Two officers have been appointed to a £140,000 project to support action on climate change.

The Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere (GSAB) has launched the region’s first climate hub as
part of a Scottish Government scheme to set up a national network of similar projects.

And it has now appointed Sarah Thomas as the climate officer for the west of the region, with Steven Clark appointed to the east.

The head of the biosphere’s community and education team Jenna Cains, who is leading the climate hub, said: “We’re very pleased to have been able to recruit Sarah and Steven to the biosphere staff and launch Dumfries and Galloway’s Climate Hub so quickly after our funding award from Scottish Government.

“This is a pivotal moment for Dumfries and Galloway and a real opportunity to ensure that the understanding, insights and experience of local people are at the forefront of climate adaptation.”

Sarah, who will be working across Wigtownshire and the Stewartry, is a nature writer and author of the ecological memoir The Raven’s Nest.

She has many years of experience running environmental and art events.

Steven, who will cover Nithsdale, Annandale and Eskdale, is known to many for his climate change work in Dumfries and Galloway. Before that, he was a TV news correspondent reporting across Asia on extreme weather events exacerbated by global warming.

They will both be bringing communities together around the themes of resilience, repair and wellbeing, connecting groups to resources including the climate hub seed fund and creative tools for learning and action.

The climate hub aims to help groups design and lead projects that mitigate climate change impacts.

They can now apply to the seed fund for support on projects covering issues such as circular economies, community building and carbon reduction and sequestration.

For further info email Sarah at or Steven at