Youth climate action

The Climate Challenge Fund is empowering young people to take action on climate change.

The Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) has supported projects led-by and involving young people at youth groups, Student Associations and uniformed organisations, such as the scouts. These projects have reduced local carbon emissions, helping to tackle climate change.

Filmed and edited by young people during the summer of 2019, An-Dràsta! examines how the climate emergency is affecting the Western Isles. It is also a plea from our young people to protect our shared futures. The film was produced as part of the Community LED by Energy Champions project. This initiative is run by Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn and Urras Oighreachd Chàrlabhaigh and funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund, with additional support from Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Highlands & Islands Enterprise.

To continue the important involvement of young people with the CCF Grant Panel, we were been pleased to work with Young Scot who  selected and trained four young people to sit on the Panel.

We were delighted to speak with Elaine Brown from Bright Green Business at our annual CCF conference and hear about opportunities for young people in the environmental sector. We work with Bright Green Business through the CCF Recruitment Service which provides qualified interns for CCF projects.

You can find out more about some of the CCF projects led-by and involving young people in our case studies below.


Scout groups champion energy efficiency

CCF projects, such as those run by 7th Stirling (Beechwood) Scout Group and 4th West Lothian Scout Group have installed energy efficient measures to improve the energy efficiency of their Scout Halls.

The projects have included input from the scouts who have also have engaged with their communities to help people live more sustainable lives.

University moves towards low carbon living

Transition Heriot Watt has previously been awarded CCF funding to help reduce the environmental impact of everyday actions at Heriot-Watt University.

The 'Our Low Carbon Community' project included activities such as collection and redistribution of items no longer needed by students at the end of term and support for students and staff to reduce energy use and travel more sustainably.

Youth group promotes local food

The Charlie’s Plot CCF projects have been led by young people in Methilhill, Fife to grow and cook their own fruit and vegetables, learn about climate change and to share that information with their community.

Methilhill Community Children’s Initiative has been awarded CCF grants to support the young people.

Remode in Renfewshire

ReMode Renfrewshire's ReMode project has been awarded a CCF grant of £96,146* for 2018/19 to reduce textile waste through collecting unwanted items at their shop and offering a programme of hands-on workshops, learning opportunities, swishes and other clothes sharing events. *Includes maximum funding of £31,155 from the European Regional Development Fund).

Innovative approaches in the Scottish Borders

Tweeddale Youth Action, in the Scottish Borders won a Climate Challenge Fund award for their previously CCF funded 'Big Wheels Keep on Turning' project. The initiative provided innovative opportunities for young people to reduce local carbon emissions including:
-Food punks, (promotion and preparation of local food).
-Bike punks, (promotion of travel by bike over car with bike repair workshops).
-Craft punks, (repair, upcycling and exchange of textiles and other waste).

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