Climate Change Discussions in Glasgow Spurred on by Earth Day
Members from eco-groups around Glasgow came together for the Earth Day Lunch & Talk in Glasgow City Chambers on 20 April 2018.
Attendees were members from Glasgow City Council’s Sustainable Glasgow project, the University of Glasgow’s Student Sustainability Team GUEST and Sustainable Strathclyde.
Sonia Milne, project officer of Climate Change Strategy said it was the first event of its kind to celebrate Earth Day in Glasgow.
Milne said: ”Initially we thought it would be a good opportunity for people to meet each other who might not meet otherwise and make connections. Some people work in housing, transport or green infrastructure but don’t often speak to each other about common issues.
“Nowadays we have cleaner and greener vehicles. Not just Glasgow but Scotland, in general, has made a lot of positive changes.”-Brian Beck
“There is a lot of social inequality in Glasgow so this event was a good opportunity to raise awareness of how climate change might make certain people worse off, however, if we act now, we may be able to minimise the inequalities in Glasgow, as well as improving our environment.”
The Global Risk Report this year covers more risks than ever, but highlights four key areas: global inequality and injustice, political disharmony and instability, the dangers of technology and the environment.
According to the Scottish Government, Scotland is a world leader in tackling climate change and the country’s transition to a more prosperous, low carbon economy is already well underway.
Local Glaswegian Brian Beck said: “Forty years ago when I was a child, there were lots of locomotive constructions, and even in the city centre old buildings were black because of pollution and poor air quality. Nowadays we have cleaner and greener vehicles. Not just Glasgow but Scotland, in general, has made a lot of positive changes.”
The Scottish government also states that climate change is already happening and causing multiple challenges. They say Scotland’s transition to a low carbon society can only be achieved with everyone’s input, meaning the government, businesses and the public sector each play their part.
On their website, Earth Day Network are campaigning to reach 3 billion acts of green. They also encourage people to join their various green initiatives such as ending plastic pollution, make your own act of green, plant a tree, reduce your footprint, and eat less meat.