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