?

In this situation, it’s a massive help to have some example of what others have tried, and what has worked. That’s what this kit aims to provide.

We used it at the Essex Ideas Festival in October 2019, and were delighted that the Oxford Climate Cafe stimulated a plan for a roving Low Carbon Café.

The material was researched in July and August 2019. We will update it as resources allow.

We are very grateful to, and wish to acknowledge as a source for several examples, 21 Stories of Transition, How a Movement of Communities is Coming Together to Reimagine and Rebuild our World, harvested by Rob Hopkins as the Transition movement’s contribution to COP21 (the 21st ‘Conference of the Parties’), the United Nations’ climate change negotiations in Paris in December 2015.

Holding an event

Our instructions assume 30 people at an event – but they are adaptable for any number working in groups of six. Similarly, they are written for a two hour event, but can be adapted for any length between an hour and a half and three hours.

There are 24 discussion cards, each with an idea from around the world. Download them here, along with the instructions.

If you hold an event using these cards, do let us know, using our Tell Us What You Need page.. We’d be interested to hear:

  • What practical ideas you propose to take forwards
  • Whether you know of solutions which you think we should add to future versions of the cards