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What Can Scotland Do to Help the Climate Crisis?

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The UN Climate Conference COP26 was due to be held in Glasgow in November. COP26 is crucial if we are to strengthen our global climate agreements and stem the rise in atmospheric CO2 and other greenhouse gases.  We knew that there would be many events organised both in the run-up to that conference and during it. We wanted to contribute to that.



Since then COP26 has had to be postponed till 2021. As we construct a route out of this pandemic emergency, we may well find that it points to valuable parallels in what we need to do to construct a route out of our climate emergency. Not least, global cooperation and a change in the direction of our national economies.

Covid19 is at least diminishing but has not gone away. Far from diminishing, The Climate Emergency is increasing in its impacts on our common home, the Earth.

 

Monday 7pm, Wed 4am, Friday 10am

The series was recorded and broadcast live by myself and Valerie Gauld in February and March this year, 2020

At that point, the UN Climate Conference COP26 was due to be held in Glasgow in November. COP26 is crucial if we are to strengthen our global climate agreements and stem the rise in atmospheric CO2 and other greenhouse gases.  We knew that there would be many events organised both in the run-up to that conference and during it. 

We wanted to contribute to that. So we contacted a group of people whom we’d first met at the launch of the Our Common Home Project by the Scottish think-tank CommonWeal.

Put at its simplest the Our Common Home project is a set of proposals which if we carried them out would transform Scotland’s economy, significantly reduce our carbon footprint both here in Scotland and what we contribute to elsewhere around the planet. But it’s also more than that, it would also significantly add to our levels of well-being. 

So we contacted some of the people who had spoken at the Our Common Home launch and asked if they would come on our IndyLive Daytime Show and talk to Val and I about their thoughts, plans and feelings on the subject of the Climate Emergency. I’m using the phrase Climate Emergency very deliberately as we are long past the point where Global Warming or Climate Change are adequate.

The interviews are with 

  • Robin McAlpine director of CommonWeal, who talks to us about the Our Common Home project and how it came about.
  • Becki Menzies who at the time was working for the Get Glasgow Moving project. ,
  • Lena Swedlow a young activist with Commonweal and currently an undergraduate at Edinburgh University, who talks movingly about what it’s like being a twenty something woman thinking her generation’s possible climate future.
  • Justin Kenrick and Eva Schonvelt Both active in  Extinction Rebellion Scotland. Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse.

Each of those people came into the studio and spoke to us at length. For these podcasts we’ve split some those longer interviews into shorter sections. 

And each interview’s audio track is also available from our blog at Indylive dot radio where you will also find a summary of what topics we covered in each interview. Or you can listen & download the tracks from IndyLive on Soundcloud. And there is also our IndyLive channel on Youtube. So you’re spoilt for listening options!

Of course now   the world is in the midst of a very different kind of global crisis, the coronavirus pandemic. 

And COP 26 has been postponed to 2021. 

However as we construct a route out of this pandemic emergency, we may well find that it points to valuable parallels in what we need to do to construct a route out of our climate emergency. Not least, global cooperation and a change in the direction of our national economies.

Covid19 is at least diminishing but has not gone away. Far from diminishing, The Climate Emergency is increasing in its impacts on our common home, the Earth.


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