CCF Gathering

We thank all contributors and delegates for a fantastic day of learning, inspiration and networking

The 2019 Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) Gathering #CCFGathering19 took place on 6 November at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.

The event brought together 200 delegates from across Scotland representing CCF Grant Recipients, local community-led organisations, national organisations, NGO's and the Scottish Government. It is this 'CCF Community' coming together to share experience on tackling climate change that is one of the reasons that the CCF is the success that it is today.

We are delighted to share a variety of the webcast footage recorded at the Gathering.

Keynote Address - Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition movement

Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition movement provided an inspiring keynote address. We had problems with the sound on the webcast recording, so Rob has kindly given us permission to share a similar talk from his website.

Creative Arts and Climate - Ben Twist, Director at Creative Carbon Scotland

How can community groups harness the power of art, photography, dance, drama, writing, film and other creative arts to communicate and encourage change? Creative Carbon Scotland shared ideas and examples to guide you through how you could use these tools in your own context.

Ministerial Address - Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham

We were delighted to have Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham provide a keynote address. In her speech Ms Cunningham referenced findings from the review of the CCF which was carried out by the Scottish Government earlier this year.

Climate Hero Awards

One of the highlights of the Gathering was speaking with volunteers at CCF projects who had been commended in the new Climate Hero Awards.

Let's Go film screening and discussion

Watch the first half of this short film made with the local community of Govanhill to celebrate Bike for Good’s VeloCommunities CCF project and the amazing stories of people acting on climate change at a local level. Following the film, a discussion took place with representatives of Bike for Good and Creative Carbon Scotland. You can watch the full film here.

Tony Burton, The Climate Action Fund

We thank Tony from the National Lottery for telling us more about the launch of The Climate Action Fund.

Jess Pepper, Climate Reality Leader and Mentor

Jess Pepper is a Mum, Climate Reality Leader and Mentor. She's also on the board of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland and is the co-ordinator of the Dunkeld and Birnam's Climate Cafe. Jess also describes herself as 'sandwich carrier' for two #ClimateStrikers.

Summing up and conference close

Our conference chairs, Elizabeth Leighton and Alastair Seaman summarise thoughts from delegates and some of the learning, networking and inspiration from the day.

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