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Steven is Nithsdale’s new climate officer

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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Steven is Nithsdale's new climate officer

A NEW £140,000 Climate Hub project is being rolled out for Dumfries and Galloway to support action on climate change.

Set up by the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere, it’s part of the Scottish Government’s new national network of Community Climate Action Hubs.

It’s designed to support local groups to design and lead projects that mitigate climate change impacts, as well as to generate peer-to-peer learning and collaboration between communities and other regional bodies.

The Climate Hub offer includes seed funding that can be used to kickstart new ideas or support initiatives that are already underway.

Steven Clark will be climate officer east, working across Nithsdale. He is well known to many for his previous work on climate change locally, before which he was a TV news correspondent reporting across Asia on extreme weather events exacerbated by global warming.

Jenna Cains, from the biosphere is leading the D&G Climate Hub, and said: “We’re very pleased to have been able to recruit Steven to the Biosphere staff and launch D&G’s Climate Hub so quickly after our funding award from Scottish Government. This is a pivotal moment for Dumfries and Galloway and a real opportunity to ensure that the understanding, insights and experience of local people are at the forefront of climate adaptation.”

Applications for the funding are welcomed from any groups engaged with community building; circular economies (avoiding waste through repairing/sharing); and carbon reduction and sequestration (eg tree planting, local food production and culture). Contact Steven at [email protected]

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