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Climate Action with Hope – Time to Change the Story

During our workshop, ‘Climate Action without Despair’, we found ways to put our energy into what is within our control to improve things for ourselves, each other, and the planet. Could your organisation or community also benefit from a workshop like this?

How do we approach Climate Action with Hope?

COPE Scotland delivered a recent workshop in partnership with Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector and Scottish Community Climate Action Network. The wisdom in the room showed that there are things we can do to make a difference and offered some hope. Feedback from the session included:

“I learned more about climate anxiety and how to deal with it. Also, get an idea of the climate support GCVS offers.’’

There was a really lovely supportive environment, and it was really useful to understand how people have different ideas of what everyday climate action can look like and how to meet in the middle.’’

The jigsaw lids was a useful tool to get everyone on the same page.”

“Applying knowledge, e.g., 1-2-4-all approach to discussions where appropriate.”

Building a sustainable path – together

The ‘locus of control’ is when you focus on things within your control. When we find ways to cope with the problems, we can overcome the challenges or find ways they hurt less. This doesn’t mean we are solely responsible for climate change; it means we put our energy into changing the things we can directly change and take responsibility for. In work, this may be around energy efficiency, recycling and reusing; in communities, it may be around collective responsibility for not dropping litter; as an individual and family, it may be around using less water for baths and showers, not leaving appliances on standby.

Sometimes our efforts can cascade into a more significant difference in the world. Many communities rallied to look out for each other when we went into lockdown. They didn’t wait to be told what to do. They mobilised into action, helping each other stay afloat in new and traumatic times.

Image 1 shows a shot of the session with Cope Scotland, Hilda is at the front of the room presenting from a screen on the wall
Image 2 shows some of the notes taken by participants during the session on large colourful sheets

Tools and sharing experiences

Email us to check out the tools and the session’s outcome and we will send you the report from this session: admin@cope-scotland.org.

We also welcome enquiries if you are interested in hosting your own workshop on ‘Climate Action without Despair’.

Or why not contact our Climate Team to discuss your needs further – drop us an email at: climate@gcvs.org.uk

‘’Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.’’ 
Margaret Mead.

Thanks also to the Scottish Community Alliance, Climate Learning Exchange fund which allowed us to offer this session for free.


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