Food and the Environment: How what we eat impacts the planet

Food Researchers in Edinburgh (FRiED) and RSPB Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish Food Coalition, are hosting a talk and open discussion on Food and the Environment: How what we eat impacts the planet.

We are delighted to be able to welcome Professor Tim Benton to give a talk on the impacts of our food system on the environment.

Register here to book your place.

'Not in our backyard – Not in their market garden'

Co-hosted by Stirling Methodist Church and Friends of the Earth Stirling. The main speaker will be Dr. Julia Edwards, a church mission partner of the Methodist Church. She is working with the Pacific Council of Churches as a climate researcher. This is very much a hands on job as much of her work involves working with communities affected by adverse weather events. This includes working with communities in the planning for and assisting with the relocation of whole villages from coastal areas.

Scots 'Show the Love' for the Life that Climate Change Threatens

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) is asking people to stand up for the special places they want to protect from global warming, as part of the ‘Show the Love’ campaign which kicks off today (7 February).


In the week leading up to Valentine’s Day (7 – 14 February) members of the public will be making, wearing and sharing green hearts to show climate change is an issue they care about.

Contact your MSP about Scotland's climate change plan

Scotland's draft Climate Change Plan was published in January - setting out how we're going to meet our climate change targets in the coming years.  The plan has ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 66% (from 1990 levels) by 2032, however it's currently short on the detail and actions to get us there. We can all have our say on the plan, and help to shape it for the better. 

With the threat from climate change increasing and already affecting the lives of people  around the world, it’s time to shift up a gear. We have the chance to strengthen this plan, if we all step up and let our MSPs know that we want them to act on climate change.
It's important that MSPs know climate change is an issue people in Scotland care about.
Will you write to, or visit, your MSP and ask them to support a stronger climate plan?
There is a small group of MSPs who have a special role in finalising Scotland's Climate Change Plan - these are the MSPs that sit on the four Parliament committees chosen to review certain aspects of the draft plan and make recommedations for improving it. Almost everyone in Scotland is represented by at least one MSP in this group, you can find yours here

What happens now?     This is a draft plan. MSPs have until the beginning of March in which to analyse the plan, take on views from the public and experts, and write a report on their recommendations for the final plan. All MSPs in Parliament will have a debate on the plan in mid March.

What can you do?   The best thing you can do is meet your MSP and tell them you'd like them to support more concrete action in the plan. If you can't meet them, the next best thing is to write them a letter or email.

Read Stop Climate Chaos Scotland detailed evidence submitted to the following committees: 
Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform committee
Economy committee
Local Government and Communities committee
Rural Economy and Connectivity committee

You can read the full plan on the Scottish Government website here.

Scotland's Climate Change Plan - sets out a welcome vision of low-carbon society, but more work needed to achieve it

In response to the draft Climate Change Plan released today Tom Ballantine, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland said;

This new plan paints an attractive vision of the kind of low-carbon society we will be living in in 15 years’ time – a cleaner, healthier, more prosperous Scotland.  However, we have serious concerns about the plan’s lack of new actions to deliver this vision.


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