Future Voices

SCCAN’s new podcast series: Stories from the frontline of community-led climate action.

We hold a vision of a zero-carbon future, 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 across food, energy, transport, waste, health, education and enterprise. Through a series of short podcasts, ‘Future Voices’ will be telling the stories of some of these initiatives.

In the first series, ‘Rethinking Waste‘, we will be visiting a range of projects that are not only changing waste into a resource but are helping to build more caring, sharing and stronger communities in the process.

In Episode 3, Lynsey Penny explains about the Givebox project in Dundee, run by the Gatechurch Carbon Saving Project. With boxes in over thirty locations in workplaces, supermarkets, cafés, libraries, schools etc. the scheme makes it really easy for anyone to pass on unwanted stuff to other people who can make good use of it. Find our more here: www.gatechurch.co.uk/givebox

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In Episode 2, we visit Repair Cafe Glasgow to talk to Lauren Crilly, Communications and Events Officer, and some of the café users about how Repair Cafés are helping to change attitudes by presenting an innovative approach to waste reduction, social cohesion and the transference of craft skills, through the act of repairing, upgrading and maintaining a broad range of products. More here: www.repaircafeglasgow.org

For Episode 1, we visit Dunbar and speak to Sue Guy and Simon Glover, directors of the social enterprise, Miixer, a legacy project from Sustaining Dunbar’s ‘Zero Waste Town’ project. Miixer have stores in Dunbar and Musselburgh employing over ten people and fifteen volunteers. Through capture sheds at Council recycling centres, textile banks and clearances, they diverted over 400tonnes from landfill for local reuse in their first year. More here: www.miixer.org

Is there is something happening in your community that you would like to share? We’d love to hear from you: get in touch.

Would you like to get involved with recording audio stories and creating podcasts for Future Voices episodes? Whether you already have some skills or have no experience at all but want to learn, please get in touch. Also, we are keen to cascade skills through SCCAN and are developing a skillshare workshop to support SCCAN members to start using podcasting in their own communities.

We are very grateful to the Network for Social Change for the funding that kickstarted this project.

You can now listen to Future Voices on Stitcher, if that’s your thing