High hopes for Highland Climate Festival impact

Lochaber councillor Kate Willis, pictured, who is vice-chairperson of the local authority's Climate Change Committee, said it was fantastic to see so many events being held across Lochaber during the Highland Climate Festival. NO F26 Lochaber councillor Kate Willis
Lochaber councillor Kate Willis, pictured, who is vice-chairperson of the local authority's Climate Change Committee, said it was fantastic to see so many events being held across Lochaber during the Highland Climate Festival. NO F26 Lochaber councillor Kate Willis

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The highly-anticipated Highland Climate Festival launched at the weekend and runs until this Sunday, with more than 100 events taking place across the region to show collective action on the climate and ecological emergency.

The nine-day event will acknowledge the brilliant work already existing in local 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 local in-person and regional online events.

The North Highlands and Islands Climate Hub has created a ‘What’s on’ page on its website to list all the in-person and online events happening throughout the region.

Events range from foraging walks to information sessions on the circular economy. The Highland Council is taking part and will be hosting sessions on current projects including the Hydrogen Utilisation and Green Energy project and the Flow Country World Heritage Bid.

Karl Rosie, chairperson of the Climate Change Committee at the Highland Council, said the festival was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the inspiring climate and ecological action taking place in Highland.

‘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,’ he said.

Lochaber councillor and vice chairperson of the local authority’s Climate Change Committee Kate Willis told the Lochaber Times: ‘It is fantastic to see so many events being held across Lochaber during the Highland Climate Festival, ranging from coastal foraging in Arisaig, a carbon research audit in Knoydart, virtual nature connection sessions and a tree hugging championships.

‘In Fort William, activities include eco-jewellery and toy making, bike events and a clothes swap. When it comes to tackling the climate and ecological emergencies, these events show how everyone can get involved, have fun and make a difference in so many ways.’

The Highland Climate Charter is being launched during the festival. It aims to raise awareness of climate change and its impacts and to build momentum across Highland where individuals, communities, organisations and businesses work together towards a transformational and prosperous climate ready Highland.

The Highland Adapts Climate Advocates Team is asking individuals across the region to sign the charter committing to taking climate action in our everyday lives.

Joan Lawrie, development manager at the North Highlands and Islands Climate Hub said: ‘Developing the inaugural Highland Climate Festival alongside Highland Adapts has been an exciting journey. I believe that together we can ensure the Highlands and Islands can be better prepared to tackle the climate emergency and set an example which other areas can follow.

‘The Highland Climate Charter is a huge step in the right direction and we can’t wait to share it with communities and businesses.’

 

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Lochaber councillor Kate Willis, vice chairperson of the local authority’s Climate Change Committee, said it was fantastic to see so many events being held across Lochaber during the Highland Climate Festival.

NO F26 Lochaber councillor Kate Willis