The annual Climate Challenge Fund Gathering celebrates and showcases the significant efforts of Scotland’s communities in contributing towards Scotland’s efforts to build a lower carbon future.
We organise the annual Gathering as part of our management of the CCF on behalf of the Scottish Government and the 2016 event #ccfcommunity took place on 4 October 2016 at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.
As well as showcasing the contributions of Scotland’s communities to build a lower carbon future, the event provides opportunities for CCF grant recipients to make new connections to support them in their climate change action.
We were pleased to welcome keynote addresses from Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP and George Marshall, Director of Projects at Climate Outreach.
This year the main conference was preceded by a climate change exhibition at Dynamic Earth which was open to the public from 1-3 October. The exhibition formed the marketplace of the Gathering to.
You can catch up with all main sessions from the Conference through our online videos from the webcast that was streamed live on the day.
Conference Welcomes and Journey to a Low Carbon Scotland
Watch welcomes to the conference from David Gunn, Manager of the Climate Challenge Fund and Chair of the event, Elizabeth Leighton.
Professional Storytellers Alette Willis and Daniel Serridge then present a vision of a Low Carbon Scotland and tell a story of how Scottish communities might play a role in its creation.
Watch six community groups present for six minutes on their completed Climate Challenge Fund project followed by a community panel discussion.
Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP
George Marshall, Director of Projects at Climate Outreach.
A Sustainable Conference
We encouraged sustainable travel to the venue, promoting the choices available.
Our menu for the day focused on vegetarian Scottish, seasonal produce and we published the origin of the food. You can see the full menu on page 15 of our Conference Programme. Takeaway cartons were be provided to help minimise food waste.
We recorded travel to the event and also worked with the venue to who recorded waste.
Through our administration, outreach and procurement, we aim to support and promote the ethos of the Climate Challenge Fund fund by helping to improve the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of communities. You can read more in our case study.