Environment committee to hear from young climate change protestors

Written by Liam Kirkaldy on 29 March 2019 in News

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will also appear in front of the committee ahead of a stage one debate on the climate change bill

Image credit: Holyrood

Young climate change demonstrators from across Scotland will meet with members of the Scottish Parliament environment committee next week ahead of a stage one debate on the climate change bill.

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will also appear in front of the committee to discuss the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill, which targets a 90 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, alongside plans to adopt a net-zero target when a "clear pathway" exists to achieve it.

But while the Scottish Government hailed the bill as containing the most ambitious targets in the world, the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee recently warned a "greater urgency of action" was needed, recommending that ministers should review targets based on fresh advice requested from the independent Committee on Climate Change.

During their trip to parliament, 13 young people, aged seven to 17, will discuss what motivated them to take part in global climate protests, as well as what actions they think Scotland should take in order to mitigate climate change.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, the committee convener, Gillian Martin MSP said: “The passion and the commitment of the young people has been inspiring. The impact of climate change will affect their generation most, so it is understandable that they want to see change and they want to see it quickly.

“We are looking forward to meeting these young people to find out more about what inspired them to take part in this global movement and what they are doing to ensure that their voices are heard loud and clear.

“By having the opportunity to meet the IPCC at the parliament, the young people will meet with those whose job it is to advise governments across the world on ways to mitigate climate change.

“There is no second chance with climate change, so it is vital we listen to all ideas for change and act on these in order to make a real difference.”

Tags

Categories

Related Articles

The High Road: The Highlands since devolution
17 April 2019

Separated from the seats of power by more than just mere geography, what has devolution done for the Highlands to close the gap?

'Too early to make an assessment' on progress made on climate change plan, says Roseanna Cunningham
1 November 2018

With the climate change plan released less than a year ago, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment warned it was too early to make a judgement on the progress made in its implementation

Roseanna Cunningham calls for UK Government action to help Scotland meet climate targets
21 May 2019

Scottish Government last month agreed to back Committee on Climate Change recommendations to target net-zero emissions by 2045

Related Sponsored Articles

Associate feature: 5 ways IoT is transforming the public sector
5 February 2018

Vodafone explores some of the ways IoT is significantly improving public sector service delivery

Associate feature: The age of the multi-cloud is here
7 May 2019

BT explores how to manage the risks and rewards of the cloud in their infographic guide, offering advice for ensuring that the challenges don't hold you back 

Associate feature: Balance the risk and reward of the cloud
29 April 2019

A global cloud infrastructure offers many potential benefits, but also many challenges, and every organisation’s hybrid cloud strategy is unique. BT presents practical advice on getting the most...

Associate feature: Clouds are secure, are you using them securely?
23 April 2019

BT presents a complimentary copy of Gartner's report, which highlights how, through 2022, at least 95% of cloud security failures will be the customer's fault

Share this page