Getting to know.....Claire Gibson

A blog post by Claire Gibson

Claire Gibson
Capacity Building Officer, Climate Challenge Fund

Posted 07/07/2020

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This is the second in our series of 'getting to know' blog posts. In these we will talk to those who work for our charity to find out a little bit more about what they do and how they came to work with us.

In this post, we meet our Capacity Building Officer, Claire Gibson.

When did you start work at Keep Scotland Beautiful, and what does your role involve?

I started working at Keep Scotland Beautiful in November 2013 as a Development Officer for the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF), which is a Scottish Government funded programme. I have always been passionate about climate change and wanted to work with an organisation that is equally passionate about the issue.

I am now the Capacity Building Officer within the Climate Change Team. Part of my role involves supporting community-led organisations, in Scotland, wishing to understand more about climate change and learn more about how to take climate action. We do this through our Carbon Literacy for Communities programme. I also train organisations funded through the CCF to help them understand how to deliver their projects.


What does your typical day look like?

Prior to Covid-19 my job took me all over Scotland to deliver our training programmes. I have been lucky to meet so many different community organisations and see and hear about the great work that they do first hand.

I have visited the amazing Western Isles several times to deliver training courses and to visit CCF projects in my previous role as Development Officer. I remember getting stuck in a traffic jam on Benbecula when I was travelling to deliver training; however, this was not any usual traffic jam. I was stuck behind a flock of sheep who refused to move!  Sheep are very stubborn when they want to be and, needless to say, it led to me being half an hour late to the training!

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed how I deliver my job. I have moved all of our training programmes online and I am helping build a network of digitally connected communities. It has been challenging at times, but it has shown me that online training and meetings can work really well – and that this must be part of the way we provide support going forward. I keep thinking about the carbon emissions saved through delivering online events, and how the training has reached people who might not have been able to attend in the past.


What are you working on right now?

In recent weeks some of my colleagues and I have been working on an online version of our Climate Emergency Training.  We have successfully developed this and we are really pleased that it has just been accredited by the award winning Carbon Literacy Project.

The online training is delivered over four weeks, which equates to eight hours of learning. The course covers the science of climate change, impacts, what actions we can take and communicating climate change.

Our first course started on 29 June and will run for four weeks.  We were delighted that it sold out within three days of being advertised, with 40 people now participating. Keep an eye out on the events section for future online Carbon Literacy courses.


What are your hopes for Scotland’s climate?

I hope that Scotland will be able to achieve its ambition of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.

Achieving this will involve input from everyone, individuals, communities, business, and government. We all need to consider how we can change our current behaviours.  Have a think about what you can change, because everything you do can and does make a difference.


How can people get in touch if they are interested in the support you offer or want to find out more?

If you want to find out if there is a CCF project in your local area check out our funded projects map, you could even contact them to find out how you can get involved.

If you would like to get in touch to find out more about our training, please contact me Claire.gibson@keepscotlandbeautiful.org or on 07514 928023


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