Julian Thompson: Community Climate Action

6 – 7.30pm

Farrell Centre

Suffolk-based Julian Thompson delivers February's open lecture as part of Farrell Centre and Newcastle University's series 'Intersections', focusing on citizen planning.

How can you take action on the climate emergency in your community right now? Systemic change is required to combat the crises we face, but this can feel like a daunting challenge. How can we make it fun (and fast)? How do we do it together? What levers are at your disposal? Come and discover the digital tools, technology and organising techniques available for you and your community to come together right now to plan and improve your environment.

At this talk, Julian ‘Joolz’ Thompson relates where and how this is growing around the country, via networks of citizens — and explains how you can join in and make a difference. 

Julian Thompson has spent 25 years in the private sector, as Managing Director and Director at a PLC (in the land and ‘prop tech’ sector), before working in the third sector for think tank Shared Assets, whose focus is common-good land use with shared benefits, creating a mapping application (Land Explorer) to support community-led development. A founder of the 10-acre Community Benefit Society iFarm in Norfolk that has also taken on the local pub as a hub for activity, he has helped to bring a community together to deliver community climate action planning (an initiative funded by the National Lottery and incubated by the Climate Majority Project). This incorporates a series of participatory workshops and deliberative democracy to create and then enact a community plan — action on housing, energy, transport, food and biodiversity increase.

Joolz is a parish councillor in Hopton cum Knettishall in Suffolk, and works for Suffolk Farming and Wildlife Group, as a Business Development Consultant, helping farmers transition to more sustainable agriculture and connecting communities with those who grow their food. He is Non-executive Director of The Great Collaboration, a toolkit designed to support council & community climate action).

The Sir Terry Farrell Building Eldon Place Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RD

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8 February 2024


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  • Thu 6 – 7.30pm
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