Zero Carbon Scotland: what must we do? and how quickly can we do it justly?

March 7, 2019 @ 5:45 pm – 8:00 pm
University of Edinburgh Moray House Sch of Education

The IPCC report on global warming of 1.5⁰C focussed attention on the need for urgent, radical action on climate change.

Friends of the Earth Scotland has been campaigning to strengthen Scotland’s new climate law: they’re urging MSPs to set a target for Scotland to reach zero emissions by 2040.

Extinction Rebellion activists recently occupied the Scottish Parliament to demand zero carbon Scotland by 2025.

  • What policies and societal changes are needed to achieve net zero emissions in Scotland?

  • How close are we to having all the technologies, expertise and skilled workers necessary to decarbonise industry, power generation, home energy use, transport and agriculture?

  • How quickly can we make a just transition from a high emitting to a zero carbon country?

This event offers an opportunity to consider these issues. To persuasively demand urgent action for a zero carbon Scotland, it’s important that we have some credible and just ideas in response to the question “how can we do that then?”

Richard Dixon, Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, and Gina Hanrahan, Head of Policy at WWF Scotland, will each briefly explain how they think zero carbon Scotland can be achieved, and how that’s shaped the campaign for a more ambitious Climate Bill. Justin Kenrick will explain the Extinction Rebellion perspective.

There will be a chance to ask questions, and for everyone to discuss whether we can make the transition faster and what action we might take.

This is a FREE, public event organised by Dr Rachel Howell, Lecturer in Sustainable Development at the University of Edinburgh. All are welcome, whether or not you have any connection to the University.

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