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Over 60 people attended the convention to discuss Gaelic climate terminology.

Climate change language has evolved very rapidly and not all of the terms now being used every day have their equivalent in Gaelic.

It was issues like this which made up some of the substance of the first Gaelic Climate Convention, held on Wednesday 8 November at Cnoc Soilleir in Daliburgh.

Over 60 participants ranging from 16 - 67 years old accepted an invitation from the Outer Hebrides Climate Hub to attend the convention, in person or online, bringing Gaelic speakers of all abilities together to discuss key terminology in the climate debate.

The convention gave Gaelic speakers the chance to voice their opinions on climate change issues and saw the launch of the Outer Hebrides Climate Hub’s Ideas into Action Fund, offering grants from £500 to £2000 to support climate projects. 

The Gaelic Climate Convention was held at Cnoc Soilleir in South Uist.

Alasdair Mackenzie, director at Climate Hebrides, said: “The Outer Hebrides Climate Hub was established to develop tangible climate change actions that align with our communities’ concerns.  

“The Gaelic language has always played a crucial role within our communities, but a discussion surrounding the language adopted to address these complex climate issues was needed. 

“The Gaelic Climate Convention enabled these talks to take place whilst putting climate change at the forefront of our communities’ agenda.”

Discussion during the day included suggestions for ways to articulate concepts to help shape official additions to the Gaelic language, in tandem with the appropriate organisations.

Terms discussed included climate (clìomaid/gnàth-shìde), Net Zero (neoini lom/Net Zero), rewilding (ath-stèidheachadh fiadh-thìre/ath-fhiadhachadh) and anthropogenic/anthropocene (ri linn dhaoine/air adhbharachadh le daoine).

The convention was hosted by the Outer Hebrides Climate Hub and Climate Hebrides, a community interest company that aims to tackle climate change in the Outer Hebrides. 

The event was live streamed for those who wished to join remotely and conducted in Gaelic, with live English translation for non-Gaelic speakers and Gaelic learners.

The pictures show some of the activity during the convention (Outer Hebrides Climate Hub).