The ACT Now Project began in April 2020 with the purpose of supporting Mid-Argyll communities to adopt strategies to tackle climate change by reducing their impact on the environment. The initial stage of this project was supported by the Scottish Governments Climate Challenge Fund and the full report of this phase of the project, from April 2022, can be found here.

Working closely with the community has always enabled The ACT Now Project to build networks and schemes that target the needs of Argyll and Bute residents, businesses, organisations, and the climate.

Introducing the ABCAN Hub – Argyll & Bute Climate Action Network Hub 

**ABCAN Hub Website Launching soon!**

The aim of the ABCAN Hub is to support every Argyll and Bute resident and community face the challenge of climate change. It will identify, facilitate, and give a voice to localised community led climate action, to raise awareness of our carbon impact, and mitigate key climate themes that will work towards a net zero Argyll & Bute. 

With Scottish Government funding, and overseen by a collaboration between ACT, Argyll & Bute Third Sector Interface and Time for Change Argyll & Bute, the Argyll & Bute Climate Action Hub, as part of our ongoing ACT Now project, will establish a network of hubs based in each locality, providing staff resource to coordinate and build on current climate activities, deliver carbon literacy training, facilitate climate conversations, provide seed funding for climate mitigation, engage with hard-to-reach groups and identify opportunities for partnership working across the region to ensure that Argyll & Bute has a cohesive approach to tackling climate change in our communities.

ABCAN is keen to hear from any interested individuals groups, and organisations in Argyll and Bute who want to know more about the Hub and how it will contribute to climate action. We are keen to grow and build the network so please get in touch.

Why this is important. Argyll & Bute is the second largest LA by land-area, divided by its geography, including 23 inhabited islands. Travel routes are long, weak infrastructure is subject to weather disruption, public transport is poor and climate change awareness is a lived experience. 

23 islands inhabited by 17% of the population 

20% of Scotland’s coastline (4000 miles) of which 84% will be eroding by 2040 

43% live remote rural 

27% over 65 

45% in fuel poverty 

In order to meet the current net zero targets, we need to focus at a grass-roots level, where numerous unsupported groups are busy in green and blue spaces, lacking a supportive network, and ubiquitous short-term small funding streams come and go; projects flounder, residents disengage and valuable learning is lost. Activity is variously mapped and lacks a coordinated approach, with no current repository or touchstone as a conduit to harness peer-to-peer learning which could be facilitated by a Climate Hub, plugging-in to existing networks and partnerships through the project partners, leading on climate-action, community-learning and supporting citizen-led projects.

Funding available now! 

The Argyll and Bute Climate Action Network (ABCAN) Hub is supporting Argyll and Bute residents to face the challenge of climate change through micro grant funding of between £50 and £250. Find out more here!

Funding of between £250 and £1,500 is also there to support community led action on climate change in Argyll & Bute. To find out more about this ABCAN seed funding look here!

We are also looking to create a ABCAN Steering group representing Mid Argyll, Kintyre & Islands, Oban, Lorne & Isles, Helensburgh & Lomond and Bute & Cowal. Please get in touch is wish to contribute to this exciting new venture.

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Additional ACT Now climate change-related projects

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ACT Now project contact

If you would like to get involved or would like more information please contact the ACT Now Project Manager, Jamie Joyce: [email protected]; 07943020241.

ACT Now previous project funding

The project was initially funded through the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) and was awarded £106,967 for two years. The CCF is a Scottish Government grant programme providing funding and support for community groups to help tackle climate change by running projects that reduce local carbon emissions. 

ACT Now previous project themes also included ACT Now and Eat.

ACT Now and Eat