What is the Climate Fringe Festival

The Climate Fringe Festival is a community-led and community-organised series of events taking place across the whole of Scotland, showcasing the diversity of the Scottish Climate Movement.

It’s Scotland’s call for action on climate change, and will take place throughout September 2022.

Last year, over 200 events took place during Climate Fringe Week with thousands of people showing their support – both in their community and online – for urgent action on climate change. We want to make the Climate Fringe Festival even bigger, with a diverse range of events taking place across the whole of Scotland.

This year’s Climate Fringe Festival will be a fantastic opportunity to build momentum following COP26 in Glasgow. Together, we will show decision makers that the movement is stronger than ever and people from all walks of life are committed to take action on climate change.

We particularly welcome events from grassroots and underrepresented groups within the Climate Movement and strongly encourage collaborations between groups from different backgrounds.

Join us in making the Climate Fringe Festival the largest community-led event for climate that Scotland has seen!

Please note the Climate Fringe Festival is aimed at groups and organisations based in Scotland. If you are organising an event somewhere else in the UK check out the Great Big Green Week.

Why the Climate Fringe at this moment in time?

“With an unstable economic and political situation – from rising costs of living and energy prices, to the invasion of Ukraine and the current UK government crisis – there is a risk climate action will be sidelined. Scotland has missed 3 out of its last 4 emissions reduction targets. Most recent figures only show a decrease due to Covid lockdown measures and that Scotland is set for a rebound after the pandemic. The UK Climate Change Committee, who provides advice to the Scottish Government on reducing emissions, warns they are not doing enough to tackle climate change and that Scotland is not yet climate ready.

In this time of political and economic uncertainty, it is more important than ever that Civil Society comes together and keeps the momentum we achieved with COP26.

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The Climate Fringe Festival is an opportunity for local groups to engage their local communities. It is both a celebration of everything people are doing in their communities to fight climate change and an opportunity to engage and educate the wider public and show decision makers that Scotland demands meaningful action now.”

 

If you have any questions or need any support organising or submitting an event, feel free to reach us at [email protected].

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