Facing up to climate change: 10 years on

In 2011, the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) undertook a comprehensive and influential inquiry on climate change and the barriers hindering Scotland’s efforts at becoming a low-carbon society.

A lot has happened over the subsequent ten years – and at the same time, not enough. While Scotland has made some progress towards meeting its world-leading emissions reduction targets, certain sectors remain in need of concerted and integrated action. On the near-eve of COP26 deliberations in Glasgow, we reflect on where we are and where we need to go if Scotland is to meet its decarbonisation commitments and deliver a society that is sustainable, fair, resilient, and prosperous.

To stimulate debate, members of the 2011 inquiry team collaborated with new contributors to produce five think-pieces, focusing on those areas which remain particularly vulnerable to – or in some cases, responsible for – climatic impacts and should therefore be prioritised by policymakers and implementers as they take forward Scotland’s climate ambitions.

Read the Think-pieces

Climate change and environment

Professor Alan Werritty FRSE, University of Dundee; Dr Heidi Burdett, Heriot-Watt University and RSE’s Young Academy of Scotland; Professor Des Thompson FRSE, NatureScot.

Read Facing Up to Climate Change: 10 Years On | Climate change and environment

Land use and climate change

Professor Sarah Skerratt; Pete Ritchie, Nourish Scotland; Professor Deborah Roberts, James Hutton Institute.

Read Facing Up to Climate Change: 10 Years On | Land use and climate change

Participatory politics and the climate emergency

Peter McColl, The Consultation Institute and RSE’s Young Academy of Scotland; Dr Oliver Escobar, University of Edinburgh; Professor Jan Webb, University of Edinburgh.

Read Facing Up to Climate Change: 10 Years On | Participatory politics and the climate emergency

Energy

Professor Jan Webb, University of Edinburgh; Professor Rebecca Lunn FRSE, University of Strathclyde.

Read Facing Up to Climate Change: 10 Years On | Energy

City regions and urban areas

Dr Andy Kerr, Climate-KIC; Professor Duncan MacLennan FRSE, University of Glasgow; Dr Louise Reid, University of St Andrews.

Read Facing Up to Climate Change: 10 Years On | City regions and urban areas

What has changed in 10 years?

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When:

Wednesday October 27th, 2021 10:30-14:45