Climate Week is here

Posted by Neil Harrison on 16th September 2016

Year 1 of Climate Week focused on staff within the Scottish Government to raise awareness of climate change and the actions which can be taken to help tackle it. Year 2 has been about reaching out to other organisations and getting them involved.

Pleased to report that at time of writing 55 other organisations have chosen to get involved. The roll call includes bodies such as the Crofting Commission, Cycling Scotland, Edinburgh World Heritage, Scottish Canals, Scottish Enterprise, SQA and Zero Waste Scotland.

Climate Week is a great demonstration of the variety of ways to have a discussion about the climate and the actions which can be taken.

  • Glasgow City Council is linking with Wildfest, running a doors open day and hosting business networking and training events on climate adaptation.
  • NHS Ayrshire and Arran is building a group of sustainability champions, releasing a new energy at home service, and offering tours of a sustainable hospital.
  • Scotland's 2020 Climate Group is holding a networking event:  “Switched On: New ideas for switching to renewables”.
  • Skills Development Scotland is running events alongside their annual month-long internal environmental campaign.
  • University of Glasgow is holding a workshop on sustainability for students and organising a mini festival in the University’s community garden.

The Scottish Government is holding a range of events including a series of talks and seminars on topics from the Paris Agreement to Bee keeping. Active travel is being highlighted through led bike rides run by Sustrans to show staff different road infrastructure. Staff are also encouraged to think about how they can change their habits in the workplace and at home.

Plus, Climate Week coincides with World Car Free Day. So we’re working with local radio stations Clyde, Forth, Northsound, Radio Tay, MFR, Radio Borders, West FM and WestSound to talk about alternatives to the car on the Life Matters feature.  For example, did you know that one journey by a double decker bus has the potential to mean there are 75 less cars on the road. Or that walking for 25-minutes 5 times a week protects the brain region associated with planning and memory. It can also add 2 years to your life.

These are just two great reasons why if the journey is not far, forget the car.

If you want to follow Climate Week as it progresses use #ScotClimateWeek.

Or for a Stupidly Simple explanation on why it is so important to work together to create a Greener Scotland, watch Phil Kays interview with Professor James Curran and Chris McGinnis.