A Rocha UK is a Christian charity working for the protection and restoration of the natural world, both as a response to the biblical mandate to care for the earth, and as a demonstration of the Christian hope for God’s world. They do this through practical involvement in nature conservation projects and ecological research, by campaigning on biodiversity issues, and by engaging with churches, schools, communities and individuals.
ACTSA Scotland was formed in December 1994 as the Scottish Section of the national organisation Action for Southern Africa and works to develop solidarity between Scotland and all the states of the Southern Africa Development Community. As the successor organisation to the Scottish Anti-Apartheid Movement our closest links are with South Africa and in particular with the Eastern Cape Province with which Scotland has had a particularly strong historic connection.
All We Can
All We Can, the Methodist relief and development partner, helps people in some of the world’s poorest communities to become all that they can, by investing in partnerships that improve quality of life and create positive, long-term change for individuals, families and nations.
Association for the Conservation of Energy
ACE aims to reduce overall energy demand to ensure a secure and sustainable energy future. Through our lobbying, campaigning and research we help to achieve sensible and consistent policy, legislation and targets. ACE works to raise a positive awareness of energy conservation and encourage increased investment in energy saving measures.
Baldernock Community Council
We are a small parish of around 280 households 7 miles north of Glasgow. Our closest town is Milngavie and we are a largely dispersed rural community but include the villages of Bardowie and Balmore. We have a thriving playgroup and primary school, a church and we are home to the Balmore Trust, a charity. We were lucky enough to secure Climate Challenge Funding and ran a project which ended in March 2011. We carried out energy surveys and held awareness-raising events and think there has been a lasting positive effect. We were the first Community Council to join SCCS.
Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes.
Church of Scotland
The Church of Scotland is concerned that climate change poses a serious and immediate threat to people everywhere, particularly to the poor of the earth; and that climate change represents a failure in our stewardship of God's creation. We accept the need to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases urgently to avoid dangerous and irreversible climate change; and to promote a more equitable and sustainable use of energy.
Commitment for Life - United Reform Church
Commitment for Life is the world development programme of the United Reformed Church. It encourages participating churches to take action, pray and give for people across the world but especially in our four partner countries of Bangladesh, Jamaica, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory and Zimbabwe. We work in partnership with Christian Aid and The World Development Movement raising over half a million pounds a year from contributing churches.
At local level, CTC members form Member Groups which also have many of the attributes of a Cycling Club - organising runs, tours, competitive events and training, as well as campaigning for cycling at a local level. CTC Scotland brings together representatives of these Member Groups and other organisations to discuss and deal with matters relating to cycling in Scotland. There are many local cycling clubs and several cycle campaigning groups in Scotland and the rest of the UK. CTC is the one body which embraces all kinds of cycle use and interests.
Eco-Congregation Scotland is an ecumenical movement which helps churches link environmental issues to their faith and take action in their church and local community. We are concerned about the impact climate change is having on the world's poorest people. We believe that faith can be an important motivator in behaviour change and are working to harness this to reduce Scotland's carbon emissions. There are currently 286 Eco-Congregations in Scotland. 100 of these hold the independently assessed Eco-Congregation Award.
Edinburgh University Students Association
Edinburgh University Students’ Association is a democratic, student-led organisation representing Edinburgh University students to the University and beyond. We are an autonomous body with registered charity status and value our independence from the University of Edinburgh. We work closely with the University to ensure a world class student experience for all students at the University. In addition to running campaigns and representing the students views to the University and other external bodies the association operates a range of commercial services including bars, catering and retail outlets. Our buildings are also host to the main events of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The Energy Agency is a non-profit making organisation, providing free, impartial and expert advice to households, businesses and communities covering energy efficiency, sustainable transport and renewable energy. The Energy Agency’s mission is to reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions, thus contributing to national reduction targets. The Energy Agency manage the Energy Saving Scotland advice centre for South West. It is tasked with assisting householders and local businesses throughout Ayrshire & Dumfries & Galloway to help reduce energy use as well as acting as a bridge between local authorities, consumers, trade, businesses and the energy market.
The Fife Diet is a consumer network of people and communities passionate about local food and creating a low carbon sustainable food system. We are a voluntary association with a volunteer management committee and a small team of part-time, paid staff. We are funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund and we have also received funding from Celebrating Fife and the Co-op Community Fund. We are also part of Nourish – Scotland’s Sustainable Food Network and Holyrood 350 people from across Scotland who are actively working to reduce their communities carbon footprint.
Friends of the Earth Scotland
Friends of the Earth Scotland is Scotland’s leading environmental campaigning organisation, and an independent Scottish charity with a network of thousands of supporters and active local groups across Scotland. We are part of the largest grassroots environmental network in the world, uniting over 2 million supporters, 77 national member groups, and some 5,000 local activist groups - covering every continent. We exist to help people in Scotland look after the planet for everyone’s future. We think globally and act locally in Scotland, delivering solutions to climate change by enabling and empowering people to take both individual and collective action.
Glasgow University Students Representative Council
We’re the Glasgow University Students’ Representative Council, but you can call us GUSRC. Our job is to support the students of Glasgow University and ensure their time here is as enjoyable, safe and interesting as possible. Day-in, day-out we’re here to help, or even just listen to, the concerns of students.
Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace. We defend the natural world and promote peace by investigating, exposing and confronting environmental abuse, and championing environmentally responsible solutions.
Healthy Planet - MEDSIN
We are a group of students from across the UK who want to raise awareness of the links between global environmental change and health, and to help protect and promote human health through adequate climate mitigation and adaptation policy. We are affiliated to the Medsin-UK as one of its activities and seek to promote and work towards solutions at a range of levels. Our key areas of work - some older, some newer - are: Policy and advocacy – local to international; Education: non-formal and formal; Sustainable healthcare; Schools projects and teaching and International network-building.
Heriot-Watt University Student Union
Heriot Watt University Student Union campaigns hard to make sure students' experience at Heriot Watt University is as amazing as it can possibly be. Campaigning is a visible way that we represent students' views to the University and beyond, and we aim to bring about positive changes both locally and nationall, from getting the support students need for their studies to encouraging the University to be as eco-friendly as it can be.
The Iona Community, is an ecumenical Christian community. Its members follows a five-fold rule, including 'acting in solidarity with victims of environmental injustice and supporting political and structural change to reduce our over-consumption of resources'. Programmes at our centres, (Abbey and MacLeod Centre on Iona and Camas on Mull) often focus on environmental and climate change issues. Camas is based on a simple lifestyle and environmental sustainability. It is powered by wind turbine and solar panels and has its own organic garden. On the mainland, we focus on these issues too in our work with young people.
Islamic Relief is an international aid and development charity, which aims to alleviate the suffering of the world's poorest people. Inspired by our Islamic faith and guided by our values, we envisage a caring world where communities are empowered, social obligations are fulfilled and people respond as one to the suffering of others. Exemplifying our Islamic values, we mobilise resources, build partnerships, and develop local capacity regardless of race, political affiliation, gender or belief, and without expecting anything in return.
Justice and Peace Scotland
The National Commission for Justice and Peace advises the Scottish Catholic Bishops' Conference in matters relating to social and ecological justice, international peace and human rights, and promotes action in these areas, both locally and nationally. Our current campaigns focus on Asylum and Refugees, Poverty in Scotland, Renewal of Trident, and Climate Change.
Medsin is a student network and registered charity tackling global and local health inequalities through education, advocacy and community action. We have over 30 branches in universities across the UK, many nationally run activities and several national working groups alongside collaborating with numerous external partner organisations both nationally and internationally.
One World Week
One World Week offers opportunities for people and organisations to come together at local events to explore how they can work together to build a more just, peaceful and sustainable world. OWW, working with partner organisations, mobilises local volunteers to organise events where people of diverse backgrounds can: acknowledge our interdependence; raise awareness of global inequalities and injustice and inspire action to increase equality, justice and sustainability, locally and globally. One World Week is around United Nations Day (24 October) but activity can take place at any time. OWW’s website offers opportunities to participate in SCC members’ campaigns.
Operation Noah is an ecumenical Christian charity providing leadership, focus and inspiration in response to the growing threat of catastrophic climate change. Our current campaign Bright Now: towards fossil free Churches calls on the Churches and Christian community in the UK to disinvest from companies involved in the extraction of fossil fuels. We also work collaboratively with other Christian and faith groups active on climate change and provide resources and support to equip churches to respond to climate change.
Oxfam is a global movement of people who share the belief that, in a world rich in resources, poverty isn't inevitable. It's an injustice which can, and must, be overcome. We fight poverty at its roots, with simple, smart solutions. When injustice causes poverty, we stand against it. When disasters hit, we're ready around the clock to save and protect people, staying long after, leaving life better than before.
People & Planet
People & Planet is the largest student network in Britain campaigning to end world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment. We’re a student-led movement that empowers young people with the skills, confidence and knowledge they need to make change happen, at home and globally.
Population Matters is a membership charity working for a global population size providing a good standard of living for all, a healthy environment and environmental sustainability. We carry out research, provide educational services and lobby for policies which lead to the stabilization and gradual decrease in population to sustainable levels.
Practical Action uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries, working in over 40 countries across the world. Our strength is our approach. We find out what people are doing and help them to do it better. Through technology we enable poor communities to build on their skills and knowledge to produce sustainable and practical solutions. Thus transforming their lives forever and protecting the world around them. By doing this each year we help around a million people break out of the cycle of poverty ….for good.
Quaker Peace and Social Witness
Quaker Peace & Social Witness (QPSW) is a hub for local and national Quaker action for peace and justice and is committed to nonviolent social change. It supports Quaker witness in local communities and represents Quakers at a national level to parliament, government and the general public. The sustainability work carried out by QPSW aims to support Quakers in Britain to make real their commitment to become a low-carbon, sustainable community. It also supports Quakers to campaign about climate change, and engages politically on behalf of Quakers on issues of sustainability and peace.
The Salvation Army is a worldwide Christian church and charity. We put our beliefs into practice through a programme of practical action, serving our communities, supporting those in need and fighting for social justice.
SCIAF (Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund) is Scotland’s leading international aid and development agency. We work in over 15 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America responding to humanitarian disasters and providing some of the world’s poorest people with practical support so that they can work their way out of poverty and towards a better life. Here in Scotland we campaign to address the root causes of poverty and injustice so that we can create a fairer world for all people.
Scottish Episcopal Church
The Scottish Episcopal Church is a welcoming and inclusive Church that traces its history back to the beginnings of Christianity in Scotland. We are part of the world-wide Anglican Communion - a family of some 70 million Christians in more than 160 countries. The vulnerable and those in need are of particular concern to us. Justice, peace, and the care of the environment are also areas in which our members are actively involved. As a church we support a variety of mission and development projects at home and overseas.
Scottish Seabird Centre
The multi-award winning Scottish Seabird Centre is located in North Berwick, East Lothian, overlooking the wildlife-rich waters of the Firth of Forth. A conservation and education charity, the organisation focuses on encouraging people to appreciate and care for wildlife and the environment. A world-leader in remote wildlife viewing, there are interactive live cameras on the world-famous Bass Rock, Isle of May National Nature Reserve, plus other harbours and islands. Visitors to the five star Discovery Centre can zoom in on the seasonal wildlife action and there are also boat trips, a gift shop and the Seabird Café.
SCVO works in partnership with the voluntary sector to advance our shared values and interests. We have over 1400 members who range from individuals and grassroots groups, to Scotland-wide organisations and intermediary bodies. Through lobbying and campaigning SCVO works to advance the interests of our members and the people and communities that they support.
SEAD aims to challenge the causes of poverty, social injustice and environmental degradation; and to support the community-based movement for positive social change. We believe that dynamic communities have the power to make positive changes in our society. SEAD’s projects support people to become part of this change. We work with communities in Scotland and in the developing world to exchange ideas, knowledge and inspiration. We provide tools and support to turn this into action.
Spokes is a voluntary organisation with 1200 members, mainly in Edinburgh and Lothian, aiming to promote cycling for everyday transport, and to persuade councils and government to do the same. Activities include lobbying, public meetings, traffic counts, stalls, bike rides, and bike maps. Cycle use has grown from 1% of commuter trips when Spokes began to 7% now. A success has been Edinburgh Council allocating 5% of its transport budget to cycling, rising by 1% annually till the next election. A failure is that the Scottish Government still allocates under 1% of its transport budget to cycling.
Students for a Free Tibet
Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) works in solidarity with the Tibetan people in their struggle for freedom and independence. We are a chapter-based network of young people and activists around the world. Through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action, we campaign for Tibetans’ fundamental right to political freedom. Our role is to empower and train youth as leaders in the worldwide movement for social justice.
Surfers Against Sewage
Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) is an environmental charity protecting the UK’s oceans, waves and beaches for all to enjoy safely and sustainably, via community action, campaigning, volunteering, conservation, education and scientific research. SAS projects target environmental issues affecting beaches including marine litter, sewage pollution, climate change, toxic chemicals, shipping and coastal development. SAS has over 50,000 active supporters across the UK.
Sustrans makes smarter travel choices possible, desirable and inevitable. We're a leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day. We work with families, communities, policy-makers and partner organisations so that people are able to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys, with better places and spaces to move through and live in.
Tearfund has a big vision which we've been bringing into being since 1968. We know there's God-given-potential in poor communities. We work with local churches to unlock this potential. With your help, we've seen millions escape extreme poverty - permanently.
Transform Scotland campaigns for a society where everyone can have their travel needs met within the limits of a transport system that is environmentally sustainable, socially inclusive and economically responsible. We are the only organisation in Scotland making the case for sustainable transport across all modes. We have a membership of over 60 organisations across Scotland, including public transport operators, local authorities and sustainable transport voluntary organisations. Transform Scotland is a registered charity, politically independent, science-based and strictly not-for-profit.
Transition Linlithgow formed in 2008 primarily on the issue of Climate Change and the lack of local action. Since then, we have become a registered charity and official members of the global Transition network focusing on efforts which boost community resilience and sustainability. T.L. have created allotments, planted orchards, encouraged home insulation, raised the profile of local food, given energy advice to residents, project managed installation of hundreds of solar panels, assessed the need for improved sustainable travel infrastructure, operated an eco-advice centre and worked with local organisations to raise awareness of climate change, peak oil and economic contraction.
UK Youth Climate Coalition
The UK Youth Climate Coalition aims to inspire, empower, mobilise and unite young people to take positive action on climate change for a cleaner, fairer future. We believe that to tackle climate change we need an inspiring vision of how we want the world to be and a movement that anyone can feel part of. At the UKYCC we place an emphasis on issues which relate closely to young people as part of a wider, cross-generational movement for change.
The United Nations Association - UK (UNA-UK) is the UK's leading source of independent analysis on the UN, and a UK-wide grassroots movement. UNA-UK believes that a strong, credible and effective UN is essential if we are to build a safer, fairer and more sustainable world. We advocate strong government support for the UN and demonstrate why the UN matters to people everywhere. UNA-UK derives great strength from its members and supporters, and UK-wide network of local, school and university branches. Together, we form a critical mass of support for the UN in the UK and beyond.
UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. UNICEF provides medicine, food and water for children to survive and flourish, and education and protection to change children’s lives for good. UNICEF UK raises funds for UNICEF’s emergency and development work around the world and advocates for lasting change for children worldwide. This includes working to change government policies and practices that restrict child rights in the UK and internationally. In the UK, UNICEF campaigns on climate change, hunger, UK child poverty, aid effectiveness and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
UNISON is Britain and Europe's biggest public sector union with more than 1.3 million members. Our members are people working in the public services, for private contractors providing public services and in the essential utilities. They include frontline staff and managers working full or part time in local authorities, the NHS, the police service, colleges and schools, the electricity, gas and water industries, transport and the voluntary sector. Last year UNISON recruited 137,000 new members - 375 per day.
WWF works in over 100 countries to safeguard the environment and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. Climate change threatens many of the planet’s species - including our own. WWF finds workable, practical solutions to the problems posed by climate change across governments, business and civil society.