Scottish Communities Climate Action Network grew out of work initiated in 2010 by Simon Pepper and Rachel Nunn, looking at what was holding communities back from taking action on climate change. The Framework for Community Action on Climate Change identified 14 barriers to community action.
Community groups represented at the 2011 Climate Challenge Fund Gathering agreed that there was a need for a community-led team to start to tackle these barriers. We formed the Steering Group for the Scottish Communities Climate Action Network – also known as Scottish Communities CAN.
This page gives more information about the history of the Framework, and the steps that led to the creation of Scottish Communities CAN.
Framework for Community Action on Climate Change
The Framework initiative began in May 2010, when Simon Pepper and Rachel Nunn started a discussion within the sector about barriers to community action on climate change. They wrote an initial discussion paper, and convened a group of people from the sector – some representatives of community groups, and others who work with communities. That ‘Framework Group’ identified a number of ideas for improving the potential of community action on climate change
in Scotland, which are detailed in the Framework Report.
The report proposes ways of creating a more fertile setting for communities to contribute to a low carbon future, while also promoting local resilience and well being. The 20 recommendations are aimed at creating an accessible, open ‘framework’ of advice, help, encouragement, learning opportunities, and improved conditions for effective partnership with others.
The Framework Group circulated this report widely, along with a template Framework response form for others to provide feedback.
Around 40 organisations from the sector responded to their consultation, enthusiastically recognising the need for the analysis, and providing detailed feedback, which was summarised and circulated as a summary of responses. The Framework Group also produced a 2-page list of Key Issues which they suggested should form the basis of a collective agenda for action.
In concluding its work in February 2011, the Framework Group summarised the contents of its report and subsequent input from the consultation, into a list of 14 themes which could be addressed by various combinations of stakeholders (community groups, funders, local authorities, business interests, government, etc).
‘The Framework Group’ comprised: Simon Pepper (chairman), Alan Caldwell (facilitator), David Gunn (Climate Challenge Fund Manager), Hamid van Koten (North Howe Transition Toun), Osbert Lancaster (Footprint), Rachel Nunn (Going Carbon Neutral Stirling), Eva Schonveld (Transition Scotland Support), George Tarvit (Sustainable Scotland Network), Alastair Tibbitt (Greener Leith), Morag Watson (WWF Scotland), Gary White (Agenda Carbon Ltd) & Shelagh Young (Sustainable Development Commission).
Framework phase 2
The second phase of the initiative started in November 2011 at the Climate Challenge Fund Gathering in Glasgow, when a large number of community representatives from across Scotland agreed that the Framework should continue, and gave a mandate to a temporary Steering Group to take it forward. That Steering Group agreed to get on with addressing the barriers, and to hand over to an elected Convening Group within 6 months, with the aim of collectively creating a framework of support, relationships and improved conditions to further empower community groups to take meaningful action on climate change. We see this role as bringing a strong and authentic voice from the community sector into strategic collaboration with other sectors to address a range of technical, information and funding barriers, as well as learning opportunities, and together influencing the wider policy context. We believe this contribution, based on direct practical experience, is a crucial missing element at present; it could help to release the potential of the over sector which currently has no shared voice and whose collective impact could be considerably greater.