SCCAN November Newsletter
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Save the Date! SCCAN gathering Saturday February 4th 2017

Scottish Communities Climate Action Network links and represents communities across Scotland taking action on climate change and building resilience. This year, as well as continuing to develop projects in our communities, our members have, amongst other things:

·       built a ground breaking regional network in Fife;
·       connected with local people in Africa who are engaged in the same struggle;
·       re-convened a network for Scottish Transition groups;
·       started constructing policies to further our aims; and
·       traveled around Scotland talking to groups and sharing their stories.
We will be gathering to share learning and inspiration, to hear about new possibilities and work together to develop new thinking. Come and join us for a sociable and re-energising day together.

More details to be confirmed closer to the time.

SCCAN becomes a CIC

SCCAN has switched from being an unincorporated association to a Community Interest Company. All SCCAN members are automatically transferred to become members of the CIC. If you have any questions about this process, you are very welcome to contact SCCAN chair Philip.
Have you seen the new graphic of our vision?

Funding opportunity from CSGN

Central Scotland Green Network Development Fund is open for applications for 2017/18. Projects that fit broadly with the CSGN vision and speak to the priority areas of Woodlands, Community Growing, Strategic Routes, and Active Travel are welcome to apply. Projects that focus on vacant and derelict land and/or disadvantaged communities will be seen favourably. Deadline for the first Outline Proposal Form is November 21st. Read more and apply! re-energises Transition in Scotland

Transition Scotland has a new website to keep up the discussion around why, how, and when we transition to a low-carbon, resilient, local and happy society. Check it out for the latest news from the Transition Movement and what is happening in Scotland.

Connecting Communities Roadshow update

SCCAN steering group members are travelling around different community groups in Scotland, getting to know them and supporting in whatever way we can. You can now see updates from their roadshow online.

One request has arisen from a recent visit:
Carse of Gowrie would like to meet other members who have good relationships with local councils, to explore what this might look like and the effect this can have on tackling climate change in particular areas. Are you able to share your experiences? Get in touch or perhaps organise a Community Learning Exchange!

Communities influencing policy

Planning White Paper

Aberdeen (15 Nov), Edinburgh (14 Nov) and Kilmarnock (17 Nov)

Following the recent Independent Review of the Planning System, the Scottish Government have announced that a White Paper is due to be published in early 2017, outlining proposed changes to the planning system.
As part of this process SCDC are running 3 discussion sessions, and they would particularly like to hear from communities who have views about the planning system. For further details click here
If you feel this would help, or if you have any other views on the workings of the planning system, this is an ideal opportunity to make your views known.

Building a Community Climate Action Policy

1-4pm, 30th November

SCCAN is collaborating with SCA and DTAS to work on developing a collectively agreed suite of policy proposals to support community-led climate action. This is in part to feed into the imminent Scottish Government Climate Change Action Plan but also as the beginning of a policy development process aiming to contribute to the Scottish Government's 2017 Climate Change Bill and other forthcoming legislation around food, decentralisation, warm homes,  circular economy etc...

There will be a report circulated from the meeting and an inclusive membership engagement process (both online and at our spring event). There's also space for 2 or 3 of our members to participate in this first meeting in Edinburgh on 30th November. If you have an interest in policy development and would like to attend, please let us know as soon as possible.

Upcoming events

Transition Edinburgh: Local Energy
16 November, 1.30-4.30pm
Fairmilehead Church, 1a Frogston Rd West, Edinburgh EH10 7AA

Third of six "Edinburgh Conversations - raising awareness and laying foundations for a Low Carbon Edinburgh". Introductory remarks on community energy projects, hydro generation, and waste to energy facilities, followed by discussion on how to these matters forward in a local context.
More information
Keep it Local, Strength in Numbers
23 November
Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh

Small but highly effective community run enterprises are the bedrock of our sector and keynote speakers from Italy and England will offer perspectives on how our community businesses can stay local, but still make a big impact. Their particular focus will be on community enterprises working together and how, in doing so, they can deliver local services more effectively. Hosted by Senscot, Social Firms Scotland, Scottish Community Alliance, Community Enterprise
More information
We regularly update our facebook page and twitter with the latest news and events, make sure you are following us!
Say Hello to: Making Co-housing Happen
22 November, 9.30am-2.30pm
Glasgow City Chambers, George Square, Glasgow

Organised as a positive response to the recent Scottish Government’s Self and Custom Build event, the Making Co-Housing Happen Event in November will focus on how Co-Housing can contribute to  achieving outcomes in the Planning Review. We will also look at land, finance and delivery.
More information
Leading for the Future - Youth Climate Summit
26 November
TIC, Glasgow

This is an opportunity for anyone aged roughly 20-30 to meet and learn more about the issues that matter to them, learn about the challenges in all our futures and how to be a part of the transition needed to achieve a clean, sustainable and fair future!
As a summit delegate, you will have the opportunity to:
Improve your skills and understanding of how you can be a future leader in your chosen field;
Learn what different sectors in Scotland are doing to address climate change;
Take part in a great networking opportunity;
Be part of an exciting social movement of young people.  
More information

Invitation to contribute to our next newsletter

Do you have a project, event, or story that you would like to share here? Please email us on with your text and image before December 5th


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