Barriers and Opportunities

Barriers and ways to overcome them

Transitioning to a climate-wise future is essential for everyone. Momentum is growing with innovation, investments and opportunities.
We’ve listed typical barriers and ways that all associations, members, volunteers and committees can make progress.
Pick the approaches that will work best for you:
  • Think big, start small: Set long-term climate change goals for your association or field, and work out some manageable steps toward those goals. Start with quick, easy wins
  • Weave climate change into your existing projects and initiatives rather than take on large new projects
  • Review the potential financial and other benefits of climate-wise action
  • Build strategic partnerships with leaders, willing people or key adjacent fields to tackle barriers and challenges together, share resources and best-practices, and advance innovation
  • Advocate for and leverage funding opportunities from governments and other sources
  • Seek out leading members willing to support plans and develop programs to cut emissions and climate risks
  • Make full use of the free tools on this website
  • Check out our Shining examples page for inspiration from actions already taken by associations large and small
  • People are unmotivated when they lack knowledge or a plan. Educate and engage members on emissions and climate change risks and opportunities through surveys, seminars, conferences, webinars, workshops, peer-learning forums and regular member communications
  • Amplify and celebrate leading members in climate-wise best practices creating a fear of missing out (FOMO)
  • Use climate change awards and other recognition programs to encourage participation and competition
  • Arrange guest experts presentations to your Association executive leaders and members to stimulate interest, debate and demand
  • Review the potential financial and other benefits of climate-wise action
  • Recruit sustainability champions amongst members or external champions to promote issues and solutions
  • Find common ground by highlighting the elements that everyone can get behind and support, like energy efficiency, reputation and attracting new members
  • Align the project to associationʼs vision, mission, and priorities
  • Recruit a committed member with strong links to the associationʼs executive and board to help make the case
  • Advance climate change issues where members are not competing – GHG emission reductions, for example
  • Focus on pre-competitive issues where collaboration can make a difference
  • Find common ground
  • Determine priorities based on consensus
  • Develop a list of quick-wins and easy steps to get smaller members started
  • Ask larger members to mentor smaller ones
  • Leverage the lessons and resources of other associations to build knowledge collectively, through sector-wide inter-association partnerships (e.g. across the textiles supply chain or the construction industry)

That’s what ClimateWise Associations is for. Take a while to explore this website. You’ll find  information and tips that apply no matter where you’re at. Try the Starting out page to begin with. Make it a shared task – within the association and with help from members.