Climate Action Fife

Exciting news! We are thrilled to be part of a new Fife-wide partnership project to tackle climate change in Fife, thanks to National Lottery funding.

Climate Action Fife is the first project in Scotland to be funded by the National Lottery Community Fund’s new £100 million Climate Action Fund. 14 grants have been awarded across the UK in total so far.

Starting 1st October, we’ll be working alongside Fife Council, Fife College and Greener Kirkcaldy (the lead partner) to pilot a range of exciting activities to build capacity in communities across Fife to take action on climate change, engage people from all backgrounds and sectors, tackle carbon emissions and deliver ambitious longer-term plans.

Project activities will take place over the next 18 months. They include:

  • Climate change communications, training and engagement events
  • Behaviour change activities encouraging climate-friendly businesses, climate-friendly homes and gardens, climate-friendly food and climate-friendly holidays
  • Studies into the potential for a Fife community renewable energy project, a community tree planting strategy and a community cycling manifesto
  • Testing different approaches to getting more community groups across Fife involved in action on climate change

The Climate Action Fund is the newest fund from the National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. The new fund aims to enable people and communities to take the lead in tackling the climate emergency by building a network of people and communities, well-placed to drive change, between and beyond their community.

We’re very excited to be involved in this project as it will bring together cross-sector groups working on practical local projects to tackle climate change on a Fife-wide scale. It will also support new groups to get involved, in recognition that we need all communities to join this journey to a Climate Friendly Fife. There’ll be lots of opportunities for FCCAN members to get involved. We’ll keep you up to date as the project progresses!

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Community renewable energy for Fife?

Fife Communities Climate Action Network are developing a Fife Community Renewables Initiative. We want to create new renewable energy projects, in collaboration with our member community groups, and other local partners, including the public sector.

We think there are lots of advantages, including community empowerment, education, green energy for local people, and long term benefit payments to community organisations.

We would love to hear feedback from local organisations and others on this. Is it a good idea? Are there any opportunities in your area? Projects already in the pipeline? Please get back to us with your comments – you can email us on facilitator.fccan@gmail.com.

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Event: Cutting carbon in community buildings and businesses

 

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Are you interested in reducing the carbon footprint of your community building or business? Would you like to save money on your energy bills or transport costs?

If you are thinking of making changes to ‘go greener’, or would like to find out more about the options, come along to this free event. You’ll hear from impartial experts and from local organisations with hands-on experience.

Date: Friday 24th January, 10am – 12pm.
Venue: Greener Kirkcaldy, 8 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XT.

Speakers will include Resource Efficient Scotland and Community Energy Scotland. We’ll discuss how the climate emergency could impact your organisation, along with practical advice on easy wins to manage resources, cut carbon emissions, and fund longer term measures. Guest speakers will share their stories of putting measures in place. There will be plenty time to ask questions and we’ll be giving a tour of our building’s solar pv system, battery energy storage system and electric vehicle charging point.

Book your place now

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Fife’s climate action plan – have your say

Fife Council is seeking your feedback!  The  Council has published its draft Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP) and wants to hear what you think.

They are consulting on the draft ‘Climate Fife’ plan until 9 December 2019.  Feedback will be used to update the plan for publication in February 2020.

You can take part online at climatechange.fife.scot. The SECAP document is accompanied by a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Environmental Report which you can comment on too.

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Image: Fife Council http://www.fife.gov.uk

We encourage all Fife folk who are concerned about climate change to read the draft climate plan and share their feedback with the Council. The draft climate plan sets the direction of Council policy and action for the next ten years so it needs to reflect the urgency of the situation we face.

We also suggest going a step further – write to, message, or even better, speak to your local Councillors too. You can find their contact details on www.fife.gov.uk.

Tell them how important climate change is to you, your community and future generations. Councillors are elected to represent us – their constituents – and they are more likely to support strong action on climate change if they know how important this is to us.

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September network event at The Ecology Centre, Kinghorn

Our next network event will be at The Ecology Centre, Kinghorn. It will take place 2pm – 4pm on Friday 13th September 2019.

Come and see the beautiful site and the new Ecology Centre building which is built to passivhaus standard and using natural, recycled or recyclable materials where possible. A key feature is the use of old shipping containers, refurbished and insulated to provide workshop and storage space.

There will also be speakers – Fife Council’s Biodiversity Coordinator Johanna Willi will give a talk on local biodiversity along with one of the Ecology Centre’s volunteers. We will also hear from Kinghorn Community Land Association about their plans for an eco-cemetery.

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Towards a Plastic Free St Andrews – Official Launch!

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Community action against plastic in St Andrews! We’re delighted to share this invitation:
Come along to the launch of the Plastic Free St Andrews project & find out all about the project as well as how you can get involved. 
There will be several talks/ presentations on the day as well as information on how you can switch from plastic to more sustainable materials.

The event will run from 10am – 6pm so feel free to pop in at anytime – we look forward to seeing you there! 

The event will be taking place on Jun 29, 2019 at 10:00 AM. 

The event location is St Marys Place, St Andrews.

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Towards a Plastic Free Fife – summary of our March 2019 networking meeting

Fife Communities Climate Action Network’s March 2019 networking meeting was held at the Kernel Community workshop in the St Andrews Botanic Garden.

Over 25 people from various groups across Fife expressed their concern shown towards the levels of plastic pollution covering every part of the planet and discussed action.  Many groups are organising beach cleans, litter picks and helping to deal with the waste in the environment. Crucially though, groups are now turning towards prevention of plastic waste through offering alternatives and campaigning for local action.

Sustainable Cupar ran a plastic straw replacement drive where they offered local businesses replacement biodegradable straws to replace plastic. The press received was used to highlight the issue and raise concern whist a number of businesses switched or ended offering straws without request completely.

The Plastic Free Anstruther team shared their successes of building up awareness through beach cleans and aligning themselves with the Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free framework. This was followed by dialogue with local businesses in order to prompt them to offer plastic free alternatives.

In St Andrews a coalition of community groups (Community Council, StANDEN, Transition UStA) are working with the University and Fife Council on bottom up and top down actions. This includes education of new and existing residents of St Andrews, engaging business and running projects in local schools. Actions included beach / burn cleans (group and individual), town wide re-usable cup and establishment of a charter/award scheme for business whilst seeking to set up public water fountains. An ambitious target of eradicating single use-packaging was being sought after surveying business to understand the issues whilst supporting changes and encouraging suppliers to take back waste. The University already has a target to eliminate plastic by 2022.

A real struggle was felt to be with Fife Council Education department which continues to prioritise plastic within a lot of its school canteens despite much protest from kids, parents and within the council itself.

A short workshop identified areas where more collaboration across Fife could be beneficial including organising a Fife wide re-usable cup, plastic free status and rewards for businesses scheme and more engagement/ dialogue with Fife Council on the main sources of single use plastics including within Council facilities.

Next steps? To be kept in touch, please watch this space, Contact Us to get added to our email list, or join our Facebook group to discuss these issues with other Fife community groups.

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Towards a Plastic Free Fife – FCCAN Networking Event

52024160_10156985289262103_1924589555600588800_nOur quarterly networking event will be taking place in St Andrews on Monday 25th March from 6pm til 8pm. You will have a chance to hear from local Fife groups and experts who have been working on projects aimed at tackling plastic waste. We will hear short talks on prevention, re-use and litter picking as well as share our experiences of dealing with plastic waste in our communities. With much interest being focused on how communities can help prevent plastics from getting into the environment we are keen to understand what opportunities there are to reducing plastic consumption and reducing its impact in our local environment and globally.

Please feel free to share this invite among other groups in Fife working to tackle climate change.

Venue: The Kernel Workshop, St Andrews Botanic Garden

Agenda for the evening:
6pm to 6.30pm – Food, refreshments and a tour of the Garden and Kernel
6.30 Welcome and Introductions
6.45 Presentation on Plastic Free St Andrews
7.00 Zero Waste Presentation
7.15 Workshop – Exploring the opportunities and issues of creating a plastic free communities
Forming partnerships across Fife. Are there any joint issues or ideas for work across Fife?
7.45 Plenary
7.50 FCCAN update
Fife council liaison – Fife Environment Partnership
Steering group
Scottish Communities Climate Action Network
8.00 Close

The access for the Kernel is from Viaduct walk (by foot/bike) or James Street/Wallace Street.

Tickets via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/fife-communities-climate-action-network-9869079332

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Smart Energy Systems and Communities – next steps

Fife Communities Climate Action Network recently hosted a workshop with Community Energy Scotland, a national charity that supports people to make the most of local energy resources, on the topic of “Smart Energy Systems and Communities”.

There was a good turn-out, with 28 people coming along. Gillian Wilson, Community Energy Scotland’s Head of Development, introduced us to ‘Smart Energy’ and gave us a useful presentation on the opportunities and challenges that the coming changes to our energy systems might bring for community groups. We then had an interesting discussion about what that could mean in Fife, including what we should learn from previous and current energy initiatives.

You can see Gillian’s slides here – Fife Smart Energy session Sep 2018 . You can find out more about Community Energy Scotland’s on their website and your community group can also become a member – its free of charge.

So, what next?

Some groups at the event felt that they should just keep an eye on how this agenda develops. Others were inspired to want to learn more, and see what projects we could come up with locally.  Community Energy Scotland have some limited funding to work with community groups, building organisational capacity and supporting local action on smart energy.  This support could help your organisation and local people in your area to get ready for smart energy and for some of the opportunities and challenges Gillian outlined in her session. Any groups who would like more information on this follow up support, should get in touch with Gillian Wilson on  Gillian.wilson@communityenergyscotland.org.uk.

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My Climate Changes consultation event – Kirkcaldy, 24 September 2018

My Climate Changes

Monday 24 September 6pm – 8pm

New Volunteer House, 16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XT

The Scottish Parliament is holding a community event in Kirkcaldy to explore the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill. This is a great opportunity for people in Fife to find out more, share their thoughts on how it might have an impact, and help shape the Bill. Members of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee will be present to explain the Bill as well as Stewart Stevenson MSP, and Mark Ruskell MSP. We’re supporting the Scottish Parliament by encouraging our members, networks and community to come along to the event. Everyone is welcome but you must book a place. A light buffet will be served at 5.30pm.

Find out more or book your place.

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