On Saturday 9th September 2023, more than 250 people, including representatives from more than 100 Dorset based organisations, came together at the UK's first ever community-led Conference of the Parties (COP). While this event does not have the decision-making power of the global events, speakers, workshop facilitators and attendees explored where and how Dorset's citizens can take action, including how we can demand action from our leaders on the climate and ecological emergency. You can see some of the feedback received below.
Currently this website mostly reflects the pre-event organising, however, over the coming months, watch out for updates with comments, photographs and videos of the event, and news on Dorset COP 2024!
Anyone, attendees or not, can commit to action by signing the Declaration and submitting a Pledge.
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"There were loads of powerful, inspiring addresses, some extremely moving, some hard to hear, some very positive. There was an excellent mix of environmental campaigners from all spheres, from UN policy advisors to grass roots street protesters - every single person is of value to the most important issue of climate and biodiversity breakdown…"
"We are deeply grateful for all the amazing speakers, the brilliant ongoing projects and for the collaborative team who have worked so hard for a year or so to put this altogether so wonderfully."
"Yesterday's event was fabulous. Meticulously organised, smoothly and professionally run, jam-packed with interesting speakers and discussions. An absolute 11/10, well done"
Dorset COP (Conference of the Parties) is Dorset’s very own opportunity for the community to have its say on the climate and ecological crises. By bringing together a wide cross section of community-based groups from across the county we hope to raise awareness of the need and desire to act locally, in a way that puts people at the heart of decisions and is socially just.
By connecting a diverse range of groups, committed to a common cause (“The Declaration” see below), it aims to both raise awareness among our leaders of the scale of support for action across the county and forge even greater links between those already leading, creating, designing and implementing community-based solutions. It is hoped this will enhance and support the network of community-based environmental and climate-change organisations in Dorset and that this networking event will become an annual event.
Many are now familiar with the term ‘COP’ after COP26 in Glasgow, COP27 in Egypt and the nature summit, COP15, held in Montreal in December 2022. This is Dorset’s own version – a ‘Conference of the Parties’ to which organisations are invited to play their part. Like the UN COPs, it not only focuses on the core actions required on climate and the environment, such as energy, transport and land use, but also on all the associated issues around what we eat, the state of our oceans and how we deal with climate justice and what we can do individually and collectively to make a difference. Unlike the UN COPs this one is led by the community.
The event will take place on Saturday 9th September 2023 at Corn Exchange, Dorchester from 9.30 – 17.00 (registration from 9.00)
Information on the location and accessibility can be found at:
The organisers and supporting partners have all contributed funds and / or services of commercial value to enable the event to take place.
Attendees are also being asked for a nominal contribution to secure their places and help cover costs.
In the event surplus funds are generated they will be used to help organise follow up events.
The event is being organised and structured to:
· Provide an opportunity for community-led groups to inspire each other, share experiences and build networks; ultimately creating beneficial impacts for all Dorset citizens.
· Demonstrate the depth of community commitment to tackling the crises to spur both Councils and other stakeholders to accelerate leadership and action across their spheres of control and influence.
· Provide a forum for community-led groups to share and promote a common vision to tackling the crises through a Dorset wide declaration.