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Scotland’s Climate Festival funds positive action

Keep Scotland Beautiful has funded 30 projects from 13 local authority areas across Scotland to support their ambitions to host a climate festival.

Since Scotland’s Climate Festival launched during COP26, just over 100 days ago, we have funded 30 projects from 13 local authority areas across Scotland, from the Highlands to the Borders, to support their ambitions to host a climate festival.

Small pots of funding, up to £500, were made available to projects across Scotland to help them inspire their communities to take action on climate change – and there is still time to apply before the deadline of 1 March.

The first project to receive funding was Falkirk Delivers to support a two-day event, Shop26, in Falkirk town centre. Since then, the seed funding has supported festivals themed around food, waste, growing, energy, travel, culture, conversations and policy.

To support local event organisers, online Festival Forum events have also taken place, bringing together projects all working to a common goal to share their experiences and learnings. 

Paul Wallace, our Campaigns and Social Innovation Manager said, “Now, more than 100 days since world leaders met to discuss climate change in Glasgow at COP26, there is even more urgency for us to support climate action so that everyone, from all areas of life, can play their part combatting the climate emergency.

“We’re delighted to have been able to fund 30 projects so far, and strongly encourage others to find out more about the funding available and make their applications before the upcoming deadline at the start of next month.”

Alongside the wide range of local climate festival events, the Climate Festival team held a free national event series which is free.

These events have created space for conversations around climate change and positive actions we can take to tackle it. The inaugural event was in December and kicked off discussions with a crucial conversation on the outcomes and opportunities following COP26 and what is next for Scotland.

 Since then, events have included a panel of experts talking about women’s roles in sustainable food systems, an online film screening and discussion session with the makers of the documentary ‘Scotland: Our Climate Journey’ and a panel discussion on the Wellbeing Economy with Minister and MSP Lorna Slater.

The recordings of Scotland’s Climate Festival national events can be found on YouTube and people can sign up to attend future online and in person events in March, including ‘Storytelling for Change’ on  March 8 and a film screening of ‘The Ants and the Grasshopper’ at Glasgow Science Centre on March 14, via Eventbrite.

Scotland’s Climate Festival is supported by the Scottish Government.

Further information can be found at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/climatefestivalscot

24 February 2022

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