Scottish government’s dazzling zero artwork highlights Findhorn Ecovillage climate action ahead of COP26


A SHINY work of art tours Scotland to highlight ongoing climate action and nature conservation in local communities, including at Findhorn Ecovillage, as the nation prepares to host the Conference of Nations United Nations on Climate Change, COP26.

As part of a Scottish Government campaign, Let’s Do Net Zero, a lasting and vibrant zero art piece of art is presented this week in all seven cities of Scotland.

The aim is to highlight the positive work being done towards Scotland’s mission to achieve net zero emissions by 2045 to help address the global climate crisis.

The Zero touched down at the Ness Islands of Inverness last night to highlight the positive work underway in the north and Moray.

Findhorn’s initiatives include organic fresh vegetables grown and distributed from the park, the production of renewable energy through the use of solar panels to heat homes, and environmentally friendly wastewater treatment to treat its wastewater.

Tara Gibsone, Partnership Project Manager at Findhorn Ecovillage, said: “The Findhorn Foundation community and ecovillage has evolved over the past 50 years as a living laboratory, offering pioneering alternatives and innovative solutions towards a sustainable future.

“It is an experiment and a demonstration center on how we might forge a new trajectory for our planet – personally, socially, economically and environmentally.

“The project models a complete human settlement that combines a socio-cultural environment conducive to a low-impact lifestyle.

Tara Gibsone, partnership project manager at Findhorn Ecovillage. Photo: Tony Marsh.

“Many spin-off companies and charities grew out of the community and the region is now home to a rich tapestry of organizations working for a sustainable future.

“The Findhorn Ecovillage has long been used as an educational resource by a number of universities and school groups.

“The community continues to actively explore the opportunities and requirements for a more flexible and carbon-free energy system.”

Glasgow will host the 26th United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP26) from October 31 to November 12.

As all eyes turn to Scotland, a YouGov poll found that many people across the country now recognize the need to play their part in helping tackle climate change.

The online survey of 1,004 adults found that almost half (46%) said they were already planning to make changes. Some 20 percent said they didn’t know how to make changes. A third (34 percent) said they had no plans to change their lifestyle in the future.

Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport Michael Matheson said: “Scotland was one of the first countries to declare a climate emergency, and as a nation we have already made great strides in the fight against climate change.

“We have halved Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions and are determined to achieve net zero emissions of all greenhouse gases by 2045.

“Ending our contribution to the climate emergency within a generation will require transformational change in all sectors of the economy and society.

“This campaign aims to highlight the positive actions taking place across the country to inspire greater action and the Scottish Government will play its part in helping Scots make these changes.”

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