Given the unprecedented challenges and uncertain future that we face, it is more important than ever that we are able to tap into everybody’s collective intelligence and knowledge so as to create locally appropriate solutions to meeting local needs. We believe that this is an essential part of enabling a rapid transition to a more resilient and localised future in which everyone is able to thrive within a flourishing environment, locally and globally.
The Scottish Government has confirmed their ambition to support the development of a Scotland wide network of ‘climate hubs’ to support community-led climate action. After the first to pilots and pathfinder hubs the Highlands and Islands Climate Hub, and and the NESCAN Hub were set up in 2021, the hubs network is being expanded across Scotland, backed by £4.3 million in 2023 to 2024.
The Scottish Communities Climate Action Network (SCCAN who are also a member of ECOLISE) has been working with the Scottish Government to seek to ensure that these ‘climate hubs’ respond to the particular needs of communities across different regions through the way that they are structured and the services that they provide. The aim of developing strong regional networks is to ensure that communities can actively shape and design a ‘climate hub’ appropriate for their region.
During this Communities for Future session we welcome Kate Munro from SCCAN, also part of the ECOLISE council, and Rebecca Gibbs to share about the work of Scotland's Regional Climate Hubs, from idea to action. The speakers will offer their practical experience about building stronger networks, finding common ground, embracing different approaches, unlocking potential for action, accessing funding, building trust in relationships and other learnings from groups, networks and regional climate hubs across Scotland.
Join us for this session to explore how to create widespread change and amplify the impact of local community-led action. In particular let's learn about what structures, culture and practices support networking and the creation of a ‘knowledge commons’, so that people can inspire, support and learn from each other.