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Community-led climate action weekend in Inverness to link up with European campaign

By Val Sweeney

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A climate action weekend is taking place in Inverness.
A climate action weekend is taking place in Inverness.

A film screening about a Himalayan eco-activist and shared stories will feature in a climate action weekend in Inverness.

The events, organised by the Scottish Communities Climate Action Network (SCCAN), will take place from September 15 to 17.

They include a gathering linking into a European Day of Sustainable Communities which is running the #JoinTheBigTable campaign to lobby policymakers.

The weekend also forms part of the Highlands and Islands Climate Festival taking place throughout September.

Supporters will travelling from across the north of Scotland including Aberdeen, the Isle of Lewis and

Thurso to gather in the Highland capital for the weekend of learning, networking, fun activities and conversations.

Joana Avi-Lorie, SCCAN’s Event Coordinator said: "We are really looking forward to holding a space

for community stories from the north to be shared with Scotland and Europe.

"Let’s imagine and learn together, join forces and voices to promote the just transition we need to live better lives in our communities."

The programme of events:

Climate for Change facilitator training – Friday September 15, 10.30am to 5.30pm, Merkinch Community Centre:

Training in how to lead climate conversations which aim to bring about effective action on climate change.

The training will allow people to join a strong community/team of facilitators who together are inspiring hundreds of people in Scotland to stand up on climate change.

Go to Sccan.scot/climate-for-change to apply for a place.

Northern Gathering – Saturday September 16, 11am to 5.30pm, Merkinch Community Centre:

The event will include group discussions and workshops, allowing people to connect with others and share experiences, ideas and passion for creating a sustainable future.

Lunch is provided and there is also a creche. Travel bursaries are also available.

It is also a European Day of Sustainable Communities (EDSC) event and will include stories from the north of Scotland as part of the #JoinTheBigTable campaign to take community-led initiative demands to EU policymakers.

Go to www.eventbrite.co.uk/northern-members-gathering for details.

Film Screening and discussion with Seeds of Scotland on seeds, growing and food sovereignty – Sunday September 17, 5pm to 8pm, Velocity Cafe and Bicycle Workshop:

The documentary film, The Seeds of Vandana Shiva, tells the life story of a Gandhian eco-activist and agro-ecologist. Vandana Shiva, the daughter of a Himalayan forest conservator, became the world’s most powerful opponent of American agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology company, Monsanto.

It will be followed by a group conversation with Seeds of Scotland on seeds, growing and food sovereignty.

Go to www.eventbrite.co.uk/the-seeds-of-vandana-shiva-film for details.

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