(Includes Linlithgow Climate Challenge – well our photo anyway)
Developing the tools to tackle climate change
Posted by Karen on 15 June 2009
Today we’re launching a new report which shows trailblazing Scottish climate education projects building community action to tackle climate change – and highlights the different kinds of support needed by communities who want to take action.
The report entitled ‘Are we Switching On? Challenges and Opportunities for Climate Change Education’ identifies and profiles projects which empower people to take action to tackle climate change in their own lives and communities, rather than those which simply give information without an action-based focus. It serves as a dynamic overview of some of the key approaches to creating behavioural change through climate education, as well as an inspiring bank of ideas which organisations large or small can use to develop their own work.
It examines the challenges and opportunities faced by groups in Scotland working to create climate action – and places an emphasis on creating positive solutions, and community-based action which builds resilience on all levels.
It offers advice on how to avoid preaching to the converted, and to reach out to involve the wider community.
The report also recommends that communities must have access to support at all levels to help them develop – from funding to mentoring, resources and training.
It also highlights a need for sharing of experience between projects.
The report, written by community educator Jamie Auldsmith, is published by SEAD as part of our Switch On to Climate Change project, showcases the work of groups and projects including Going Carbon Neutral Stirling, PLANEspeaking, the John Muir Trust, EcoCongregations, the Transition Scotland network, Eco Schools and the Centre for Human Ecology.