Thursday, 30 April 2009

Now's the time for community-led climate action

Karen Grant represents the voluntary sector on the decision-making panel of the Climate Challenge Fund. This is an extract from an article she wrote for Third Force News this week:

With £27.4 million committed up to 2011, the Climate Challenge Fund has the potential to dramatically grow the capacity of the community-based movement in Scotland – and, when coupled with concerted action by decision-makers at all levels, to result in very significant emissions reductions.

Last week the latest round of 33 successful projects were announced, including a local food project in Edinburgh, an energy audit of buildings in Assynt to help plan future energy efficiency and renewable energy measures, an energy advice service in Argyll and an innovative urban community arts project tackling climate issues. The level of energy and inspiration coming from communities is impressive, and the Fund can help make the leap from idea to action.

The Fund centres on two main criteria – projects must be community led, and they must deliver emissions reductions. These reductions may be delivered within the duration of the project, or they may be projected reductions which will happen as a result in the future. If you think the CCF may be able to help your group, get in touch with one of the grants officers at an early stage and they will guide you through the application process.

Useful web sites:
The Climate Challenge Fund –
A map and details of all CCF projects funded so far -

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

A future for Scottish forests?

The landscape is changing for Scottish forestry, and the newest issue of the Reforesting Scotland journal (designed by Catalyst Campaigns) is focused on just where the future lies. Journal editor Ida Maspero writes, "What is called for now [ Scottish forestry...] is an integrated and imaginative approach that extends across the artificial boundaries drawn between technology, human wellbeing, science, economics, conservation and community. What’s more, it would also boost the economy... and help restore a crumbling sense of community."

The journal is published by Big Sky - a printer in the Northeast of Scotland, specialising in environmentally sustainable printing, using vegetable-based inks and Scottish-made recycled paper. Catalyst Campaigns has worked with Big Sky for 15 years and they just get better and better.