Greens demand citizens’ assembly on climate change

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The party said an independent panel would give Scots direct input on efforts to tackle global warming.

23rd September 2019 by Gavin Stuart 1 Comment

A climate emergency citizens’ assembly would ensure Scots have direct input on plans to tackle global warming, according to the Scottish Greens.

In a proposed change to the Climate Change Bill, the party’s climate spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP is calling for an independent, citizen-led body to recommend measures to help reduce carbon emissions and meet global environmental targets.

The call comes after Extinction Rebellion activists requested the creation of an assembly outside the Scottish Parliament earlier this year.

Scottish Greens co-leader, Patrick Harvie MSP, said: “In June, Extinction Rebellion challenged each of the political parties. The Greens were challenged to deliver a climate emergency citizens’ assembly.

“It’s vital that we get people’s voices into the debate about how we tackle the climate emergency, so I’m delighted that my colleague Mark Ruskell has been able to bring forward proposals to deliver this.”

Last week, Scots took to the streets as part of a global day of action against climate change. Large-scale events were held in Edinburgh and Glasgow, with tens of thousands of protestors attending, and smaller events took place in other parts of Scotland.

The demonstrations were part of the larger Global Climate Strike movement, led by Greta Thunberg, with millions of people taking part across the world.

Mr Harvie added: “On Friday thousands of young people walked out their classes to take part in the climate strike, highlighting the imminent threat posed by the climate crisis. It’s important we listen to these young people and allow them, along with a representative group of people from across Scotland, to feed into our response to this existential crisis.”

1st October 2019 by Lok Yue

We have an elected Government to deliver a manifesto of their choosing and one which had sufficient appeal to the electorate to put them in power. the thought of another, non-elected body to make decisions on a matter which was not a primary manifesto commitment is madness. As of course is the patchy relationship many of the extinction rebellion lot seem to have with fact and reality