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The Glasgow Community Climate Action Network (GCCAN) is a collaborative network of local community groups working with and for their communities, creating a sustainable, equal and resilient future for Glasgow.

The network aims to create space where groups can share ideas and concerns and build positive connections with each other.

The network has a role in shaping the priorities of the Glasgow Climate Action Hub and, in turn, the Hub helps build the capacity of the network to achieve it's goals. The two are distinct but connected pieces of work.


If you're interested in the work of the Hub, you can join it's mailing list but you should also consider joining the Network to play a role in Glasgow's response to climate change.

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Vision, aims and purpose



A sustainable, equal and resilient future with connected, collaborative, empowered communities at the centre:

  • Sustainability – meeting present needs without compromising those of the future, this includes resources, environment and social wellbeing

  • Equality – always aiming for equal rights and opportunities for all people

  • Resilience – communities and resources which can support all people to withstand the crises we face



To collaborate between local community groups, sharing knowledge and resources to empower each other for climate action.



  • To support collaboration and sharing, of knowledge and resources, between community groups

  • To support and develop community led climate action in the Glasgow area

  • To support communities to contribute to local, regional and National decision making

  • To highlight the links between climate change and other issues and inequalities, using it as a unifying issue


Core methods

  • Connecting

  • Collaborating

  • Supporting

  • Learning


Network values (how we interact)

  • Honesty and transparency

  • Listening, being curious about our different and shared values and ideas

  • Respect, including for each other’s time

  • Awareness of power dynamics and roles held

  • Encouraging diversity and inclusivity


Geographical area

Currently the network is for groups who are part of the Glasgow area, work in this area and are affected by Glasgow based decisions.

Outreach is being done with groups in East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire and East Dunbartonshire to find out if the network could include these areas or what other options suit the areas. If it does, the name may change to reflect this. If you are a group from one of these areas, please get in touch.


Network funding

The network’s initial development is currently being supported by a Scottish Communities Climate Action Network (SCCAN) staff member, using Scottish Government funding.

The network is looking into further resourcing, there is an opportunity to apply for Scottish Government Climate Action Hub funding to resource the network. The scope of the hub resourcing is being shaped by the network. The Network Resources Working Group will work on this plan and all network members will be able to input on plans. Input from the development phase so far will be considered when planning.

The Hub aim is to support, inspire, and build capacity and connections by resourcing the network and it’s members. This could include:

Specialist Support

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Links to funding

Opportunities to share, knowledge, skills and insight

Resources and toolkits

Who can join the network?

We want to include a mix of groups to benefit from each other’s connections and perspectives. You can be a group of any size – even if it’s 2 of you starting a community garden. You just have to be a not-for-profit organisation and be aligned with our vision, aims and purpose.

We're particularly keen to hear from organisations or groups taking action on issues affecting our communities like; food, energy, waste, biodiversity, transport, and social justice.

Getting involved

After becoming a member, there will be lots of ways to engage including:

  • Joining working groups on specific topics or for specific areas

  • Joining gatherings and events held by the network

  • Inputting on online feedback on big plans

  • Discussions in a members’ whatsapp group (you are welcome to turn off notifications for this and we can look at other options down the line)

  • Reading email updates from the network

  • Sharing stories through our social media platforms

  • Adding events to the climate fringe website, where groups and individuals from all across the country can see your events

  • Getting involved in collaborative projects



There will be lots of opportunity to meet and work with other groups including:

  • Quarterly gatherings to discuss the strategy and direction

  • Co-hosting events with the network and with other members

  • Topical events held by the network on unifying and useful topics

  • Informal social networking events – e.g. a meal together

  • Network volunteering days, where groups suggest a practical task and network members join in on this together


Decision making and input

The network team will consider the following when making decisions:

  • Input from member groups – having flexible plans and re-evaluating

  • Creating space to work through difficulties and differences

  • Engaging representative groups – prioritising the voices of those who historically are underrepresented in climate discussion



There have been a few suggestions for mapping exercises in Glasgow. The first that is being worked on is Community Groups and Spaces, with Green Maps. This will be filtered by theme and demographic e.g. a cycling group working with children. This mapping will be done with consideration of other mapping in Glasgow like Glasgow Eco Trust’s map, if you know of any please get in touch.



These themes have come up as unifying throughout development of the network. They can change over time, according to the needs of members. These may be worked on alongside members and other supportive services and campaigns in the area:

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Community integration

Circular economy



Fairer funding



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