Young people across Scotland will be taking part in a climate strike today, Friday 25th of March.
In November, over 35,000 young people marched in Glasgow to demand climate justice, setting the tone for the next day when 100,000 people from all over the world would do the same. This global climate strike will keep the pressure up on politicians to take action, instead of making empty promises.
This global strike will see more than 700 protests globally. The 8 strikes taking place in Scotland are:
- Edinburgh – 11am, Scottish Parliament to Edinburgh City Chambers
- Glasgow – 12pm, George Square
- Dumfries – 11am, Council Headquarters
- Falkirk – 11am, Highstreet Bandstand
- Inverness – 11am, Falcon Square
- Stirling – 2pm, Town Centre, Port Street
- Ullapool – 8:30am, Clocktower
The IPCC report on climate change was published earlier this month: Dire Warning About the Consequences of Inaction on Climate Change
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been seen by fossil fuel companies as an opportunity to look again at their future plans.
Shell has re-submitted plans to drill the Jackdaw field, in the North Sea 155 miles east of Aberdeen, after the initial application was rejected by the UK Government’s regulator in October 2021.
It has also been reported that Shell is reconsidering its decision, only taken in December, to pull out of the Cambo oilfield.
Meanwhile climate change has brought successive years of drought to many countries and with that millions not able to feed their families: ‘A Hidden Treasure That Enriches Our Lives’ : #WorldWaterDay .
Even in Scotland the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is working with businesses across Scotland to help them prepare for a potential lack of water this summer. Many places in Scotland could face pressure on water resources even if they have not experienced this before.
Environment Minister in the Scottish Government Mairi McAllan said:
“In recent times Scotland has experienced some of the driest conditions we have seen for many years, bringing water scarcity impacts for many businesses and households across the country.
“With climate change at the forefront of all our minds, the need to conserve water as one of our most precious natural resources is more crucial than ever. Indeed, the most recent report from the Climate Change Committee confirmed that drought will become more prevalent in years to come as summers in Scotland get drier and hotter. “
This Saturday, 26th of March is Earth Hour from 8.30pm – 9.30pm. The World Wildlife Fund has an App you can download to support you to make small changes in your own life that add up to something bigger. You can find out more about that here: What change will you make?