Project will empower communities to take action
Fife will host a new project to help communities tackle the climate emergency thanks to funding from the Scottish Government.
Fife Communities Climate Action Network has received £224,699 from the Scottish Government to set up Fife Climate Action Hub. This project will empower people and communities to take practical action to tackle the climate emergency.
The hub will help people understand how the climate emergency could affect their local area and what they can do to avoid it. It will provide advice and support to promote collaboration between communities and sectors and enable learning.
People across Fife will be able to take part in a varied programme of events, training and support.
The hub will involve more than 3,000 people in its activities over the next year. It will engage with a wide range of community organisations. These include youth groups, sports clubs, faith groups, equalities groups, community halls, arts groups and community councils.
Fife Climate Action Hub is part of a new network of regional community climate action hubs in Scotland. It follows two pathfinder hubs in the north of Scotland.
Jan Davidson, steering group member, Fife Communities Climate Action Network said: “I’m delighted that Fife’s communities have the opportunity to be part of a growing network of climate action hubs around Scotland.
“Our homes, neighbourhoods and incredible natural environment are already feeling the effect of the climate emergency. It’s never been more important to take action.
“To solve the crisis, climate action needs to become everyone’s business. That’s why Fife Climate Action Hub will reach well beyond the people and communities who are already engaged.
“Some people are already taking action to tackle the climate emergency but many others are only becoming aware there is a problem. We want to talk to a diverse range of people and groups at all stages of their journey.”
Mairi McAllan, cabinet secretary for Net Zero and just transition, said: “Climate action hubs will put communities at the heart of net zero and I’m very pleased to see the Fife Climate Action Hub established as the first of our expanded network.
“Our two pathfinder hubs have already established themselves as central coordinators in their local areas, including by increasing public awareness and participation in climate change action; successfully generating additional funding from the private sector; and providing a critical community leadership role, working effectively in partnership with local stakeholders.
“Local communities have a crucial role to play in helping us to achieve our shared national climate change targets and I look forward to working with the Fife Climate Action Hub and the many others that will be established in the months to come.”