Low carbon living

Meeting Scotland’s world-leading climate targets will require a truly national endeavour. Moving toward a net zero society will require all aspects of Scottish society to embrace significant changes in order for us to meet our ambitious targets.

Public engagement strategy

In September 2021, we published Net Zero Nation: A Public Engagement Strategy for Climate Change. The strategy marks a new chapter in our people-centred approach to climate change policy. It outlines our framework for engaging the public and communities on climate change, ensuring a green recovery from COVID-19.

It signifies a step change in how we understand the role of public engagement in climate change, moving from encouraging incremental changes in attitudes and behaviours, to supporting a society-wide transformation. It also includes a commitment to meaningful participation throughout, including with those people and communities most affected by our transition. By working in partnership across business, third sectors and communities, as part of a national effort, we can achieve the just and fair transition required to achieve a net zero nation.  

Climate week

Climate Week aims to raise awareness of climate change and to encourage us all to consider the actions required from all sectors of society in order to achieve a net zero society. It has grown in scale since its inception in 2016 reflecting an increasing interest among the Scottish people to engage and make meaningful change. Organisations from every sector of society come together to showcase the actions they're taking to combat the global climate emergency and promote cross-sectoral collaboration.

Scotland’s Climate Week has proved successful with a large number of businesses, schools and universities taking part alongside the public sector to celebrate climate action and help drive awareness of climate change. We are grateful to everyone for their efforts to support past Climate Weeks, helping to raise awareness about climate change across multiple sectors of Scottish society.

For further information on our policies please email climate.change@gov.scot

Resources

During Climate Week 2020, we launched our new website. We are continuing to build the information on Net Zero Nation. We hope it will help educate the public on how they can play their part in the global climate emergency, provide resources for community action, and become a hub for Scotland’s collective response to the climate emergency.     

From July to the end of November of 2019, we engaged directly with the people of Scotland through the Big Climate Conversation to hear their concerns, priorities and ambition on how we respond to the global climate emergency. The final report of findings from the Big Climate Conversation has now been published alongside a companion technical annex

We created the Individual, Social and Material (ISM) tool in 2013 to help key policy areas, local authorities, environmental organisations and communities to develop initiatives for influencing low carbon behaviours. It enables us to measure progress by identifying relevant factors and looking at how they change over time.

We have produced:

We used the ISM tool as the basis for Shifting Normal, a guide to helping community groups to design and deliver successful projects for tackling climate change. We produced: