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2014 Matters: People, Planet and Scotland's Future

On 18th September 2014, Scotland will vote on whether or not to become an independent country.  What impact will this have on the environment, poverty and global justice?  We’re coming together to ask these questions and explore how Scotland can make the world a better place.

During 2014, a series of public events with thought-provoking and prominent writers, thinkers, campaigners and politicians took place to challenge both sides of the debate, focusing on five topics:

Energy, Environment and Climate Change
The event took place in Glasgow on Wednesday 18th March.  

Speakers on the Yes side were Scottish Climate Change Minister, Paul Wheelhouse MSP (SNP) and the Scottish Greens’ Co-Convenor, Patrick Harvie MSP.  The No side was represented by former Environment Minister, Sarah Boyack MSP (Labour), Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Willie Rennie MSP.

You can read a report from the event, including the topics discussed.  Alternatively, you can watch a short film of the debate which includes snippets of the questions and answers during the event as well as short interviews with the speakers afterwards.


Justice in Foreign Policy, Immigration and Human Rights 
The event took place in Edinburgh on Tuesday 28th January.  Read a short report from the event.

Poverty, Power and Inequality in a Changing World
The event took place on Saturday 22nd February in Dundee.  Read the event report. Listen to a podcast from the event.

Economic Justice and Scotland's Future
The event took place on Wednesday 2nd March in Aberdeen.  Read the event report. Listen to a podcast from the event.

Scotland's Place in Building a Just World
The event took place on Wednesday 30th April in Edinburgh.  Listen to a podcast from the event.



We continue to post relevant blogs and articles on the 2014 Matters website through to 18th September.


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2014 Matters is organised by Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, Friends of the Earth Scotland, Jubilee Scotland, NIDOS, People and Planet, WDM Scotland and WWF Scotland.


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