Tackling the climate emergency is the greatest challenge of our time. That is why we were so impressed that over 100 people from across Scotland gave up their time to take part in Scotland's Climate Assembly.
It has been inspiring to watch the Assembly members learn, listen and take time to understand each other's perspective and find common ground. They have worked incredibly hard and this is reflected in the diversity and depth of their goals and recommendations.
The diversity of Assembly members means that all of us can be sure that our values and experiences are reflected in the Assembly's recommendations.
Scotland's Climate Assembly is the first national climate assembly to be held completely online. This has presented challenges but also opportunities, allowing people from some of the remotest parts of Scotland to get involved. It is also the first assembly to include the voices of children through our partnership with Children's Parliament and their team of young investigators.
This is truly an assembly of firsts and we have no doubt that the recommendations that come out of it will reflect that.