Footpaths__routes to a greener life

North Wales



Gogledd Cymru

An image of the Quakers' bi-lingual symbol.

Economic Justice Group

This is a ‘community carbon reduction’ programme of seven workshops developed by Transition Leicester to support people to use less carbon and reduce their impact on the environment. Topics include climate change, home energy, waste and water, consumerism, food, transport, reflections and the future, based on a Handbook. We are supported by Quaker Peace and Social Witness.

As a follow-up to the group work in Wrexham, we are hoping to recruit new groups at Bangor and Colwyn Bay including people from the wider community, and to arrange shorter versions of the programme.  We also aim to network more widely and have been asked to give talks about Footpaths issues to several groups including ‘Sustainable Denbighshire’, and hope to write articles on key sustainability themes. 

Martin Hughes and David Mellor (26.02.17)


Transition Network

‘Transition is a movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world’.  Transition is a movement that has been growing since 2005.  It is about communities stepping up to address the big challenges they face by starting local.  They seek to nurture a caring culture, one focused on supporting each other, both as groups or as wider communities. In practice, they are reclaiming the economy, sparking entrepreneurship, reimagining work, reskilling themselves and weaving webs of connection and support. 

‘It’s an approach that has spread now to over 50 countries, in thousands of groups: in towns, villages, cities, Universities, schools.  One of the key ways it spreads is through telling inspiring stories, and that’s what we aim to do on this website.  We really hope you feel inspired to take part, we’d be honoured if you did.

See also: Essential Guide to doing Transition

There are three ‘Transition Town’ initiatives in North Wales:

  • Golygfa Gwydyr (Llanwrst): website suggests that they have resources and are active (the most developed of the three) ‘A community group set up and/or facilitate community initiatives, clubs and events. Our aims are to challenge social isolation and economic stagnation in our rural town, whilst promoting environmental awareness, and personal and community well-being and resilience’
  • St Asaph:‘To help educate our fellow citizens on what can be done to negate the  threats of peak oil, climate change and the economic downturn’
  • Holywell: ‘A proactive environmental organisation promoting community spirit and stronger friendlier neighbourhoods’


  • Are you concerned about climate change?
  • Do you want to cut your carbon emissions and help others too?

Footpaths is the community carbon footprint reduction programme of seven workshops developed by Transition Leicester, now being run in North Wales with the support of Quakers.

Places are available on study groups of 6-10 people who want to reduce the amount of carbon they use in their daily lives and to reduce their impact on the environment. Each study group is made up of 6-10 people taking part in seven workshops at 2-3 week intervals, covering the topics of: Climate Change; Home Energy; Waste and Water; Consumerism; Food; Transport; Reflections and the Future. The programme focuses on raising awareness and thinking about our needs and lifestyles, and how to meet them in a low carbon way. Over 30 groups have been run in Leicester and research shows that participants have reduced their carbon impact by 20%.

The Footpaths handbook (£10 refundable if returned in good condition) sets out the design of sessions, including exercises, games, discussions, calculation of our ‘footprints’, and homework. The group will support its members to make life style and behaviour changes; there is plenty of evidence that people can be helped to make what can be difficult changes in their lives if they can do so with the support and involvement of others.

'I had made quite a lot of changes to reduce my carbon footprint and then got a bit stuck and discouraged. Footpaths gave me time with other people who thought that this stuff matters and gave me the encouragement and energy to carry on reducing my footprint.' – Tamar

Please let us know if you would like to join a group or have more information. The next group will start as soon as we have enough enrolments.

The programme of workshops is free.

To register your interest, please contact either of the co-facilitators:

Martin Hughes martinhughes

01766 780540

07707 112649

David Mellor dvmellor20022

01492 548476

07940 522950