Task force of unemployed and underemployed to address carbon reduction.

Getting a task force of unemployed and underemployed people (lots of whom will be in this situation due to Covid) and offer them employment with at least the living wage, to do things to help Scotland reduce its carbon emissions and educate our communities about the ways in which we need to prepare for the climate disruption that is going to happen in the coming decades.

There are so many things that we need to do.

They include informing and educating people about the situation, and taking time to listen to people's questions, and their fears and thoughts about this situation.

There are issues about improving the physical infrastructure of our homes, and communities to prepare for climate disruption, and to cut our emissions. eg. retrofitting insulation, helping people to learn to grow their own food, cutting down on waste, changing diets so we are all healthier and fitter.

There are issues about health and wellbeing. Local communities need to be strengthened to help each other, and address the local issues which will arise in each area. Connectedness is important, so we can respond and help our neighbours and offer practical and emotional support. We need to think about others - the elderly, people with disabilities, young people, people who are on their own. We need to create practical networks to help people eg. help with shopping, help with caring tasks, help with childcare. We need to listen to people and support their mental health. We need to find ways to connect people with skills to people who need those skills and create local networks to enable us to pool our resources and share what we can do for each other.We need to work out how to do this safely, given Covid and the additional problems that this creates.

We need to rewild as much as possible, and plant trees and grow food locally, in cities, in our gardens and think about ways to improve our soil and our land.

Why the contribution is important

As the pandemic continues, more people are going to lose their jobs and will need financial support as well as to feel valued and still a part of society. To contribute by working to reduce our carbon emissions and doing something of value will benefit everyone.

We have an ideal opportunity to start to make changes immediately, and things cannot change fast enough. Every day that we delay taking action will mean that it will be harder to cope with as the climate disruption increases.

We can show the world how to respond positively to this challenge that Covid and the climate emergency poses to everyone.

by SianMcKinnon on October 25, 2020 at 06:33PM

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  • Posted by Eviaries October 25, 2020 at 22:41

    We need to learn to do regenerative farming, building the fertility and biodiversity of the soil, and sequestering carbon in the soil. Encourage the growth of mycorrhizal fungi.
    Stop all industrial farming and the use of artificial fertilisers, pesticides and fungicides, which kill the soil microorganisms. Redistribute land, so more people can work on the land, learning how to grow organic fruit and vegetables, and to raise entirely grass-fed animals. Bring back the use of horses for carts and log extraction. Practice no-till farming and horticulture. Re-establish wood-pasture.
    Discontinue the practice of driven grouse shooting, of muirburn and of draining peatlands. Stop allowing rich landowners to tolerate the persecution of wildlife by gamekeepers.
    All of this will go a long way to becoming food-secure in the UK, while increasing health through good local, in season food, increasing biodiversity and drawing down and storing carbon.
  • Posted by GilAnderson October 26, 2020 at 14:33

    Tree planting task force! The tree planting that occurs through private busines contributions and NGO work often lack the ability to maintain tree growth properly (i.e. revisiting sites, adding growth support structures, checking for health of saplings etc)

    A committed, regional workforce could ensure the efficency of such projects. They could also be tasked with other rewilding tasks focussed on local biodiversity, pollution etc.

    Also, these projects could prove to be therapueatic and helpful for people who may find it difficult to emerge into 'standard' workplaces serving as a crucial steppingstone between, or into, employment.
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