Learning from previous gatherings

Here we share further learning and experience on tackling climate change from gatherings of the CCF Community over the last four years.

In the last four years over 2,000 representatives from community-led organisations have attended CCF events including the annual CCF Gathering, networking events and training sessions.

Events have seen a wide range of attendees keen to learn and share including CCF grant recipients, local community-led organisations, interested individuals, national organisations, NGO's and the Scottish Government.

We are delighted to share this learning - and celebrate achievements - in the form of recorded content from the CCF Gathering and films from networking events.

2019 Gathering

The event took place at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. It provided networking opportunities and the chance for sharing learning from across the CCF Community. One of the highlights of the event was the Climate Heroes session, where we heard inspiring stories of climate action from volunteers at CCF projects.

Climate Heroes

One of the highlights of the Gathering was speaking with volunteers at CCF projects who had been commended in the new Climate Hero Awards. Find out more about the Climate Heroes here.

Creative Arts and Climate workshop

How can community groups harness the power of art, photography, dance, drama, writing, film and other creative arts to communicate and encourage change? In this recorded workshop session Creative Carbon Scotland share ideas and examples and guide you through a process of thinking about how you could use these tools in your own context.

'Let's Go' - film screening and discussion

Watch the first half of this short film made with the local community of Govanhill to celebrate Bike for Good’s VeloCommunities CCF project and the amazing stories of people taking action on climate change at a local level. Following the film, a discussion took place with representatives of Bike for Good and Creative Carbon Scotland. Watch the full film here.

Ministerial address

We were delighted to have Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham provide a keynote address at the Gathering.

Jess Pepper and the Climate Reality Project

We were very pleased to hear from Jess Pepper, Climate Reality Leader and Mentor. Find out more about the Climate Reality Project here.


2018 Gathering

The conference took place at Perth Concert Hall and event celebrated a decade of the CCF, with a variety of learning and networking opportunities.

Conference film

We asked a variety of attendees for their views on the event.

Celebrating success

Bike for Good were the recipient of the 1,000th CCF Grant award for their VeloCommunities project. This session introduced how Creative Carbon Scotland were working with Bike for Good to document the VeloCommunities project and contribute to its activities that aim to widen access to cycling and help Glasgow to become a more sustainable city.

Ministerial address

We were delighted that Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment, Mairi Gougeon provided a keynote address at the event.

A Decade of CCF

This session commenced with the premiere of a short film in which a variety of CCF Community representatives voiced their thoughts on the past decade of the CCF. The film was used as the starting point for a panel discussion which brought together members of the CCF Community to discuss their highlights of the CCF, in addition to identifying challenges and hopes for the future.


The Carbon Literacy Guide

The Carbon Literacy Guide is designed to inform and motivate its readers to take action to reduce carbon emissions, with a specific focus on those who are designing or running a community-led carbon reduction project. This workshop gave an overview of the guide.

2018 Themed Gatherings

Themed Gatherings film

The Themed Gatherings brought together community organisations from across Scotland working to reduce carbon emissions in their areas. Four events covered energy, food, waste and transport in a series of interesting and inspiring days.


2017 Gathering

The conference took place at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh and was themed on collaboration.

Conference film

We asked attendees at the Gathering for their views about the event.

Welcome and Ministerial address

Elizabeth Leighton, CCF Gathering Chair, provided an introduction to the conference and the inspiring keynote address by Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.


Climate Snapshots

The Climate Snapshots showcased and celebrated how CCF projects work collaboratively, link up with agencies, mentor each other, develop partnerships to be more effective and share knowledge and resources. A panel discussion followed, with questions welcomed from the floor.

Dave Coleman, The Carbon Literacy Project

Dave Coleman is Managing Director of The Carbon Literacy Project. His afternoon plenary address at the CCF Gathering included more about The Carbon Literacy Project and ways in which people in a variety of countries have used the training to make links between their own lives and practical action on climate change.

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