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Scotland's leading community sector networks have joined together as the Scottish Community Alliance in order to  campaign for a strong and independent community sector in Scotland.

The Alliance has two main functions - to promote the work of local people in their communities and to influence national policy development. We email regular briefings to our supporters on both these themes. More about us here...

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9 April 2014

What causes behaviour to change? Much of public policy is designed with this question in mind and an advertising industry has been built around it. Whatever the answer is, it isn’t hard evidence. Last week’s climate change report from IPCC – reflecting the work of 300 climate scientists and 12,000 peer reviewed academic articles – was the starkest warning yet that the future of the planet is at risk. We now know that climate change is happening, that human activity is responsible for it and that its impact on humankind will be severe, pervasive and irreversible. And yet it barely raised a peep. Despite the fact that Scotland has world leading climate change legislation, renewable energy in abundance and a vibrant community sector taking local action to tackle climate change, there is still a sense that much of this activity happens at the ‘green margins’ of society.  But yet the inescapable conclusion of the IPCC report is that a low carbon future can no longer be viewed simply as a lifestyle option. That time has passed. The science is unequivocal about this. But will it change our behaviour? Doesn’t seem very likely. So what will?

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The country's leading community based networks have joined together as the SCA to campaign for a strong and independent community sector in Scotland

Logos of supporter organisations logo: development trusts association scotland logo: senscot (social entrepreneurs network scotland) logo: community retailing network logo: community transport association scotland logo: community energy scotland logo: scottish allotments and gardens society logo: glasgow and west scotland ha logo: employers in voluntary housing logo: scottish league of credit unions logo: voluntary arts scotland logo: federation of city farms & community gardens logo: community health exchange logo: community woodlands association logo: glasgow and west of scotland forum of housing associations logo: scottish communities climate action network logo: nourish scotland logo: community land scotland logo: community resources network scotland logo: scottish communities for health & wellbeing