After a process of learning, discussing and deliberating about the climate emergency, Assembly members created goals and recommendations to complete the statement:
'To tackle the climate emergency in an effective and fair way, Scotland needs to change to…'
Goals and recommendations were drafted in small group discussions. They represent a wider vision of how Scotland should change, while recommendations, to be published in the full Report in May 2021, identify specific actions.
The following pages include the goals voted on by Assembly members after Weekend Six, each goal is shown with the percentage of support. Percentages were calculated on the basis of Assembly members that expressed an opinion (either 'agree' or 'disagree'). Abstentions did not contribute to the percentage, but are recorded for the quorum.
Quotes from Children's Parliament, taken from their final survey, have also been included.
I feel really excited and proud [to be involved in the Climate Assembly] because I get to share my and others' opinions to help make a difference in Scotland."
- Member of Children's Parliament, age 11, Fife
Reduce consumption and waste by embracing society wide resource management and reuse practices - 97%
Adopt and implement clear and future-proofed quality standards for assessing the carbon impacts of all buildings (public and private) using EnerPhit/Passivhaus standards (as a minimum) and integrating whole life carbon costs, environmental impact and operational carbon emissions – 97%
Retrofit the majority of existing homes in Scotland to be net zero by 2030, while establishing Scotland as a leader in retrofit technology, innovation and installation practices – 94%
Standards and Regulation
Lead by example through Government and the public sector implementing mandatory standards, regulations and business practices that meet the urgency and scale of the climate emergency - 94%
Implement an integrated, accessible and affordable public transport system, and improved local infrastructure, throughout Scotland that reduces the need for private cars and supports active travel – 93%
Lead the way in minimising the carbon emissions caused by necessary travel and transport by investing in the exploration and early adoption of alternative fuel sources across all travel modes - 93%
Cars and planes emit high levels of greenhouse gases. We should swap to electric cars but they are too expensive to buy for many people right now."
- Member of Children's Parliament, age 11, Western Isles
Provide clear and consistent, real and total carbon content labelling on produce, products and services (showing production, processing, transport and usage emissions) to enable people to make informed choices – 92%
Provide everyone with accurate information, comprehensive education, and lifelong learning across Scotland to support behavioural, vocational and societal change to tackle the climate emergency and ensure everyone can understand the environmental impact of different actions and choices – 92%
Balance the needs of the environment, landowners and communities across Scotland for sustainable land use that achieves emission reductions – 91%
Empower communities to be able to develop localised solutions to tackle climate change – 91%
Strive to be as self-sufficient as possible, with a competitive Scots circular economy that meets everyone's needs in a fair way – 91%
Work and Volunteering
Develop work, training and volunteering opportunities to support net zero targets, connect people with nature, rebuild depleted natural resources and increase biodiversity – 91%
"Well, I get my food from the shops but personally I don't know where the food comes from… I think it should be bolder on the packaging to know where it actually was from."
- Member of Children's Parliament, age 12, West Lothian
Support long term sustainable business models where people and the environment are considered before profit, and the carbon footprint of working practices is reduced – 91%
20 Minute Communities
Realise the principles of a '20 minute community' in flexible ways across Scotland by reducing the need to travel for work, shopping, services and recreation in ways that support localised living – 88%
Develop and implement a fair, equitable and transparent tax system that drives carbon emission reductions, while recognising different abilities to pay, and generates revenue to enable energy transition – 85%
Reframe the national focus and vision for Scotland's future away from economic growth and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in order to reflect climate change goals towards the prioritisation of a more person and community centred vision of thriving people, thriving communities and thriving climate – 83%
Sometimes it's really hard to have a less carbon footprint because all the shops are importing stuff to make more money. They think it's just up to them to make money but it's actually not because they are killing the planet doing that. So, I think it's up to the government and the shopkeepers to reduce plastic and reduce the food miles and all should try their hardest to do that."
- Member of Children's Parliament, age 10, Highlands