Past Events

Fairmilehead: Home Energy Efficiency

6.30pm Wed 30 Oct at Charwood EH10 6QJ

Before The Flood – Film Screening & Discussion

Thursday, 31 October 2019 from 18:00-20:00

NAE CASH FOR NUKES! How can we Divest? 6pm Tues 19 Nov Old College EH8 9YL

Tuesday, 19 November 2019 from 18:00-20:30

Is Scotland’s Housing Fit for Purpose? ECO-MAX 5 6pm Thur 21 Nov, Edinburgh

Thursday, 21 November 2019 from 18:00-21:00

Fairmilehead: Solar Energy Opportunity

6.30pm Tues 26 Nov, Charwood EH10 6QJ

Community Action on Climate Emergency

9.30-4.30 Fri 29 Nov Edinburgh

Climate Change: The Facts – film screening & discussion

Thursday 1st August 2019 from 6pm to 8pm.
Paterson’s Land, Room G21, The University of Edinburgh, Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ
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Watch the trailer here:

Interviews with some of the world’s leading climate scientists explore recent extreme weather conditions such as unprecedented storms and catastrophic wildfires. They also reveal what dangerous levels of climate change could mean for both human populations and the natural world in the future.

Sir David Attenborough explores the science of climate change and potential solutions to this global threat. Interviews with leading climate scientists explore recent extreme weather conditions such as unprecedented storms and catastrophic wildfires.

This event is a partnership between Communities For Conservation and Transition Edinburgh

Where Next on the Climate and Ecological Emergency? 6 for 6.30 – 8.30pm, Wednesday 26 June at Paterson’s Land Rm G21, Moray House School of Education, Holyrood Road / St John’s Street, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ.

Our Healthy Streets event was held on 22 May 2019, hosted by Transition Edinburgh and Friends of Earth Edinburgh. About 60 people shared hopes and opinions about transport in our city.
David Somervell rose to the challenge of describing the plans for the city centre , using the online consultation information.
Anyone who has not completed the consultation is encouraged to do so through this link. It closes at the end of June.
Transcripts from the event can be found here.

6 for 6.30 – 8.30pm, Thursday 25 April at City Chambers, 253 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1YJ.
On 7 February City of Edinburgh Council called for a report in preparation for declaring a Climate Emergency – following 42 other local authorities in Britain. Opportunities to suggest:
– How to make the changes?
– Who to involve in the transition to Carbon Neutral?
– What is a realistic timescale?
The emphasis of the second part of this event is collaboration between a range of stakeholders.
Mike Wignall’s introductory presentation can be found in this link
Image: School Strike for the Future, Holyrood, 15 March 2019
Food Growing Strategy at 6pm for 6.30-8.30pm Thursday 18 April at Paterson’s Land Room G43, Moray House School of Education, Holyrood Rd / St John’s St, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ.

Contribute to ScotGov’s Good Food Nation consultation at 5.30pm for 6.00-8.45pm Wednesday 27 March at Paterson’s Land Room 1.26, Moray House School of Education, Holyrood Rd / St John’s St, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ. Free refreshments. Watch a new 30 minute documentary “Rocks, Crofts and Sheep” by Zev Robinson on crofting in the Outer Hebrides as a spark to consider what sort of Food future we really seek in Scotland … and how to achieve it. Miesbeth Knottenbelt from Nourish Scotland and Mark Ruskell MSP will open up discussion on what the Scottish Food Coalition says is a vital question: Should Scotland legislate for Good Food? The “Consultation on Good Food Nation Proposals for Legislation“, launched in December, has just four questions and there appears a reluctance to join the dots on food poverty / food banks, soil erosion, climate disruption, chemical poisoning of the earth, insect loss and the social carnage of austerity. Join City of Edinburgh Sustainability Champion Clr George Gordon and Mark Ruskell, MSP to help draw a new Food Vision before the deadline of 29 March! All welcome.
“BURNED: Are trees the new coal?” screening of award winning film 5.30 for 6-8.30pm Monday 1 April Paterson’s Land G43 Holyrood Rd / St John’s St, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ Free refreshments This 74 minute documentary reveals the shocking destruction of forests for “biofuel” and resulting carbon emissions – more than from coal-burning. Plus discussion led by Biofuelwatch. The UK is the world’s biggest importer of wood pellets, mostly burned by Drax in Yorkshire. Several Scottish power stations burn wood for electricity, the largest in Markinch, Fife. Although the Scottish power stations only burn UK-sourced wood, this big new demand forces other wood users to import even more wood from as far away as South America. While Westminster has scrapped subsidies for new onshore wind and solar power, Drax alone gets £2 million every single day for burning imported wood pellets. /

Scotland’s Transition to Carbon Neutrality
[Scottish Communities Climate Action Network (SCCAN) & Transition Scotland Hub]

Date: Saturday 2 March
Time: 09:30 – 17:00
Location: St Leonard’s Land 3.24, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ
Price: Sliding Scale

Community Climate Action Network SKILLSHARE 9.30am-5pm Sat 2 Mar Edinburgh

Implementing Sociocracy
[SCCAN & Transition Scotland Hub]

Date: Sunday 24 February
Time: 9:30 – 17:00
Location: St Leonard’s Land 3.24, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ
Price: Sliding Scale

Introducing Sociocracy / Dynamic Governance
[SCCAN & Transition Scotland Hub]

Date: Saturday 23 February
Time: 9:30 – 17:00
Location: Paterson’s Land G.21, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ
Price: Sliding Scale

Carbon Neutral Edinburgh
[Transition Edinburgh]

Date: Thursday 31 January
Time: 17:30 – 20:30
Location: Appleton Tower M2, 11 Crichton St, Edinburgh EH8 9LE
Price: Free Refreshments

Plastics Problems: Human Solutions
[Transition Edinburgh Circular Economy team and Friends of the Earth Edinburgh]

Date: Wednesday 23 January
Time: 17:30 – 20:30
Location: Room G.06, 50 George Sq, Edinburgh EH8 9LH

 Wed 31 Oct – w/c 19 Nov Exhibition: From “Global Warming” to Climate Action, The Chaplaincy, Bristo Sq, 10am-4pm daily Mon-Fri with evening lecture at the end with photographer Ashley Cooper 

5.30 for 6pm Mon 12 Nov Solar Revolution is here Rm G.05, 50 Geo Sq EH8 9LH

5pm Tues 20 Nov Room Appleton Tower 2.14 Visit to George Sq Trigeneration Energy Centre [] – mainly for CMgt MSc students

1-3pm Sat 3 Nov TE Democracy Matters workshop as part of Edinburgh Eco Fair 10-4pm at Out of the Blue, 36 Dalmeny St

6 for 6.30pm Tues 30 Oct Prof Kevin Anderson on – Quantifying the implications of Paris Agreement: What role for Scotland?[Tyndall Centre, Aug 2018] at 50 George Sq G.03 [to be]  – with FoE Scotland .

Eco/Sustainability Fair at Fairmilehead Church

Saturday October 20 Afternoon 14.00-16.00. More information can be found in the link

Panel event on IPCC Special Report 1.5 Degrees and other recent research.
5pm for 5.30-7.30pm Wednesday 10 October 2018 at Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), High School Yards, 12 Infirmary St, Edinburgh EH1 1LE.

With the publication of the IPCC Special Report 1.5 Degrees on 8 October, attention is again focussed on whether climate chaos can be averted, and how? The report stresses importance of public engagement.
The focus of conversations at this event was what citizens can / need to do and how policymakers might encourage action.
Contributors included Dr Kasia Tokarska, post-doc in Gabi Hegerl Climate System Science group, School of GeoSciences and Dr Nadine Andrews, Visiting Researcher, Lancaster University Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business. The CMgt cohort also contributed.
Relevant reports
– IPCC Special Report 1.5 – due for release by the IPCC on 8 October
– Reducing emissions in Scotland: 2018 Progress Report to Parliament – by UK CCC, 24 Sept 2018
– Scottish Household Survey Topic Report: Climate Change 2017 – by Scottish Government, 4 Sept 2018
– Changing behaviour in a changing climate – by Changeworks for Citizens Advice Scotland, Aug 2018
– Quantifying the implications of the Paris Agreement: What role for Scotland? – by Tyndall Centre, Aug 2018

The democratic processes needed to achieve a resilient, regenerative, carbon neutral capital city – as Edinburgh’s contribution to the European Day of Sustainable Communities:

Community Led Local Developments!

6:00 for 6:30 – 9:00pm Wed 19 Sept David Hume Tower LG07, George Sq EH8 9JX. Free food & drink from 6.

Explored visions of civic decision-making in 2030
What might it feel like / what are your priorities?
What worked well for you in recent democratic decisions – at school, University, workplace, local community, social group or campaign?
What could be better in each of these settings?
Case Study posters from community projects like Out Of The Blue, Leith Croft, Harlaw Hydro, Belford Church / Action Porty and Edinburgh Community Solar Coop.
Part of Democracy Matters – conversations on Scottish Government’s Local Governance Review: Make your views known!

Carbon Neutral Edinburgh 2050

Councillor Neil Gardiner, City Council Champion for Build Environment and Sustainability, and Transition Edinburgh organised the workshop – on pathways to a low carbon built environment – at City Chambers 5.30-8.30 on Wednesday 20 June.

Hosted with Cockburn Association, Edinburgh World Heritage, Scottish Ecological Design Association, Scottish Solar Energy Group, the event is facilitated by Transition Edinburgh, a community-led network that connects and supports civil society groups, with practical projects for a greener, fairer, healthier and more resilient Edinburgh.

PLASTIC: Challenge+Solutions: Nicola Peel – 2pm Th 7 June 50GS EH8 9LH

An interactive workshop exploring impacts of our oil addiction on Amazonia and plastic detritus of “modern civilisation” … to her passion for developing solutions and need for inner transition.

Food Films + Kitchen Table Talks 6-9pm Tue 20 March Appleton Tower EH8 9LE


Screening of the premiere of two documentaries: “The Black Isle” and “Gone Fishing” followed by ideas sharing on the coming Good Food Nation Bill – 6.00 for 6.15 to 9pm Tuesday 20 March at Appleton Tower, 11 Crichton Street EH8 9LE.

Zev Robinson has been making films about food, agriculture and sustainability since 2008 as part of his art, film and food project “The Art and Politics of Eating“. He showed his latest films about local food production in the Highlands and about fishing and sustainability in Scotland – followed by a panel Q&A.

Nourish Scotland then led a discussion on the Good Food Nation Bill proposal, in a special session of Kitchen Table Talks – on the future of food in Scotland and joining the dots between health, inequality and social justice, environmental justice, and the local food economy.

Nourish Scotland, as part of the Scottish Food Coalition, ran the Kitchen Table Talks campaign to hear what really matters to people about food, and what people want the Good Food Nation Bill to achieve … before the formal consultation opens.

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This family friendly festivity aimed at bringing diverse communities together around the theme of the environment, food growing, active travel, energy efficiency, and waste reduction.
Fun activities and workshops for all ages.
Workshops, stall and activities from: Home Energy Scotland South East, Engineering For Change – University of Edinburgh, Love Food Hate Waste – Scotland, Changeworks, Zero Waste Leith, Edinburgh Scrap Store,Edinburgh Festival of Cycling, Remode Collective, Keep Scotland Beautiful,Bridgend Growing Communities, Sustrans Scotland, Sustrans, Zero Waste Scotland, Zero Waste Edinburgh Transition Edinburgh, MY Adventure,SHRUB Co-op: The Swap and Reuse Hub, Food Sharing Edinburgh and others!

Fire Starter Festival 2

Fire Starter Festival conversation on Achieving the Just Transition to a Low Carbon Scotland, 1.30 – 4.45pm Wednesday 7 February 2018 at Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), High School Yards, 12 Infirmary Street, EH1 1LZ.

A diverse group of invitees from all our public bodies joined to consider how citizens can contribute to the ambitions set out in the Scottish Energy Strategy, forthcoming Climate Change Action Plan due February, Transforming Planning legislation, draft Fuel Poverty Strategy, and the Programme for Government 2017-2018 commitment to “establish a Just Transition Commission to advise Scottish Ministers on adjusting to a more resource-efficient and sustainable economic model in a fair way which will help to tackle inequality and poverty, and promote a fair and inclusive jobs market”.

How can the headlong dash for more development, more inhabitants and more visitors take into account the need for significantly reducing our carbon – and our ecological – footprint? The only way to do this is by Pulling Together … by establishing a common understanding of the challenges and the opportunities. Join us in exploring this challenge!

A separate Fire Starter Festival event was organised by Transition Edinburgh on How can our capital city achieve carbon neutrality? 1.30 – 4.45pm Wednesday 31 January 2018 at Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), High School Yards, 12 Infirmary Street, EH1 1LZ.

These are Fire Starter Festival events 29 Jan – 9 Feb. Dozens of collaborative learning events, illuminating creative, disruptive and innovative ways in which we can all transform ourselves, our organisations and the wider system.

The First Minister seeks to empowering individuals and communities to become involved in designing public services. People across Scotland are lighting small fires exploring genuine, participatory methods of engagement, creating innovative and transformative changes.

The Fire Starter Festival shares these fires of change, and deepens our knowledge and skills in transformation. It allows people from all aspects of public service to share innovative and creative ways that are making a difference to Scotland.

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What happened at Bonn? Participants Joined Edinburgh delegates from the UN Conference of the Parties (COP23), 5.30-9pm, Thursday 23 November at Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), High School Yards, 12 Infirmary Street EH1 1LZ.

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Interested in Climate Change progress participants Joined Edinburgh celebrations for UN Conference of the Parties (COP23) in Bonn, 5.30-9pm, Tuesday 7 November at Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), High School Yards, 12 Infirmary St EH1 1LZ.

12-hour hackathon to come up with innovative solutions to Edinburgh’s climate change challenges – took place simultaneously with Climathons in major cities around the world

Organisers Aurora Sustainability Circular Economy & Climate-KIC Mentors at ECCI / CELCIC members / Transition Town Edinburgh

Food Sovereignty in the Circular Economy Challenge

Water, food and energy; the three, interconnected resources vital to sustaining life on earth. Yet every year, 1.1 billion people live without clean drinking water, 1.3 people billion live without electricity and over 1 billion people are hungry. As the world’s population expands to nine billion by 2050, these statistics will only get worse if action is not taken to address the effects of an increasingly unpredictable climate and tense socio-economic and political landscapes on the world’s key resources.

With this Edinburgh Climathon Challenge we aim to help and support city community projects, individuals and staff working for companies to rethink at their food chain in a circular way.

So what can be done?

The UK imports around half of its food, and Scotland has even a higher percentange of food imports. Edinburgh, the hot bed of innovation, could be the hub of next-gen circular urban farms: with food growing startups hosting, developing innovatives and sustainable ways of growing food in the city for the benefit of all its inhabitants.


• Increasing efficiency in food production
• Linking the effects of food production with human health
• Addressing food wastage throughout the supply chain
• Recognising the water-food-energy nexus
• Balancing food distribution


  • “WHO WANTS TO EAT?” Panel with Experts on Food Sovereignty and Circular Economy – organised by Transition Town Edinburgh
  • PITCH SESSION for food sovereignty innovations and urban food/food waste solutions start-ups – including free mentoring on pitching skills and framing your business model within the circular economy)
  • Urban food EXHIBIT
  • CIRCOPOLY: Circular economy and sustainable business design game, developed by the Glasgow School of Art and Aurora Sustainability
  • Resilient food networking DINNER

Participants benefited from the opportunity to:

  • Help solve Edinburgh’s local climate challenges and become more resilient to climate change
  • Network with local leaders from academia, business and the public sector
  • Develop their skills in public speaking and innovative thinking and learn about new tools and methodologies
  • Join forces with other like-minded entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Register on the Climathon website to participate in the event.
  • together to take climate action!

Climathon is an initiative of Climate-KIC, Europe’s biggest climate entrepreneurship programme. ECCI is currently delivering two Climate-KIC programmes – the Accelerator programme to support start-ups to develop a rock-solid business plan, and ClimateLaunchpad, the world’s biggest green ideas competition.

Transition Edinburgh launch of “Pathways to Zero Carbon Edinburgh”.

square36-8pm Tuesday 19 September at Room G.0X, 50 George Sq EH8 9LH.

A public launch of a new resource to illustrate how Edinburgh could improve the quality of life and achieve Zero Carbon by 2040 – with technologies and techniques available NOW.

It is our contribution to the Scottish Climate Change Week 18-22 September 2017.

This public launch followed a planning session 6-8pm on Monday 11 September where organisations met together to see what they can do to collaborate on this challenging agenda.

Climate Change Bill – Community view

Transition Edinburgh and the Scottish Communities Climate Action Network organised a facilitated workshop: Climate Change Bill – Community view at 12.30 – 4pm Thursday 7th September at the Serenity Cafe, 8 Jacksons Entry, Edinburgh EH8 8PJ.

The event provided a chance to:

  • Hear about the Scottish Government’s proposed new Climate Change Bill,
  • Discuss how the new legislation might affect your life and work locally, and
  • Give your views on what’s needed for the Bill to work for your community.

With a complimentary lunch.

Scottish Communities Climate Action Network Gathering.

Saturday 23rd September at ECCI

Morning session from 10am explored how dynamic governance / Sociocracy can help support resilience in organisations tackling Climate Change. Workshop in the afternoon.
Scotland’s contribution to European Day for Sustainable Communities.

Transition Edinburgh Gathering

Informal shared meal with extracts shown from the seminal French documentary “Demain / Tomorrow” [fully dubbed!] and reflections on the six Edinburgh Conversations held this past winter on pathways to a low carbon capital city.    

“Community Response to Fracking”

Workshop on Community Responses to Extreme Energy – with three Australian activists sharing the experiences and their approaches to disrupting fracking companies in New South Wales.
Thursday 18 May.

“Edinburgh Conversations 2016-17”

“To raise awareness and lay the foundations for a Low Carbon Edinburgh”


  • Meet to build capacity and resilience in Edinburgh communities.
  • Share experiences of reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, so increasing knowledge and strengthening the Transition Edinburgh network.
  • Raise awareness of the Edinburgh Sustainable Development Partnership, the scope of the Sustainable Energy Action Plan and the Edible Edinburgh Food Charter.
  • Promote engagement by all stakeholders in the city, whether established businesses, new starts or small community groups.
  • Issues raised will potentially inform and take forward the  work of a community Energy Hub and Edible Edinburgh.

Conversation 1 – Building Emissions

Wednesday 21 September 2016- time  1.30 – 4.30

Venue:  Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), High School Yds, Infirmary St EH1 1LZ.

Conversation 2 – Food Matters, our choices affect climate
Wednesday 26 October, 2016 – time 18.00 -20.00
Summerhall, 1 Summerhall Square EH9 1PL

Conversation 3 – Local Energy
Wednesday 16 October 2016
Fairmilehead Church, 1a Frogston Rd West, Edinburgh EH10 7AA

Conversation 4 – Clean Transport, Less Pollution
Wednesday 25 January, 2017 – Edinburgh Centre for Carbon  Innovation High School Yards, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ.  Councillor Lesley Hinds, Convener of TfE with Keith Stark, Enterprise Car Club , Enrique Troncoso from the Orkney Clean Transport project and Emilia Hanna, Local Air Pollution Campaigner, Friends of the Earth.

Conversation 5 – Circular Economy, Managing Resources Responsibly
Wednesday February 22, 2017
Venue: Out of the Blue, Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh EH6 8RG

Conversation 6 –  Solar Power
Wednesday March 22, 2017
7 Bristo Square, University of Edinburgh EH8 9AL.