Who should speak at the Assembly
Scottish government policy, regarding the climate and ecological crisis, to date has been based upon a narrow window of academic opinions and research that aligns with the current political and economic system. Thus the main drivers of the climate crisis (our political and economic system for example) are never critically assessed and alternative systems are not even considered. This is a fundamental failing of the climate policies to date. As a result, for Scotland to tackle the climate crisis in an effective way it is of vital importance that the range of speakers and evidence given to the assembly is not restricted in this usual way. It is also of vital importance to include people's lived experiences of the climate and ecological crisis, with the range of speakers not just limited to academics.
The range of academics speaking at the assembly needs to be wide providing a genuine spectrum of perspectives and the value of lived experience of people needs to be included and of equal validity.
Speakers should include the following as a minimum:
Prof Kevin Anderson (University of Manchester)
Prof Julia Steinberger (University of Leeds)
Dr Jason Hickel (University of London)
Dr Katherine Trebeck (Strathclyde University)
Why the contribution is important
Restricting or limiting the information available to the citizens assembly to the current political and economic thinking makes it impossible for the assembly to function properly. The assembly won't be able to truly assess how Scotland should change to effectively tackle the climate crisis in a fair way. This is of fundamental importance to the success of the citizens assembly.
by Paul on October 24, 2020 at 09:06PM