Charities, campaign groups, and other civil society organisations hold the key to combating climate change, according to a new report.
The publication from the Green Alliance claims that public attitudes towards measures to tackle carbon emissions must change in order to persuade the government to take steps to address the problem.
People in turn need to be mobilised by civil society organisation, the report claims.
Green Alliance director Stephen Hale said that while environmental groups have been promoting more environmentally friendly behaviour, all groups should be pushing the message.
He said: "We must unleash the full power of the sector."
Mr Hale added: "The prospect of lasting progress in these and many other areas depends to a great extent on whether and how we tackle climate change.
"The rapid growth of action by faith and development groups, trade unions and community initiatives such as transition towns, are evidence that this is beginning to happen. But far more is needed. The third sector holds the key to this....it has a historic opportunity, and responsibility, to mobilise on climate change."
Last year Department of Energy and Climate Change secretary Ed Milliband called for "popular mobilisation" to force government to take measures to combat climate change.
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