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Free Climate Emergency Training for people who live or work in Falkirk

31 March 2022

We are offering free Climate Emergency Training for people who live or work in the Falkirk Council area, until the end of June .

We're delivering the Climate Emergency Training as part of a project with Falkirk Council and Green Action Trust, called Falkirk Canal Connections. The project has received £720,120 from the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund. It is one of 477 projects supported by the UK Community Renewal Fund that were announced by the UK Government on 3 November 2021.

Working with Falkirk Council and Green Action Trust, we have developed the bespoke online workshops to help people who live or work in Falkirk develop skills and knowledge to help tackle the climate emergency.

Over two live online sessions, this introductory training will raise understanding of climate change science and how people living or working in Falkirk can use their actions and influence to respond to the climate emergency and contribute to Scotland’s journey to net zero. Local examples from across the Falkirk Council area will be highlighted in relation to the new challenges and opportunities of net zero for communities, businesses and individuals.

The course is accredited by The Carbon Literacy Project. To become Carbon Literate, participants will carry out an assessment in which they will be asked to select both an individual and a group action to reduce carbon emissions at their organisation, or within their community, demonstrating their learning and understanding of carbon emission sources and solutions. Those who pass will receive Carbon Literate certification.

Catherine Gee, Deputy Chief Executive for Keep Scotland Beautiful, said:

“We are delighted to partner with Falkirk Council and Green Action Trust through the Falkirk Canal Connections Project and offer these free Climate Emergency Training opportunities to help people living or working in the Falkirk Council area to become Carbon Literate.

“We look forward to working with people across the area and helping them embed learning and skills from Climate Emergency Training in their communities, businesses and daily lives to build a sustainable and prosperous future.”

Kenneth Lawrie, Chief Executive of Falkirk Council, said:

“Taking part in the Carbon Literacy Training was a positive, interesting and enjoyable experience. I am really pleased that this training is now been extended to communities and we all hope that goes really well. In the context of the Climate Emergency it is an essential element of ensuring that we are well equipped to collectively tackle this most fundamental of issues impacting on the long-term wellbeing of our communities.”

Emilie Wadsworth, Director of Development at the Green Action Trust, said:

“The Green Action Trust has been working with partners in Falkirk over a long period to bring about positive change through environmental regeneration. We are delighted that funding from the UK Government’s Community Renewal Fund is enabling a step change in local action on climate change as well as healthier active lives and business and community development. Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Climate Emergency Training provides a tremendous opportunity for people in the area to have a bigger say and play a bigger part in reacting to global changes and in their own lives and local environment.”

In May 2019, the Scottish Government declared a climate emergency and has pledged to drastically reduce emissions from Scotland. This will mean new legislation and technology that will bring significant changes to the way that we do life and business in Scotland.

And with the United Nations COP26 climate conference having recently taken place in Glasgow, attention is focused on climate action in Scotland and sustainability in businesses like never before.

Climate Emergency Training is a key part of Falkirk Council’s ambition to help communities, businesses and individuals to become Carbon Literate. 

Representatives of community groups, business and individuals are eligible to attend the training providing they live or work in the Falkirk Council area.

Free online training sessions in April, May and June are available to book now on Eventbrite.

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