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A study by researchers in Sweden has identified the most effective steps people can take to reduce their individual impact on climate change and the fact that all individual actions matter.

The researchers found that behavioural shifts could often be faster than waiting for national climate policies and widespread energy transformations.

The top four actions identified were:

  1. having one fewer child (an average for developed countries of 58.6 tonnes CO2-equivalent (tCO2e) emission reductions per year),
  2. living car-free (2.4 tCO2e saved per year),
  3. avoiding airplane travel (1.6 tCO2e saved per roundtrip transatlantic flight) and
  4. eating a plant-based diet (0.8 tCO2e saved per year).

The study stated that “These actions have much greater potential to reduce emissions than commonly promoted strategies like comprehensive recycling (four times less effective than a plant-based diet) or changing household lightbulbs (eight times less).”  However all individual actions are important and contribute to the reduction in emissions.

[Source: grist.org]

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The Scottish Parliament are hosting ‘My Climate Changes’ a community engagement event, from 5.30-8pm on Monday 10 September 2018 at The Albany Centre, 44 Ashley St, Glasgow G3 6DS.

The Scottish Government is proposing more ambitious targets for the reduction of greenhouse gases and has published the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill to the Scottish Parliament.

The Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform (ECCLR) Committee now has to scrutinise this Bill in order for it to progress through Parliament. As part of that Scrutiny it is exploring these questions with the public through social media via the hashtag #myclimatechanges and through a number of informal community events such as this one in Glasgow.

The committee are keen to engage with a broad range of people, including young people and people on lower incomes, who may have their own perspective.

The event is free but you must book a place. Registration and a light buffet will be available from 5:30pm with the main workshop between 6pm and 8pm.

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Join Stop Climate Chaos Scotland to share knowledge and plan action on the Climate Change Bill in a free workshop from 2pm to 430pm on Saturday 16 June at Renfield St Stephen’s, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4JP.

We need to ensure the Government commits to a target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the latest, and a roadmap to reach that. So it’s time to start campaigning!

This is a big year for tackling climate change in Scotland as the Scottish Government prepares to introduce a new Climate Bill. In 2017, over 19,000 members of the public supported calls for an ambitious Bill with the policies for Scotland to do its share in limiting climate change.

This interactive workshop, hosted by Oxfam, will give you more information on Scotland’s new Climate Change Act and how you can get involved in the campaign for climate justice.

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland are encouraging people from all across Scotland who care about climate change to come along to one of our workshops to meet other activists passionate about climate change, engage with the new climate Bill and to get involved.

You can take action now by emailing your local MSP to call for a stronger Climate Change Bill

Attend film screening after the workshop !!

Friends of the Earth Scotland are holding a free training day on lobbying on climate change and divestment on Saturday 20 January. The event will take place from 1030am to 430pm at The Quaker Meeting House, 38 Elmbank Crescent, Glasgow G2 4PS.

This FREE training day is your opportunity to learn how to lobby your MP, MSP, Councillor or university on climate change and divestment. Learn the best techniques, tricks and strategies to convince your top targets to get behind a clean energy future and divest funds from fossil fuels.

Join the fight to free Scotland from its harmful investments and relationships with fossil fuel companies! Book your free place on Eventbrite!
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SCIAF have launched a campaign for clean energy called Powering our common home.

Across Scotland, more than 5000 SCIAF supporters have shown their support for the campaign which calls on MSPs to make sure that Scotland’s energy policy is in line with the needs of the poorest communities overseas.

Climate change is already pushing many of the people SCIAF works with into poverty and time is running out to keep global warming below the dangerous tipping point of 1.5 degrees.

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Take One Action Film Festival together with Stop Climate Chaos Scotland and Friends of the Earth Scotland, invite you to a film screening in Glasgow as part of the Power to Change Scottish tour.

This informative and entertaining documentary explores existing and emerging possibilities for a radical re-imagining of how we meet our energy needs and will be shown at the CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow from 6.30pm on Tuesday 27 June. Tickets are £4/£5.

The award-winning Power to Change offers tangible pointers to the power we all have to make action on climate change the driving force of the world’s transport, housing, agriculture and energy future. It takes us to the heart of Germany’s energy revolution – the Energiewende – through encounters with activists, entrepreneurs, sceptics, dreamers and policy makers.

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climtechangeplanThe Scottish Government has published a draft Climate Change Plan which contains detailed proposals to achieve a 66% reduction in Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham has said the Scottish Government’s draft Climate Change Plan demonstrates “a new level of ambition” in its work to build a prosperous low carbon economy and a fairer, healthier Scotland.

Scotland has already exceeded its 2020 climate change target by achieving a 42% reduction in emissions six years early. The draft Climate Change Plan raises ambitions higher still by setting out how Scotland can reduce emissions by 66% by 2032.

In response to the draft Climate Change Plan Tom Ballantine, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland said;

“This new plan paints an attractive vision of the kind of low-carbon society we will be living in in 15 years’ time – a cleaner, healthier, more prosperous Scotland.  However, we have serious concerns about the plan’s lack of new actions to deliver this vision.”

 

 

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