Climate Week

Climate Week campaign to celebrate Scottish efforts to tackle climate change.

On Monday 4March representatives from Scotland’s businesses, communities, and industries will be joining Paul Wheelhouse, the Scottish Minister for Environment and Climate Change, to mark the launch of Climate Week 2013 and to celebrate the efforts being made in Scotland to tackle climate change.

The event is timed to take place at the beginning of Climate Week – a supercharged national campaign which aims to inspire a new wave of action against climate change.  The campaign culminates in thousands of events and activities, planned by organisations from every sector of society. Showcasing real, practical ways to combat climate change, the campaign aims to renew our ambition to create a more sustainable, low-carbon future. During the last Climate Week, over 3,000 events were attended by half a million people across the UK for the second successive year.

This year’s Climate Week is giving a particular focus to the efforts of Scottish society to tackle climate change by holding a co-launch for Climate Week in Scotland. The launch will take place at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation and will see representatives from Scotland’s government, businesses, campaigns, communities, schools, and industries come together to share ideas on the best ways to tackle climate change and to celebrate the great efforts already being made in Scotland to live and work more sustainably.

The event will be opened by Paul Wheelhouse, Member of the Scottish Parliament and Minister for Environment and Climate Change. The Minister said, “The Scottish Government is committed to tackling climate change – we are already more than halfway to meeting our 2020 target of reducing emissions by 42 per cent - but we recognise there is no room for complacency. As individuals, communities and employers we all need to take action if we are to move to a low carbon, more sustainable Scotland. Climate Week is a fantastic way to showcase the positive and practical efforts being made across Scotland to reduce emissions. It’s encouraging to hear that so many schools, workplaces and community groups have signed up for Climate Week activities and with over 340 events taking place across the country, there are lots of opportunities for people to come together and share ideas on the best ways to tackle climate change.”

Adaptation Scotland Programme Manager Anna Beswick said:

"Scotland’s climate is already changing and this is resulting in many new challenges for communities, local authorities and businesses. It is vital that they are supported to adapt to the challenges that they currently face and are also supported to build resilience to the changes in climate that are projected for the future.

Adaptation Scotland is delighted to be part of Climate Week to help Scotland understand the challenge, formulate the vision and start the journey to become climate ready.”

Visit Climate Week website

Visit Adaptation Scotland website

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Contact information: Matt Hawkins, Campaign Coordinator, Climate Week. Mobil: 0751589 5998

Notes to Editors

About Climate Week (4– 10 March 2013)

Climate Week is Britain’s biggest climate change campaign, inspiring a new wave of action to create a sustainable future. Each year, half a million people attend 3,000 events.

Climate Week promotes ways that people can live and work more sustainably. It is an annual renewal of our ambition and confidence to combat climate change, and is for everyone wanting to do their bit to protect our planet.

Climate Week is supported by the Prime Minister, David Cameron and stars such as Sir Paul McCartney, Gillian Anderson, Alesha Dixon and Gary Neville.

Climate Week’s headline partner is Andrex Eco, and it’s supporting partners are Crown Paints, Ecotricity and Shields Environmental.

About Adaptation Scotland

Adaptation Scotland is an initiative that brings together stakeholders in Scotland to collectively address and prepare for the impacts of climate change – to get climate ready.

The approach is practical – helping communities, organisations and businesses make the most of the opportunities created by a changing climate, and prepare for the risks.

The programme provides a wide range of support through capacity building, risk assessment, community engagement work and in depth advice on the use of climate information.

About the Co-Launch

The event will feature a series of presentations from representatives of business, government, communities, and technology companies in Scotland who will showcase their efforts to tackle climate change and encourage sustainable living.

The Scottish Minister for Environment and Climate Change will give the opening address and the presentations will be followed by a reception with refreshments.

It will be held at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) on March 4th 2013 from 2pm-5pm. To contact the ECCI phone: (0)131 6505326 or email: info@edinburghcentre.org

 

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