1000 Better Stories

Exploring the space where climate action meets social justice.

We hold a vision of a just and equitable, net-zero future Scotland reached through communities becoming empowered and resilient enough to grasp the opportunity to build a different, fairer society that regenerates our communities as well as our environment. Many glimpses of such a future already exist across Scotland as, often against significant odds, many communities are implementing locally developed solutions to meeting local needs. 

1000 Better Stories is about collecting and sharing these stories so as to build a new narrative to live by.  If you have a story to share, or if you would like to get involved in collecting and telling stories, please get in touch with one of our Story Weavers, Kaska or Joana: stories@scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk 

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Episode 15 – Magazine: Scottish climate podcast showcase

In August we published a collection of Scottish podcasts with focus on climate justice and action. This magazine episode is a companion to that blog, and it is showcasing 3 of the included shows.

We hear from Col Gordon about his Landed series with Farmerama radio (co-produced with Katie Revell), Catriona Spaven-Donn about United Nations House Scotland podcast – Connecting Women’s Voices on Climate Justice, and the PLANT Voices podcast from Tayport Community Garden.

Magazine episodes are just one thing we are trying out as ideas for SCCAN’s Storytellers Collective aimed at amplifying powerful stories helping everyone imagine the the future worth fighting for. To share your ideas and get involved get in touch with Kaska at stories@scottishcommunitiescan.org.

Storytellers Collective blog: https://www.scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk/category/blog/

Episode 14 – Land in community hands makes a difference for the planet

In today’s episode we have two stories in store for you. A brief update from Alex MacKenzie about Glasgow’s Lost Woods project and a conversation with Calum Macleod from Community Land Scotland about the Community landowners and the climate emergency report.

Lost Woods Project: https://www.thelostwoods.earth/about

Community Land Scotland: https://www.communitylandscotland.org.uk/

Community landowners and the climate emergency report: https://www.communitylandscotland.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Community-Landowners-the-Climate-Emergency_Report.pdf

Additional materials relating to the report: https://www.communitylandscotland.org.uk/find-out-more/case-studies/

Lost Woods story was recorded and edited by Philip Revell

Interview with Calum Macleod was recorded and edited by Kaska Hempel

Episode 13 – Climate Cafes Connecting Communities

Climate Cafés are open, inclusive spaces for people to get together to talk and act on the climate emergency. Community-led, the movement has emerged from the heart of Scotland and there are now sister cafés around the world.

In this episode, and following the recent launch of the Climate cafe website, Philip Revell chats to Jess Pepper (Dunkeld and Birnam), Alison Stuart (Aberdeen Climate Action), Carol Aitken (Pitlochry) and Ruth Hunter Pepper (Sustaining North Berwick) to learn more about the value and importance of creating these spaces in our communities and how to go about setting one up.

Episode 12 – CoMoUk

A special episode of 1000 Better Stories, created with CoMoUk, the national charity for the public benefit of shared transport.

We chat with Dunblane Development Trust and Arran Eco Savvy about the success of their community ebike schemes

Episode 11 – Pockets of Hope

As we emerge from our hibernation, we reflect on the challenges the last year has presented for social isolation, and hear about social enterprises who are ‘Collaborating in Communities to Improve Mental Health’ with the support of the Pockets and Prospects fund. And we have two stories of personal climate action from our recent storytelling training day.

Episode 10 – Zero Waste Pantry

A conversation with Ross Ahlfeld of Inverclyde Community Development Trust, discussing the development of the community pantry the organisation is running in partnership with Inverclyde Council. In 3 months, 400 members have signed up for the new service which addresses food insecurity and food waste.

Episode 9 – Community Energy

Our first 1000 better Stories podcast of 2021 explores community led energy initiatives across Scotland, from the difference it can make, to the challenges still to be overcome. We hear from Greener Kirkcaldy, Cosy Kingdom, Orkney Renewable Energy Forum, Barra and Vatersay Community Limited and Linlithgow Community Development Trust, all pioneers with practical experience of making community energy work.

Episode 8 – Winterings

For our final episode of 2020, we present a selection box of festive treats – book recommendations from some of our previous guests and some wintery themed eco-folk tales for you to enjoy by the fireside, or crunching through the morning frost.

Episode 7 – Stories for Change

As part of the European Day of Sustainable Communites, SCCAN ran a number of “story days”, working with people to create, record and share personal stories inspired by climate action. Here are a selection of the stories for you to enjoy, including songs, fables, poems and reflections. The work was supported by funding from ECOLISE.

Episode 6 – A Garden of Plenty

Our final stop on our virtual visit to Dunbar, is Belhaven Community Garden, before we hear some final thoughts on the power of community from the volunteers of Tyninghame Village Hall.

Episode 5 – Making and Mending

Our virtual visit to Dunbar continues, chatting cookery and food with the Community Carrot and repair and renewal with the East Linton Repair Cafe. And some glorious, hopeful singing from the Dunbar community choir too…

Episode 4 – Infinite Imagination

In October, Paul spent a few days virtually visiting Dunbar. In the first of three episodes exploring the transition town, we hear from development trust Sustaining Dunbar and reflect on the life, work and resonance of conservationist John Muir, who is celebrated in a new exhibition in the town.

Episode 3 – Black Lives Matter

In September, Professor Sir Geoff Palmer spoke as part of our Tuesdays4Climate programme, to explore Black Lives and Climate Justice. Sir Geoff explored the issue with a historical perspective and so we felt it would be appropriate for us to share his words again as part of Black History Month.

Episode 2 – Lost Woods and Forgotten Orchards

Looking for inspiration from the outdoors, we chat with Alex Mackenzie of The Lost Woods and Emily Reid of Eco Drama, two projects based in Glasgow who are inspiring young people in their communities to think differently about urban spaces.

Episode 1 – Fashion and Food

A message from Paul: “Something I’ve heard quite a few times since becoming SCCAN’s Story Weaver, is that people and projects can sometimes feel a little as if they are just plugging away, doing their best, hoping it makes a difference. And of course, it is making a difference – and viewed as part of a collective effort, there’s been so much distance travelled. Certainly, there is much more to be done, urgently – but we also need more people to understand that change is possible, to inspire new volunteers and projects. That’s the starting point for our new podcast series, 1000 Better Stories.

Over the coming months, we’ll be hearing from all sorts of groups and organisations, from folks involved in community land purchases through to rewilding programmes and outdoor learning. We want to give time and space to as many people as possible to showcase the cultural shifts that are already happening and to help build the momentum for more positive change. And we want to hear from you too.

In August, I ran an introductory story event, which suggested that we all have a responsibility to become storytellers, sharing what we have done with as many other people as possible, not just keeping it to ourselves. So I’m hoping to hear from many more people across the network who want to share their story of community led climate action. If you’re not sure how best to tell that story, then come along to one of our training events, or look out for the sessions we will be running later in the year. 

In the meantime, please enjoy this first episode of the podcast, which features Belville Community Garden and RIG Arts, both from my home town of Greenock in Inverclyde.” 

Please share your stories from your community! Please contact Stories@scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk

Our previous podcast series ‘Future Voices’ can be found HERE.