As businesses that are owned and run by local people, community businesses have ethical practice and local accountability at their core. Now, with greater awareness of the climate crisis, we are seeing more grassroots action taking place at a local level. In Plunkett’s Rural Vision, we emphasised the potential for community businesses to harness their positive environmental impact to go beyond a post-pandemic recovery and create a broader rural renaissance, building a fairer and more sustainable economy.
For community businesses, this mean reducing the carbon footprint of products and services, helping local people to live sustainably, and setting up new initiatives to benefit the environment. Community ownership makes sustainable living affordable and accessible to all.
During the pandemic, we saw how community businesses stepped up to help local people by setting up emergency services and going above and beyond to serve their community. Now, during COP26, we want to highlight five ways in which they are fighting – the climate and ecological emergency.