Let’s Design A New Space for Climate Action in Edinburgh

Edinburgh aims to become a net zero Capital by 2030. To make this happen, residents, communities and groups will need to work together.

EVOC and Our Future Edinburgh invite you to be part of a new initiative to create a space in Edinburgh where we can take part in climate actions together.

The Forum

We at Our Future Edinburgh are delighted to be working in partnership with EVOC to develop a space for communities and residents to actively engage in climate discussions and offer residents practical support to take climate action. 

Sponsored by The City of Edinburgh Council, this new initiative will maintain an ongoing dialogue with citizens and communities about the transformation that needs to happen in the city and how we can collaborate to take decisions and deliver change together. 

The initiative will be looking to

1. Create an open-source platform for residents and communities in Edinburgh to access information, materials and resources

2. Create of an accessible citywide forum or similar space where local residents can connect with local and city level discussions about climate action.

3. Support networking and innovation between and amongst community groups/places wanting to progress local climate action

4. Connect with community climate action plans and local place plans as well as citywide climate and net zero initiatives.

Update for 2022

Thanks to all the people and organisations who came along to the events we held towards the end of 2021. The results from these workshops have been extremely insightful and significantly helped the development of Edinburgh’s new community climate forum. We know that Edinburgh’s communities and organisations have a track record of working on nature and climate actions and are ambitious to do more.

In the coming weeks, we plan to finalise ‘what we learned’, reviewing actions to date and suggested steps to help accelerate the development of the climate forum in 2022. Ahead of publishing this we wanted to give you a preview of some of the results. 

Coordinator appointed for the forum

We’re excited to announce the appointment of Charlie Wright as full-time Coordinator for the Community Climate Forum. In the coming weeks and months he will facilitate and maintain an ongoing dialogue with communities looking to help tackle climate change across the City of Edinburgh.

Charlie will take up this appointment in February 2022 and you can get contact him after that at charlie.wright@evoc.org.uk

Events & Workshops in 2021

During COP26 we facilitated 2 online workshops and 1 physical workshop in the Old Fire Station on Lauriston Place. The workshops attracted over 50 participants from communities and local organisations across the city. Both workshops explored what participants felt was needed and what was desired from the new space for climate engagement.

The first workshop looked at positive community outcomes of the past year, review of what kinds of spaces participants had seen and liked, and what elements participants felt were important for engaging communities with the climate emergency.

The second in-person workshop was focussed what climate engagement might look like in the future and asked participants to imagine the engagement space in depth.

If you’d like to be kept updated on next steps or discuss how you can get involved please get in touch: comms@evoc.org.uk

Past Events

Wednesday 3 & Thursday 4 November:   COP26 Edinburgh Climate Summit

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Our Future Edinburgh is a registered Scottish Charity (SC051287)