A group of Paisley environmental champions have been chosen as one of just seven in the country to take part in a national climate action programme.
Ferguslie’s Darkwood Crew is set to participate in the Community Climate Action Programme delivered by environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, in which they will help create their own climate action plan for the Paisley community.
Keep Scotland Beautiful will support Darkwood Crew to begin their actions, signpost them to sources of further advice and funding relevant to their plan and help them establish how they will evaluate impact, over the coming months.
The group – which was set up in 2018 – has improving the local area and tackling environmental challenges in the community at it’s core.
The dedicated volunteers aim to reduce waste, tackling fly-tipping and make communities greener and more environmentally friendly.
Since its launch, the group has prevented more than 20 tonnes of food from going to landfill and redirecting it into the community, and collected hundreds of unwanted appliances from homes of residents and redistributed them, which also deters people from fly-tipping.
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They are also involved in the Keep Scotland Beautiful Upstream Battle campaign which aims to tackle litter in the River Clyde.
Secretary of Darkwood Crew, Terry McTernan said they are all looking forward to taking on their next challenge.
He said: “We are delighted to be selected to take part in this important initiative allowing Ferguslie Park to build on our positive working relationship with Keep Scotland Beautiful.
“Over recent years we have been successful in making the hugely important issue of climate change relevant to local need. Support and professional guidance to consolidate and develop this work further will be of fantastic benefit as we work together helping Ferguslie flourish.”
Net Zero Secretary Michael Matheson said: “COP26 coming to Scotland was a unique opportunity to advance the society-wide transformation demanded by the climate crisis and I am determined to make sure it leaves a lasting legacy.
“I’m delighted that our COP26 community engagement programme is empowering and supporting communities and individuals to explore and consider the changes needed in their local areas.
“Work in these seven communities will enable them to become involved in identifying low carbon solutions to local climate-related challenges, ensuring a fair and just transition is at the heart of our journey to becoming a net zero nation.
“Over the next few months, through a range of workshops, we will support Darkwood Crew to reimagine their community with a low carbon future in mind. We will help the community to set both short term and longer-term goals.
Katie O’Donnell, communities manager with Keep Scotland Beautiful added: “We were really pleased to receive almost 50 applications from communities representing most areas of Scotland within just a two-week application timescale. The appetite for support from communities to take real, meaningful climate action is inspiring – and hopefully linked to increased awareness of the climate crisis following Glasgow hosting COP26.
“We’re very much looking forward to working with Darkwood Crew over the coming months to create a bespoke plan for action to tackle the climate crisis and to help Scotland meet the ambition of becoming a Net Zero Nation.”
The Community Climate Action Plan programme is supported by the Scottish Government as part of Scotland’s COP26 community engagement programme. Further information can be found at https://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/climate-change/climate-change/community-climate-action-plans/
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