A list of ideas to provide inspiration to organisations planning activities for Climate Week
Hold a Climate Conversation
The Scottish Government has produced this practical Climate Conversations ‘How To’ Guide and associated images to help you lead a conversation about climate change with a small group of people. An organisation could host one Conversation, or several throughout Climate Week. The Guide can be used to have a conversation about what our options are – locally and nationally – in terms of reducing both the causes and the effects of a changing climate. There is no need for specialist knowledge about climate change or facilitation experience, just a desire to have a constructive conversation.
Give a presentation or guided tour of a project, policy or plan delivered by your organisation
Last year, we heard from organisations that Climate Week offered a new opportunity to raise awareness of key climate projects, policies or plans. Organisations could host a presentation or lead a walking tour of a sustainable building, biodiversity project, district heat network infrastructure, windfarm or recycling facility. A talk or tour could be directed at staff or senior managers, or to clients or the public.
Connect with a Climate Week online event
To help enable widespread involvement, there will be three events streamed live online during Climate Week. Organisations can use these live, online presentations as the basis of a Climate Week event. Watch the presentations with colleagues, participate virtually in the Q and A, and host your own discussion session afterwards.
Tuesday 19 September, 08.30-09.45
Live-streamed from the Scottish Parliament: ‘Climate Change and Scotland: 2050 Visions’
Chaired by: Graeme Dey MSP as Convener of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee. Presentations from:
- Mandy Haggith, writer and environmental activist
- Professor Michael Northcott, ethics and ecology lecturer
- Speaker from 2050 Climate Group
Tuesday 19 September, 11.00-12.00
Live-streamed from Scottish Government’s Victoria Quay building, Edinburgh. Chris Stark, Director of Energy and Climate Change, The Scottish Government will present on climate change policy.
This event will be live-streamed through the SSN live-stream page.
Wednesday 20 September, 11.00-12.30
Live-streamed from the Keep Scotland Beautiful office in Stirling, this event will focus on climate change communication and behaviour change. Presentations from:
- Dr Catherine Happer, University of Glasgow. Dr Happer’s research centres around public attitudes and behaviours in response to climate change communications.
- Andrew Darnton, architect of the ISM (Individual, Social, Material) approach to understanding and encouraging sustainable behaviours.
This event will be live-streamed through the SSN live-stream page.
Hold an event in partnership with another organisation or community group
Strengthen the impact of your Climate Week event(s) by co-producing with another organisation or sustainable business local to you.
Climate Week could be an opportunity to work in partnership with a Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) group active in your area. There are currently 110 CCF groups funded across Scotland delivering a range of climate actions including: energy efficiency improvements to community owned buildings, home energy efficiency advice, lower carbon travel options, community growing initiatives and schemes to tackle waste. The Climate Challenge Fund map provides information and locations of all currently funded groups across Scotland.
Hold an ISM Idea Jam
How can you get more staff travelling sustainably to your workplace? How can you persuade more colleagues to save more energy at work or reduce more waste?
An Idea Jam is a collaborative brainstorming event, where people from different backgrounds and expertise are brought together to find solutions to specific challenges in a fun, creative environment. The concept stems from trying to create ideas and innovations in a similar way to musicians coming together to jam and create new songs.
The Individual, Social, Material (ISM) Framework is the Scottish Government’s preferred method for understanding and addressing barriers to behaviour change. An Idea Jam that incorporates ISM can be used to find possible solutions for challenges that relate to influencing people's behaviours so as to reduce CO2 emissions and other impacts. For further information, please access this short guide on How to Organise an ISM Idea Jam.
Organise a Sustainable Travel Fair
Climate Week runs concurrently with EU Mobility Week, so is a great opportunity to highlight and encourage sustainable travel within and to your organisation. Your event could include one or more of the following:
- A ‘Dr Bike’ event, where a bike mechanic visits your workplace to offer basic bike servicing
- A cycle training event, to increase people’s confidence in using a bike
- An electric bike demonstration/trial
- A breakfast for staff who have walked or cycled to work that day
- A competition to see which colleague or staff team walked and cycled most during Climate Week
- Launching a ‘Cycle Buddy’ scheme at your office that pairs new or returning cyclists with confident cyclists
- A led cycle ride, or guided cycling or walking commutes
- Promotion of a local car club scheme
- Facilitating lift-sharing at your workplace
- A fuel efficient driver training course
- Electric vehicle demonstration
- Closing part of your organisation’s car park for Car Free Day on 22 September, and hosting events in the available space
Raise awareness of waste
Promote free refills. Recent research has found that 60% of people would ditch single use water bottles if tap refills were available. Assess your facilities – do you promote refills? Do your water fountains have disposable cups? Do taps have drinking water stickers were suitable? Host a week long “no single use plastic bottle” challenge.
Offer a “cupple” of options for reducing disposable coffee cup waste. Around 2.5 billion disposable cups are used in the UK each year. Financial incentives, reusable alternatives and environmental messaging all impact consumer behaviour, says recent research from Cardiff University. Ask your colleagues to lead by example with a reusable cup, or work with cafes on site to offer discounts to those who use a reusable cup.
Organise a Clean Up. It’s simple, rewarding and anyone can get involved. The amount of litter collected is an obvious symptom of wasteful behaviours and can be used to engage new audiences with waste discussions. Or, get involved with the Great British Beach Clean, the Marine Conservation Society’s flagship event, which coincides with the start of Climate Week this year. Alongside litter picking, you can complete a Beach Watch survey to inform MCS’s future work.
Pass it on. Zero Waste Scotland’s Pass it On Week resources offer guidance on organising a ‘swish’ or clothes swap, running a repair or upcycling workshop, setting up a company marketplace and lots more.
Find out what to do with that hard to recycle item Terracycle offer options for all sorts of traditionally hard to recyclable products (aerosols, coffee machine pods, even cigarettes amongst other things), so host a recycling drive during Climate Week. Or, go the next step and host a drop off point to enable others to recycle more too.
Host a One Planet Picnic
Holding a One Planet Picnic is an informal way to think about food and sustainability and taste and share some fabulous food. A One Planet Picnic is a picnic where you include sustainable ingredients: Scottish, seasonal, local, organic or ethical. You should reduce or avoid food waste through your planning. One Planet Picnic event ideas could include:
- A work lunch – either indoors or outdoors – for a few colleagues, a staff team or the whole organisation. A small group can cater for a larger group, or each picnicker can make or buy something to share
- Hosting one or more local food producers to deliver a talk and tasting event
- A family Teddy Bear One Planet Picnic that includes a ‘bear re-homing’ where children swap or donate pre-loved teddies and toys
One Planet Picnic webpages for further support and information
Love Food Hate Waste Save More pack
Access local food producers through contacting your Local Food Assembly or through farmers’ markets
Encourage colleagues to have a look at the SSN E-learning module
The Sustainable Scotland Network has produced an e-learning module that is designed to help all public sector employees gain a better understanding of their role and responsibilities in action on climate change, particularly in relation to the Public Bodies Duties in the Climate Change (Scotland) Act. While written for those working in the public sector in Scotland, the content is relevant and useful for anyone working on climate change issues.
The course, developed from a collaboration with SEPA, Transport Scotland and SNH a number of years ago, takes users through an introduction to climate change science, the international agreements and action on climate change and the Scottish Government’s commitments before going into further detail about the type of action that could be taken by public bodies and their employees. It takes about half an hour to go through the module.