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Fife Climate Festival

21 September to 5 October 2024 in community venues across Fife

What is the Fife Climate Festival?

Fife Climate Festival is a celebration of community climate action. It aims to celebrate the amazing work happening in Fife to tackle the climate emergency and show what we can all do to make a difference. Thousands of people in communities all over Fife will take part in the festival. It runs between Saturday 21st September and Saturday 5th October 2024 when it will culminate in a big gathering called The Big Day Oot at Silverburn Park.

Any groups can take part and host events, from football clubs and scout packs to community councils. Activities could include cooking workshops, film screenings, walks, cycle rides, workshops, talks, garden tours and more. The festival closes with a mass gathering that brings everyone together to celebrate, imagine and discuss what comes next.  

This festival will focus on hope for the future. It aims to imagine a world where climate action thrives and what that could mean for Fife.

Festival activities include cooking workshops, film screenings, walks, cycle rides, workshops, talks, garden tours and much more. 

We are keen to get as many groups as possible involved in hosting events – football clubs, scouts, community councils and more. Climate Action Fife and Fife Climate Hub are inviting community groups to take part by organising events during the festival period. These could include activities that they have planned already or could be special events arranged specifically for the festival. 

The festival will close on 5th October with a finale gathering event that brings everyone together under one roof to celebrate and to imagine and discuss what’s next.  

Fife Climate Festival is presented by Climate Action Fife and delivered with support from Fife Climate Hub. It’s funded by the National Lottery Community Fund’s Climate Action Fund and the Scottish Government.

 

Fife Climate festival

What's the purpose of the festival?

The festival is designed to raise awareness of the climate emergency, show what we can all do to make a difference and celebrate the great climate action work already happening within Fife.

Who participates?

Any community group based in Fife, or any national group with activities in Fife. The main group purpose doesn't have to be climate change, but working directly or indirectly, towards a more sustainable world is key.

Where does the festival take place?

Events happen all across Fife, as well as some online events.
if you're applying for a grant and have an event to add to the programme You'll be able to add details of your event to the Climate Action Fife website soon. We're looking forward to hearing all about your amazing events

What sort of activities are part of the festival?

All activity that promotes climate friendly or environmental action and gets people talking about climate! These may be events or projects already hosted or a brand-new events arranged specifically by communities for the occasion.
Events include:
• active travel events – cycle training, rides, repair or walks
• repair cafés
• swapping events – think clothes, toys, seeds, tools!
• growing sessions
• climate friendly cooking
demonstrations
• tree planting days
• nature activities
• open days
• film screenings
• talks or climate conversation events

 

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Coming Soon. Fife Climate Festival
21 September to 5 October 2024
In community venues across Fife

The Trail

Climate Action Fife partners (of which FCCAN is one) are hosting a range of activities and demonstrations throughout the two weeks of the festival including led cycles, coastal walks, apple pressing, film screenings and many more.

We are working in partnership with Climate Action Fife to build on the inaugural Fife Climate Festival earlier this year and encourage groups to across the region to organise events.

Any community group based in Fife, or any national group with activities in Fife, can take part. Groups do not have to be solely climate change-focused. You do need to be be working towards a more sustainable world, either directly or indirectly.

SUBMIT YOUR EVENT

Any group in Fife can add an event to the festival programme. To share your event, please fill out this simple online form. We just need a few details including the date and location, a short description and a photo. Please share your event by Sunday 25th August.

 

The Big Day Oot

We are closing the festival with an exciting gathering event on Saturday 5th October at Silverburn Park, Leven. Save the date for now.

More information on how to secure a place is coming soon!

Competitions

We’ve organised two festival competitions that anyone in Fife can enter. Share your vision for a Fife Climate Forest and enter our creative competition. The winners of both competitions will be announced at our gathering in October.

Festival Events

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September 2024
People laughing at a go deep community event

Build your team, connect to your community and Go Deep

Go Deep is an award-winning approach to community building that’s played like a game. It brings together community members to learn skills, dream, develop talents, discover their leadership, network and make concrete changes. FCAAN are collaborating with Go Deep Scotland to offer the event which will run from 10-4 pm. You are invited for the whole […]
21 Sep
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Aberdour to Dalgety Bay – Fife Coastal Path walk (one way route)

We start in the pretty coastal village of Aberdour, taking a peek at the impressive castle before setting off through woods and farmland along the Fife Coastal Path. We’ll end our walk at beautiful St Bridget’s Kirk in Dalgety Bay, with its fascinating gravestones overlooking the sea. This is a one-way route. Aberdour is well-served by trains […]
21 Sep
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Aberdour Rail Station
Station Place, Aberdour, KY3 0SN

Community Rivers Session, Dreel Burn Project

Join us for an afternoon of river-related activities to celebrate and share our achievements since launching the Dreel Burn Project two years ago: Forth Rivers Trust Balcaskie Wetlands Project information, invertebrate monitoring and identification, Fish in the Classroom educational project display, Dreel Burn Project information and project partner displays. Find out more about the Dreel […]
28 Sep
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Dreel Halls

Opening of the new Strathkinness Community Trust Community Bothy & Apple Day

Our wonderful volunteers after nine months hard work have recently completed our Community Bothy which adds to our rain harvesting capability and is available to all including our Primary School and Little Beehive Village Nursery. We will also be harvesting apples to take away and providing free juice to take away if you bring a […]
29 Sep
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Strathkinness Community Garden
Bonfield Road, Strathkinness, St.Andrews KY16 9RR
October 2024

Big Day Oot

After a fortnight of fantastic events, Fife Climate Festival will finish with our Big Day Oot in Silverburn Park. There will be lots of activities and stalls, with plenty of fun for all ages! Highlights include: Nature walks Stalls Cycle ride Bushcraft Yoga Storytelling Dr Bike – free bike health check Arts and crafts As […]
05 Oct
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Silverburn Park
Largo Road, Lundin Links
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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! 

Sean Flinn

Where you have come from before:

I have worked and volunteered in science communication since my undergraduate and have formal qualifications as both a youth worker and science teacher. I have a background in marine conservation and have briefly worked in conservation research. Previously I ran a project working with young people on the topics of climate change and the biodiversity crisis. I have used my experience to help upskill other educators based on the lessons I have learned. 

One small change you would make to make the world a greener, fairer place:  

Is to question everything you read or hear especially online! There is a lot of information out there and it can be overwhelming; especially when much of it is intentionally misleading!

GilIian Napier

Where you have come from before: Worked with my partner in his print business, doing everything except put ink on paper! I have also worked for the National Child-minding Association and the various Local Authorities in England. 

One small change: Ask everyone to celebrate their small wins whether it be buying second hand clothing to planting a patio tree on your balcony.  It all helps.

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.