About Us

Machars and Cree Valley Climate Action Network

bringing people together to make a difference

What do we do?

Environmental Sustainability

MAC-CAN work alongside local government, business and service providers to promote sustainable practices to protect and support local people, places and the environment.

Good Food

Reducing reliance on unsustainable plastics, working with local food producers, reducing food waste and developing sustainable gardening methods.

Local Resilience

Regular events, activities and sharing is encouraged to support community, improve local knowledge and skills and promote caring for the local environment.

Why we do it!

Securing a sustainable future requires action at all levels.

Ambitious targets for carbon reduction have been set internationally, nationally and locally. MAC-CAN and many others like us, work to turn these targets into action.

By coming together as a network, we are far more than the sum of our parts. Individually the steps we take to reduce our carbon footprint have an impact. Collectively we can do so much more.

MAC-CAN Timeline

The Machars and Cree Valley Climate Action Network (MAC-CAN) launched on 21st September 2020, to greet the Equinox and the International Day of Peace, which that year was themed ‘Recovering for a Better and More Sustainable World’


As well as individuals taking part in their own, as well as collective group, climate action activities, MAC-CAN works with businesses and other organisations. It is an active player in the Galloway & Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere, one of the United Nation’s ‘learning spaces for sustainable development’.  

In 2021 despite the pandemic restrictions, we managed to get out and promote some of the good things happening in our area, as well as host, promote or support a few events that could take place. Here is a video montage created to show some of these! 

As of 2022 MAC-CAN is a SCIO and so has officially recognised charitable purpose and objectives, as follows: 

MAC-CAN’s charitable purposes are the advancement of environmental protection or improvement.

Our charitable objectives are the advancement of climate, biodiversity and environmental protection and/or improvement through positive, local education and practical actions.

In 2024 with funding from Awards for All we were able to hire our freelance coordinator Christy!

Click below to find out more about our Charity Trustees 

and meet some of our MAC-CAN members! 

Click below to access important information and documents 

like the MAC-CAN Constitution and minutes of meetings.  

We meet regularly to exchange ideas, to encourage and support each other and to build capacity to respond to the challenges of the climate emergency. 

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“Everyone has something they can do to be sustainable and make a positive difference for themselves, their communities and nature.”

Examples of local projects and activities

These are just some of the climate actions that people are engaging with in our local MAC-CAN area! 

MAC-CAN supports many local, independently organised groups, projects and activities, as well as facilitating and running our own events. 

Individuals and communities coming together to discuss climate challenges and working towards solutions to solve these, or at least trying to reduce their impact on people and the environment etc., can start just from having a conversation. 


MAC-CAN has run engagement events for local people, businesses, organisations and community groups to think about climate actions….as well as running a school competition to get young people thinking about what can be done about climate change. 


It’s vital that everyone and anyone can get involved if they can – we are all part of the solution. 

For more local events that have taken place, see our:

On-going Projects

Click these buttons below to find out more! 

Join us and help shape the future of the network!

MAC-CAN welcomes anyone over 12 who lives, works or is just interested in the Machars and Cree Valley area (the DG8 postcode area). You can join in with any of our actions, or bring ideas for new actions that help reduce our carbon footprint. If you too are energetic, focused and committed to climate action, then we would love to hear from you! 

“ We are a fast-growing network of 100+ people and groups in SW Scotland, supporting community-led action to reduce the negative impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss.”

MAC-CAN is a proud supporter of the Galloway & Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere