Join us at our annual national gathering and networking event!

November 3rd and 4th in Glasgow – join us for both or either day.

Book your place here.

Day 1: Politics as Though People and Planet Matter: Harnessing democracy for our communities’ future

Could a world where communities can pass their own laws be coming closer? And what does that mean for Climate Active Communities? We know that most people tend to support social and environmental policies in principle, but not always the parties which push for them. We know that many people are put off getting more involved with politics because it seems unable to deal with bullying and corruption.

  • time: 10am-4.30pm
  • date: November 3rd
  • venue: Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall St, Glasgow G41 1BA
  • cost: cost per day: £5: individuals, £15: organisations

Through talks and workshops we’ll look at where local democracy is in Scotland right now. We’ll hear more about exciting new opportunities for climate active communities to get more involved. We’ll hear about citizen’s juries for windfarms and ancient commons regimes being brought bang up to date. We’ll hear about alternative decision making models such as sociocracy. And we’ll consider the Scottish Government’s current Democracy Matters consultation –  to ask ‘can we do democracy differently to unleash community action and systems change?’

Day 2: Decision making and governance: building a healthy relationship to power

A training day with Claire Milne, Transition Network and Eva Schonveld, SCCAN

  • time: 10am-4.30pm
  • date: November 4th
  • venue: Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall St, Glasgow G41 1BA
  • cost: cost per day: £5: individuals, £15: organisation

Healthy, fair decision-making requires a willingness to share power – and sharing power requires an awareness of our own relationship with power. In this workshop we’ll look at the cultural elements needed to support us all to come into healthier relationship with power and build a healthy culture around governance and decision making. We will explore how these cultural elements can be used in our local groups and projects and in our collaborations with local government, so as to make the decisions we need to protect the needs of people and the environment.

Book your place here.

The Home Heating Fund, helping to warm your home

The Home Heating Fund is a project which utilises government mandated grant funding to supply and install new oil and LPG boilers in domestic properties occupied by those at risk of fuel poverty across England, Wales and Scotland.

Since starting the project in 2016, the Home Heating Fund have supplied and installed boiler upgrades to over 70 homes completely free of charge. This not only reduces residents fuel bills up to 40%* but also reduces their carbon footprint.

To be eligible for a free boiler upgrade the claimant must:

  • Be in receipt of benefits including; Pension Guarantee Credit, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Child and Working tax credit, or Universal credit- For Child tax credit, Work tax credit and Universal credit; eligibility will depend on claimant’s income 
  • Be either a home owner or a private tenant 
  • Possess an inefficient Oil or LPG boiler

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Guest blog: Scotland’s Climate March – Show your colours for climate, justice and jobs

Paul Daly, Campaign Officer, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland

untitled2What’s in a name?  Well quite a lot really.  The Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) coalition put a lot of thought into what to call the march on 28th November.  It has to reflect a lot of things, it has to be a call to action; it has to show we are marching for a serious cause, but also that it is a family friendly event.

SCCS is a diverse coalition of organisations in Scotland campaigning together on climate change. Our members include environment, faith and international development organisations, trade and student unions and community groups such as Scottish Communities Climate Action Network.  Pulling together and reaching out beyond our usual ‘allies’ we hope to have a great day and help build the climate movement in Scotland.

Scotland’s Climate March is part of a worldwide movement: over that weekend in November hundreds of thousands of people across the globe will take to the streets to call for strong and urgent action on climate change – showing their commitment to creating a low carbon world. This is all in the build up to the UN climate negotiations in Paris at the end of the year, where global leaders will conclude negotiations for a new international deal to tackle climate change and address its impacts.  But of course it is about much more than what is agreed to in a conference hall in Paris.

Scots need to ‘show your colours’ for two reasons.  Firstly the march will be bright, fun and colourful to help build a family-friendly and inclusive experience – so wear your brightest clothes!  There will be many people who have been to marches before, but to build the movement it has to be a positive first experience for many who have never taken to the streets before.  Secondly of course we are asking for Scotland to show its commitment to transitioning to a low carbon society.  Scotland needs to show its colours in terms of ambition and dedication – both here and in Paris.

Scotland’s Climate March is an opportunity celebrate the great work that communities across the world, including here in Scotland through networks like Scottish Communities CAN, have already been undertaking to transition to a low carbon lifestyle.  I hope that everyone on the march gets the opportunity to become inspired by the work of Scottish Communities CAN’s members and can take those ideas back to their own communities.

The conference in Paris is an important step, and it is right that we focus our energies and combine efforts across our broad coalition to pile on the political pressure for as strong a deal as possible.  Scotland has a good and ambitious story to tell in the international context in terms of commitment to climate action, but we must maintain this pressure on politicians back here in Scotland beyond Paris.  For example we need to do a lot more work in transport and heating policy.

The climate movement learnt some tough lessons in 2009 when the COP was in Copenhagen – we had a tremendous build up, but were ultimately let down.  This led years of inaction and focusing on other priorities.  So as the talks in Paris approach must be looking for the next opportunity to take the movement on.  Fortunately here in Scotland we have the Scottish elections in 2016.  SCCS will push for all of Scotland’s political parties to publish manifestos which enable Scotland to deliver on its climate commitments.

To abate climate change, we have to work together in the build up to Paris, and far beyond.  Let’s use this march to talk to people and show them our colours, and the positives of moving to a low carbon lifestyle.

So come along to the march on the 28th of November in Edinburgh and show your colours – in both senses!

untitled1To have a fun and safe march, we need volunteer stewards – could you be a steward on the day?  Send me an email if you would be able to do this important job:

Friends of the Earth Scotland are organising transport from Scotland to join the international mobilisations in Paris at the end of the UN negociations.  Would you like to march on the streets of Paris? Find out more:

Scottish Communities CAN Autumn Unconference

Book your place now for Scottish Communities CAN’s first Unconference, 4-6 September at Comrie Croft

Are you working hard in your community helping make a lower carbon world or building local resilience? Are you looking for inspiration from exciting initiatives across Scotland? Would you like a group of like-minded people to reflect with and learn from? Want to share what you’re doing and hear what others are up to? Are you keen to find ways to avoid burnout or just top up your enthusiasm for what you’re doing?

For all this and more – join us for a family friendly weekend of workshops, good food and entertainment.

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