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Welcome to Scottish Communities Climate Action Network's August newsletter
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ONGOING PROJECTS

Are We Ready?

Everyone in Scotland is good at talking about the weather. ‘Are We Ready?’ encourages us to talk about the weather as a starting point for discussing how to make our communities more resilient. It is a resource for local people to use to start talking about the changing weather and the effect this and other challenges associated with climate change will have on our community. Starting a conversation will help you to involve others and build wider support. You can use our film to start conversations with other groups such as your Community Council; Parents and Toddlers; schools and youth groups -for example.
Get more information and get involved!

Community Learning Exchange

Aching for connecting with other community groups and getting some inspiration? The Community Learning Exchange is still running! It is open to any constituted group that is a member or aspiring member of one of the networks which make up the Scottish Community Alliance, e.g. SCCAN.
The objective of the Exchange is to increase the capacity and capability of the community sector by encouraging learning visits between community groups. It will cover 100% of the costs of a visit by members of one community to another community project up to a limit of £750. Costs may include travel, accommodation (where appropriate), subsistence and a host fee of £300 (up to £500 where the host has multiple visitors).
More information can be found here, or email us to express your interest.

Fife Communities Climate Action Network

The Kingdom of Fife has a regional network for community groups taking action on climate change. Funded by the Climate Challenge Fund, they are sharing information, resources and knowledge whilst tackling the barriers to low carbon living in Fife. To date they have had some great networking events on sourcing local funding and getting involved in community planning. The next event is soon!: August 22nd, 5-8pm, in Methil, focusing on engaging young people. Find out more on Fife CCAN’s website.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

CCF Development Grants

Development Grants are available from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund to help community-led organisations develop an application for future climate action funding or to support peer-to-peer learning activities that build their capacity to tackle climate change. Development Grants of up to £1,500 are available now and applications are considered on a monthly basis. More information and application on CCF’s website.

Zero Waste towns

Are you championing Zero Waste and have some innovative ideas burning to get implemented? Then perhaps you could follow Zero Waste Dunbar and Zero Waste Bute and become Scotland third Zero Waste town. Zero Waste Scotland are encouraging environmental projects promoting a circular economy approach to apply, and especially urban projects are urged to come forward this time round. Click here for more information and to apply.

UPCOMING EVENTS

DTA Scotland
Annual Conference and AGM
4-5 September
Westerwood Hotel & Conference Centre, Cumbernauld

A jam-packed schedule of inspiring talks and site visits.
More information and registration
Transition Scotland Get-together
10-11 September
Cromarty

Free family friendly event for Transition Initiatives and like-minded groups to share inspiration and plans for the future.
More information and registration
Climate Week 2016
16-23 September
Scottish public bodies raise awareness about climate change by putting on a wide range of events.
Sustainable Health Scotland
22 September
Jubilee Conference Centre, Glasgow

Conference addressing the role of sustainable development within Scotland's health services focusing on the shift to a preventative system. SCCAN has free tickets - email us to claim them!
More information
CCF Gathering
4 October
Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

To celebrate and showcase projects from around Scotland and to provide opportunities for CCF grant recipients to make new connections to support them in their climate change action.

NEWS FROM THE NETWORK

Reflections from community climate action in Malawi

Philip Revell, Chair of SCCAN, travelled to Malawi in March 2016 as part of an international knowledge and learning exchange. Philip learnt first hand about the climate change impacts affecting communities in Malawi, and what action they are taking as a response. Read more about his experience in his blog, and watch this film to get an insight into what is happening on the ground in Malawi.

Bridgend Ecobuilding study tour

Bridgend Inspiring Growth recently participated in the Community Learning Exchange. Here is what they got up to: ”We had a fantastic Eco-Building study tour of various eco-build projects in and around South East Scotland. There were 16 participants and people were very inspired, and we have built on that knowledge, enthusiasm and momentum to begin our community build of a self-sustaining bothy building in one of the external barns at Bridgend Farmhouse. Over two months we will work with various individuals and groups to build a bothy with sustainable sources like timber, straw-bale, hemp-crete, cob, solar panels, wood-burner and rain-water harvesting. We are grateful for building these links and alliances with different groups, people and projects across Scotland. We hope in the future to host events, meetings, visits and the like to unite with other groups near and far fighting to create a more sustainable, sensible, resilient and equal society. If anyone or any groups are interested, please get in touch!”

 

New Members

Welcome to Permaculture Scotland, a new Associate Member!
Permaculture Scotland is part of the Permaculture Association Britain, and is guided by the Permaculture Scotland Working Group. Our goal is to grow the network in Scotland to be self-sustaining and contribute to national health, wealth and happiness, whilst sharing what we have and what we seek with the worldwide permaculture community. We hold an annual gathering (usually in June) and have a demonstration network of practical permaculture sites via the ScotLAND initiative.

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 info@scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk with your text and image before September 7th
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