Climate change impacts on all of us and we need collective action to tackle it. Communities across Scotland have a crucial role to play.
If your community-led organisation wants to run a project that tackles climate change through reducing local carbon emissions, the Climate Challenge Fund could help.
Community-led action on climate change
Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) projects aim to reduce local carbon emissions, helping to tackle climate change while improving their communities.
Projects awarded CCF funding have reduced local carbon emissions through energy efficiency improvements to community owned buildings, home energy efficiency advice, lower carbon travel options, community growing initiatives and schemes to tackle waste.
In addition to helping in the fight against climate change, CCF projects have improved local facilities and provided employment, training and volunteering opportunities. Projects have also brought communities together, tackled issues such as fuel poverty and improved health and wellbeing.
Find out more about the work of CCF projects over the last decade in our short film.
About climate change
Human activities have increased the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, causing our planet to warm and our climate to change.
In Scotland we expect sea level rise as increased temperatures cause seawater to expand and ice sheets worldwide to melt. This will threaten our coastal communities with flooding. In addition to increasing temperatures we expect more extremes of weather. This will affect our infrastructure, the crops we can grow, our ecosystems and our natural plants and animals. Some of these changes are happening now.
We were delighted to have Heather Reid OBE attend the 2018 CCF Awards where she spoke to us about climate change worldwide and in the UK.
We are pleased to offer many free opportunities through the CCF where community-group members and individuals can learn more about the causes and impacts climate change, plus way to tackle it.