Listening and acting to tackle the climate crisis together – Climate Week 2019
Climate Week 2019 brings into focus the defining challenge of our times – tackling the global climate emergency – with conversations taking place across Scotland on the role we all have to play.
Listening is vital to productive conversation, and as a government we have been listening to the growing number of voices from the next generation calling for urgent action.
The First Minister and I have met with young climate strikers on a number of occasions to hear their opinions and concerns for the future of our planet.
We are listening and leading the world by example through bold actions. We are redoubling our efforts and will end Scotland’s contribution to global climate change by 2045. Tackling the climate emergency is central to our 2019 Programme for Government as we work to identify areas where we can go further, faster.
Despite the great work we are doing, it is right that we are challenged to do more. The passion and commitment of young people has moved them to act. We have a responsibility to equip them with the tools they need.
Learning for Sustainability is a part of Curriculum for Excellence which provides opportunities across the curriculum to engage with environmental issues.
Young people can study greenhouse gases in the sciences, calculate carbon emissions in maths, assess the impact on the natural environment in geography, and map impact over time in history.
In June, we published an action plan which included a national approach to promote Learning for Sustainability, and it is heartening to see schools taking that forward.
Schools like Firrhill High School. I met the school’s Climate Action Group, consisting of pupils concerned about climate change who lead on climate crisis response at the school.
They spoke passionately about the issues they face – a passion that is being nurtured to help it grow.
Teachers at Firrhill provide outdoor learning to support the pupils’ passion and nurture the connection between the students and the natural environment. The wellbeing of Scotland’s people and places is at the heart of our action on climate change.
Well done to our Firrhill pupils sharing their thoughts with @JohnSwinney on climate change, outdoor learning and eco schools. ?@roryhistory showing off the amazing Firrhill garden! ?@FirrhillDofe #ClimateChange #RRSA @GlobalGoalsUN Goal 13 – climate action. ? @EcoSchoolsScot pic.twitter.com/mZJJGhki4x
— Firrhill RRSA (@firrhillrrsa) October 9, 2019
Fostering this relationship and ensuring a thriving and healthy environment is critical to our collective wellbeing and anchors our ambitions and responsibilities.
Tackling the climate crisis requires collaboration, a mutual understanding of the route ahead, and a vigour to achieve our goals. Most of all, it means everyone being part of the solution.
Our young people are leading the call for action. It is up to everyone to answer.
— Scot Gov Climate (@ScotGovClimate) October 2, 2019