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What is Holyrood 350?

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Holy­rood 350 has 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 the 387ppm it was when H350 formed in 2009  to below 350PPM, to avoid a rise of 2 degrees and cat­a­strophic cli­mate chaos. Instead CO2 has risen from 387ppm in 2009 to over 400ppm in 2013.

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 — and now at Can­cun, Dur­ban, and Doha too — 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

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 are asking:

- Is Holyrood350/350 Scot­land a cru­cial ini­tia­tive to revive at this fluid time in Scot­tish pol­i­tics? If not, fine — there’s plenty else to be doing! But if so

- What is the best way for com­mu­ni­ties to speak and effect change at the national level in Scot­land today? and, more specifically,

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

… let us know your thoughts!

justinken­rick (at) yahoo.co.uk