The Secretariat has been working hard to develop our Assembly meetings so that they adhere to the Scottish Government guidelines on how to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

In light of the current restrictions and ongoing Covid-19 situation, the Assembly will be online until further notice. We will continue to follow updates to these guidelines closely and continue to review how we can safely deliver the Assembly meetings.

All evidence sessions will be recorded and links to these sessions will be available via the links below.

Please keep an eye on our social media pages and website for updates.

1
7 & 8 November

Evidence sessions are now posted for the first weekend of Scotland's Climate Assembly. Please click on the 'Meeting 1' link above to view the detailed agendas and video links from our first weekend.

 

Weekend 1 Agenda

Saturday –

Aim: to give the Assembly members an introduction to climate change.

The first day will include an introduction to climate change and a discussion about the urgency of addressing this global issue. We will also introduce some of the causes and impacts as well as ideas and opportunities for change as we move into the future.


Sunday

Aim: to explore what climate change means for us and barriers to change.

In the second day of our first Assembly weekend, we will introduce the concepts of ‘mitigation’ (how we can reduce our contribution to climate change) and ‘adaptation’ (how we live with climate change).

We will also introduce the context for needing to take climate action including a discussion on what factors we need to consider when tackling climate change.

2
12 & 13 December

Weekend 2 Agenda

This weekend we will be hearing evidence to start learning about:

  • Scotland's climate emissions: where do they come from and how can we reduce them;
  • Adapting to climate change: what are we doing and could we do to reduce the impact of climate change in Scotland

Saturday –

Aim: to give the Assembly members an introduction to where Scotland's climate emissions come from and what negative emissions are.

The first day will talk about how Scotland generates and uses energy and where our electricity comes from as well as who has the power to take action to tackle climate change and what is already being done.

In the afternoon session, members will be asked to start thinking more about mitigation (how we reduce emissions) specifically in the key areas of:

  • Work
  • Travel
  • Lifestyle
  • Diet and Land Use


Sunday

Aim: to explore more about what it means to adapt to the impacts of climate change in a fair and effective way.

In the second day of Weekend 2 we will ask members to starting thinking more about adaptation specifically looking at how Scotland is reacting to the impacts of climate change and thinking about what more we can do to adapt to the changing climate and the impacts in Scotland. There will also be discussions about how we can incentivise adaptation measures.

In the afternoon, the Assembly members will consider the overall question, "How should Scotland change to tackle the climate emergency in a fair and effective way?" thinking more about specifically what we mean by 'fair and effective'.

3
9 & 10 January

Weekend 3 Agenda

For Weekends 3 and 4, Assembly Members will be divided into three streams to enable in-depth discussions of specific topics. Over the course of the two weekends, each stream will explore four key challenges. The streams are:


•    Diet and Lifestyle
•    Homes and Communities
•    Work and Travel


Each group will hear presentations from both informants and advocates. Informants will set the context for each challenge and explain the range of views or options that exist on the topic. Advocates will present their personal opinion, or the opinion of the organisation they work for.

Saturday AM -

Aim: to consider what we mean by effective change

To start the weekend, members will convene as a whole Assembly. To help members think about how change can happen and who is involved in bringing about change, the Assembly members will hear four fictional stories exploring possible future scenarios.
•    Techno optimism
•    Climate mobilisation
•    Community collaboration
•    Civic provision and regulation

The stories depict different routes we can take to achieve net zero and illustrate how change happens at different levels and paces.

Saturday PM -

Aim: to explore how we can change our diet, our existing homes and the way we travel to tackle climate change 

In the afternoon session, members will be divided into three groups: diet & land, homes and travel. Each group will consider a key challenge to help guide deliberations.

Homes: How should Scotland change its existing homes to tackle the climate emergency in an effective and fair way?
Diet & Land: How should Scotland rebalance its diet to tackle the climate emergency in an effective and fair way?
Travel: How should Scotland change how it travels by land to tackle the climate emergency in an effective and fair way?

Sunday AM -

Aim: to explore how we can change how we build new homes, how we use land and how we fly to tackle climate change

Remaining in the same groups from Saturday’s afternoon session (diet & land, homes and travel) members will explore a new key challenge.

Homes: How should Scotland change how it builds new homes to tackle the climate emergency in an effective and fair way?
Diet & Land: How should Scotland change how it uses its land to tackle the climate emergency in an effective and fair way?
Travel: How should Scotland change how it travels by air to tackle the climate emergency in an effective and fair way?

Sunday PM -

Aim: to agree the process for developing recommendations and propose priority areas based on the evidence heard so far

Assembly members will begin to make provisional recommendations in their groups considering what type of action are being suggested and what the levels the recommendations are targeted at. Importantly, members will be reminded to consider what they think is fair and effective.