Upping Our Game -Training Events

Scottish Communities CAN and the Ethnic Minority Environmental Network have joined forces to create a series of events to help community groups become more effective, sustainable and influential.You’re welcome to come to one, two or all three events.

Session 1: Building a Healthy Culture in Your Organisation

  • time: 1-4pm
  • date: Wednesday 29th August
  • venue: Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall St, Glasgow G41 1BA
  • cost: £5: individuals, £15: organisations

While we’re getting on with the work that our community projects care so much about, we often give less attention to how we look after ourselves and one another. Burnout and personal differences are common and can slow or stop the progress of otherwise brilliant projects.

More details and book your place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/upping-our-game-can-communities-take-the-lead-tickets-48867168015

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We Need More Ambition

ccbillflyerScottish Communities Climate Action Network was invited by the Scottish Government to run six community consultations, to encourage input into their consultation on proposals for a new Climate Change Bill to revise and update the Act which was unanimously passed with all-party support in 2009.

This Report  shares responses from the 124 people who participated in the six community workshops held across Scotland during August and September – with summative reflections from those facilitating the consultations. Continue reading

Light Farming -Rewriting the Story of Soil

The Scottish Government’s recent draft Climate Change Plan places heavy reliance on carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in order to meet future emission reduction targets. At the same time it assumes very limited emission reductions from the agricultural sector.

The position of Scottish Communities Climate Action Network is that reliance on speculative and unproven CCS technology is unwise at best and that our priority needs to be to wean ourselves off fossil fuel dependence as rapidly as possible.

And, whatever the prospects for the success and viability of large-scale CCS in future, there already exists the means to capture huge amounts of carbon from the atmosphere at the same time as increasing resilience to climate change, securing clean water supplies, improving agricultural profitability and drastically improving the nutritional value of our food. Agriculture can be part of the solution, not part of the problem. What is not to like?

The answer lies in the soil. More specifically, it lies in understanding and nurturing the amazing microbial life of healthy soil through maximising photosynthesis and minimizing use of chemicals and tillage.

Visiting Scotland recently, renowned Australian soil ecologist Dr. Christine Jones gave a glimpse of the potential at an event organized by Nourish Scotland and the Scottish Food Coalition.

Dr-Christine-Jones

“Currently, many agricultural, horticultural, forestry and garden soils are a net carbon source. That is, these soils are losing more carbon than they are sequestering.

The potential for reversing the net movement of CO2 to the atmosphere through improved plant and soil management is immense. Indeed, managing vegetative cover in ways that enhance the capacity of soil to sequester and store large volumes of atmospheric carbon in a stable form offers a practical and almost immediate solution to some of the most challenging issues currently facing humankind.”

“Everyone benefits when soils are a net carbon sink. Through our food choices and farming and gardening practices we all have the opportunity to influence how soil is managed. Profitable agriculture, nutrient dense food, clean water and vibrant communities can be ours … if that is what we choose…For our futures and the futures of our children and grandchildren, why not begin today to rewrite the story of soil?”

For more information, see this article : JONES-‘LightFarming'(17May17)

Project Evaluation – Capturing the Whole Picture of Community Action

lfwcompassIt’s a common question – how to capture the bigger picture of community action, especially in a Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) project where much of the emphasis is on
carbon savings. How can the myriad benefits, which lead to a strengthening of resilience against shocks such as economic downturn and climate change, be assessed? These can include a sense of shared purpose, skills development and personal improvement, supporting the local economy, biodiversity and positive links to other communities – in addition to the required carbon saving.

SCCAN associate member, Climae Futures, has recently undertaken an evaluation for Local Food Works (LFW), an initiative led by Falkland Centre for Stewardship, whose activities include a regular food market, workshops, vegetable & fruit growing and community meals.

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