Image credit: Transition Together

Don’t Pay UK have rightly gained a lot of support for their campaign against soaring domestic energy costs, providing backing to people taking action by refusing to pay their energy bills. Whatever you may think of them, Just Stop Oil have captured the headlines with their ongoing series of actions ranging from spraying an Aston Martin showroom window with orange paint through to the two activists who for a few days, occupied the towers on the QE2 Bridge between Essex and Kent.

What we’ve always been interested here at Grassroots Alternatives is neighbourhood level action that actually makes a difference and improves peoples lives. Which is why we found the piece below from Transition Together useful and inspiring because it offers practical solutions to the problems we face with the rising cost of energy:

Set up a power station; retrofit a neighbourhood – Communities tackling the energy crisis

AS ENERGY costs spiral out of control, an extra pair of woolly socks or drawing the curtains just doesn’t seem an adequate response.

Newspapers and social media are awash with top tips for cost cutting, but there’s another way of looking at it. What if, instead of putting the pressure on each person, we explored what communities can do together to get through this and be stronger in future crises?

After all, the cost of living crisis has complex and systemic causes – it should not be left to individuals to solve it for themselves. Governments need to act, and many are calling for measures from policy-makers to ensure no one goes cold and hungry in one of the wealthiest countries on earth, and to address the root causes of the crises we face, so we are more resilient to future shocks. Warmer this Winter, End Fuel Poverty Coalition, Energy for All and Enough is Enough are among those which have recently sprung up.

Meanwhile, we don’t have to sit passively by and wait for solutions to come from above. We can go beyond personal action to come together in our community to make the Transitions needed. And we can learn from other places already finding new, practical ways to respond and make a concrete difference to people’s lives.

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