Making a Positive Change

There are local organisations committed to providing information on improving lifestyle sustainability.  There are also more and more organisations locally and globally committed to addressing the climate emergency and providing a more sustainable world for future generations. You can lend them support and help is always appreciated in whatever way you can.  A summary of these is given below:

Organisations active in the region

Church groups, including Eco Congregations Scotland

Local site for Transport Options: getabout

UK and local food-waste reduction site: LoveFoodHateWasteScotland

A number of local individuals and groups providing objective information on wind, planning permissions and which projects are in the pipeline: Grampian Pro-Wind

Keep Scotland Beautiful: A charity making Scotland more clean, green and sustainable

Aberdeen City Council  : List of events going on in the city

Aberdeen Voice : News on subjects relevant to Aberdeen

Friends of the Earth : Scotland

Aberdeen Solidarity with Refugees:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/aberdeensupportrefugees/

Food-bank support/volunteering with CFINE

Befriend a child: http://www.befriendachild.org.uk/

Tackling homelessness: https://www.facebook.com/aberdeen.cyrenians/

Voluntary Service Aberdeen: https://www.vsa.org.uk/

Voluntary Interface for Aberdeen: ACVO

Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action: https://www.avashire.org.uk/

Aberdeen City Alcohol and Drugs Partnership: https://aberdeencityadp.org.uk/

North East Eating Disorders Support: https://www.needs-scotland.org/

Aberdeen Multicultural Centre: http://abmc.org.uk/

Aberdeen for a Fairer World: http://afairerworld.org.uk/

Citizens Advice Bureaus across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

Community Councils Aberdeen: https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services/council-and-democracy/community-councils

Community Councils Aberdeenshire: https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/communities-and-events/community-councils/community-councils/

Street Sport: https://www.denislawlegacytrust.org/streetsport

RGU Go Green: https://www.rguunion.co.uk/organisation/gogreen/

The Allotment Market Stall: http://theallotmentmarketstall.org.uk/

beCyCle Aberdeen: https://becycle.wordpress.com/

Aberdeen Uni Students’ Union Environment and Ethics: https://www.ausa.org.uk/representation/committees/environmentandethicscommittee/

AberGreen: https://www.ausa.org.uk/getinvolved/abergreen/

Organisations active worldwide

Climate Action Network  “The Climate Action Network (CAN) is a worldwide network of over 1300 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in more than 120 countries, working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.” (their words, our italics)

350.org  is a global climate action networking organisation helping the numerous groups who care about climate change work together effectively.

Greenpeace is best known for activism, but they’re also strong in research into breaches of law, international agreements and ethics.

The Climate Coalition is a group of more than 140 organisations, in some way supporting the struggle against climate change, together representing 22 million members.

Friends of the Earth International : Representing some 2 million members globally is another group which speaks out and tends to know it’s stuff.

Friends of the Earth Scotland : for locally relevant information and actions.

Climate Reality Project : a group and global network of prominent and passionate folks helping to tackle the issue, set up by Al Gore (following “An Inconvenient Truth”). Also coordinating educational activities.

The World Wildlife Fund also has a substantial WWF Climate Change concern with background information.

Avaaz is a campaigning group with serious clout.  Campaigning subjects are selected democratically and usually with care, and actions are effective.  With their 55+ million members they effectively represent a medium sized country, and Climate Change is one of their members’ strong causes.

Green Cross International : an independent organisation formed in 1993 which enjoys consultative status to various UN and other councils and other structures.  Heavily involved in environmental and sustainability concerns.

The Climate Change Task Force : a group of climate experts and others helping create the political will to address climate change.

The Earth Charter Initiative : an independent global network embracing the Earth Charter principles, including both governments and organisations amongst its 6000+ members.

Scientists for Global Responsibility : a UK professional membership organisation supporting peace, social justice and environmental responsibility for and through its over 900 members, a very informative site.

Global Justice Now is an organisation which because of its remit includes a climate change focus: social consequences of climate change are biased strongly against the less wealthy of the earth.

WasteAid shares waste management and recycling skills in the world’s poorest places, helping people start up community waste management and recycling businesses, keeping neighbourhoods clean and generating income.

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