Dacorum Climate Action Network
Dacorum 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
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.
Wildflower Seed Giveaway
To celebrate Biodiversity Day (Sunday 22 May 2022), Dacorum Climate Action Network is giving away thousands of packets of wildflower seeds to residents and schools.
How does planting wildflowers help biodiversity?
Ninety-seven per cent of wildflower meadows have been lost in the UK since the 1930s. Adding wildflowers into your outdoor space will provide more food for pollinators such as bees and butterflies, as well as other insects, which in turn will support larger wildlife populations.
The more wildflowers you plant, the greater your impact will be on your local pollinators, as well as the birds and mammals that depend on them.
Apply to get your free wildflower seeds
Get your free packet of wildflower seeds
The giveaway is running until Sunday 29 May. Anyone who lives in Dacorum is eligible - apply quickly as packets are subject to availability.
Wildflowers grow best in an open sunny spot and will do well being planted either directly in the soil or in raised beds, window boxes or plant pots. Here are some tips from the World Wildlife Fund on growing your own wildflowers, even if you don’t have a garden.
Wildflower Seed Giveaway 2022 Terms and Conditions (PDF 378KB)
Learn more about biodiversity and what we are doing to improve it locally.
Primary school competition
To tie in with our Biodiversity Day celebrations, we are running a primary school competition to win a large insect hotel - complete with planters, compost, flowers and wildflower seeds.
The winning school will spend an interactive afternoon session with a selected group of pupils and some of our environmental officers. The session will include setting up the insect hotel and planters by sowing wildflower seeds and planting fully grown flowers. Pupils will also be provided with their own packets of wildflower seeds to take home, or plant at school.
Enter the competition
The deadline to enter the competition is Thursday 26 May 2022. The winning school will be chosen at random and announced on Friday 27 May.
All runners-up will be sent packets of wildflower seeds for their school.
School Biodiversity Day Competition Terms and Conditions - May 2022 (PDF 381KB)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Climate and Ecological Emergency Art Exhibition
Throughout November 2021, we held a Climate and Ecological Emergency art exhibition showcasing local artists' sketches, paintings, photos and poems that they submitted throughout October.
The exhibition was at the Dacorum Creatives Gallery in the Marlowes Shopping Centre, Hemel Hempstead. If you did not make it to the exhibition, you can take a look at the wonderful range of inspirational artwork here: Virtual Climate and Ecological Emergency Art Exhibition (PDF 11MB).
The exhibition was held in partnership with Herts Visual Arts and 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.
On Wednesday 3 November 2021, Dacorum Climate Action Network held its first annual event, to coincide with COP26 - the global climate change conference.
The event had a diverse range of speakers and stall holders, ranging from small local groups to national organisations. They discussed what action is happening locally to tackle the Climate and Ecological Emergency, and how people can get involved. Around 130 people attended the event, which was held in person, as well as being streamed so that people could watch online.
Physical attendees were able to network with others, enjoy the plant-based buffet, make pledges to help reduce their carbon footprint, and get a first glimpse of the artwork submitted for the Climate and Ecological Emergency Exhibition.
Read more about the event, or watch recordings of the speakers. Official photos from the night can be found on the Dacorum CAN Facebook page, and you can also view the speakers' presentation slides:
Dacorum Climate Action Network annual event - presentation slides (PDF 11MB).
We want to showcase individuals and organisations who are working hard within the borough to take positive environmental actions. If that sounds like you, or someone you know, we want to know more so that we can share their story with the network.
Please email email@example.com with details.
If you have a specific query or have any suggestions about how Dacorum CAN could be improved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.