As we enter the new year, we’d like to take a look at all that was accomplished over 2022 and extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone that follows the Climate Fringe – whether you are an organisation or community group whose events have filled our calendar or an audience member making such events a success.
Top: Edinburgh Climate Festival; Left: Edinburgh Climate March (photo by Colin Hattersley); Right: Climate Fringe Festival (ISCKON)
Over the past year we have seen over 500 events in our calendar across the whole of Scotland! We have seen Swap Shops, Repair Cafés, Climate Cafés and dozens of other ways in which communities come together and organise around Climate Action and Sustainability.
We have seen exhibitions, film screening, talks and workshops on crucial topics – from Climate Justice and Reparations, to rewilding, wild foraging and organic gardening, slow fashion, radical mycology, biodiversity and much, much more!
Climate Fringe Festival Events (Clockwise: Cothrom Learning Centre, Home-Start Glasgow North and North Lanarkshire, Migrants Organising for Rights & Empowerment, Leith Community Growers)
In September, the Climate Fringe Festival alone saw over 160 events, bringing together people from Orkney to Dumfries, from Uist to Kelso. It highlighted the diversity of the Scottish climate movement and the many ways people can and are already taking action in their communities.
And if there was any doubt Scotland sees climate action as a priority and demands meaningful action by policymakers, last November saw several thousands taking to the streets of Edinburgh on the Global Day of Action for COP27. The Edinburgh march brought to the spotlight the intersection of the fight for Climate Justice and Human Rights.
Edinburgh Climate March (Left: photo by Ric Lander; Right: photo by Colin Hattersley)
With 2023 in its infancy, we now look forward to the new year as we make plans on how to take the Climate Fringe further to help connect Scottish Civil Society, so keep an eye out for any updates!
As always, we will keep bringing you all the Climate, Nature, and Sustainability events happening across Scotland, as we continue the fight for a more sustainable world, free of fossil-fuels.
Bruno coordinates the Climate Fringe platform and Climate Fringe Festival, working closely with event organisers to support and promote their work. Previously, he worked with the COP26 Coalition, collaborating with SCCS to develop a joint volunteering programme. He has been active within the Food Justice and Migrant Justice movements, co-founded the food collective Nourishing Change and coordinated food access operations for refugees and displaced people in Calais, France.