How to get started
Are you ready to take action on climate change within your community, but unsure where or how to start?
Whether you are an individual or part of a group, we have a plethora of resources, tool kits, and helpful tips direct from our members.
As an individual
As an individual, the choices you make truly can make a difference; from the way you travel, to what you eat, to where you get your home energy & heat from. Many small changes add together to help our communities combat climate change and work towards a more sustainable future for us all.
There are lots of resources to help you learn more about climate change and the changes you can make to your lifestyle to reduce your emissions.
Create your very own pledge.
Join the Take The JUMP Campaign.
Live mindfully & sustainably - visit the Sustainable Life Directory
As a group
Whether you are already part of an existing community group, looking to join a group or simply create a new project, there are plenty of opportunities to work together to act on climate change in the North East.
Volunteer with organisations in Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire already working on community led climate action projects.
Create your own community group and/or community led climate action project. We have a variety of resources to help you get started, and our team are always on hand to offer fully flexible & responsive support.
6 ways you can cut emissions
Eat a largely plant based diet, with health portions & no waste
Keep your electrical products such as computers for at least 7 years
Get rid of personal motor vehicles if you can - if not keep hold of your existing vehicle for longer
Buy no more than 3 new items of clothing per year & repair damaged clothes
Take no more than one short haul flight every 3 years & 1 long haul flight every 8 years
Even the smallest life shift can nudge the system, like moving to green energy, inslulating your home or changing pension supplier
Be Inspired – Our Seed Funded Projects
Action for Climate & Environment Newburgh received funding for an interactive game aiming to make climate learning fun.
Ballater Climate Action Network used their funds to purchase wildflower seed bombs to engage the local community and improve the local biodiversity.
Deeside Climate Action Network received funding to put towards their Wee Forest in Banchory.
Tarland Paths successfully repaired an old drove road reenabling access to the Jubilee Wood and hills to the North.
The community woodland is an important part of our project, both to offset our carbon footprint and also to raise awareness of how many trees would be needed to do so for each commuting journey.
Gardening is all trial and error, don't be afraid to make mistakes - patience is the key!
How Bad are Bananas
The game was created with the intention to be used at events with local primary schools, local guides & scouts, as well as with other NESCAN members & community groups to help make learning about climate action fun.
In 2021 NESCAN's Seed Funding provided funds to Ballater Climate Action Network in order for them to purchase wildflower seed bombs and loose seeds.
The seeds were then planted by the local primary school pupils & villagers around Ballater village and along roadside verges, adding life, colour and increasing biodiversity in the area.
Banchory's Wee Forest
Tarland Paths used their funding from NESCAN's seed fund to repair an old access road, allowing walkers to access Jubilee Wood and surrounding hills to the North of Tarland with ease.
The group were able to use the funds to install fencing, gates & a drainage ditch, as well as purchasing & planting native trees & wildflowers, increasing local biodiversity.
We hope to be able to start planting trees next winter. However with escalating costs now, the forestry grant funding would not cover the outlay, so we cannot start planting the big field until we have raised enough funding to cover the shortfall.
Meanwhile, with the help of community volunteers and the Woodland Trust, five hundred trees have already been planted in a smaller field beside the Slains Kirk building. Work has been done to unblock an old culvert so as to solve the flooding problem from St Ternan’s Well in one part of the field, and wild grass and flower seed has been sown to cover the earth following the work on the drain. Volunteers have been doing bio-diversity surveys there since SEAchange bought the land.
We have gardening sessions every week, on Sundays from 11am until 1pm, in which we take care of our garden. We grow our own veggies and fruit sustainably (without herbicides, pesticides nor fertilisers) and share the produce among our members.
We also do other activities from time to time, including projects such as Bugtropolis, to make the garden more bug-friendly and promote pollination, or The Forest Garden in which we grow perennials following the permaculture principles, or manufacturing vertical gardens with wooden pallets.
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