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Climate / Climate festival returns for third edition

THE THIRD edition of the Shetland Climate Festival will take place in June, with its programme featuring events, workshops and crafts.

The event will take place on Saturday 15 June in Clickimin Leisure Centre in Lerwick between 10am and 4pm, with events held in the Bowls Hall, Bowlers Bar and Loch Bar.

Moraig Lyall, chair of the council’s environment and transport committee, said: “I’m pleased to see this event returning for its third year. It is important that we keep engaging with the challenges and impacts that climate change presents for us all.

“The festival highlights the ongoing work being done in Shetland to tackle the changing climate, and provides information on how we can all take steps to have a positive impact on our climate and environment, as well as our own health and financial wellbeing.”

As its previous editions, the event will feature a central exhibition showcasing over 20 organisations whose work relates to climate change and its impacts. Some of the exhibitors include Shetland Amenity Trust, Home Energy Scotland and North Yell Development Council.

As an addition for 2024, there will be the first climate craft fair, a series of craft stalls selling items sustainably made in Shetland.

Alongside the exhibition, a programme of workshops and presentations has been designed to inform the community and empower people to make climate positive changes in their lives.

Some of this year’s events include a ‘walking wildlife workshop’ around the Clickimin Loch with Species on the Edge officer Gareth Powell, a presentation by the Islands Centre for Net Zero and a workshop by NHS Shetland about the health implications of climate change.

Moreover, a number of events will take place to also entertain the bairns, including a BookBug session, face painting, a scavenger hunt and the popular kids’ zone where young ones can learn about new and future technologies.

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Climate change strategy team leader Claire Ferguson said: “We have some really exciting new parts to the festival event this year.

“We are especially excited to announce that BookBug will be joining us for a reading session in the morning, and that we will have craft stalls selling some beautiful items.”

This year’s Shetland Climate Festival is supported by ESB, developers of the Stoura offshore wind farm.

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