Climate change concerns us all, and there are many opportunities for communities to drive actions that will not only reduce our exposure to future losses and damages but also bring benefits here and now. Groups of interested people across the region have been working for some time to do what they can with projects on transport, energy, housing and food.
Many of these came together earlier in 2023 to explore how they might work better together and achieve greater impacts. At the end of the meeting, they committed to creating a Scottish Borders Climate Action Network (SBCAN). A report on the Green Summit is available at this link: Borders Climate Hub for circulation #3 .
The ambition now is to reach out to and enable many more communities to act, make it easier to share ideas and experience, and ensure resources get channelled to where it matters most.
SBCAN has been awarded funding from Scottish Government to create 3 positions, initially for 6 months, but we expect this to be extended.
To get this initiative started, the project is being hosted by SUP which will employ staff and manage the budget while SBCAN becomes fully established.