In late 2020, Kirriemuir was one of only two communities in Scotland invited to take part in a pilot project with the environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB). The project comprised of a series of five online sessions, where members of the community came together to learn, discuss and set out a draft plan for community climate action in Kirriemuir and the surrounding Glens. This project offered us a chance to dream about what life in Kirrie could be like in another 10 years, if our community chooses to seize the opportunities we have to develop a connected, resilient, happy and healthy community, while embracing the changes we all need to make to play our part in Scotland achieving net zero by 2045.
It’s easy to feel powerless in the face of such a huge task, but the choices we make every day with our time, energy and money are building our futures. We are lucky enough to have a choice; a window of opportunity which will not be afforded to those who come after us, so we owe it to them to act now.
Some of the ground work was already done during the sessions with KSB. Some of the great things that are already happening in and around our town were shared, and views and ideas from the wider public on what our next steps should be were discussed. But, we don’t want this to be the voice of a select few. These changes will affect everyone, so everyone should have a voice. As a starting point we have collated some of the most popular ideas into four interest-themed Future Kirrie action plans. These are being led by various members of the community. Now we want to hear from YOU about how you think we should tackle this, together.