On the 27th of April 2018, UN House Scotland (UNHS)hosted the conference ‘Scotland’s Path to Climate Justice’ in the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation. The intention was to create an additional - perhaps alternative - narrative to that embedded in the Climate Change Bill being published by the Scottish Government.
The audience was welcomed by UNHS Executive Director Dr. Gari Donn. Opening comments were given by Scottish Labour MSP Claudia Beamish. The conference programme started with Teresa Anderson, Policy and Communications Officer of ActionAid International, who discussed the Paris Agreement and climate justice from a human rights perspective. This was followed by a session chaired by Maurice Golden MSP of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. The presentation from Mathieu Munsch, of Strathclyde University Department of Politics, focused on the correlation between current climate politics and climate science.
The panel discussion on environmental racism, gender and environmental justice, intergenerational justice and just transition in the afternoon consisted of four panelists and was chaired by Alison Johnstone MSP for the Scottish Green Party. The afternoon continued with breakout sessions facilitated by each of the four panelists. A summary of the key findings of the day and closing comments were given by Claudia Beamish MSP.
To read more about the outcomes of the conference and concluding recommendations, download the full report.