The Climate Action Fife partnership had a successful networking day on 23rd June, bringing together representatives and activity leads of the newly funded project. There was a good atmosphere and people valued meeting up in person. Some of our partners have worked together for two years without actually seeing each other in real life. Here is some of what the participants said about the event:
Loved the ice breaker and putting faces to names, it makes it easier to contact people with queries or joint ventures
Change is happening on many levels that we can work together to make stronger. I really liked the discussion around shifting normal and ISM (Individual-Social-Material) frameworks.
We have a great project with fantastic and committed partners
The ‘Climate Action Fife’ project is a partnership of 12 organisations delivering a programme of Fife-wide climate action. It will focus on five interlinked strands: Business, Homes and Gardens, Food, Travel and Community and Natural Environment Enhancement.
Climate Action Fife is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.
We are excited to share that thanks to funding from The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland, FCCAN will continue working with partners to inspire climate action through the Climate Action Fife project. The project, which is led by Greener Kirkcaldy is a 5 year Fife-wide partnership project made up of 12 cross sector partners, including Fife Bikeworks, CLEAR, EATS Rosyth Community Garden and Centenary Orchard, Fife College, Fife Council, Fife Coast & Countryside Trust, Greener Kirkcaldy, PLANT, St Andrews Environmental Network, Transition University of St Andrews and Youth 1st.
The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on how we consume household energy and on setting energy standards to ensure our housing stock is fit for the future. It is a consultation on a Passivhaus bill for much lower energy homes, and on raising the minimum standards for buildings.
The Domestic Building Environmental Standards (Scotland) Bill would see all new housing built to the internationally recognised Passivhaus standard or a Scottish equivalent in order to improve energy efficiency and thermal performance.
It is proposed that every new home, whether they be built by councils, housing associations or the private sector, would have to be built to verifiable high energy efficiency standards. This would reduce fuel bills and reduce emissions whilst ensuring that there is no need for expensive retrofitting in future.
It would help break the retrofitting cycle and would ensure the homes of tomorrow do not get added to the ever-growing list of inefficient homes requiring government investment.
The consultation on this proposed Bill has now launched.
FCCAN is making a consultation response but we would urge interested member organisations to do so as well. We are ‘fully supporting’ all questions in the consultation, and making some common sense comments around lower energy buildings being more comfortable and eliminating future fuel poverty in those houses.
Scottish Communities Climate Action Network (SCCAN) have a range of training workshops coming up. These are free to members of FCCAN.
Here are their training workshops that you might be interested in attending:
Improving Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Training 2pm – 4pm, Tuesday 24th May (online)
Do you want to engage with more diverse audiences? Do you want to be more accessible and inclusive as an organisation? Come to this taster skillshare training to learn best practices from initiatives, projects and organisations working with diverse communities. You will hear from Al-Meezan, Granton Goes Greener, Transition St Andrews, Women Climate Action, among others. Followed by small group discussions.
Sociocracy Taster Webinar by Sociocracy for All, 2pm – 3:30pm, Monday 30th May(online)
Do you have hope that collaboration in organizations could bring out the best in people? Do you think organizations could be places of synergy, collaboration, growth, and deep and authentic connection? At SCCAN, we practice sociocracy and invite you to learn more about it. Open to all, this taster training will be presented by Jerry Koch-Gonzalez, co-founder of Sociocracy For All and author of Who decides Who decides? and Many Voices One Song. Jerry will give an overview of sociocracy and talk about: better listening, consent decision making and circle structure, and examples from real life!
Introducing Sociocracy: Sociocracy for All 2pm – 5pm, Monday 6th & 20th June (online)
You’ve heard of sociocracy and you’re ready to learn it? Join this 2 x 3hours sociocracy introductory training! Sociocracy for All will give you an overview of the basic concepts of sociocracy also known as Dynamic Governance:
Host a ‘Climate Conversation’/ Become a facilitator, various dates (online)
Having quality conversations about climate change is one of the most effective things we can do to stop it. ‘Climate for Change’ conversations are like Tupperware parties but the idea communicated is ‘how we can take action on climate change’.
We will host a Climate for Change Conversation – open to all, online, Wednesday 18th May, 6pm – 8:30pm,max. 10 attendees. Join here.
Monthly conversations about climate and environmentally-themed stories, write-in sessions, and more! Join the first skillshare for writers who create/are interested in creating stories on environmental justice. In this introductory session, we will gather input into the future of these skillshares and ways we can work together to amplify our voices. What would you want from this space, time and group that you aren’t getting elsewhere at the moment? Time to write? Inspiration? Collaboration? Feedback from peers? A writing buddy? Bring your words and ideas!
SCCAN networking cafe: Let’s Talk About Transport! 3:30pm – 5pm, Monday 13th June (online)
Are you interested in sustainable transport? Do you run a sustainable transport project? Join our next networking café on Car sharing, Bikes, active travel, modal shifts and more. Share experience, ideas, challenges and questions! We will have short presentations on:
1) 20 Minutes Neighbourhood and Community Car Sharing by Findhorn Ecovillage
2) How to implement shared or active transport with CoMo UK
This will be followed by small group discussions. Come to share your experiences, ideas and challenges with others.
Helping Fife communities to create new woodland on their doorstep.
Fife Communities Climate Action Network would like to see Fife rapidly increase the area and diversity of woodland in and around communities as a response to the climate and ecological emergencies. As a network, we aim to plant a tree for every person in Fife within the next five years.
In order to make that happen we developed a Community Tree Planting Guide as part of the Climate Action Fife project.
The Tree Planting Guide provides some simple tools to help local people plan and do community tree planting projects. It includes information on how, where and what to plant, advice on funding your project and support with approaching a landowner for permission to plant trees.
Many community planting projects take place on land owned by Fife Council, so we are working with the council to make it easier to get their permission and support. Use the Fife Council Tree Planting Planning Form to make your request to the council. The process for their decision making is set out in the Guide.
If you need any help or if you would like to discuss your project, please contact us through the Climate Action Fife website.
We would also like to hear if you find the guide and palette tool useful and if there is anything we can do to improve both documents.
Join us online on Thursday 24th March 2022 at 7pm for this workshop demonstrating the new Fife Community Tree Planting Guide.
This online workshop launches the Fife Community Tree Planting Guide, which was created by the Climate Action Fife. It gives information on how communities can go about creating new woodland on their doorstep.
After attending you will have a good understanding of how you can engage your community in finding suitable land and have ideas on how to fund, design and undertake a tree planting project under 2 hectares.
The Fife Community Cycling Action Plan proposes ten actions to get more people commuting by bike in Fife. Greener Kirkcaldy created it on behalf of Fife Communities Climate Action Network, as part of the Climate Action Fife project.
We spoke to local people to see which actions would have the greatest impact, holding stakeholder workshops and running a community survey to gather people’s views. The survey asked what the biggest barriers are to commuting by bike, and what people would need to overcome these.
The Action Plan presents our findings and recommendations. It proposes ten actions to get more people commuting by bike in Fife, across three main themes: route improvements, cycle storage and behaviour/attitude change measures.
We now need community groups, Fife Council and others to take the recommendations forward. For example, local communities can use the plan to influence Community Action Plans. We would also love to hear your feedback. If you have any comments on the Action Plan please contact us.
Date – Monday, 28 February 2022, 11am – 12:30pm. This is an online event. It is free, but booking is essential.Book your place now.
The Scottish Government, in partnership with Fife Communities Climate Action Network, is holding a consultation event to hear your views on support for community climate action in Fife.
The Government is developing a network of regional community climate action hubs. They will help groups take up community funding opportunities, facilitate networking and ensure a joined-up approach is being taken to tackling climate change at a regional level. There is more background to the hubs project on the Scottish Government website.
Fife Communities Climate Action Network welcomes the hubs initiative. We are now working with the Scottish Government to consult local groups. We want to show that there is interest in having a hub for Fife, discuss how a Fife hub might be set up and what its priorities would be. We want to hear from community groups and third-sector organisations who are not involved in climate change work, as well as those who are already engaged in this area.
Come along and have your say. There will be short presentations about the hubs idea and plenty of time for questions and discussion.
At the end of September, nearly 900 Fifers stood together on beaches across the Kingdom to highlight the need for urgent climate action. At four Line in the Sand events, people gathered along the hide-tide line to form a visual representation of rising sea-levels and to sound the alarm in the run up to the COP26 climate summit.
This piece of participatory climate art sent a clear message to world leaders arriving in Glasgow – we will no longer accept the status-quo, we are drawing a line in the sand for climate change. The events at Buckhaven, Dalgety Bay, Kirkcaldy and St Andrews were a call for government action, a time for reflection and aimed to create a wave of personal action.
The events saw the launch of Climate Action Fife’s campaign the Big Five For Fife. These are 5 high-impact personal actions that will help Fifers tackle the climate emergency. By taking action, individuals can make a big difference in Fife, add to the legacy of COP26 and help make Scotland a more climate friendly nation.Find out about the Big Five for Fifehere.
Climate Action Fife is a Fife-wide partnership project between Greener Kirkcaldy, Fife Council, Fife College and Fife Communities Climate Action Network.
Around forty turned up at the Old Harbour shore and since the tide was fairly high, and the shore is rocky, relocated their line to the crumbling pier. The people of Buckhaven and Levenmouth came together to send a simple message – the climate emergency affects us all, our community is concerned and demands action.
The group spent the next two hours heroically clearing litter from the shore as part of the national Marine Conservation Society UK-wide beach clean campaign and survey. Thanks to Buckhaven & Denbeath Community Council and Levenmouth Academy for completing the MCS survey.
The Dalgety Bay Line in the Sand kicked off with fun family activities on the beach, followed by speeches at the Anchor. Cllr. Barratt reminded attendees why climate change matters to communities in Fife and Kim from Plastic-Free Dalgety Bay explained how industry in our local area is contributing to the environmental and social damage caused by fracking for oil, despite the moratorium on fracking in Scotland. The attendees were introduced to the Big Five for Fifeand were asked to “pledge with their feet” by gathering around the posters for the pledges they wanted to commit to. And then it was time for their Line in the Sand, formed of adults, children, toddlers and very well behaved dogs! Around sixty people attended. Thank you to Richard Newton Photography for these brilliant images.
Lang Touners were invited to gather on Seafield Beach to make their voices heard. Attendees shared their personal climate messages by making placards before heading onto the beach to create a line of around eighty people. There was a fantastic mix, including concern members of the public, elected representatives, council employees, local school children and members of Fife College student association to name a few. We heard speeches from Greener Kirkcaldy’s Chair, Christine May, who told us why it is so important to make our voices heard now with COP26 taking place in Scotland, before Andrea Elder, also of Greener Kirkcaldy, gave a young person’s perspective on taking climate action. The event finished with a challenge to participants to commit to one of the Big Five For Fife. Thanks to MidgieBite Media and Ginger Man with a Cam for documenting the event.
The largest Line in the Sand took place in St Andrews and saw over 600 people amassed on West Sands beach. This event had a real flavour of Fridays for Future, with mostly young people taking part. The attendees stopped traffic as they marched through the town centre, with placards held high and chants of “climate justice and “keep it in the soil”. Line in the Sand allowed St Andrews’ youth voice to be heard and highlighted the urgent need for action and solidarity to stem climate change. This is especially important in the run up to COP26. You can read interviews with some young participants here. Thanks to University of St Andrews Sustainability for the photos.
A huge thank you to all the organisers, volunteers and media teams who made these events possible.
Find out about the Big Five for Fife pledges here.
Climate Action Fife are bringing businesses together to give them the tools to reduce their carbon footprint.
Are you interested in reducing your energy usage or food waste in your business, organisation, or community building? Do you lack the information, motivation or financial support to put changes into practice?
This online business breakfast event will cover the technical and financial support available to put new practices and measures into place, and how to make significant, measurable carbon savings. You will also hear more about the wider public benefits of making your business more climate friendly and why now is an ideal time to make changes. People in Fife want ambitious action on climate change. We all need to work together to reduce carbon emissions – and the business sector has a key role in making this happen.
At the event you will hear from:
Greener Kirkcaldy – On the benefits to your business by being more climate-friendly, and the support available to your business, community building, or third sector organisations through the Climate Action Fife project.
Local case studies from Fife who are already reducing food waste and energy use, and Greener Kirkcaldy’s experience of making changes within their own community building.
There will be time to pose your question to the experts and discuss your support needs. It’s an ideal opportunity to come together to highlight examples of effective practices, and to meet others with similar aims.
This event is free and will take place on Zoom. The joining link will be sent after booking your ticket.
Climate Action Fife brings together individuals, communities, local government and businesses. The Fife-wide partnership project aims to tackle the climate emergency. And make Fife a greener and fairer place to live.