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What is Holyrood 350?

October 11th, 2013 · No Comments

Holy­rood 350 involved peo­ple from across Scot­land who are active­ly work­ing to reduce their com­mu­ni­ties car­bon foot­print com­ing togeth­er to ask:

How can com­mu­ni­ties help the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment at Holy­rood to tack­le the fun­da­men­tal dri­vers that are threat­en­ing all our futures, and how can we sup­port them to enable com­mu­ni­ties to build their resilience and tack­le these caus­es at the local lev­el too?

We were respond­ing to the mes­sage of top cli­mate sci­en­tists that CO2 in the atmos­phere must be reduced from what was then (when H350 formed in 2009) 390ppm to bring CO2 down to below 350, to avoid a rise of 2 degrees and cat­a­stroph­ic cli­mate chaos.

As peo­ple from cli­mate active com­mu­ni­ties the length and breadth of Scot­land, we ful­ly appre­ci­at­ed the ground break­ing Cli­mate Change Act brought in by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment and passed by our Par­lia­ment. As peo­ple ful­ly aware of the lack of progress in inter­na­tion­al nego­ti­a­tions —  at Copen­hagen, Can­cun, Dur­ban, etc. — we were clear that the Scot­tish Government’s  Cli­mate Chal­lenge Fund is a glob­al­ly unique, cut­ting-edge way of inspir­ing and help­ing local com­mu­ni­ties to demon­strate that reduc­ing car­bon emis­sions can increase com­mu­ni­ty cohe­sion, infra­struc­ture, ener­gy secu­ri­ty and well-being.

We see the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment as being in a unique posi­tion to con­tin­ue tak­ing the lead in the race out of car­bon, not only through ensur­ing that all our ener­gy needs are met through renew­ables, but by enabling all com­mu­ni­ties to make the tran­si­tion to resilience through adopt­ing a clear frame­work in which com­mu­ni­ties can flour­ish. By doing so Scot­land can demon­strate to the world how ris­ing to the chal­lenge of cli­mate change can enrich rather than impov­er­ish us.

A sketch of the draft Resilience Strat­e­gy for Scot­land we pro­duced is here. (Old­er back­ground doc­u­ments relat­ing to our pro­posed pol­i­cy frame­work can be found on this home page).

HOLYROOD 350 is cur­rent­ly co-ordi­nat­ed by Justin Ken­rick of PEDAL Por­to­bel­lo. It was set up by him and by the fol­low­ing peo­ple who were at that time involved in the fol­low­ing com­mu­ni­ty ini­tia­tives (most still are):

Andy Ross Glas­gow CRAG, Mike Small Fife Diet, Lucy Con­way Isle of Eigg, Eva Schon­veld PEDAL Por­to­bel­lo, Rachel Nunn Going Car­bon Neu­tral Stir­ling, Nick Wild­ing Falk­land Tran­si­tion, Jonathan Daw­son Find­horn Ecov­il­lage, Jane Grey Let’s Live Local, Abi Mor­den Urban Roots Glas­gow, Alan Drev­er Sleat, Isle of Skye, Alan Brown Tran­si­tion Lin­lith­gow

When we set up H350, we saw it as one way for peo­ple who are get­ting on with car­bon reduc­tion and resilience build­ing in our com­mu­ni­ties to say loud and clear that: “com­mu­ni­ties are get­ting on with mak­ing a bet­ter world, how do we get gov­ern­ment and cor­po­rate log­ic to get out of the way, so that we can real­ly let this work flour­ish rather than be mar­gin­alised and appro­pri­at­ed and dumb­ed down” …

We have spo­ken very clear­ly through dif­fer­ent media at dif­fer­ent times — e.g. through our excel­lent event in Par­lia­ment — but after a break of a year or two where local activ­i­ties took over from push­ing in this way at the nation­al lev­el, we have a few ques­tions:

- Is Holyrood350/350 Scot­land a cru­cial ini­tia­tive to revive at this flu­id time in Scot­tish pol­i­tics? If so then

- Should we redesign and relaunch this old old web­site as 350land, and recon­vene (vir­tu­al­ly &/or face to face)? in order to

- Reflect on the best way for com­mu­ni­ties to speak and effect change at the nation­al lev­el in Scot­land today?

… let us know your thoughts!

justinken­rick (at) yahoo.co.uk

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