There is growing interest in analysing the role and effectiveness of the local scale in responding to the global challenge of climate change. However, while accounts of urban climate change governance are growing, there is now a real need for further conceptual and empirical work to better understand processes of change and uptake across a range of climate change actions.

Local Action on Climate Change examines how local climate change responses are emerging, being operationalized and evaluated within a range of geographical and socio-political contexts across the globe. Focussing on the role and potential of local governments, non-government organisations and community groups in driving transformative change, the authors analyse how local climate change responses have emerged and explore the extent to which they are or have the potential to be innovative or transformative in terms of governance, policy and practice change.

Drawing on a diverse range of case studies, including examples from Vanuatu, Japan, South Africa, Australia, Sweden, the USA and India, this volume will be of great interest to students and scholars of climate change, environmental policy and governance, and sustainability.


chapter 3|18 pages

Governance and agency beyond boundaries

Climate resilience in Port Vila’s peri-urban settlements

chapter 4|19 pages

‘Learning by Doing’

Lessons from the co-production of three South African municipal climate change adaptation plans

chapter 6|19 pages

Multi-level climate change planning

Scale, capacity and the ability for local action

chapter 8|20 pages

From engagement to empowerment

Climate change and resilience planning in Baltimore City

chapter 9|11 pages

Towards transformative action

Learning from local experiences and contexts