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Scotland's Climate Festival is announced

The First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon gave a key note address at an online event to launch Scotland’s Climate Festival this morning 15 September.

Scotland’s Climate Festival will support communities across the country to plan and deliver their own local climate festivals, alongside a national programme of events.

At the online launch delegates heard from the First Minister who said, "We want to help people to understand the scale of the climate emergency and also the need to tackle it.  We want to empower people to take action in their own communities and in their own lives.  And we want to make sure that people’s voices are heard on the decisions that affect them, here at home and indeed in the discussions at COP26."

We also hosted a discussion panel to explore the ambition of the festivals and provide inspiration from festivals that have been hosted before. Luis Adamson, Communities Officer, Home Energy Scotland, Energy Saving Trust spoke about the support for commnitites that will be available through Home Energy Scotland, while Jean-Matthieu Gaunand spoke about the Edinburgh Climate Festival coordinated by organisations including Edinburgh & Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC) and Trish Rogers outlined her experiences as co-convenor and facilitator of Climate Fèis.

Catherine Gee our Deputy CEO said, “Scotland’s Climate Festival will engage communities in the journey to net zero and empower them to take action. We are delighted to have received funding to allow us to bring the issues discussed at COP26 to the heart of communities.  The programme will help unlock opportunities for those currently not engaged in climate change action to have their voices heard and provide much needed energy and support. COP26 happening in Scotland must be a catalyst to broaden and intensify climate conversations nationally and locally and we hope our work will support this.”

Local voices and the power of community is essential if we are to build public support for the ambitious changes that are needed to combat climate change.  Already, we have received interest from more than 40 community-led organisations from across Scotland who would like to engage with Scotland’s Climate Festival and over the coming months we will announce a variety of national agencies that will be supporting the festival and able to offer help to communities across the nation.

Expressions of interest to run a Climate Festival are provisionally scheduled to open in October 2021.

Details of Scotland’s COP26 community engagement programme were announced last week, and we were delighted to receive funding form the Scottish Government to develop and deliver some new exciting programmes of activity, including Scotland’s Climate Festival. 

15 September 2021

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