Climate Action Week 2023

Timed with the Scottish Government’s Climate Week, this year's Climate Action Week focuses on examples of the people and actions that are helping us move towards becoming a net zero nation with restored biodiversity by 2045.


We are grateful to our partners from the Scottish Government, Scottish Book TrustRoyal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS)and Forth Valley College for their support



Activity for the week:

This year we would like to invite pupils from all years to work in groups or as a class, and to imagine and design how their nursery, school or community will look in 2045, when we become a net zero nation with restored and enhanced biodiversity and ecosystems.

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All posters and work will be displayed as part of the assembly and shared as young people’s vision of the future with our First Minister.


Early Years to P3

Author and illustrator Mariajo Ilustrajo reads her book Flooded, a beautiful book that introduces concepts about climate change and focuses on the importance of working together and building strong communities.

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P4 to S2

A series of interactive lessons, inspiring stories and activities about Scotland's ambition to reach Net Zero by 2045 and what we can do to help. 

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Lesson One: Your Voice is Powerful

Author and illustrator Emma Reynolds discusses the power of community and the importance of artists to transform society by introducing her latest book Drawn to Change The World: 16 Youth Climate Activists, 16 Artists, and through examples and stories from young people shaping change.


Lesson Two: Nature's Engineers

Reaching Net Zero will involve a lot of engineering. But not just human!  Thanks to RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Lesson Two introduces us to nature’s own engineers and why we should make sure they thrive. 


Lesson Three: What is Net Zero?

An exploration of climate change, what net zero means, and what is currently happening in Scotland that is allowing us to move towards that target.

Note: The 85% figure given for renewable electricity usage is an equivalent. Here is further information from the Scottish Government.


Lesson Four: What is Already Happening?

Reaching net zero emissions by 2024 sounds a long way away, but needs us all to start working now. Thanks to Forth Valley College, Lesson Four is an opportunity to learn about inspiring and exciting examples of what is happening already, and to use our own creativity to move towards a sustainable future.


Live Assembly

We're joined by Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Net Zero & Just Transition Màiri McAllan from St Bernard's Primary School. Plus a recap of this week's lessons, a quiz to see how much you've learned, and a showcase of pupils' work.


Q&A With Cabinet Secretary Màiri McAllan

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Net Zero & Just Transition Màiri McAllan answers pupils' questions about climate change and the Scottish Government's plans for the transition to Net Zero.

Our School and Community by 2045

This year’s Climate Action Week focused on positive and inspiring examples of people, actions and nature-based solutions that are helping us move towards becoming a net zero nation with restored biodiversity by 2045. As part of the week's activities, we invited pupils to dream big and imagine what our places should look like by 2045. Pupils from across Scotland sent us posters showing their visions for the future. Here is what they created!

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Extra Learning: Climate Action in Sport

Our National Conversation on Climate Action in Sport is a one-hour online discussion of ongoing climate action in Scotland's sport sector and beyond and how sport can use its platform to encourage wider environmental awareness. 

Featuring: Key note address from Maree Todd Minister for Social Care, Mental Wellbeing and Sport with panellists Hearts Women and New Zealand international Katie Rood, Jim Crawford and Keith Lasley of St Mirren and Calvin Cox, rugby player and RBS youth ambassador for Aberdeenshire RFC (ARFC).


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