Monday, August 24, 2015

Re-posting: To Paris and Beyond Training Days

To Paris and Beyond: A Festival of Climate Action & Solutions

2015 is a crucial year in the fight against climate change. This December world leaders will meet at a UN summit in Paris (also known as COP21) to conclude negotiations for a new global deal to tackle climate change.
To make sure political leaders know there is strong public support for ambitious and binding commitments in Paris, we need to show them our strong and growing climate movement. Beyond Paris, we need to keep up public pressure, continue to push for targets in line with climate science and justice, and ensure commitments are delivered.

On 26th-27th September in cities throughout Scotland, we’ll be showcasing community-led initiatives to address climate change, tackle injustice and power the move to safe, clean energy we need. Learn about what’s happening in Paris, how you can get involved, and meet others who share your concern.

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland members will be running four training events over the weekend:

Dundee: Sunday 27th September
We will discuss how we build Scotland’s climate justice movement towards Paris and beyond through supporting community-owned renewables and fossil fuel divestment campaigns. We'll also develop our skills using social media, lobbying elected representatives and other practical tools for sustainability.

Hosted by Friends of the Earth Scotland, book your here.

Edinburgh: Saturday 26th September
Grow your skills and inspiration; hear from other ordinary campaigners and get to grips with the building blocks of developing an effective campaign. As part of the To Paris and Beyond weekend of climate-related events, the workshop will include a session dedicated to climate campaigning.

Session run by WWF, day organised by Take One Action, book here.

Glasgow: Sunday 27th September
Hear about why Paris COP21 is such a vital conference. Get a sneak peek of what will be happening at the Scotland rally. Meet other people concerned about climate change. Learn how to use social media to get more people engaged in climate campaigning. Gain skills to engage with politicians about climate change.

Hosted by Oxfam Scotland, book here.

Inverness: Sunday 27th September
Find out the facts about how climate change is affecting wildlife and habitats and the potential for Scotland to do more. Learn about how nature can help us be resilient to the impacts of climate change and what actions we’re calling for. Getting involved has no age restriction and there is something for everyone from expert talks to family-friendly hands-on workshops to youth training for how to lobby your politician.

Hosted by RSPB Scotland, book here

​These events are free and are open to the general public.
Click here for more information about Stop Climate Chaos Scotland.
Click here for more information about why 2015 is an important year for climate change.  


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Re-posting: Scottish Parliament

Call for Testimonies on the impact that the EU has had on the lives of people in Scotland

Have you studied or worked in another EU country? Are you from another EU country and have come to live in Scotland? Have you worked for one of the EU institutions? Have you participated in a project or course funded by the EU? Has an EU policy had a profound impact on your life?

The European and External Relations Committee (EERC) is calling on people living in Scotland to submit short testimonies either in a written or video format on the impact that the EU has had on their lives. This call is being made in the context of the Committee’s wider inquiry work on the implications of EU reform and the EU referendum for Scotland. The purpose is to develop an understanding of what EU membership means for people living in Scotland.

The Committee is interested in hearing from people who live in Scotland about the impact – positive or negative – that the EU has had on their lives at any point since the UK joined the European Economic Community in 1973. We would like to receive first-hand accounts from individuals that provide testimony to the significance of EU membership to Scotland.

How to submit a testimony

You are invited to send your testimony by 30 September 2015. You are asked to submit no more than 500 words or a two-minute video.

The Committee prefers to receive written submissions electronically and in a form accessible by MS Word. These should be sent to:
For more information please visit the Scottish Parliament website or the EERC blog

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Defense x millions!

UPDATE 27.07.15: Final count of people who defended nature? A mahossive 520,325! Fellow Europeans, we are pretty awesome and a great big thank you from me! 

The EU Commissions consultation on the EU Birds and Nature Directives (European laws protecting nature) closes this Friday July 25th 2015 and we're so very near to half a million (that's right MILLION) people responding. This consultation has already broken the record for the most responses to a public consultation, so if you haven't sign already or haven't told your friends and family, let's get that Friday feeling early and defend nature!

Click here to sign petition and find out more! 

For more detailed information about what this consultation is about, you can read about it in my previous blog post using this link here.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Climate Change and Health

If you'd like more information and would like to read the report, please click here

This response from the medical professionals was also present at the recent Speak Up Climate Rally last week, where I snapped this photos of medics from Plymouth University.

Articles relating to this:

Tackling climate change will reap benefits for human health - The Carbon Brief, 23rd June 2015

How do you get people to care about climate change? Talk about public health - Climate Progress, 23rd June 2015

Risk of extreme weather from climate change to rise over next century, Report says - The New York Times, June 22nd 2015

Climate change threatens 50 years of progress in global health, says report - The Guardian, June 23rd 2015

Fighting climate change is an opportunity to improve public health - New Scientist, June 23rd 2015