Climate change impacts on all of us and we need collective action to tackle it. Communities across Scotland have a crucial role to play.
If your community-led organisation wants to run a project that tackles climate change through reducing local carbon emissions, the Climate Challenge Fund could help.
Community-led action on climate change
Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) projects aim to reduce local carbon emissions, helping to tackle climate change while improving their communities.
Projects awarded CCF funding have reduced local carbon emissions through energy efficiency improvements to community owned buildings, home energy efficiency advice, lower carbon travel options, community growing initiatives and schemes to tackle waste.
In addition to tackling climate change, CCF projects have improved local facilities and provided employment, training and volunteering opportunities. Projects have also brought communities together, tackled issues such as fuel poverty and improved health and wellbeing.
Climate Challenge Fund
This film, produced by the Scottish Government in 2014, shows how five projects funded by the Climate Challenge Fund took action on climate change in their local area.
Impacts and causes of climate change
Climate change will impact on all of us. In Scotland we expect more extreme weather events, wetter winters and drier summers. This will increase flooding and damage to infrastructure.
Worldwide, we expect more unpredictable and changing weather patterns resulting in droughts, flooding and disruption to ecosystems. This will affect global food and water supply, the livelihoods of millions and will result in climate refugees. Worldwide, glaciers and ice sheets are melting and sea levels are rising. Many coastal cities and whole islands are at risk of being flooded by the rise in sea levels.
Our planet is surrounded by a blanket of 'greenhouse gases' in the atmosphere. These greenhouse gases have kept our planet warm enough to sustain life. Scientific evidence is clear that human activities have increased this blanket of greenhouse gases, causing our planet to heat up which in turn is leading to changes in our climate. We all produce greenhouse gases (known as our carbon footprint) in many ways, including how we heat and light our homes, the way we travel and produce food and how we dispose of our waste.
Climate Change: A guide from Keep Scotland Beautiful
If we all work together to reduce our carbon footprints we can help to tackle climate change. Our short film explains more.
We are pleased to offer many free opportunities through the Climate Challenge Fund, where community-group members and individuals can learn more about the causes and impacts climate change, plus way to tackle it.