Dacorum Climate Action Network

Dacorum CAN logoDacorum Climate Action Network (Dacorum CAN) brings together local individuals and organisations to ‘think global and act local’.

The aim of the network is to bring about meaningful change and provide a platform that will support, educate, encourage and enable people to make positive environmental changes in their everyday lives. These collective actions will help to tackle the Climate and Ecological Emergency by reducing emissions and increasing biodiversity.

Join Dacorum CAN

Dacorum CAN is open to everyone who lives, works and plays in Dacorum and pledges to take positive environmental actions. You can join either as an individual or an organisation. Any organisation - such as schools, community groups, businesses and charities - is welcome to join.

Becoming part of the network is quick, free and easy - simply fill out our short online registration form:

Join as an individual
Join as an organisation

Why join?

A recent flagship Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report gave the world a stark "code red" warning and confirmed that climate change is happening, it is caused by human activity, and we have a very short window of time to take action and mitigate against the worst impacts.

It is important that we collectively take action to reduce our emissions as quickly as we can. The more individuals and organisations who work together and take action, the more we can achieve.

By joining the network, regular environmental information and advice will be provided via:

  • Monthly e-newsletter
  • Facebook group
  • Regular events, webinars and courses 
  • Quarterly virtual meetings
  • Annual conference and networking event

Great reasons to join Dacorum CAN

  • Receive information and advice about positive environmental actions
  • Stay up to date on local environmental initiatives
  • Discover environmental events in your local area
  • Be inspired by local Sustainable Superstars
  • Collaborate with like-minded local people
  • Discover local groups and initiatives to get involved with
  • Environmental webinars and training sessions
  • Learn about organisations and services that help to achieve positive environmental targets.

Additional benefits for organisations

  • Amplify the impact of environmental projects and campaigns  
  • Free promotion of environmental events
  • Find volunteers to help support initiatives
  • Discover funding opportunities.

Annual conference and networking event

Dacorum CAN hosted its second annual conference and networking event on Thursday 3 November 2022 at The Forum in Hemel Hempstead (and streamed online). The free event enabled over 130 Dacorum residents to network with like-minded individuals and organisations to help them "think global and act local".

More than 20 local organisations held stalls at the event, and the audience heard from eight speakers. Find out more, see photos and watch again on our YouTube channel.

Act Local - Environmental Volunteering Map

As one of the key aims of the Dacorum Climate Action Network is to encourage people to 'think global and act local', we have created an Environmental Volunteering Map to help connect people to local organisations and groups that have volunteering opportunities.

There are a range of different activities to suit different skillsets and interests. All volunteering opportunities are related to activities that either reduce emissions or help to improve biodiversity.

Click the icon on the black bar in the top left hand corner to view the symbol key.

By clicking on each icon on the map you will find more information about each of the group's activities and opportunities, including:

  • Type of volunteer work
  • Requirements
  • When work typically takes place
  • Contact details
  • Website

If you are a group or organisation and have an environmental volunteering opportunity you want to be listed, please email sustainability@dacorum.gov.uk.

Wildflower seed giveaway

To celebrate Biodiversity Day (Sunday 22 May 2022), Dacorum Climate Action Network gave away  thousands of packets of wildflower seeds to residents and schools. We also ran a primary school competition to win a large insect hotel - complete with planters, compost, flowers and wildflower seeds.

Learn more about biodiversity and what we are doing to improve it locally. 

Events calendar

Find out what local environmental events are taking place via our Dacorum CAN Events Calendar.

All organisations that join Dacorum CAN are able to add their upcoming events to the Dacorum CAN calendar free of charge - simply complete the  Dacorum CAN - Event Calendar - Organisers Guidelines (PDF 718KB) and return by email to sustainability@dacorum.gov.uk.

Previous events

Throughout November 2021, as the UK was hosting COP26, we held a Climate and Ecological Emergency art exhibition in partnership with Herts Visual Arts showcasing local artists' sketches, paintings, photos and poems. The exhibition was at the Dacorum Creatives Gallery in the Marlowes Shopping Centre, Hemel Hempstead. The exhibition aimed to encourage visitors to reflect on the challenges that lie ahead of us, but also provide an opportunity to learn about the available solutions, and inspire people to get involved in local action.

Take a look at the wonderful range of inspirational artwork here: Virtual Climate and Ecological Emergency Art Exhibition (PDF 11MB).

Contact us

If you have a specific query or have any suggestions about how Dacorum CAN could be improved, please email sustainability@dacorum.gov.uk.