One step at a time 'Team Galloway' is reducing its carbon footprint

Last week saw the first in the series of 4 ‘Galloway Footsteps’ events, with participants encouraged to measure and then take steps to reduce their carbon footprint using the online ‘Giki’ tool.

Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 11:12 am
Updated Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 4:57 pm
Giki is helping people live more sustainably and find their path to a Net Zero lifestyle

‘Team Galloway’ already has 35 members and a commitment to reduce 32 tonnes of carbon over the next year.

The Galloway Footsteps initiative is a series of four online events, taking place once a month on a Wednesday until August to explore the impact we have on the environment and inspire ways to make changes on a variety of topics, from home to food to transport.

The events are being delivered by the Galloway Glens Scheme, in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Environment Team, the Crichton Carbon Centre and Giki.

Using Giki Zero (, a free online sustainability calculator, participants can track the impact of these changes.

The May event focused on ‘What We Buy’, and the recording of the event can be found on the Galloway Glens YouTube channel.

The next event on June 2 at 7.30pm will be ‘What We Eat’, exploring innovative and local opportunities to bring us closer to the food we eat.

Leading the Galloway Footsteps Initiative is Helen Keron, from the Galloway Glens team.

She said: “The enthusiasm of the Team Galloway members for making small changes in their lifestyle that are already really adding up is so great to see.

"Giki makes measuring and reducing your carbon footprint easy and it’s actually quite good fun as well.

"The Galloway Footsteps events are all about helping us all to make the individual changes that count, instead of feeling overwhelmed by the scale of the Climate Emergency problem.

"I’m excited to see how we all get on, and really looking forward to hearing from Abi Mordin of Hidden Veg and Propagate about inspiration for making good food buying choices next month.”

To book your free ticket for ‘What We Eat’ visit

Events are open to all, irrespective of whether you attend previous or future events, where you are based or whether you decide to measure your carbon footprint on the online Giki tool.