Show real leadership at COP26

Scotland has a unique opportunity next year to show true cimate leadership in the year that we host COP26 in our country. The countries of the global south especially are depending on us to face up to our responsibilities as one of those industrialised countries who have contributed most to the climate crisis. We must also stand up to the fossil fuel lobby that has always sought to limit climate policies. These companies should have no place in the COP climate negotiations due to their own vested interests in making sure that these policies are weakened.  

Why the contribution is important

COP26 is a key year in relation to the Paris Climate Agreement. We must guard against this agreement from being greenwashed and abused by big polluting companies.Instead we should give more space to listening to the voices of indigenous communities from the global south from whom we can also learn a great deal.

by MaryScott on October 25, 2020 at 06:06PM

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  • Posted by Eviaries October 25, 2020 at 23:15

    An excellent idea. So far we have had decades of the UN trying so hard, and yet carbon emissions have increased in the last thirty years, emitting more carbon in those 30 years (when we knew for sure what we were doing) than in any of the previous years. If we have Johnson at the helm I hold out little hope of the Glasgow CoP being anything more than a charade. He is the PM who spoke eloquently in favour of protecting biodiversity ("extinction is for ever"), and the very next day gave the go-ahead to his very own vanity project - HS2, which is currently responsible for the clearing of many ancient woodlands and all the wildlife which it supports. Can Scotland make this CoP any different? It's time we did, and the proposal is a good one.
  • Posted by Gregor October 26, 2020 at 09:12

    Scotland should lead on this not the U.K
  • Posted by SimonClark October 26, 2020 at 12:55

    COP25 in Spain was sponsored by an oil company. Of course they have massive resources that will be very seductive to organisers, but they are greenwashing.[…]/oil-firms-barrels-markets

    Stay away from polluters and involve those involved in creative solutions.
  • Posted by kerryjanerait October 26, 2020 at 13:39

    We must also ensure we are putting forward a dynamic and diverse presence that represents our society - and that should include a gender balance. With female leaders repeatedly being instrumental in ambitious environmental policy, and women disproportionately impacted by climate change world wide, we must allow their voice to be heard.
  • Posted by GilAnderson October 26, 2020 at 14:59

    With a year until COP26 we have the chance to show the benefits of running an inclusive, evidence-driven citizens assembly that looks to both local and global solutions to combat climate change.

    If the CA is given the ability to create a climate plan for Scotland that shows true ambition, Scotland will be able to provide the world with a blueprint of running a climate citizens assembly and the persuasiveness of a bottom-up approach that empowers local actors.

    This will be all the more effective if the decisions and ideas emerging from the CA are given formal backing in the legilstaive process of Holyrood's policy-making process.

    This could be through a process by which they can propose a bill or collection of bills to parliament, through having them included as a distinct body in lawmaking akin to the function of the House of Lords or through having them oversee current and future policy emerging from Holyrood, with the ability to add, change and promote specific ideas.
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