Inaugural meeting of Climate Action Fund Advisory Panel

Following the recent launch of the £100m Climate Action Fund, The National Lottery Community Fund has brought together an advisory panel to support and challenge the Fund as it develops the Climate Action Fund. 

The meeting takes place as people across the world are joining up through initiatives such as the Global Climate Strikes, World Environmental Health Day on 26 September and as the UK marks Recycling Week (23-28 September).

The Climate Action Fund has a bold ambition to build a network of people and communities to drive change that will ultimately reduce carbon emissions within and beyond these communities. The fund will support people and communities to act, come together so that local action is supported by, and in turn re-enforces, wider change.

The advisory panel is drawn from a wide constituency including young climate activists, academics, funders, community and environmental groups. They will support the National Lottery Community Fund by sharing their experience and expertise and explore ways to link up and build on what’s already happening.

Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Community Fund, said:

“This is another step forward in our climate action journey at the National Lottery Community Fund. We are delighted to be able to call on talented committed individuals to help us as we build our £100m Climate Action Fund to help communities take action to address the climate emergency and to build community momentum across the UK. Thanks to National Lottery Players we hope to make a sustained contribution to addressing the threat of climate change to communities.”

Members of the advisory panel, who had their first meeting last week, are:

  • Tony Burton, Chair of Climate Action Fund Advisory Panel and Vice-Chair of The National Lottery Community Fund
  • Maria Adebowale-Schwarte, Executive Director at Foundation for Future London
  • Xavier Brice, CEO of Sustrans
  • Sepi Golzari-Munro, Deputy Director at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit
  • Ummi Hoque, student climate activist
  • Noga Levy-Rapoport, student climate activist
  • Caroline Mason, CEO of Esmee Fairbairn
  • Dr Afsheen Rashid MBE, Chief Operations Officer at Repowering London
  • Trewin Restorick, CEO of Hubub
  • Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful
  • Beccy Speight, CEO of the RSPB
  • Professor Rebecca Willis, research focus of environment, climate and energy policy

Tony Burton, Chair of the Climate Action Fund Advisory Panel, said:

“The Climate Action Fund provides the opportunity for communities across the UK to make a difference and build a network to tackle the climate crisis. We are delighted to have such a talented and diverse group of advisors to ensure we make a lasting impact where it matters most.”

The National Lottery Community Fund, the UK’s largest funder of community activity, is currently gathering information about what local community-led climate action projects are already happening or being developed across the UK, as part of the Climate Action Fund. Applications for the fund will open in Autumn 2019.

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