January Newsletter

gatheringlogofinal2Our January newsletter is out with booking details for our annual gathering on Feb 4th, updates from policy events, and funding opportunities! You can read it here. Get in touch if you have something you would like to feature in next month’s newsletter on info@scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk.

Tickets now available for our Annual Gathering, Feb 4, Edinburgh

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The Scottish Communities Climate Action Network (SCCAN) invite you to our Annual Gathering 9.30-4.30 on Saturday 4 February 2017, David Hume Tower*, George Sq, Edinburgh EH8 9JX.
Book at https://sccan4feb.eventbrite.co.uk

A day packed with inspirational talks and workshops with lots of space for you to share as well!

Paul Allen, Director of the Zero Carbon Britain project at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Wales, will give a keynote address on their Zero Carbon – Making It Happen research.

Highlights of the day include:

  • Building regional momentum:  Learning from Fife CCAN network – and applying it to your region
  • Community Energy / Community Enterprise – How we got stuff done – feedback from existing projects
  • Update and consultation – what’s going on with Energy & Climate Change Policy in 2017?
  • Adaptation projects – what are they and support for getting them started.

There will also be an Open Space where you bring the topics most urgent and interesting to you and your group for wider discussion.  See below for draft programme.

Social evening 6-9pm Friday 3 February, David Hume Tower.
For those of you nearby – or coming the day before to stay over – we invite you for an informal Social with food and drink on the Friday evening. This is a chance to get to know each other more. Paul Allen will join us for this – to share his experience of moving ideas into action.   Register at https://sccan3feb.eventbrite.co.uk

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December newsletter

bild1Our December newsletter is out with details of our annual gathering on Feb 4th, updates from policy events, and funding opportunities! You can read it here. Get in touch if you have something you would like to feature in next month’s newsletter on info@scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk.

Get inspired by Community Portraits from Europe

“Community Climate Action across Europe – 62 Portraits from six countries” presents portraits of community-based initiatives across Europe that took part in a recent study conducted by TESS. In this booklet we introduce the range and diversity of community activity taking place in the city of Rome, part of the city region of Berlin, the region of Catalunya and the countries of Finland, Romania and Scotland in Europe. They supported the research by sharing information about their initiative. You can download the booklet here. Enjoy exploring great stories about grassroot activities in Europe!

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New climate documentaries

What better to do over the weekend than curl up and watch some new climate documentaries?

Before the Flood

Leonardo DiCaprio has managed to take climate change to what he hopes is a new audience in this powerful documentary that surely can’t leave anyone doubting the gravity of our current situation. Produced together with National Geographic, it was made available on youtube from its release and has reached 30 million viewers worldwide. It is a slightly paradoxical documentary in that Leo’s own contribution to climate change, and the inequalities inherent in climate change effects and responses, go unmentioned. But it is still a good watch and a laudable contribution to spreading awareness.

Transition Movement co-founder Rob Hopkins has written a good review available here.

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