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Scotland’s Climate Week – Tackling the climate emergency together.

 

Our climate is facing an emergency. The truth is, we can’t go on like this. To stop climate change, we need to change now. Scotland’s Climate Week is 7 – 13th October. Together, we can do more to tackle the climate emergency and save our planet. It’s time for change.

This is Scotland’s Climate Week’s fourth year running.

But since last year the landscape has changed dramatically. The global climate emergency is on our doorstep - it's not just something we can casually work towards. It needs our urgent attention.

We have seen a surge in public interest. Young people in Scotland are taking action, especially in the youth led ‘Fridays for Futures’ movement, passionately advocating for their right to live in a net zero world (where the emissions of greenhouse gases are balanced by removals of those gases, such as carbon being absorbed by forests). 

Scotland is proudly leading the fight against climate change and will be net zero for all greenhouse gases by 2045 to minimise the impact of the climate emergency on our society and the environment.

 

Given our increased ambition, it’s only right that Scotland’s Climate Week grows as well. We’re already seeing many businesses, organisations, public sector, third sector and communities across Scotland stepping up to tackle the global climate emergency by getting involved in Climate Week. They’re joining the fight by changing processes, running events and supporting their staff to become more sustainable.

The time for stronger and more decisive action is now and it really is down to everyone to make the effort together. We need all of Scotland to be involved if we are going end Scotland’s contribution to climate change within a generation.

Businesses across Scotland can get involved by helping their employees tackle climate change with initiatives such as cycle to work and car sharing schemes to on-site recycling facilities for unavoidable food waste.

And human causes of climate change need urgently addressed too. You may think your carbon footprint can’t make a difference, but it does.

So, what can you do to play your part in tackling climate change?

 

Active travel – whether it’s walking or cycling to work, using public transport on the commute, taking advantage of cycle to work and car sharing schemes, using more eco-friendly modes of transport all helps to reduce the number of petrol and diesel cars on the road.

 

Food waste – don't let your food turn bad – if you can’t use it, recycle it. More tips can be found here.

 

 

Electric vehicles – make the swap to electric cars and bikes to reduce the number of petrol and diesel cars on the road. 

 

 

Short-haul journeys – avoid the airport scramble for short-haul journeys if possible and take the train instead of flying.

 

 

Eat local, in-season foodfind out what foods are in season and when and get inspired in the kitchen

 

 

Reduce, reuse, recycle – reduce what packaging or single use plastic you use, recycle paper and plastics, and share or buy second-hand items instead of new. Get tips here.

 

 

Keep cosy – make sure your home is draught proof and well insulated.

 

 

Dial it down – set your heating thermostats no higher than 19 degrees celsius and water thermostats no higher than 55 degrees celsius.

 

 

Smart swaps – swap to eco-friendly LED lightbulbs and more environmentally friendly appliances.

 

 

Heating systems – install a more energy-efficient heating system.

 

 

Have a Climate Conversation – organise a discussion with colleagues, families or your communities to discuss climate change facts, the causes and effects of climate change and how you could work together to be more eco-friendly.

 

Contact Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 (Mon – Fri, 8am – 8pm, Sat 9am – 5pm) for free and impartial advice on how to make your home more energy efficient.

Follow @Scotgovclimate for more details and to watch all the climate change action throughout the week

Search #ScotClimateWeek to find out more and use the hashtag to be a part of the conversation on social media.

Together we can tackle climate change.