By United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

Community Land Scotland

Community Landowners & the Climate Emergency

Reflections and Observations about community land and climate action.

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Creatively Celebrating Community Ownership (2021) by Becky Duncan; The Rebel BearUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

Community owners have a deep connection to & understanding of their land. They take a holistic approach to climate action, often being involved in a wide range of activities due to an ingrained sense of stewardship & responsibility for the local community & environment.

Community Landowners Coming Together (2014) by Linsay ChalmersUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

Community Landowners Coming Together

Community Land Scotland represents community landowners, which collectively own thousands of hectares of land, buildings & assets. We believe community ownership is at the heart of a just transition and that the land should be in the hands of the people who live there.

Interconnected Nature (2020) by Coulson & TennantUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

"The lack of connection with nature is almost a driving force of the climate emergency. That connection & understanding has been lost. If you can get that bond re-established, maybe some of the bigger issues start to get resolved through actions & changes of attitude."

Climate action pioneers (2013) by Camille DresslerUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26



Isle of Eigg and Abriachan Forest Trust are pioneers of community land ownership in Scotland. Over the last 20 years, they have been far ahead of their time in creating clean energy and a sustainable future.

Nature connection pioneers (2018) by Linsay ChalmersUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

“If we get it across to everybody that comes to the forest that they have a personal responsibility. Because that’s where it starts, the choices you make. We try to create awareness &
encourage people to make the right decisions.”

Eco-Homes (2021) by Tom ManleyUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

“Community-led Housing has the capacity to tackle the climate emergency through the delivery of localised solutions.  Communities are focused on reaching the highest standards of low energy and sustainable design, recognising they have the capacity to implement change.”  

Humans Impact the Landscape (2016) by Linsay ChalmersUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

"There's still a great attachment to the land and the community. It's all about management and control and determining your own future.”

Action Solar Panels (2021) by Becky DuncanUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

“Climate change and global warming are global issues that can induce anxiety and feel untouchable. When a community is able to take part in carbon reducing activities on a local level, it can boost their confidence and feeling of empowerment.”

Our Glen (2020) by Becky DuncanUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

“Our Glen will be a place where future generations can be secure in the knowledge that the asset has been retained for them. It is a place where everyone, but particularly children and young people can learn in a clean, healthy environment.”

Sustainable Transport (2021) by Becky DuncanUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

“People are active participants, producers not consumers, ensuring all are treated equally & valued for their ideas. We can be adaptable & responsive, less controlled by systems of centralisation. We have a sense of land stewardship & responsibility for land we own together.”

Community Owned Nature Reserve (2021)United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

"Community ownership can be a catalyst for regeneration, which we want to show can be done with the environment at its heart."

Community Food (2020) by Becky DuncanUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

Communities are growing food on land that they own. They are providing people with opportunities to learn about and get actively involved in local food growing. They are reducing food emissions and creating resilience.

Stories of Radical Landownership (2021) by Coulson & TennantUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26


Community Land Scotland commissioned this short film to explore the strong connection between community landowners and their land. 

Space in Inverie (2013) by Ric HardingUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

“As a man once said in a place many miles from our planet, ‘That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’. Each small step we take to make our natural environment a place for our children, is more important than those first steps on the moon.”

Community landowners & the climate emergency (2021) by Stamos AbatisUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

This film demonstrates how community landowners make a distinctive contribution to addressing the climate emergency.

Tilley the Turbine in Tiree (2010) by Jane IsaacsonUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

“It's about sustainability for future generations and not just right now.” 

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Our Members & Community Groups for their Reflections & Observations:
Abriachan Forest Trust
Applecross Community Company
Bridgend Farmhouse
Community-led Environmental Action for Regeneration (CLEAR) Buckhaven and Methil
Galson Estate Trust
Langholm Initiative 
Newcastleton & District Development Trust
North Harris Trust 
South Of Scotland Community Housing
Viewpark Conservation Group 
 
And a big thank you to the marvellous staff at Community Land Scotland for their support in bringing all of this together.
 
Our wonderful Photographers: 
Linsay Chalmers
Saskia Coulson
Becky Duncan
Camille Dressler
Tom Manley
Ric Harding
Jane Isaacson
Colin Tennant
 
Our Creative Filmmakers:
Saskia Coulson & Colin Tennant
Stamos Abatis
 
Mural Artist: 
The Rebel Bear


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