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Shetland Climate Festival Programme Published

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Shetland Islands Council has announced the programme for this year’s Shetland Climate Festival, taking place on Saturday 15th June in the Clickimin Bowls Hall.

The event will again feature a central exhibition, hosting over 20 organisations from key sectors whose work relates to climate change and its impacts. 

A new element for 2024 is a series of craft stalls showcasing and selling items sustainably made in Shetland.

Alongside the exhibition there will be a programme of workshops and presentations designed to inform, involve, and empower the community to be able to make climate positive changes in their lives.

These include a ‘walking wildlife workshop’ around the Clickimin Loch led by Species on the Edge officer Gareth Powell, a presentation given by the Islands Centre for Net Zero and a workshop by NHS Shetland examining the health implications of a changing climate.

For bairns, there is a BookBug session as well as face painting, a scavenger hunt around the hall and the popular kids’ zone where young ones can learn all about new and future technologies.

Claire Ferguson, Team Leader of Climate Change Strategy:

“We have some really exciting new parts to the festival event this year. 

“We are especially excited to announce that BookBug will be joining us for a reading session in the morning, and that we will have craft stalls selling some beautiful items.”

Moraig Lyall, Chair of the Council’s Environment and Transport Committee:

“I’m pleased to see this event returning for its third year.  

“It is important that we keep engaging with the challenges and impacts that climate change presents for us all.  

“The festival highlights the ongoing work being done in Shetland to tackle the changing climate, and provides information on how we can all take steps to have a positive impact on our climate and environment, as well as our own health and financial wellbeing.”

This year’s Shetland Climate Festival is supported by ESB, developers of the Stoura Wind Farm.

The full programme is now available on the Council’s Climate Change webpage: https://www.shetland.gov.uk/climatefestival202

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