Climate Challenge Fund Projects
Projects led by and involving young people ,funded through the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund are helping their communities reduce carbon footprints and tackle climate change. Projects cover various topics including travel.
UPower is a project managed by a youth panel and supported by Rural and Urban Training Scheme Ltd (RUTS). The project is working with primary and secondary schools, youth groups and community groups in Midlothian to promote lower carbon behaviour such as cycling instead of car use and includes activities such as bike skills training and bike maintenance sessions. As well as helping to tackle climate change through reducing local carbon emissions the project will help provide health benefits as people cycle more and increase their consumption of fresh, local produce.
You can find out more about the project in our video.
There are many Climate Challenge Fund projects across Scotland. If you want to learn some new skills that also help to reduce local carbon emissions why find your local project?
Take The Pledge
Will your youth-led group or school Pledge to take action on climate change?
A number of youth-led groups SCHOOLS across Scotland have already taken Scotland's Climate Change Pledge for Communities. These include Methilhill Community Children’s Initiative in Fife and Students' Association University of the West of Scotland (SAUWS) in Renfrewshire.
Jack Douglas, SAUWS President 2014-15 said:
"At SAUWS we are incredibly happy to sign this pledge and are committed to its aim. We believe that our society's future depends on a healthy and productive environment and this is why cutting carbon emissions should be one of the many things we do to contribute towards this"
Keep Scotland Beautiful has developed an online Pledge signup, plus workshop resources to help those signing the Pledge learn more about climate change. All groups taking the Pledge will be posted a personalised A3 certificate and are encouraged to submit a photograph of them holding their Pledge.
Take the Pledge online and read more at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/takethepledge
Make your own Greener Plan
You can create your own Greener Plan on the website . You can choose green goals, track your achievements and do your bit to help create a cleaner, greener Scotland.
Make your Greener Plan at www.greenerscotland.org/my-greener-plan
Young Scot Low Carbon Rewards
-There are also Low Carbon Rewards points up for grabs through viewing our JCCF films ADD LINK.
The Young Scot Rewards website has further details.
Young Reporters Scotland
Young Reporters Scotland (YRS) is a sustainable development initiative aimed at young people interested in a career in media. It is an opportunity for young people to build their skills and experience in journalism and be part of an international group of young people producing creative solutions to issues within their communities
Why not enter the 2015 national competition and submit a piece of journalism which focuses on climate change or actions that you've taken to tackle it? You can be as creative as you like with entries accepted in the form of an article or blog; videos or animations; photographs or a series of photographs.
More information can be found at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/yrs
The 2050 Climate Group
A collection of young professionals aged 18-30 across Scotland who all share a commitment to actively engage in climate change adaptation and mitigation to help Scotland transition to a low carbon economy and significantly cut carbon emissions by the target years of 2020 and 2050.
2020 is only 6 years away. Drastic cuts have already been made by businesses and institutions across the country, and now the 2050 Climate Group feel it should be their responsibility to help continue the transition and achieve our goals. 2050 starts now.
The 2050 Group are committing themselves now to lead the change, to inspire and be inspired by others and to start a movement of passionate, like-minded individuals who want to ensure a sustainable future beyond 2050.
Why not join the Eco-Commitee at your school?
The Eco-Committee has tasks that include ensuring that the whole school is aware of the Eco-Schools programme. Eco-Schools is an international initiative designed to encourage whole-school community action on Learning for Sustainability.
P1 and P2 pupils at Auchtermuchty Primary School in Fife take it in turns to attend their Eco Committee meetings. They're supported by older pupils during the meetings and when they feedback to their classes.
One Planet Picnic
A One Planet Picnic is a picnic that is good for you and good for the planet. Taste and share some fabulous food experiences and memories through One Planet Picnic.
Food and climate change are closely linked so why not organise a low carbon picnic? Choose local
products and in season fruit and vegetables to reduce food miles. Try to select foods with the least packaging and plan to not waste any food.
Registering your One Planet Picnic enters you into the Keep Scotland Beautiful prize draw.
Register your One Planet Picnic here