Our Climate Story

Our Climate Story (OCS) is a pioneering digital project and interactive online map. It aims to capture valuable experiences around how islanders are experiencing climate change. The hope is that we will gather as many stories as possible from a diverse range of people and communities, from the far shores of Barra right the way up to the tip of Ness.

We want to listen to your input for how the Outer Hebrides can adapt and mitigate the impacts of a changing climate. Do you have an idea for how your croft can be protected from coastal erosion? Or ways to utilise water more sustainably on your land? Then you’ve come to the right place!

In order to craft sustainable and meaningful climate policy for the Outer Hebrides, we need to hear from people and communities that are living through these environmental and ecological changes.

OCS is super easy to use. All you need to do is follow these simple steps and you can start contributing:

  1. Either click on the Get involved here tab below or put in this web address (https://outerhebrides.communitymaps.org.uk/welcome) to take you to the home page.
  2. Create an account with your email address and chosen username and password. All of your details are protected.
  3. Once signed in, click on the Add Contribution button on the left hand side of the page.
  4. From the drop-down menu select either a Point, Line or Area – depending on the type of story that you are contributing. Move the cursor and position it as close to the geographical location that you are documenting. 
  5. Choose your category. There are two options: either a Weather/Climate event (e.g. a storm, drought or coastal erosion) or an idea for how to combat the Impacts of a changing climate  (e.g. planting willow and alder trees on your croft to minimize flood risks).
  6. Add data to your contribution. This is your chance to describe in detail what it is that you’re putting on the map and why. There are text boxes that feature a topic sentence to guide you in the right direction and help you in your answer. We encourage you to upload photographs or a video to support your submission.
  7. You can save your draft at any time and come back to it. Once ready click Add contribution and that’s you ready to go!
  8. Your contribution will be assessed by our qualified team of moderators and if there are no problems with it, your story will be put on the public page ASAP.

*All of your data is secure and will not be shared with third-party companies.

Harris and Lewis contact

Christopher Smail christopher@climatehebrides.com

Uist and Barra contact

Caroline Willis | carolinew@climatehebrides.com | 07572165592

Funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and delivered by The Young Foundation, the Community Knowledge Fund supports grassroots community groups and organisations across the UK to find new solutions to local and national challenges by uncovering knowledge and turning great ideas into action.