Community Leader Climate Programme

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

**Update 02/03/20 - The interest in this programme has been so high that we have closed expressions of interest to host the training. We thank each and every applicant for their interest in learning more about climate change and how to help their community navigate the challenges and opportunities ahead.**

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.

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


If you can bring together more than ten people in your community who are leaders, influencers, movers and shakers – then we can give them a day of free training on the climate emergency and its implications for communities.

We need you to provide the venue and fill it with ten or more community leaders. We’ll supply the food and training. We anticipate high demand for this opportunity so contact us quickly if you are interested.

The programme is open to anyone who plays an active role in their community; formal or informal, and to people who are active in any kind of community; with examples including, but not limited to geographic, faith, sport, hobby, LGBTI and ethnic minority communities.

The training programme involves a full day of study and will be available through a mix of face-to-face workshops, evening sessions, self-study and webinars to offer flexibility and accessibility. Participants who successfully complete the training can gain official accreditation through our partnership with the Carbon Literacy Project.

Please note: The programme is for community leaders who have not undertaken Carbon Literacy for Communities training through the Climate Challenge Fund and are not currently involved with a Climate Challenge Fund project.

The Community Leader Climate Programme is funded by the Scottish Government.


Find out more 

We are no longer accepting expressions of interest to host the training, but please contact Claire Gibson claire.gibson@keepscotlandbeautiful.org or 01786 468772 if you have queries about an existing application.

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