Evening Community Climate Gathering

The Evening Community Climate Gathering blended networking opportunities with low-carbon Scottish food, short films and a discussion panel.

The Evening Community Climate Gathering blended networking opportunities with tasty low carbon Scottish food, thought provoking short films and a discussion panel with climate leaders from inside and beyond the CCF community.  

Order of events:

17.00 - Registration, networking and drinks 

Networking opportunities with tasty low-carbon Scottish food.

17.30 - Film Session One followed by a Panel discussion

Optimism or fear? Which narrative is most helpful in responding to climate change? In the first short film we will hear from Christina Figueres who found a way to unite world leaders behind the Paris Agreement and explore the advantages and limits of these different approaches.

18.20 - Buffet meal and networking 

Networking opportunities with tasty low carbon Scottish food.

19.10 - Film Session Two followed by a Panel discussion

Economic growth and consumerism. Neither are mentioned in the CCC roadmap for net zero - but can we tackle climate change without challenging these massive drivers of behaviour? In the second short film we’ll hear from a business leader who is championing the idea of Gross National Happiness and ask whether we can wean ourselves off the consumerist treadmill. 

20.00 - Close


Our Panel

Panel chair - Graeme Dickson, Charity Trustee, Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Graeme began his career as a geophysicist in the oil industry. He then worked for many years as an official in HM Treasury and as a senior civil servant the Scottish Government. He was Director General Enterprise, Environment and Innovation in the Scottish Government until May 2016. He then took the opportunity to follow his passion for energy and the environment and return to the University of Edinburgh to study their award-winning MSc in Carbon Management.

Graeme has a strong interest in Scotland’s future decarbonisation and the transition to a low and zero-carbon economy and society. He is a Trustee of Keep Scotland Beautiful who run the CCF for the Scottish Government.

Panel members:

Kat Jones, Coalition Manager, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland.

Kat started at Stop Climate Chaos Scotland in September.  Previously she worked with RSPB Scotland where she led on people-facing work, including media and comms, membership and fundraising, visitor experience and education.  She has also worked for Patrick Harvie MSP and, before that, spent a decade with Scottish Natural Heritage. Kat has a PhD on breeding behaviour of the, much-maligned, lesser black-backed gull and enjoys calling for her ceilidh band, when she gets the time.

Susie Townend, Head of Climate Change Policy Unit, Scottish Government.

Susie began working for DFID on community forestry projects in India and Zimbabwe before joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Her early diplomatic career was spent working on African and economic issues. In 2014 she moved to Berlin to lead the team working on energy and climate change in the British Embassy. Susie currently heads the Climate Change Policy Unit at the Scottish Government. In addition to the team managing the CCF, her unit is also responsible for the Scottish Government’s public engagement strategy, which includes the team responsible for the Big Climate Conversation.

Osbert Lancaster, Director, Natural Change project.

Osbert is a facilitator of sustainability-related events and a consultant on green behaviour change. He draws on 20 years of working with inspiring thinkers and innovators in government agencies, community groups, businesses, universities and NGOs. Osbert has been an Honorary Fellow at the School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh and a member of the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund and WWF Scotland’s advisory council. Fascinated by the edge where sea and land meet, he enjoys building, sailing and rowing small boats. He lives a short walk from the beach in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Eva Schonveld – Action Researcher.

Eva has spent the last 15 years working in climate action. She helped start a Transition initiative in her home area of Portobello and set up Transition Scotland with a CCF grant. Eva is currently helping to start an energy project in Portobello and working with SCCAN to get people from different sectors in Scotland talking to one another about taking more radical action on climate change. She is part of a team that's building an international network for those who see the need to address the more emotional and spiritual side of our current problems and is part of Extinction Rebellion Scotland.

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