Community Leader Climate Programme

Climate change will have a significant impact on Scotland’s communities over the next 10 years.

Changing weather patterns and sea level rise will put pressure on the natural environment that we all depend on as well as on critical infrastructure such as energy networks, water supply, transport and buildings.

Scotland's plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will also bring significant changes to many core areas of our lives; from the way we travel to the food we eat, from the buildings we live in, to the jobs we do.  

There will be risks for communities to manage, but also significant opportunities to exploit. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions could lead to cleaner air, less congested streets, better public transport, reduced commuting, an end to fuel poverty, healthier food, richer wildlife, increased physical activity, stronger community cohesion and new business opportunities.

Through the last 12 months we have been delighted to have offered both training and support through the Community Leader Climate Programme, funded by the Scottish Government.

The Climate Emergency Training was offered as a four-week programme, equivalent to eight hours of learning. Over these four weeks we covered the basics of climate science, current and likely future impacts of climate change and what it may mean for your communities, where emissions come from, explored how to communicate climate change and ways to encourage others to take steps to reduce their carbon footprint.

There were four modules to the course which was delivered via a series of video guides, live webinars, online activities, and quizzes. We used Google Classrooms for much of the content and Zoom for the live webinars.

Anyone from a community-led organisation in Scotland who is interested in taking action on climate change could register for the training, apart from those who had already undertaken Carbon Literacy for Communities training through the Climate Challenge Fund.

The Community Leader Climate Programme is free and will give you an understanding of the Climate Emergency and its implications for communities. Completing this programme will equip you to help your community navigate the challenges and opportunities ahead and to play a positive role in Scotland’s journey to a low carbon future.

Alastair Seaman, Climate Change Manager, Keep Scotland Beautiful

The course was accredited by the award winning Carbon Literacy Project in Manchester. Carbon Literacy means having an instinctive understanding of the carbon impacts of our activities, and being able to make informed choices about the most energy and resource efficient and lower carbon options available to us.

Participants who successfully completed the training could gain official accreditation through our partnership with the Carbon Literacy Project.

In 2021 we also delivered a Carbon Literacy for Community Leaders ‘train the trainer’ course. This three-week online learning course, equivalent to 12 hours of learning course, helped to equip attendees with the skills and knowledge to deliver Carbon Literacy training online and face-to-face.

The Community Leader Climate Programme is funded by the Scottish Government. Training through this programme has now concluded for 2020/21.

More information on our Climate Emergency Training opportunities can be viewed here.


Find out more and book

Book your space for Climate Emergency Training for Community Leaders here.

Book your space for the Carbon Literacy for Community Leaders ‘train the trainer’ course here.

Please contact Claire Gibson claire.gibson@keepscotlandbeautiful.org for any queries.

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