Line in the Sand is a Fife Wide, participatory demonstration of the need for action on Climate Crisis that focuses on creating a line of people or objects across an area of the local community that is being impacted.
Line in the Sand is a Fife Wide, participatory demonstration of the need for action on Climate Crisis that focuses on creating a line of people or objects across an area of the local community that is being impacted. Line in the Sand of course refers to a physical line of people (or things), but also refers to having reached a limit – we will no longer accept the status-quo, we are drawing a line in the sand for climate change. The line can be used to highlight the impact of the climate emergency, as a visual representation of rising sea levels.
The event creates a time for reflection and call for local action whilst linking into a Fife wide programme of activities aimed at raising the alarm, creating a wave of personal action and linking to the Global Climate movement. It aims to engage the local community of all ages without being confrontational or overtly political but gives an opportunity for residents to participate as they are able. This means that everyone can play a part and show their support and concern.
You can join the line at any event being organised in Fife, or can run your own event with your community – read on to find out more.
The Climate Crisis can feel too large, complex or political for many people even though the need to reduce emissions faster and deeper is becoming more obvious. We also need to adapt to the heating already “baked in” to the climate shown by record temperatures, drought, migration, forest fires and coral die-off amongst a long list. Creating resilience in our communities, infrastructure and services now.
This event invites your local community to participate in a simple non-political action that will create a legacy of empowerment and action. The event was first organised at St Andrews in 2019 and saw children (nursery up to secondary school), local residents, university students and staff making a commitment to undertake more action locally that has led to local decision makers committing to increase action on the climate and ecological crisis and more community participation. The event was referenced in Parliament by the local MP as a need for action on renewable energy and also features strongly in our local Climate Action plans created by the University. It brought more people in from being passive to active on the issue.
The event is for anyone who is concerned about the climate emergency and who wants to draw attention to the urgent need for action. We would hope to see people of all ages and from all walks of life. We have planned the “line forming” to take place at lunchtime to enable as many people as possible to take part.
The Line in the Sand event is not just for individuals, it is for communities too. We are encouraging communities across Fife to run their own Line in the Sand events on the 24th September. This will create a network of Fifers demanding climate action in the run up to COP26.
With Glasgow hosting the Conference of Parties (COP26) on Climate Change in November Line in the Sand / Earth events will be an important part of building awareness across Fife. This date links to the Global Climate Strike organised by the Youth Movement, Fridays for the Future, led by Greta Thunberg and is during Climate Fringe Week, 18th to 26th September.
There are a number of Line in the Sand Events being planned across Fife – watch this space for further details. Bring your friends, family, colleagues and community groups – the more people that we can get to attend, the greater the impact. If you like, bring a placard to share your climate message or even dress up! We want to make a visual impact to send a message to government, communities and individuals that we need serious climate action now.
You can run your own Line in the Sand (or Earth, if you don’t live by the coast) event on the 24th September. Please read on to find out more.
We would love to see a number of Line in the Sand events happening in communities across Fife on the 24th September (or thereabouts). This would send a strong message that the people of Fife are committed to taking action on climate. If you would like to run an event with your community, please contact Ali Mcleod of Transition University of St Andrews for advice.
The following information will help you to set up and run your own event and is based on our experience of the 2019 Line in the Sand event in St Andrews.
The event can be whatever you want it to be, as long as it has the Line in the Sand at its heart. With a small group of people, imagine the best place in your community to create the line. Consider its visual appeal, ease of access and vulnerability to the Climate Crisis. It could be sea level rise, increased wave/storm damage or vulnerability to drought or localised flooding. It could also be a around a feature or civic building.