ECCI launches Climate Week Scotland
06 March 2013
Scottish Minister Gives Keynote Speech at Scottish Launch of Climate Week
Climate Week 2013 kicked off this week with not one but two launch events. As the Climate Week Awards were presented at the Terrace Pavilion at the Houses of Parliament, the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation played host to Scotland’s very own Climate Week launch. Speakers from a range of organisations joined together at Edinburgh’s low-carbon research centre to celebrate Scotland’s efforts to tackle climate change – and to mark the start of Climate Week.
Andy Kerr, ECCI Director, kicked off the event by introducing keynote speaker Paul Wheelhouse, the Scottish Minister for Environment and Climate Change. Mr. Wheelhouse began by thanking Climate Week for providing the “ideal platform to showcase the positive and practical efforts being made across Scotland to reduce emissions”.
Mr. Wheelhouse went on to announce a new government strategy – a Low Carbon Scotland Behaviours Framework which sets out the approach the Scottish government will take in influencing behaviours to help the transition to a low carbon Scotland.
The launch at the ECCI was organised to shine a light on the particularly positive efforts being taken in Scotland to tackle climate change from all sectors of society. Andrew Millson, Head of Environment and Advisory Services at Scottish Business in the Community, spoke with enthusiasm about the crucial role that businesses can play in the fight against climate change.
Keith Irving, Head of Living Streets Scotland, spoke about the role of community projects and campaigns in helping to create safe and sustainable environments for people to live and work in.
Anna Beswick, Programme Manager at Adaptation Scotland, presented on Scotland’s efforts to adapt to the threat of climate change.
Dr. Stephen Thomson, Head of Environment and Sustainability at Transport Scotland, followed Mr. Wheelhouse to announce a new sustainability scheme developed by his department – the “2013 Carbon Management Plan”.
Finally, the presentation given by Mark Stewart, Senior Events Manager at EventScotland, on the “2013 Year of Natural Scotland” gave everyone a reminder of just one reason why we need to tackle climate change – to preserve our natural heritage.
Climate Week in Scotland
There are over 350 events taking place in Scotland for Climate Week, including:
A one-day ‘Dramatic Impact’ festival hosted by the Edinburgh University Theatre Company
A legal training workshop with Eradicating Ecocide’s Polly Higgins
A Climate Change Roadshow in Glasgow, hosted by NHS Glasgow and Clyde
A Green Week programme of events at the University of Dundee
A ‘Climate on your doorstep’ pledge event in Inverness, hosted by the Highland Facilitator Team