Observing Scotland’s Climate Assembly

Observing Scotland’s Climate Assembly How should Scotland change to tackle the climate emergency in an effective and fair way? A report by Pauline Robinson On the Weekend of 12th and 13th December I had the opportunity to be an observer at the second weekend of Scotland’s Climate Assembly. The assembly process has brought together a …

Have you been called to join Scotland’s Climate Assembly?

Last month people across Scotland received invitations to join Scotland’s Climate Assembly Similar to jury service, this citizens assembly will bring 100 randomly-selected representative individuals together over several weekends to discuss one of the biggest challenges of our time; how Scotland should change to tackle the climate emergency in an effective and fair way. It …

Our Collective Responsibility

By Sally Campbell Sir David Attenborough in closing the Programme “Extinction: The Facts” said with heartfelt conviction: “I do truly believe that together we can create a better future. I might not be here to see it. If we make the right decisions at this critical moment, we can safeguard the planet’s ecosystems, its extraordinary …

Climate Change and Racial Injustice

In the following article, Ruth McLaren, Project Coordinator at Eco Savvy, writes about the online workshop on Black Lives and Climate Justice which was organised by Scottish Communities Climate Action Network last month: In May when the videos of George Floyd’s brutal murder started leaking out on social media, triggering global protests about racial injustice …

Future generations deserve good ancestors. Will you be one?

By Roman Krznaric, first published at www.psych.co July 2020 Humankind has colonised the future. We treat it like a distant colonial outpost devoid of people where we can freely dump ecological degradation, technological risk and nuclear waste – as if nobody will be there. This resembles the attitude of the British in their colonisation of …

Earth Overshoot Day reached last month

Last month on August 22nd, the world reached what has been termed Earth Overshoot Day. According to the Global Footprint Network, this is the day that the demand for ecological resources and services exceeds what the earth can regenerate in a given year. As this date is calculated on the global scale it does not …

Why don’t we take climate change seriously? Racism is the answer

By Sulaiman Ilyas-Jarrett, first published in Open Democracy on 1st July 2020 Featured image shows Climate activist Oladosu Adenike organising with schoolchildren in Abuja, Nigeria, 2019, Photo copyright to: Oladosu Adenike We have known about climate change for decades. As early as 1992 the threat was sufficiently obvious, and the science sufficiently clear, to justify …

It is time for a global ocean rescue plan

By Sally Campbell See: www.greenpeace.org We have a unique opportunity to agree a global rescue plan for the oceans and their incredible life, bringing them back from the brink of collapse caused by the climate crisis, overfishing, pollution and the search for oil and minerals in the seabed. The good news? This year, we have …

The Committee on Climate Change’s progress report

On 25th June the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) delivered it’s progress report to the Government. Each year it reports to Parliament, assessing progress in reducing UK emissions over the past year. The Committee on Climate Change is an independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008. Their purpose is to advise the …

Coronavirus is a ‘sliding doors’ moment. What we do now could change the Earth’s trajectory

Coronavirus is a ‘sliding doors’ moment. What we do now could change Earth’s trajectory. Originally published in The Conversation, May 19, 2020 The numbers of people cycling and walking in public spaces during COVID-19 has skyrocketed. Cities from Bogota to Berlin and Vancouver have expanded bike lanes and public paths to accommodate the extra cycling …