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Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

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Read about climate action being taken by third sector organisations across Scotland.

Your actions from around Scotland

YouthLink Scotland support the youth work sector to feel more confident and equipped in engaging young people with outdoor learning, climate action, sustainable development education and much more. We have done this through the creation of toolkits and webinars on topics including Eco Anxiety, Climate Justice, Green Employability and Creative Outdoor Learning. We have also more recently developed a Sustainability Policy for our organisation inspired by the Growing Climate Confidence resources. Naomi Dixon, YouthLink Scotland
To encourage staff to participate in active travel we have hired two electric bikes from local social enterprise, Bike for Good via their Switch Up subscription service. Staff can book the bikes via our booking system to travel to client meetings. This is a pilot project we're running for a couple of months in the hope it will motivate staff to look at more active ways to travel for business and personally. Jo Seagrave, CEIS
At Scouts Scotland we are taking actions to make our Outdoor Activity Centres greener, and also bring young people along on that journey with us. We’ve recently installed food composters on all of our sites, so that the organic material leftover when groups eat with us can be turned into zero-mileage compost. Lisa, Scouts Scotland
We are tackling climate change by developing our own community owned renewable energy assets that will allow us to re-invest in the local area in a number of sustainable projects. We currently offer environmentally friendly transport through shared mobility including electric vehicles and ebikes as well as this we are improving energy efficiency of households with insulation, draught proofing and other measures. Scott Wilson, Radio City Association
We formed an internal ‘Greening Group’ which has established a programme of actions that will help us towards our own net zero ambitions. Our Board and staff team are stakeholders in ensuring that the Trust operates to the highest standards of environmental sustainability. We have fun in challenging ourselves to achieve, which includes supporting Days of Action e.g. Earth Hour, Spring Clean, Climate Action Day and No Mow May. It is important for us all that we push the boundaries. Derek A. Robertson, Green Action Trust
We conducted a baseline carbon audit of our operations - so we know what we can do to reduce our carbon footprint! Getting different areas of the organisation involved (finance, policy, IT) means that more people are engaged in our climate action work. Catriona Patterson, Inspiring Scotland

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