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June 22, 2021

A climate campaign for everyone

The multiple threats posed by climate change have shot up the nation’s agenda to the extent that no one can realistically claim complete ignorance anymore. However, the science is complicated and the language used by the ‘climate movement’ can at times seem impenetrable and not particularly inclusive. And yet the only way we are going to be able to fix this emergency is if we all feel we can play a part. A new campaign was launched this week specifically designed to make it as easy as possible to participate – you can join Climate Scotland right now.

Climate Scotland

People of Scotland have their say on the climate and nature emergency

Climate Scotland is a new campaign to demonstrate to leaders that many people in Scotland want strong and meaningful action to tackle the climate and nature emergency.

Members of the public can add their voice to the campaign, and the messages plan to be displayed at COP26 in November.

The global climate summit COP26 will be a major opportunity to re-energise efforts to tackle the climate emergency. Organisations including RSPB Scotland, Christian Aid and National Trust for Scotland have come together to create a new campaign, Climate Scotland, to bring the messages of thousands of people in Scotland to the talks.

Through Climate Scotland, people in Scotland can send leaders a message to show they want strong and meaningful action to protect the things they love, and create a better future for people everywhere.

Climate Scotland is a sister campaign to another running in Wales, Climate Cymru. Together, they will represent voices from two of the four UK nations and their devolved governments.

Individuals visiting the Climate Scotland website are able to add their voice to the campaign by selecting a topic that is most of interest to them and adding a comment to say why. The topics, as follows, cover a broad range of perspectives:

  • Flourishing communities
  • Future generations
  • Greener, fairer livelihoods
  • Wildlife and nature
  • Sustainable food systems
  • Protecting the world’s resources
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Beautiful places
  • Solidarity with global neighbours.

The campaign aims to collect 10,000 messages and share them at the COP26 talks in November, either at the Green Zone (an official UK government space) or another high profile venue. Through this, everyone in Scotland has the opportunity to show world leaders how much they care about the climate and nature emergencies.

Over 30 charities, civil society groups and non-profit organisations have already signed up to be a campaign partner.

“The climate emergency threatens our communities, the Scottish nature we know and love, and our prospects for a healthier and fairer future. It’s happening now, and it’s particularly affecting those around the world who have done the least to cause it. In November, the eyes of the world will turn to Glasgow as world leaders gather for the COP26 UN climate summit. This gives us a unique opportunity to shape global action and help achieve a fair outcome for communities around the world. Through the Climate Scotland campaign, we can show our leaders just how much we care.”

Becky Kenton-Lake

Coalition Coordinator at Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS), a diverse coalition of over 60 organisations together on climate change

“People around the world need to transform their lives to avoid climate chaos. Here in Glasgow, homes need to be heated with clean energy, active travel needs to become easier and we all need to eat more seasonal produce. To achieve this in such a short amount of time, action needs to start now – not just at policy level but on the ground where we need it. If communities can be enabled to start making these transformations, we are more likely to achieve net-zero in time. Decision-makers should be supporting and enabling us all to lead lower carbon lives now – that’s why we support the Climate Scotland campaign.”

South Seeds

Lucy Gillie

General Manager of South Seeds, a community-led organisation based in Glasgow’s Southside that supports residents to lead more sustainable lives.

“This last incredibly difficult year has shown us how much we need nature. And now nature needs us to take strong and lasting action to restore and protect it. When we help nature to thrive, we help ourselves to thrive. The nature and climate emergency puts 1 in 9 species in Scotland at risk of extinction. We must address this by protecting and restoring nature, increasing access to nature for everyone and making decisions that support nature, our climate and people. The Climate Scotland campaign is a way for people in Scotland to show how much they care about these things.”

Aedán Smith

Head of Policy and Advocacy RSPB Scotland, the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home and secure a healthy environment for wildlife.

“Climate change is having a devastating impact on every area of life in the countries in which Christian Aid works – from basic needs such as food and shelter, to issues such as education and women’s rights. The pervasive impact on everyone – and particularly those in the communities in which we work – means the world can no longer ignore it. The coronavirus pandemic has served to exacerbate already-existing issues for the world’s most vulnerable communities, many of whom are on the frontline of the climate crisis. The Climate Scotland campaign is a fantastic opportunity for people in Scotland to show leaders and decision-makers that they care about our global neighbours. We stand together against the climate crisis, raising our voice as one to create lasting change and to ensure that communities are equipped to adapt and respond to the impacts of climate change.”

Sally Foster-Fulton

Head of Christian Aid Scotland, which supports individuals, partners and churches to create a world where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.