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How can we help communities to adapt to the impacts of climate change, and to contribute to reducing Scotland’s emissions?


Why the contribution is important

Community networks have been a vital resource for many during the Covid-19 pandemic. Both the impacts of climate change and the actions to mitigate it will affect communities, and they will need to be involved in decisions that affect them.

by ScotlandClimateAssembly on October 08, 2020 at 09:08AM

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  • Posted by KDoughty October 09, 2020 at 17:14

    Empower, enthuse, Inform, educate, fund and make it easy for people lots are volunteer and work or don't have the necessary time and skill sets
  • Posted by Craig6733 October 10, 2020 at 11:04

    Turn jobs typically done by people from socioeconomically deprived and marginalised communities into better paid, appealing roles. COVID-19 has better than anything else highlighted what these vital, frontline roles are so now is the time for Scotland to show how it values these people and communities.
  • Posted by Craig6733 October 10, 2020 at 17:03

    A citizen's basic wage or universal basic income would liberate communities from poor working and living conditions. It would improve access to training and education in order for more people to enter into fulfilling, sustainable work, and would put pressure into current industries to make pay fairer, improve working conditions, and to make greener choices that employees and customers support.
    Pay for it through wealth redistribution by making polluters pay, taxing the mega rich and clamping down on tax avoidance by the over-privileged.
  • Posted by alpegu October 11, 2020 at 10:23

    Allow for and facilitate community-owned and community-run energy, transport and food systems for local solutions that benefit everyone.
  • Posted by rtdevine October 12, 2020 at 08:12

    Make simple changes in the community, such as recycling bins, more available (i know there may be an issue with people using the wrong bins)

    Also, try to improve the efficiency, cleanliness and price of public transport in order to encourage people to use that instead of their car all the time.
  • Posted by RosaKB October 12, 2020 at 10:06

    “Adaptation is more than a keyword: it resembles a hegemonic discourse,
     anchored currently in equally powerful discourses of security, risk management, and resilient social” (Watts 2015:21)

    When we think about 'adaptation', often we think about how to 'adapt' within the current [broken] system. We think about climate impacts as the source of our vulnerabilities, so we start to think about responses to climate change, not what social structures have caused those vulnerabilities.

    Therefore, the conversation becomes orientated around what can we do as individuals, rather than what systems need to be changed to address the climate crisis.

    We need to start to understand how to rethink the prevailing political and economic structures, which policy makers represent and reproduce, that fundamentally cause the inequalities we see in the world.

    So, to start with, we need to help to educate our communities about the biases in the system, and stop perpetuating the idea that the changes we need are as individuals who are governed by a benevolent, neutral state.
  • Posted by jeff54 October 13, 2020 at 12:52

    The SCCAN organisation is a great place to start.

    Scottish Communities Climate Action Network: www.scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk

    Also, Holyrood should accelerate its initiative around so-called 'Climate Hubs'.
  • Posted by Alison October 13, 2020 at 15:22

    Community empowerment is key. Communities need to be supported and empowered by enabling them to not only access the necessary information on how to create local plans/ organisations and projects but also how they can put their plans into action. Regional climate action network hubs are a good idea in this regard. A national database of 'good practice'/ case stidies and mentors would be great.

    What is also needed though is the support of working and buying local to help build communities and reach everyone in the community so, for instance, communal work hubs with good teleconferencing facilities, computers, desks etc. and also markets/ outlets for local produce in each community.

    Communities should be at the heart of decision making not simply allowed once plans are made to comment on them. When creating a regional/ local just transition plan communities should be working in concert with decision makers from the start in framing the exercise as well as taking part in it - we need climate assemblies for each region not just nationally!

    Community work needs to be properly valued and funded - currently education and prompting of action is not funded - it needs to be.

  • Posted by srob1 October 21, 2020 at 23:18

    I totally agree with @Alison October 13, 2020 at 15:22 post.

    i'd add - local authorities / councils have a key role to play in empowering communities to take this forward. it's important that funding is made available from Scottish Government (& is ring fenced for this purpose solely) to make support local authorities to take this forward in partnership with third sector / community organisations.
  • Posted by MacCallum October 22, 2020 at 06:47

    Communities should be represented via a much more robust 'localised' democratic system. Currently community councils are toothless and resourceless, and in rural areas affected by depopulation, often disregarded locally as a bunch of elderly volunteers.

    Communities should be decision-makers in respect of local issues, and with more powers regarding planning and community wealth-building, land use, budget allocation, etc.


  • Posted by lcraik October 22, 2020 at 08:54

    Communities should be more active in maintaining a good environment and walkways.
  • Posted by Joyce October 22, 2020 at 10:53

    For people to accept that change is needed they have to be truly involved at a local level. Local consultation has too often been a tick box exercise which is then ignored. Local communities are key to the changes which need to be made and for people to feel they can make a difference rather than feeling helpless in the face of global heating
  • Posted by lesliesoulfire October 25, 2020 at 06:46

    Communities would thrive in a wellbeing economy. End infinite growth, as this is the ideology that is killing us and everything on the planet
  • Posted by EleanorM October 25, 2020 at 07:33

    Fund communities to turn land into market gardens and allotments. Fund start-ups for local composting businesses. Enable communities to take over empty premises for community use, e.g. outlets for locally produced goods.
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