Stevenston has been selected as one of Scotland’s first Climate Action Towns.

The initiative is a Scottish Government funded project delivered by Architecture and Design Scotland and is aimed at supporting towns to tackle the impact of the climate emergency.

The Climate Action Towns project will work with residents and organisations to empower and support communities to take place-based climate action - in a way that takes account of the unique challenges and opportunities each town faces. 

Minister for Just Transition Richard Lochhead said:  “We all have a part to play in tackling the climate emergency.

"The Climate Action Towns project aims to support and empower communities to have a say on how their local area should change as part of a fair and just transition to net zero.  

“I look forward to seeing how the towns that are taking part rise to the challenge and find ways that will not only make a difference locally but to Scotland and indeed the world.” 

Jim MacDonald, chief executive of A&DS said: “The climate emergency demands urgent action from us all. 

"For Scotland to adapt to the impacts of climate change, we are all going to need to work together to adapt the ways we live, work, play and move in our cities, towns and villages.” 

Councillor Joe Cullinane, leader of North Ayrshire Council, said: “Any initiative that focuses minds on climate change is welcomed and we look forward to working with communities in Stevenston to make a difference there.

“We all recognise that climate change is an international cause – but we can have local solutions.

"That’s why we, as a council, lead locally and inspire those around us to make change.

“Our most recent Climate Strategy was the boldest yet and takes account of emerging intelligence and new technology opportunities and provides a roadmap of actions to achieve net-zero carbon status across North Ayrshire by 2030.

The other towns involved in the project are Invergordon and Alness, Holytown,  Annan, Campbeltown and Blackburn.