In 2015, WWF’s Earth Hour grew to become the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment. People across the world joined together to turn the lights off for one hour in a symbolic act of solidarity reflecting on the energy resource our planet can provide.
While the global lights out remains an impactful visual call-out, its true impact is starting to be seen in areas and communities fighting climate change on an everyday basis.
"The UK faces a series of choices about energy. We all require energy to live and our dependence on it is total.” - Sir Mark Walport
Professor Sir Mark Walport offers a fascinating account of the challenges and opportunities facing Britain, considering how we produce and consume energy and some of the options for us as individuals and a society. Sir Mark’s tour comes at a time when the interest in the subject has been given sharp focus following the Paris Climate Change summit.
Just one month after the UN climate conference in Paris, this high-level event will allow us to reflect on its outcome.
The event will feature a distinguished group of negotiators and experts who attended the Paris Conference and who will be present in Glasgow on the Strathclyde LLM in Climate Change Law and Policy.
'Creating a Fossil Free Scotland' is an opportunity to come together after the Paris climate talks
and get energised to build a bigger and stronger climate movement in 2016.
Green – Alison Johnstone MSP [candidate for Edinburgh Central and Lothians List]
Labour – Sarah Boyack MSP [candidate for Edinburgh Central and Lothians List]
Liberal Democrats – Emma Farthing-Sykes [candidate for Edinburgh Pentlands]
Conservative and SNP speakers to be confirmed
Go Green Week is the UK’s largest week of student climate action. This year, we’re drawing up our Red Lines for Fossil Free Friday. Are you in?
Join students across the UK taking action to demand that our unis and colleges break their links with the fossil fuel industry:
Monday 8th February: Build Support - time to build our groups and link up struggles
Tuesday 9th: Raise Awareness - stay visible on campus and bond your group
Wednesday 10th: Get Creative - ‘how to’ build your own inflatable cubes!
Campaigners have called on people in Scotland to continue to raise their voice for climate action, following a new global deal on climate change at the UN talks in Paris.
Members of the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland coalition attended the COP21 conference as official observers throughout the two weeks of negotiations.
At the UN climate talks in Paris, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is expected to announce today (Mon 7 Dec) that the Scottish Government is to invest £12 million over four years in its Climate Justice Fund.
Reacting to the news, Tom Ballantine of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland said:
"Tackling climate change is an issue of justice. Like other wealthy nations, Scotland benefited greatly from the era of fossil fuels, and it means we owe a climate debt to the world's poorest people, who are the most affected by climate change.
This summer, the Scottish Government became one of the first governments anywhere in the world to announce we would sign up to the sustainable development goals. As part of that, we promised to take urgent action to tackle climate change, and to help developing countries to grow in a fair and sustainable manner.
I want to set out some of the ways in which the Scottish government is doing that – how we are promoting rights and justice in relation to climate change.
And I want to begin by explaining why we are doing it.
Scotland's biggest campaign coalition has welcomed news that First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, is to attend crucial United Nations climate talks in Paris.
Tom Ballantine of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland said: "Scotland has a good story to tell on climate commitments, with world-leading targets on carbon reduction agreed unanimously by all parties in the Scottish Parliament.