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A huge network of climate active communities from across the Kingdom have pulled together for Fife Climate Festival from 24 February to 3 March.

Communities from across Fife have pulled together for the first Kingdom-wide Climate Festival with more than 50 events taking place from Saturday 24th February to Sunday 3rd March.

Fife Climate Hub invited community groups to take part in a celebration of the climate action taking place across Fife. The result is 54 climate and nature-related events held in communities from St Andrews to Rosyth over nine packed days.

The festival has something for everyone. Starting on 24th February, there is seed paper making in Culross, a clothes repair workshop in Dunfermline, a family nature walk in St Andrews, a film screening in Aberdour and an outdoor yoga class in The Glen, Dunfermline.  

The following eight days features beach cleans along the coast, family nature events in St Andrews Botanic Garden, a River Eden Day in Cupar and activities such an introduction to beekeeping in Tayport and a fruit tree pruning workshop in Dunfermline. There is a series of talks on the climate, a bike fix-it session at Fife College and a sustainable growing session in YMCA Glenrothes.

In Dunfermline alone there are eleven events: a further nine along the coastline of Burntisland, Limekilns, Aberdour and Dalgety Bay.  In Central Fife there are eleven events and 15 events will take place in North East Fife. Plus, there are a number of workshops, talks and film shows online.

 “We have been bowled over by the response to our call for communities to join in with our first-ever Fife Climate Festival. This shows what a busy climate action network we have in Fife. Amidst the urgency of the climate and biodiversity crises, Fife Climate Festival is a beacon of hope.  With over 50 climate events lined up, the festival demonstrates the strength of our community’s commitment to action,” said Fife Climate Hub Manager, Craig Leitch. 

Lisa Mulube, Yoga Therapist with The Yoga Social is holding a class in the Glen, Dunfermline to connect people with nature. She explained why: “We all need to play our part in supporting this work and ensuring a healthy world for the future. I feel that part of the climate struggle is society’s general disconnection to nature and sense that we are separate.

“Encouraging connection to nature through breathwork and mindfulness can be so powerful in creating a deeper physiological connection to the earth and enable people to feel less alone and more likely to take action to save that which we are essentially deeply connected to.”

Fife Climate Hub provides funding, publicity, and support for community groups to share their inspiring and diverse range of events and activities which tackle the climate emergency. The

festival will take place from February 24rd to March 3rd. All of the events can be seen on the Fife Climate Hub website: https://fccan.org.uk/fife-climate-festival/

A full list of events can be seen in the attached list.

Fife Climate Hub is a Fife Communities Climate Action Network (FCCAN) project. The Hub builds capacity of existing community groups working on climate, delivering stronger collaboration, and reaching beyond the climate engaged to grow a diverse network across Fife. It provides a voice for its members to influence local and national policy.

The Hub was developed through a grant from the Scottish Government which is supporting the development of a network of regional community climate action hubs. This will provide a strategic regional approach to climate change action. The hubs work to:

  • build awareness of the climate emergency and actions local groups can take
  • develop local plans
  • help groups take up funding opportunities
  • facilitate networking
  • ensure a more joined-up approach to tackling climate change at a regional level

Following an expressions of interest exercise in 2020 two pathfinder hubs were identified. The 70 responses helped shape the development of the programme and an analysis of the responses has been produced. Fife Climate Hub was one of the first to be established.

The hubs network is being expanded across Scotland, backed by £4.3 million in 2023 to 2024. This network now consists of thirteen hubs with a number of hubs in development:

Fife Climate Hub is a project of Fife Communities Climate Action Network (FCCAN) which is a network of community groups acting on climate change in Fife. FCCAN delivers several projects promoting climate action in Fife, one of which is the Fife Climate Hub.

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Where you have come from before: Before joining the Fife Climate Hub team I had two jobs I was the Sustainable Transport Officer for Transition University St Andrews and I worked as a Communications Advisor for Fife Council

I am a passionate communicator with a big interest in climate and biodiversity. I began this journey when I was asked to cover the GM Crop Trials in the Highlands as a young reporter for the Press & Journal. I realised that I wanted to be part of the solution and not on the sidelines reporting it.  

One small change I would recommend getting the train for your next holiday. It’s a fantastic adventure and once you get out of the UK the trains are much more relaxed and you feel on holiday straight away. On the Eurostar on to Paris even the toasties are served with a plate, a napkin and a French accent! 

Where you have come from before: Before joining the Fife Climate Hub team I worked within corporate learning and development. This is my first foray into the third sector!

Within my last role I designed and delivered learning interventions, many of which was in the area of sustainability. I have also in the past worked in communications and change management. In the last year I was a climate champion with Greener Kirkcaldy where I met many of the new people I now engage with on a regular basis.

One small change that I keep trying to make and would encourage others to make for a lower carbon Fife, is to think both big and small! The small changes (all the Rs!) add up, whether that be refusing to buy non-recyclable products, always remembering to take my reusable mug or water bottle everywhere, or repurposing that wooden pallet to build a flower bed – it all adds up towards reducing our carbon footprint.

Where you have come from before: I’ve always worked in the voluntary sector, most recently on a freelance basis supporting charities with their digital content and online accessibility. Before that I worked at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and the Multiple Sclerosis Trust.

My professional background is in digital communications and data reporting. I’m also a Board Member on the Kingsbarns Community Development Trust and help to run our school and community garden in the village.

One small change is to get growing. Whether it’s looking after a few herbs in pots on your windowsill or getting involved in one of the many brilliant community gardens we have here in Fife, growing your own fruit and veg reduces food miles, pesticides and plastics and saves you money too. Plus, homegrown definitely does taste better!

Where you have come from before: Before joining the Fife Climate Hub

Craig Leitch Fife Climate Hub Manager
Craig Leitch Fife Climate Hub Manager

team I worked for Greener Kirkcaldy and on the Climate Action Fife Project. My role was to deliver climate literacy training and inspire climate action. I also supported FCCAN as their secretariat.

My background is in wildlife conservation where I mainly worked to share the joys of nature with people as a ranger, leading guided walks and as education officer.  

One small change is to talk to people about climate change. Share your worries and celebrate your positive actions. You really do have power to influence those around you.  

Alternatively: buy (and sell)  second hand. There are so many apps out there now to help with this. This means fewer emissions, fewer things going to landfill and it saves you money.