The Highland Climate Festival is getting under way this weekend, with over 100 events taking place across Highland to show collective action on the climate emergency.
The Highland Council says that the nine-day event, which runs until July 3, will acknowledge the “brilliant work” already taking place in our communities, businesses, and public sector.
It will also encourage engagement in new activities and with new audiences, from simple actions to sharing more significant work through a series of local in person and regional online events.
Events range from foraging walks to information sessions on the circular economy.
The council is taking part and will be hosting a number of sessions on current projects including the Hydrogen Utilization and Green Energy project and the Flow Country World Heritage Bid.
Karl Rosie, chairman of Highland Council’s climate change committee, said: “The festival is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the inspiring climate and ecological action taking place in Highland. I am excited to attend events happening as part of the festival.
“Highland Adapts and North Highlands and Islands Climate Hub have done a sterling job of pulling this festival together and I hope this will become a regular occasion in the summer calendar for Highland.”
Additionally, the Highland Climate Charter is being launched during the festival. Its aim is to raise awareness of climate change, and to build a momentum across Highland where communities work together towards a sustainable future.
The Highland Adapts climate advocates team are asking individuals across the region to sign the Highland Climate Charter committing to taking climate action in our everyday lives in five different ways – connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and to give.
Joan Lawrie, development manager at the North Highlands and Islands Climate Hub, said: “Developing the Highland Climate Festival alongside Highland Adapts has been an incredibly exciting journey and I can’t wait to see the festival officially launch.
“I’m proud to be part of the team coordinating the festival and look forward to continued partnership working with fellow organizers and the groups who make up the festival program. I believe that together, we can ensure that the Highlands and Islands can be better prepared to tackle the climate emergency and set an example which other areas can follow. ”
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