Tyler: Hello everyone, we hope the first Climate Assembly went well. We’ve been learning about climate change and why it is happening. 

Ayesha: In November, we got our second Investigator mission in the post! First, we worked together to create giant maps of where we live to show the impact of climate change on our communities.

Nadia: We interviewed people in our community to help us understand what changes they have seen as a result of climate change, good or bad. 

Seumas: I interviewed a local crofter and he said that erosion and flooding make crofting very difficult. He told me that he uses natural fertiliser such as seaweed and tries to rotate his crops to protect the soil.

Lana: Fisherman fish sustainably and don’t overfish, crofters use natural products which are better for the environment, and there are large wind turbines in our community for renewable energy.

Margaret: I interviewed my grandpa who has seen lots of the changing weather in the island. He always does his best by using low energy lightbulbs and by recycling. He thinks we should have solar powered streetlights. Recycling should be made easier. There should be better public transport to reduce car usage. There should be more funding from the government to tackle climate change.

Ayesha: I interviewed my teacher at school about the impact of climate change. He thinks we should be promoting public transport more and that teachers have a responsibility to be teaching children about climate change and how it’s affecting our lives. 

Tyler: We can see from what’s happening in our own communities that climate change is already affecting everyone in very different ways, depending on where we live in Scotland.

Ben: The flooding affects us and I’m sure it affects lots of other children’s communities because a few years ago, our local area flooded and around town flooded. If that happens again it would be quite bad.

Lana: Well, where I live, we’re on an island which is surrounded by water so there’s a lot of flooding and the weather is getting more unpredictable.

Cian: They’re cutting down trees and putting rubbish in the Delph pond. That means the ducks and swans are eating stuff in there. 

Nadia: I don’t like walking to school and seeing plastic and trash that is not biodegradable. It just really annoys me and it makes me sad. I don’t want my start of the day to make me sad. 

Margaret: People in the mainland are also seeing changes. It is getting hotter which means that more things are getting destroyed and it isn’t really helping. 

Nadia: It’s not fair as everyone has the right to live in a safe environment. Also, it is important to us that our environment is clean, respected and nature friendly. Many children know that to really tackle climate change in Scotland, bigger changes need to happen too. 

Ayesha: And right now, we’re not doing enough.

Mollie: I think Scotland is not doing enough as we could. I think we could do a little bit more work together. 

Margaret: We need to actually make action. It’s usually the children that are saying when action needs to be done.

Ben: What kind of Scotland do children want for the future?

Ben: Well, I think that children would like a cleaner Scotland where we stop de-forestation and we have less rubbish about.

Maya: I think we need to have cleaner environments and we should do more - more wind farms and solar panels to make renewable energy.

Nadia: More electrical cars, not to have gas in the air, no pollution, the nature being nice and brighter and just…better!

Tyler: I think they would like one with one with just renewable energy and not burning any fossil fuels.

Margaret: I might want to live here when I’m older and if half our islands are submerged, it won’t really work out. 

Seumas: I want Scotland in the future to be suitable for all generations ahead of us.

Nadia: We’ll see you next year (in 2021!) for our next investigation update. 

Tyler: Bye from all of us at Children’s Parliament