Our exciting new initiative will offer support for communities to hold a Climate Festival, alongside our national programme of events. The initiative is funded by the Scottish Government.
Human activities are increasing the amount of greenhouse gases in our planet’s atmosphere - causing our planet to heat up and our climate to change, with dangerous impacts for people and ecosystems. This is a Climate Emergency.
Scotland aims to stop contributing to climate change within a generation by reaching net-zero emissions of greenhouses gases by 2045. These changes will have a massive impact on everyone in Scotland; from the jobs we do and the food we eat to the way we travel and the design of our towns and cities. The transition to net-zero will require the support of everyone in Scotland.
With the United Nations COP26 Climate Change Conference coming to Glasgow in November this year, interest in climate action is higher than ever before. We need to amplify that interest across the country.
Find out more about causes and impacts of climate change here.
Find out more about net-zero here.
How will Scotland's Climate Festival help?
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 that we will co-ordinate.
We recognise the importance of local voices and the power of community action. Local festivals will help to build the public support that is vital for the ambitious changes need to tackle climate change, while also listening to views of local people to help inform action at local and national level.
The festivals will also help to mainstream climate action across Scotland and bring discussion around the COP26 Climate Change Conference to a nationwide audience before, during and after the event.
Each festival will have its own distinctive shape and flavour and will draw on the creativity, connections, skills and interests of its community. From a single activity to five days - festivals will provide engaging, fun and practical content designed to reach beyond the already-engaged to a wide cross sector of the community using a mix of practical workshops, artistic and cultural events and community conversations. Both physical and online events will be welcomed.
Scotland’s Climate Festival will have a national profile online too, with these webpages and #ClimateFestivalScot allowing people to quickly find out what’s on locally and signposting festival goers to further information and advice. We’ll also showcase some of the best content and stories from local festivals with the national media. And we’re excited to be delivering a national series of inspiring and informative online climate events, open to everyone in Scotland
Support for your Climate Festival
Communities organising a Climate Festival will be able to access expert support to help ensure their event is a success.
We’re delighted to offer support through drawing on our experience of working with over 1,100 grassroots community climate projects across Scotland and our extensive links with schools, businesses, local environmental groups and national partners across the country.
We will support local festivals across Scotland through:
- Webinars and ‘how to guides’ that will help festival organisers to plan, deliver, monitor and report on their events.
- Climate Festival branded communications materials
- Connections with national agencies who can provide specialist content and support
- An online forum where festival planners can meet others organising events
- National promotion of local festival events, inspiration and learning
- Links to further climate action information and resources
Keep informed about Scotland’s Climate Festival
Expressions of interest to run a Climate Festival are provisionally scheduled to open in October 2021.
To hear the latest on Scotland's Climate Festival please check back to this page regularly.
We’ll also be sharing news via our Climate Change Newsletter (register here) and through #ClimateFestivalScot on our social media channels.