June 2024
‘Shelf Life’ raises climate awareness in Scotland

03 May 2024

A project aimed at advancing Scotland’s commitment to sustainability and community climate action, has recently completed an impressive series of events across the Highlands.

‘Shelf Life’ – sponsored by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) and supported by the Scottish Government’s Climate Engagement Fund – has played a pivotal role in mobilising community involvement and awareness on environmental issues.

Julie Corcoran, Head of Libraries for High Life Highland said she was really pleased with the project’s achievements: “We are delighted to have collaborated with our colleagues in the High Life Highland Ranger Service and Adult Learning Service to host this series of climate engagement events. It has been a fantastic opportunity to broaden our offering to communities and raise awareness of climate change. ‘Shelf Life’ has highlighted a significant need in local communities that we can build upon".

The initiative saw public libraries across the Highlands being transformed into dynamic hubs for community climate engagement. An array of workshops, art sessions, and discussion panels provided interactive and vibrant experiences, helping participants to explore practical and affordable contributions to environmental sustainability.

‘Shelf Life’ attracted people of all ages from school children to older adults, ensuring the sustainability message spanned the generations. In total, the project engaged with 150 individuals, enhancing community climate literacy and encouraging informed, actionable discussions on sustainability.

The integration of art and culture into the educational framework proved exceptionally beneficial alongside a diverse range of activities such as walks, talks, film showings and various hands-on science and craft activities. As a result of the project there is also now a wealth of related reading material available to borrow from High Life Highland libraries.

Imogen Furlong, High Life Highland Countryside Ranger Manager, who managed the project’s delivery commented: “Over the course of two months, we delivered a total of 21 events, each tailored to educate and involve the community in vital environmental conversations and actions. It’s been a wonderfully collaborative effort working with partners Highland Adapts, Highlands and Islands Climate Hub, and High Life Adult Learning, which has not only broadened the reach of this initiative but also deepened its impact, bringing together a diverse range of expertise and perspectives. Looking ahead, the ‘Shelf Life’ project sets a robust standard for future climate initiatives across Highlands. Its collaborative, context-tailored approach is an ideal model for community and environmental engagement. With support from our partners it has ignited a sustainable spark among the people of the Highlands, promising to influence future environmental initiatives and marking a cornerstone in Scotland’s journey towards a sustainable future.”



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