The People’s DeclaratioN
The targets and policy outlined in the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill, recently passed through the Scottish Parliament, are nowhere near radical enough in order to halt the climate crisis. The science says we must be carbon neutral by 2030 or we are endangering the future of our planet. Our leaders have failed us.
During the week of action, following on from the Global Strike for Climate on 20.09.2019 where over 40,000 people set to the streets to demand climate justice, we held People’s Assemblies all over Scotland. We discussed how we, the people, think the Scottish Government can best tackle the climate crisis, and this is the outcome.
The Government commit to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
Carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide are the three most prevalent greenhouse gases and their emissions must be curbed in order for climate change to be slowed down or reversed. In order to minimise emissions of these gases before it is too late, the government must implement initiatives to go carbon and emission neutral by 2030 and then go carbon negative.
The national curriculum be reformed to address the climate crisis as an educational priority.
The severity of climate change must be implemented more into the school curriculum than it is at present because education is the first step towards lasting change and communicating the severity of the issue from childhood would be extremely effective.
The Government communicate the severity of the climate crisis and the necessity to act now to the general public.
The worrying majority of the public is relatively indifferent to climate change and a lot of people don’t realise how much of an issue it is at the moment. There is very little time left to prevent climate change from becoming irreversible and the public must be educated on the subject so that they understand the necessity of doing their part to minimise their carbon footprint and how to do so.