What we want to do and why
Our vision is to become net carbon neutral as a community by 2045 at the latest, and to try to achieve net zero emissions as soon as possible. We aim to do this through changes in the ways we travel, the ways we heat our homes, the ways we consume energy, the food we eat and how we live.
This will be done by presenting climate change facts in an easily accessible way, delivered through a vibrant information sharing centre.
We aim to purchase the Slains Kirk building, and to create in it a café that people will enjoy coming to. People in our community have expressed the need for somewhere to meet each other informally.
Our information centre will be a place to share with each other what we are learning about climate action as a community.
It will also be a way of reaching people much more widely, because this area is one of striking natural beauty, and many visitors come here. We believe the café will be much used, and will be an effective learning environment.
All ages in our community will be involved, and we believe this will lead to sustained behaviour change, as a result of providing access to the best information and advice.
Remaining emissions will be offset by community woodland, with the first area for woodland creation already forming part of our phase 1 plan.
At the same time our café will celebrate the historic Slains Kirk building, and will feature stories from the community’s past, reaching across centuries, and valuing the roots which have made the community what it is today.
It will provide a venue to encourage art and musical talent – and to appreciate the craftsmanship of the building itself.
Having developed the SEAchange project we are now ready to start implementing it, and are looking for funding to do so.
We are hugely grateful to The Scottish Land Fund for a grant award in November 2020 which enables SEAchange to purchase the Slains Kirk building and nearby land – a vital step in the realisation of this project.
We also need funding to renovate the building as our project centre, with investment in energy efficiency and in sources of renewable energy.