The global climate summit COP26 will be a major opportunity to re-energise efforts to tackle the climate emergency. Organisations including RSPB Scotland, Christian Aid and National Trust for Scotland have come together to create a new campaign, Climate Scotland, to bring the messages of thousands of people in Scotland to the talks.
Through Climate Scotland, people in Scotland can send leaders a message to show they want strong and meaningful action to protect the things they love, and create a better future for people everywhere.
Climate Scotland is a sister campaign to another running in Wales, Climate Cymru. Together, they will represent voices from two of the four UK nations and their devolved governments.
Individuals visiting the Climate Scotland website are able to add their voice to the campaign by selecting a topic that is most of interest to them and adding a comment to say why. The topics, as follows, cover a broad range of perspectives:
- Flourishing communities
- Future generations
- Greener, fairer livelihoods
- Wildlife and nature
- Sustainable food systems
- Protecting the world’s resources
- Health and wellbeing
- Beautiful places
- Solidarity with global neighbours.
The campaign aims to collect 10,000 messages and share them at the COP26 talks in November, either at the Green Zone (an official UK government space) or another high profile venue. Through this, everyone in Scotland has the opportunity to show world leaders how much they care about the climate and nature emergencies.
Over 20 charities, civil society groups and non-profit organisations have already signed up to be a campaign partner including Froglife, so why not add your voice to the campaign yourself? You can do so here.