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© Still from Holding On by Angela Tiatia, image courtesy of the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney

Rising Tide: What can I do?

© Still from Holding On by Angela Tiatia, image courtesy of the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney

In 2019, Scotland declared a climate emergency. What can I do?

The links below provide helpful resources on how you can get politically active and help to reduce your carbon footprint and the amount of single-use plastic in the environment.


Reduce, reuse, recycle

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What's the problem with plastic?

What is it about plastic that puts it at the centre of conversations about the climate crisis? Find out with this resource from Zero Waste Scotland.

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At home

Small changes at home can have a big impact. Learn how with Zero Waste Scotland's guide to what you can do at home.

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Walk, cycle or wheel

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Sustainable Transport

Leaving the car behind where possible has many benefits for individuals and communities. Learn what they are with Sustrans.

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Cycling and walking

Explore Quiet Routes, find cycle storage, and learn about upcoming sustainable transport projects in with the City of Edinburgh Council.

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Help to cut carbon emissions

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Reduce your organisation's impact on the environment

How can organisations minimise their impact on the environment? Creative Carbon Scotland offers many resources to achieve this goal.

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Start your organisation's journey to zero

Organisations have a big role to play in the climate crisis. Find out how to implement your organisation's journey to net zero.

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Try a plant-based diet

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How can going veggie help the planet?

The Vegetarian Society UK provides recipes, lifestyle tips, and data about the role of diet in the climate crisis.

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How going vegan makes a difference

The Vegan Society explains the benefits of veganism and how you can make a difference through what you eat.

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Beach clean or litter clean

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Get involved at a local beach clean

Beach cleans are a great way to get more connected and involved in your local community. Find a local beach clean with the Marine Conservation Society.

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Find a local litter pick

Have you noticed more litter in your local area? Get involved with a litter pick with Keep Scotland Beautiful's map of events across the country.

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Get politically active: Write to your local politician, sign a petition and support campaigns to protect our environment

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Write to your local political representative (UK)

Not sure what to say? WriteToThem helps you find your local politician, compose a message, and ensure it gets to the right place.

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Get empowered to fight climate change (Pacific Islands)

Grassroots network 350 Pacific works across 18 Pacific Island nations to build resilience and fight climate change

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Empowering young leaders in Scotland

2050 Climate Group provides practical guidance and tools to allow young people in Scotland to take the lead against the climate crisis.

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