Scotland’s Climate Beacons celebrate their first birthday this month after a year of amazing progress.

The seven Beacons are located throughout Scotland and are a collaboration between cultural and climate focused organisations. The Beacons were originally created for COP26 to stimulate long-term public engagement in climate change.   

The project is led by Creative Carbon Scotland alongside co-ordinating partners Architecture & Design ScotlandCreative ScotlandEdinburgh Climate Change InstituteMuseums Galleries Scotland, SLIC, and Sustainable Scotland Network

Two Climate Beacons involve Scottish Public Library Services – Inverclyde Libraries and Western Isles Libraries.

During the last year hundreds of events and activities have taken place around Scotland and online. What’s more, new audiences have joined climate change conversations.

Outer Hebrides Beacon

The Outer Hebrides Beacon focuses on how the islands can adapt to the worsening impacts of climate change while celebrating their unique natural and cultural heritage.

It is a partnership between An Lanntair Arts CentreTaigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts CentreCeolasCommunity Energy ScotlandWestern Isles LibrariesTSI Western IslesNatureScotAdaptation Scotland and the wider Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership Climate Change Working Group.

Community Mapping Workshops have been held in Liniclate Library on the Isle of Benbecula, to explore the effects of climate change locally and also engage directly with communities. The library service has also set up Climate Corners in each of their branches to encourage community engagement.

Inverclyde Beacon

The Inverclyde Climate Beacon focuses on the roles of climate change mitigation and adaption as part of Scotland’s most economically deprived area’s recovery from COVID-19. The project is a partnership between Beacon Arts CentreBelville Community Garden TrustRIG Arts and Inverclyde Libraries.  

Over the last year the Beacon has planned and organised a range of in-person and online events such as workshops and talks to engage with the local community. This has included Chat & Change talks at Gourock Library, Make It Up Upcycling Sessions at Greenock Central Library and Eco-Exchange events at Port Glasgow Library.

The library service has used the project as an opportunity to embed new green practices into their work, writing a Sustainability Strategy and Action Plan in line with Forward: Scotland’s Public Library Strategy. This encourages sustainable practices and will help to reduce the environmental impact of day-to-day operations.

By sharing resources and knowledge, as well as providing a space (either physically or virtually), the project is bringing together members of the public with artists, culture sector professionals, environmental Non-Governmental Organisations, scientists and policy-makers to discuss COP26 themes and climate actions specific to Inverclyde.   

Looking to the Future

Scotland’s Climate Beacons have helped establish all sorts of new connections and changes for the organisations they involve. Plenty more is planned in the coming months to continue their good work.

You can find out more on the latest progress of all seven Climate Beacons by visiting the Creative Carbon Scotland website.