Our current list of topic articles is in the right hand column below. Browsing the list can help give a picture of what we mean by sustainability here.

An example of a fairly extensively developed CASwiki topic article is Food activism, but of course topic articles can be started off with just a few items of relevant information.

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The information in the pages featured here is about topics from an international, global or generic perspective. The vast majority of the information about topics in CASwiki is location specific.

Share information about Topics by place[edit | edit source]

You can view or share location specific information about topics of community action for sustainability via any of CASwiki's location pages

Guidelines for topic articles or content[edit | edit source]

If you have any comments or concerns about these guidelines you are welcome to add these to the talk page.

The main focus here is on what community groups can do, topics geared toward action - community action, and not for example inward looking concerns of local government or action only for specialists.

Community action for sustainability topic articles can include the following elements:

  • Why the topic matters, works well as introductory text without a separate heading
  • Action ideas - what community groups can do
  • Brief introductory summaries of action ideas
  • Resources (specific to the topic), including links to more extensive information, video, maps, infographics, apps for sustainability, social media links, research, funding information, etc.
  • News and comment, or timeline information. Brief or headline type summaries with links to sources.
  • Introductions to broad solutions (if you want to add in something more extensive this can be in a separate linked (forked) article)
  • Introductions to major aspects, issues or concerns
  • Events, but please bear in mind that these should be only those that are likely to be of interest to community groups or active citizens interested in community action for sustainability. Ordinarily they should only be free or low cost events.

There are many overlaps so some action ideas can appear in more than one article.

Genesis of the topic list[edit | edit source]

Most of the topics reflect issues of concern and importance common to community groups that were involved in drawing up Local Agenda 21 action plans across the UK, (mostly this happened during the late 1990's). A few more recently emerging topics such as Sharing, have been added to the list reflecting the growing interest in these topics amongst currently active sustainability groups, initiatives and projects.

'Pinned' topics[edit | edit source]

3 topics 'pinned' (at top of listings), for example in topic listings on place pages:

Community involvement

"In democratic countries knowledge of how to combine is the mother of all other forms of knowledge; on its progress depends that of all the others. Alexis de Tocqueville

Deep democracy, with rich and varied opportunities for involvement and participation is central to the Health and wellbeing of citizens and communities, the Good Society, Sustainability and our efforts to respond adequately to Climate change

Climate action

We all have a part to play in the fair and equitable transition to a post carbon society and a post carbon world.


Equally we all have something to offer and much to gain, from playing our part in our reconnection with, restoration of, and the eventual thriving again of the wonders of the natural world.

Joined-up solutions[edit | edit source]

Ordinary people and community groups are often better able to see the whole picture, especially at local level, than bureaucrats and politicians, ("the left-hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing" is a not unfamilar refrain).

The topics are various aspects of quality of life or well-being - environmental, social and economic. One of the advantages of bringing all the topics together in one place is that linkages between them can be brought out. Sustainability encourages us to see the bigger picture and how many quality of life concerns and challenges are in fact integrated. "Joined-up problems need joined-up solutions"

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Why grow community action for sustainability?[edit source]

Help out with what interests you most

As and when you can, and always at your own pace. Help by linking things up, checking for updates, checking external links, spelling and punctuation.

Experiment, test things out. Most of all - Enjoy, have fun !! - and please contribute something.

“Everyone brings their crumbs of knowledge to the task and if they don’t, we’re the lesser for it.” Sue Gardner, Wikimedia Foundation

Wanted pages[edit | edit source]

Stubs[edit | edit source]

Edits to help us develop this article for example, especially from a majority world perspective would be particularly welcome': Rural sustainability

Quotes[edit | edit source]

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"For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create." Albert Einstein

...more quotes

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