Climate action towns


September 2022

Alness and Invergordon information gathering visit

NH&I Climate Hub Development Officer Bethany Lawrie and one of Highland Council's Community Support Co-ordinators, recently visited Highland Climate Action Towns Alness and Invergordon 

". .talking to different groups and clubs about what climate action looks like, and the work happening in Alness & Invergordon around the climate action towns project."

Read Bethany's blog about the visit

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July 2022

First year reviewed


Architecture and Design Scotland, who lead the Climate Action Towns initiative funded by the Scottish Government (the towns include Alness and Invergordon) are two of the towns included in the project.  The article outlines five important lessons A&DS have learned so far and review the first year of the project, about how to take climate action with greater urgency and efficiency  -  The first of which is  'Start a climate conversation by not talking about climate'.

Lessons from the first year

First year progress summary  (starts with Alness and Invergordon)

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From the Community-led climate action climate action of a recent Scottish Government policy document

Climate action towns

In March 2021, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform announced that we would work with Architecture and Design Scotland to deliver a network of Climate Action Towns.

This initiative will involve seven small towns, in the first instance, providing them with support to develop local plans focused on climate action, as we aspire to giving everyone in Scotland the means to have a say in how their local area should change as part of a fair and just transition to net zero.

The seven towns named in November 2021 are Alness (Highlands), Annan (Dumfries and Galloway), Blackburn (West Lothian), Campbeltown (Argyll and Bute), Holytown (North Lanarkshire), Invergordon (Highlands), and Stevenston (North Ayrshire).

A & D Scotland on Climate Action Towns

Highland Council news item  November 2021

Scottish Government news item  November 2021

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