Nearly 70 organisations registered to participate in Scotland’s inaugural Climate Week, which concluded on 23 September. The Scottish Government-led national campaign aimed to raise awareness and inspire action on climate change. Public sector organisations, businesses, community groups and charities all took part, organising activities ranging from workshops to film screenings, electric bike demonstrations and information displays to conferences.
Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change Roseanna Cunningham launched Climate Week on 16 September whilst participating in a volunteer hedge planting day at the new Seven Lochs wetland park. She met representatives there from Climate Ready Clyde, a cross-sector partnership initiative supporting the development of a shared understanding of climate change risks and opportunities across the Glasgow City Region.
At Keep Scotland Beautiful, we organised a series of events for staff including: a biodiversity winter cutting and planting workshop, a lunchtime talk from Transition Stirling, an organised litter pick in partnership with local businesses, an information display on active travel that also highlighted KSB Active Travel Week activities, and an information display on the One Planet Picnic initiative and sustainable food.
In total, 69 organisations registered to participate in Climate Week, many of whom used the hashtag#ScotClimateWeek to share stories and photographs of their actions. Highlights include:
Eleven local authorities participated, including Glasgow City Council who organised film screenings and workshops as part of Take One Action Film Festival, energy efficiency advice, opportunities to learn more about local biodiversity and open space, and interactive and iterative community sessions around Climate Justice.
Many exciting events took place over the course of the week, including the Energy Data for All/Edinburgh Living Lab’s Global Goals Jam, in which participants aimed to design prototype interventions that demonstrated rapid impact and contributed to realising the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. At the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, a half-day event explored the impact of climate change on plants in our gardens and the wider environment. Two conferences were held during Climate Week: the Sustainable Health Scotland conference in Clydebank, and the Fife Environmental Partnership conference and fair in Dunfermline.
A number of universities took part, with Robert Gordon University Students’ Union hosting a Green Open Day, and Queen Margaret University organising daily campus sustainability tours and a range of active travel events. At the GeoBus project at the University of St Andrews, Dr James Rae took over their Twitter account and the first in a series of four YouTube videos about climate change was released, focussing on the Greenhouse Effect.
A full list of Climate Week participants is listed on the Climate Week website. Sustainable Scotland Network are planning to communicate with all Climate Week participants in due course, to gather feedback on the event.