Holyrood 350 — H35O

4 Action Points For Holyrood To Avert Climate Chaos

4 Action Points For Holyrood to Kickstart the Race Out of Carbon

Unless we reduce our cur­rent CO2 emis­sions from 400 parts per mil­lion (ppm) to below 350ppm we will not avoid cat­a­stroph­ic cli­mate change, says NASA’s Jim Hansen.

Mean­while inter­na­tion­al nego­ti­a­tions seek to set a ceil­ing of 450ppm, while car­bon emis­sions con­tin­ue to rise rapid­ly (it was 387ppm in 2009, and is 400ppm today in 2013.

In tack­ling cli­mate change, there is a mas­sive gap between the ‘absolute­ly nec­es­sary’ (imme­di­ate action to reduce emis­sions from the 400ppm it is at today in 2013, back down to below 350ppm) and the ‘polit­i­cal­ly pos­si­ble’ (nego­ti­a­tions seek­ing sta­bil­i­sa­tion at 450ppm by 2050 while cli­mate change accel­er­ates). Holy­rood 350 is cam­paign­ing for the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment at Holy­rood to take imme­di­ate action to stop accel­er­at­ing cli­mate change by rad­i­cal­ly reduc­ing our car­bon emis­sions and so set­ting a glob­al exam­ple for oth­er coun­tries to fol­low. The time for tar­gets is past, the time for action is now. We pro­pose an urgent four point plan of action for the Gov­ern­ment to begin imple­ment­ing with­in 12 months. These involve:

  1. Pric­ing car­bon out of the econ­o­my
  2. Shift­ing from an ener­gy obese to an ener­gy healthy soci­ety
  3. Estab­lish­ing a ‘New Green deal’
  4. Rapid­ly re-local­is­ing the econ­o­my

On Sep­tem­ber 10th 2009, we con­vened a sum­mit focus­ing on these action points, and invit­ed those with exper­tise in each area, as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment and oth­er inter­est­ed par­ties, to par­tic­i­pate in flesh­ing out the actions required to make Scot­land the world leader in tack­ling cli­mate change through cre­at­ing a just and sus­tain­able soci­ety.

Launched at the Big Tent Fes­ti­val, Falk­land, Fife, 27th July 2008

Who we are:

The Holy­rood 350 cam­paign is the ini­tia­tive of peo­ple who are active­ly work­ing across Scot­land to dra­mat­i­cal­ly reduce their com­mu­ni­ties’ car­bon foot­prints, and who call on the Holy­rood Gov­ern­ment to take urgent­ly these steps to enable Scot­land as a whole to do like­wise and chart a path for oth­er coun­tries to fol­low.

Who you are:

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  • 1 Vital Spark // Oct 24, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    What are the pos­si­bil­i­ties of encour­ag­ing our Scot­tish gov­ern­ment to start a self help build your own eco house pro­gram?

    The short­age of local author­i­ty hous­ing could pos­si­bly be met by those will­ing to build their own Earth ships, straw bale houes etc being giv­en the land and resours­es to build auto­ge­nous hous­es. Such a prac­tice would help combat/control glob­al warm­ing while help­ing the poor­er among us by irrad­i­cat­ing fuel bills.

    To date, this is mere­ly an idea for pos­si­ble devel­ope­ment.

    We HAVE to start tak­ing care of our children’s inher­i­tance: this beau­ti­ful plan­et or it will cease to be hab­it­able. Also, the where­with­all to do so must not be left in teh hands of teh wealthy alone. How many poor can affford solar pan­els or wind­mills?

    There are many more poor in this world than there are wealthy.

    The Earth­ship, for exam­ple would dou­ble as a means of rid­ding our­selves of much of the waste from our, to date, dis­pos­able livestyles. Tyres, for exam­ple, bot­tles and cans would be reused as con­struc­tion mate­ri­als.

    Would those greater minds than mine, please, give a wee bit of con­sid­er­a­tion as to the pos­si­bity of get­ting such a pro­gram insti­gat­ed.

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