Event Ideas & Resources

Ideas and Resources for Your Community Event


We want you to feel confident that you can provide up-to-date guidance and advice for those around you wanting to take action on climate change. Our national partners are here to help with ideas, activities and resources on green topics for your events. 

Contact the Climate Festival team for more information and contact details for the partners: climatefestivalscot@keepscotlandbeautiful.org.



'How To' Guide

This guide has been compiled by the Climate Festival team to help you along the way in organising your community climate event. It’s not an exhaustive guide but is intended as a framework for planning and to guide you through some of the questions you need to consider when starting out, as well as having many links to useful resources. We have tried to make it relevant to many types of groups and events, you can take what you need, and leave what you don’t!

Download Organisers Guide



Arts & Culture 

Creative Carbon Scotland work to harness the role of cultural and creative industries in achieving transformational change towards a sustainable Scotland. They have a range of resources available for greening cultural organisations and events on their website.

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland. They have a range of guides, toolkits and resources on their website that are open access. They fund Film Hub Scotland, which has members all over Scotland. You can connect to their members if you're interested in running a screening in your local area. They also run an Open Fund for individuals and organisations which supports a wide range of arts & cultural activity.

Organise a screening in your community of the new documentary Scotland: Our Climate Journey charting Scotland's inspiring progress in the fight against climate change. The film follows Scotland’s climate action to date, narrated by individuals from across the country who are on the environmental frontlines, be they leaders of industry, activists, or community organisers. To find out more, including seed funds we have available to support your screening event, please get in touch.

Climate Science 

Glasgow Science Centre is an educational charity who aim to empower people through learning and engagement with science. They have a range of digital resources linked to climate science on their digital science festival site Curious About Our Plant and on the Our World Our Impact Hub. To speak to them about supporting a community event, please contact them at cldteam@gsc.org.uk or message through @ThebothyGSC on Twitter.


Eco-Congregation Scotland is a Christian environmental charity addressing climate change and conservation. They can connect event organisers to groups in their local area in order to support event coordination (volunteers, venues).

Scottish Communities Climate Action Network (SCCAN) is a volunteer run, Scotland-wide network, working to support community-led climate action. Visit their Resources page to view their members map, online workshop videos, and guidance on climate change communication. Mini grants are also available as part of their Storytellers Collective.


Community Energy Scotland is a charity that provides practical help for communities in green energy development and energy conservation. They can connect event organisers to community groups who can provide speakers. Staff members may be able to speak if they are based in the local area. You can find their community resources on their website.

Home Energy Scotland is managed by the Energy Savings Trust and funded by Scottish Government. They help people in Scotland create warmer homes, reduce their energy bills, and lower their carbon footprint. They have workshop materials available on energy efficiency, water saving, love food; hate waste, sustainable transport and discovering renewables. They can tailor workshop content on request.

Scottish Water is a public body who look after all things water in Scotland. Home Energy Scotland deliver their resources: workshops, water efficiency packs for events (digital brochures and videos, including accessible and sign language), water saving services and the Water Fit platform.

Nature & Biodiversity

Scottish Wildlife Trust has worked with its members, partners and supporters in pursuit of its vision of healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas for over 50 years. They have a range of resources on offer to groups, from their Learning Zone, to how-to wildlife recording. They also have a network of local groups you can connect to in order to collaborate on events.


Cycling Scotland is funded by Transport for Scotland and works to create an environment where everyone can cycle safely and easily. They work across communities, educational institutions, employers, health & social services, retailers and social housing. They run a large network of cycle training groups, and have resources available to support you starting your own group. Cycling Scotland can provide links to existing groups, knowledge & skills training, and small awards and grant funding for cycling infrastructure or running events.

Cycling UK is a UK-wide organisation. They have a map of their cycling groups on their website and connect event organisers to local groups. They also have a small grant fund of up to £800, and most excitingly, can bring a fleet of bikes to any location in Scotland!

Sustrans is the charity making it easier for people to walk, wheel and cycle. In Scotland, they support groups to implement active travel projects in the workplace, at schools and transport interchanges. They have resources on encouraging active travel on their site and a wide range of partners. Sustrans can support you delivering events in your community, from Doctor Bike sessions, maintenance classes to guided rides and kit sales. Please contact the Climate Festival team if you wish to know more. Sustrans also have two funds, the ArtRoots fund and Love your Network fund for groups that live near the National Cycle Network and want to hold events, install artwork or make network improvements.


Circular Communities Scotland are a charity encouraging reuse, repair and recycling in communities. They can connect communities with local member groups to provide speakers for events, their member map is available on their website.

Zero Waste Scotland is a Scottish Government body working on waste, consumption, responsible production, circular economy. They run a range of campaigns and have resources (such as presentations) to share with groups. They have an employee who is happy to give talks at Climate Festival events, as requested by community groups.



Keep Scotland Beautiful Activities and Resources


Help Clean Up Scotland

We can all do our bit to help Clean Up Scotland. Whether you are an individual, member of a community or a school, find out how you can help tackle litter. We have pulled together a Clean Up Scotland supporters pack which highlights a list of things you can do as an individual or community group to tackle litter in your community.

In 2022 #SpringCleanScotland will take place from 21 March to 21 April, supporting the Great British Spring Clean. Head over to our Clean Up Scotland members site to register your events and plans. 


Climate and Nature Friendly Activities

Ensure your activities are ‘climate and nature friendly’, whether that be creating your own compost, planting for pollinators, litter picking, collecting rainwater, encouraging people to walk or cycle to your site, protecting and enhancing your ‘green and blue’ spaces such as your parks and beaches, or by sharing recipes and encouraging people to grow their own. View the Climate and Nature Friendly Activities


Climate Emergency Training

Do you want to understand more about the climate emergency that we face whilst also learning about the actions you can take to make a positive difference? View our Climate Emergency Training resources.


One Planet Picnic

Make environmentally-friendly food and drink choices for your events!. Look at the step-by-step guide for inspiration and ideas. Register your One Planet Picnic to receive a support pack.


Upstream Battle

Upstream Battle works to tackle litter and waste across Scotland. You can get involved in their citizen science initiative and read about their work with schools and anchor groups.


Community Climate Action Plans

The Community Climate Action Plans project is a free package of support to help several communities across Scotland to develop their own Community Climate Action Plan. Workshop resources from this project can be shared with community groups interested in running similar events, or you can apply to be on the project itself! Read more about the Climate Action Plans project.



Explore hundreds of webinars and community resources on our KSBScotland YouTube channel.



Climate Challenge Fund Resources


Climate Change Guide

We have a Guide to Climate Change which covers causes and impacts climate change, plus ways to help tackle the climate emergency. View a print ready version of the leaflet.


Carbon Literacy Guide

Our comprehensive Carbon Literacy Guide aims to inform and motivate its readers to take action to reduce carbon emissions, with a specific focus on those who are designing a community-led carbon reduction project.

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