Community Climate Action Plan empowers community to tackle climate change.
With support from environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful, the Knoydart Climate Action Group has developed a bespoke Community Climate Action Plan, setting out how the local community can improve their environment and tackle the challenges we all face.
The collaborative plan sets out specific actions people can take in their area, to reduce carbon emissions, improve air quality, boost the local economy and make Knoydart a cleaner, greener and more sustainable place to live.
It is designed to be updated regularly, can be contributed to by anybody in the community – and everybody can play a part in tackling climate change through the activities it sets out.
Lachie Robinson, administrator of the Knoydart Climate Action Group (a working group of the Knoydart Foundation) said:
“Working with Keep Scotland Beautiful on our Community Climate Action Plan helped our community continue its ongoing discussion about how best to tackle the climate and biodiversity crisis on Knoydart.
“Moving forward, we aspire to go beyond simply talking about environmental issues and into the realms of practical action (as many other community projects on Knoydart are already doing) and as a result we have rebranded from ‘Knoydart Climate Conversations Working Group’ to ‘Knoydart Climate Action Group’ following working on our climate action plan with Keep Scotland Beautiful.
“It was useful to have so many possibilities for climate action, including some ideas we had not yet considered, collated by Keep Scotland beautiful as part of the Climate Action Plan support Programme.
“We are hopeful that our climate action plan will inform many future environmental projects on Knoydart that will make a meaningful and lasting positive difference.”
Funding from The Scottish Government, as part of Scotland’s COP26 community engagement programme, has allowed Keep Scotland Beautiful to work on Community Climate Action Plans with seven communities across Scotland (Islay and Jura; Arbroath; Newcastleton; Knoydart; Pollokshields; Ferguslie Park; and Shotts).
Each community received support from a community climate facilitator, to help their community to develop its unique plan.
Keep Scotland Beautiful has also highlighted inspiring ideas from across Scotland and beyond, and provided guidance about further potential funding.
Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Communities Manager Katie O’Donnell said:
“It has been inspiring to work with communities to provide support as they put plans in place to take real, meaningful climate action – the appetite for this is hopefully linked to increased awareness of the climate crisis following COP26.
“I’m delighted that the successful groups are working with us to help Scotland meet the ambition of becoming a Net Zero Nation and look forward to seeing each of them take their next steps to put their Community Climate Action Plan in place.
“I am also delighted to announce that, thanks to further funding from The Scottish Government, Keep Scotland Beautiful will be able to continue to support the communities for another year – until March 2023 – as they progress through their plans.”