More power to you: how we can all help to make a change

As this chapter of Reasons to be Cheerful almost draws to a close we wanted to leave you feeling motivated and inspired to take action on the things you care most about, from climate change to inequality. Feeling disempowered and frustrated with the state of the world? Our three guests are here to tell you why doing your bit can be joyful, fun and might just restore your faith in humanity a little bit! We hear from Froi Legaspi from Citizens UK who tells us about his journey into community organising, from Emily Bolton who's working with Grimsby Football Club to build a more optimistic future for the town, and to Dan McCallum, who back in 1998 started an energy co-op in Wales that's now the biggest rooftop solar co-op in the UK.

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Froi Legaspi, Senior Organiser, Citizens UK (@FroilanLegaspi @CitizensUK)

Emily Bolton, Founder, Our Future (@EmilyJBolton_ / @OurFutureGY)

Dan McCallum, Co-Founder & Manager, Awel Aman Tawe (@AwelAmanTawe)

More information

Check out the work of Citizens UK including their local chapters

Read more about the work of Our Future and of Awel Aman Tawe

Want to set up your own project? Go to Community Energy EnglandWales & Scotland

Dan also mentioned Energy4All

Learn more about the work of We're Right Here, the campaign for a Community Power Act and of Locality

UCL's Policy Lab is undertaking a new project called Ordinary Hope, find out more here

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