Fairness

Assembly members explored what fairness means in the context of tackling the climate emergency and created 22 propositions which completed the statement:

'To be Fair, the recommendations that we as an Assembly present to Parliament should…'

Each Assembly member identified the top 10 statements which were most important to them. These were consolidated and ordered based on the statements which were prioritised most by members.

 
Prioritised by over 70% of Assembly members

1) Take into account the needs of different communities across Scotland, recognising that there is not a 'one- size fits all' solution

2) Target the highest emitters so that organisations and individuals with the highest carbon footprint have to make the biggest changes

 
Prioritised by 60% - 70% of Assembly members

3) Act immediately so that future generations are not unfairly burdened with the responsibility of making change

4) Emphasise that it is everyone's responsibility to make changes - individuals, communities, business and government

5) Support people to grow knowledge and understanding to make informed decisions, and help those with the least capacity to make change to play their part

6) Support workers in industries where change will lead to job losses

 
Prioritised by 50% - 60% of Assembly members

7) Spread resources and the costs of change equitably (rather than equally) - so that those can afford the most, pay the most

8) Be affordable to all and not disadvantage people on lower incomes

9) Not increase social and economic inequalities

10) Protect vulnerable and disadvantaged groups from impacts of climate change and measures to combat it, ensuring no one gets left behind

 
Prioritised by 20% to 50% of Assembly members

11) Not disadvantage rural communities

12) Prioritise measures and investments that benefit everyone for the common good

13) Be cost effective and consider implications for the public purse

14) Be free from self-interest and non- partisan

15) Not have a negative impact on developing countries

16) Support high carbon industries through the transition

17) Involve ongoing engagement with the people most affected by change

18) Not disadvantage people with disabilities

19) Consider Scotland's impact and global share of carbon emissions (historically and for embodied carbon)

 
Prioritised by less than 20% of members

20) Ensure that businesses / industries that have benefited most in the past, contribute the most

21) Not ask too much change from people too quickly

22) Put the people of Scotland first