Maya: Hello! Since our last Children’s Parliament update, things have been a lot harder as we’re in lockdown again. But, we’ve still been pushing on with our investigation for the Climate Assembly. It’s been great seeing each other every week on Zoom and learning from the experts about tackling the climate emergency. Like you, we’ve been learning about how we eat and where we get our food from, how we use our land and seas; our lifestyles; the ways we travel, and how we work and learn. So, here’s what we’ve been up to!

Ben: First of all, we’ve looked at what changes we need to make to our diets and where we get our food from. Here Mollie will tell you about one of the activities we did together.

Mollie: What we had to do was we had to pick some foods you like or just some foods, and then we had to investigate where they're from and how far they’re from. I found out that some watermelon is from South Africa, burger is from Aberdeenshire, and that dark chocolate is from Madagascar and Germany. I didn't know the food was from so far away. It maybe could be smart…to help tackle climate change, we could try and make more foods here. 

Nadia: I don't think people are bothered to read all the ingredients and where it's come from. I think it should be bolder on the packaging to know where it actually was from.  

Ben: Well, the things that need to be done is that we need to make it more accessible to be able to buy locally from local stores.

Maya: We’ve also been learning about how we use our land and seas, and what we should be doing differently in Scotland.

Nadia: We live off the water and we live off the land, or earth. It’s a huge part of our lives.

Tyler: People aren't aware that our land and seas are being damaged by us.  

Ben: We met with Mike and Rosie from the John Muir Trust to learn more.

Mike: There’s something like 5 and a half million people in Scotland so only 400 of them own 80% of the land so they are the people we really need to make sure do the right thing… 

Ben: I thought of an idea. So you know how 400 people own 80% of the land in Scotland? Why don’t we just get all 400 of them people onto this call and tell them to plant loads of trees on their land?

Katie: You know, Ben, if we can make that happen, I think we’d be on to something.

Cian: Yeah! Do it, do it!

Maya: All 100 Members of Children’s Parliament have been sharing their ideas on what lifestyle changes we should make but we know this isn’t easy for many children and adults.

Ben: Sometimes it’s really hard to have a less carbon footprint because all the shops are importing stuff to make more money because 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 try their hardest to do that.  

Margaret: We should speak to big toy markets *eh hem* LOLs. I got a toy LOL for my tenth birthday. It had five, six layers of plastic, then a plastic box and it had plastic bags and they should really cut back on this. 

Seumas: Yeah, and the toys themselves are pure plastic.

Maya: Other big changes we need to make are about how we travel – to school, work, in our communities, and on holiday too.  

Margaret: We need to change the way we travel by land and air because it’s not good what we’re doing. There are so many planes coming up and down. They could just cut back to one plane and not have lots and lots of planes that are only half full. It’s really, really not good for the environment.

Lana: 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.   

Ben: The thing that needs to happen is there should be a rule one car per household and public transport should be cheaper to use. There should be more cycle school and cycle to work schemes so that more people are encouraged to cycle and walk.    

Tyler: In France, to cut down on emissions, they made this school bus with pedals on it and it’s got all the stuff for the driver on the front seat and a net bit in case their school   

Katie: What do people think of this?  

Nadia: I absolutely love the idea. I want one so bad in Scotland! It seems so fun! Just pedalling. 

Maya: It seems amazing! You’d be with your friends and it seems just so fun!

Maya: As we’ve been learning more about what we need to do in Scotland to tackle the climate emergency, we’ve realised just how important education is for children and adults. 

Nadia: It’s really important that all children and adults in Scotland learn about what climate change is and what we need to do to tackle it in Scotland.

Maya: We’ve been inspired to take action such as litter picking on our dog walks and making hedgehog homes.

Dan: I got a few sticks, put them altogether and here’s the door!

Maya: We’ve also been having lots of fun together even though we all live in different parts of Scotland. Often, our Zoom call breaks turn into dance parties.

Maya: In our next film, we’ll be sharing the calls to action we and the other 88 Members of Children’s Parliament have created together. We’ll see you next time in our next film. Bye!