Funds to help deliver public training to tackle the climate crisis

The Scottish Council of Voluntary Organizations (SCVO) has received tens of thousands of pounds to help run a program of free education and awareness-raising activities to find out what the voluntary sector can do to play its part in the fight against the climate crisis.

This follows a SCVO survey which found that charities and voluntary organizations needed support to engage with the climate crisis, and many were unsure how to act.

The £33,164 prize was awarded by Scottish charity Paths for All as part of its COP26 legacy fund ‘The Smarter Choices, Smarter Places’ (SCSP) – a scheme designed to tackle climate change by encouraging more walking, wheeling, cycling and using sustainable transport.

It will also help organizations make life-saving changes as Scotland moves closer to its goal of net zero by 2045.

Keep Scotland Beautiful will deliver 10 training cohorts, giving 150 people working in the sector the opportunity to be accredited as Carbon Literates through a partnership with The Carbon Literacy Project.

To become accredited, all participants will select one individual action and one group action to reduce carbon emissions.

The online program will run over 12 months starting in May 2022, with some in-person events being added to the existing charity calendar.

SCVO Support Services Manager Beth Mukushi welcomed the funding from Paths for All and an additional £17,000 donation to the project from CCLA Investment Management.

She said: “Scottish voluntary organizations and social enterprises have a huge role to play in helping Scotland tackle climate change and become a net zero country.”

Catherine Gee, Deputy Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “We know we need to do everything we can to improve awareness and understanding of climate change among people in Scotland to ensure we achieve the net zero by 2045.

“The third sector plays a crucial role in supporting communities and individuals through a range of activities, and voluntary organizations are adept at providing practical advice on what individuals can do to make a difference.

“When it comes to climate change, we know our training program can help improve skills for net zero as well as address climate anxiety and climate change apathy.

“We are excited to partner with SCVO to develop bespoke climate emergencies training, accredited by the Carbon Literacy Project, to support the industry’s transition to net zero.”

In response to the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow at the end of 2021, the SCSP has made available £110,000 in funding to form a COP26 Legacy Fund.

The fund was open to projects that would specifically link transport to the broader environmental agenda.

SCVO was one of six organizations to receive a grant from the One Fund.

Graham McQueen, Smarter Choices, Smarter Places manager at Paths for All, said: “SCVO and Keep Scotland Beautiful create legacy content, showing how groups can work together to equip each other with the knowledge, skills and confidence needed. to maintain long-term behavior. changes while having an impact on the environment.

“We can all do our part for climate change by using active modes of travel and there are plenty of free resources out there sharing advice on how to reduce our carbon footprint.”

Paths for All works with the Scottish Government and 30 partners to support and implement national policies, such as the National Walking Strategy and other ‘active travel’ initiatives.

Funding of up to £50,000 is now available through the Smarter Choices, Smarter Places Open Fund.

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