Scotland's Climate Assembly secretariat and Assembly members have participated in a number of public events. At these events, Assembly and secretariat members engage with stakeholders, decision-makers and members of the public to discuss the Assembly's work and the climate emergency.

 

Democratic Society: Scotland’s Climate Assembly

Kelly McBride, DemSoc’s Director For Scotland, discussed the process and outcomes of Scotland’s Climate Assembly in a webinar on April 29th 2021. You can watch a recording here.

 

'5 for Climate’: Digital Participation in Climate

Susie Townend (Head of the Climate Assembly’s independent secretariat) spoke about Scotland’s Climate Assembly during UfU’s (Independent Institute for Environmental Issues) digital week on civil society action & participation in climate issues.

 

KNOCA Learning Call: Scotland’s Climate Assembly

Susie Townend, Kaela Scott (facilitators and design team lead) and Oliver Escobar (member of the Stewarding Group) came together for KNOCA’s first learning call to discuss the process, impacts and key learnings from Scotland’s Climate Assembly. Graham Smith (Chair of KNOCA) chaired the event on July 6th. You can watch a recording of the event here.

 

Voices for Scotland: Climate Assembly

Voices for Scotland hosted a webinar on August 26th to learn about Scotland’s Climate Assembly’s report and recommendations. Daisy Naranyan (expert and member of the Stewarding Group) and two Assembly members were invited to speak.

 

“It’s Up to You, Me – All of Us!” Involving Children in Climate Citizens’ Assemblies: Reflections from Children’s Parliament’s Participation in Scotland’s Climate Assembly

This event was co-hosted by Dr Oliver Escobar (Edinburgh Futures Institute), and Katie Reid and Jessica Smith (Children’s Parliament) and focused on the involvement of the Children’s Parliament in Scotland’s Climate Assembly. 12 investigators from the Children's Parliament and members of Scotland’s Climate Assembly came together to discuss their experiences. The event took place on September 23rd and can be watched here.

Quote Image Children's Parliament

Sustainable Transport Future Logo Competition

Children’s Parliament Climate Changemakers from Forgandenny Primary School Zac, Imogen, and Amy judged a Transport Scotland competition on October 6th-8th. They were a part of a nationwide primary school panel to judge a logo for a ‘sustainable transport future’ to be used on select sustainable transport government documentation. The competition aimed to increase knowledge of the impact single use car journeys have on emission levels, and increase public awareness of how we reduce these car journeys. You can read more about the competition here.

 

We Have Agreed - Will You? Citizen's Recommendations for Fair and Effective Action on Climate Change

This event took place in the Blue Zone on 5 November during COP26. Scotland's Climate Assembly members Shona and Nadine were joined by members from the Global Assembly, France's Convention Citoyenne pour le Climat, and Glasgow City Council's climate assembly to discuss how citizens can impact climate policy. Chaired by Professor Kevin Anderson, the event explored the need for equity to be at the heart of our response to climate change, education as central to effective climate action, and the argument for giving citizens' assemblies a stronger say in guiding policy. Watch here.

Photo from 'We Have Agreed' Event

How Can Open Government Principles Help Deliver Climate Action?

This event took place in the Blue Zone on 11 November during COP26. The event discussed the important and necessary contributions the public make to delivering Climate Action and was chaired by Yamide Dagnet (World Resources Institute). It brought together Patrick Harvie (Scottish Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants’ Rights), Krista Mikkonen (Finnish Minister of the Environment and Climate Change), Gintarė Krušnienė (Lithuanian Vice-Minister of Environment) and Patricia Fuller (Canada’s Ambassador for Climate Change). Members from Scotland’s Climate Assembly and the Children’s Parliament asked questions of the panel. Watch here.

Photo from the Nordic Pavilion Event

 

At COP 26, our members also participated in a video shown at a Presidency event on November 11th titled “The Power of Public Engagement for Harnessing Climate Action: Stories and Lessons of Empowerment from around the World”. You can watch the original video here.

 

This is the North: The Power of the Assembly

Kaela Scott, Head of Democratic Innovation at Involve, spoke about the power of citizens’ assemblies to influence change and the process of Scotland’s Climate Assembly at The People’s Powerhouse convention ‘This is the North’ on November 24th.