A CLIMATE campaign, which will see action begin in Clacks and the Forth Valley, has been launched by the University of Stirling.

The university has joined other institutions to showcase its contribution to tackling the climate emergency, including its ground-breaking Forth Environmental Resilience Array (Forth-ERA) and Scotland’s International Environment Centre (SIEC).

The centre and array are part of the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal in a collaboration which has already seen close working around the region, including between Clacks and Stirling councils as well as industry partners.

Seeking to reiterate a commitment to help communities across the world to find sustainable solutions, the university has launched a sustainability plan, explaining the effort begins in the Forth Valley.

SIEC’s flagship project, the Forth-ERA, was launched to an international audience at COP26 and pioneers a world-first, catchment-scale environmental monitoring system that will enable the region’s businesses, communities and policymakers to make an evidence-based transformation to lower carbon models.

Meanwhile, at an international level, the forestLAB research hub has been created to explore climate-smart, conservation-led solutions for sustainable development in central Africa.

The university has committed to sharing insights and best practice with regional partners and stakeholders through the Forth Valley for Net Zero initiative.

Professor Sir Gerry McCormac, principal and vice-chancellor at the university, said: “The climate emergency presents one of the most significant, and complex, challenges for humankind.

“That’s why the university’s new Sustainability Plan takes a holistic approach, from driving increasing efficiencies across our campus to putting sustainability at the heart of our educational offer.

“As a university, we have made significant progress in reducing our carbon footprint, while our researchers are taking cutting-edge innovations to the heart of the international climate debate.”

SIEC, which launched last November in partnership with Forth Valley College, will place an emphasis on equipping the region’s workforce with the skills necessary to thrive in a net zero economy.

Upskilling future generations to respond to a climate-changed future is critical, explained the university, which is s taking steps to position climate literacy at the heart of all academic programmes, ensuring that every graduate is prepared, no matter what subject they study.

Professor McCormac added: “Since its foundation, the University of Stirling has delivered education with a purpose, preparing the next generation of leaders to respond to a fast-moving world and to change it for the better.

“As we come together to tackle the climate emergency, that mission has never been more important.”