2020 Highland Climate Change Conference

Welcome to the Highland Climate Change Conference

Welcome to Highland Climate Change Conference 2020, Aurora photo by Tina Lear

Highland Climate Change Conference 2020, Aurora photo by Tina Lear

Addressing the Climate and Ecological Emergency and Working towards a Green Recovery.

Last year, The Highland Council announced a climate and ecological emergency in recognition of the serious and accelerating changes to the world caused by climate change.

This year, on 2nd November, the local authority will hold an online conference to discuss our regional, national and global response to this emergency.

This year’s Highland Climate Change Conference will feature inspirational and knowledgeable speakers, including Roseanna Cunningham MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform), Dr Roxane Andersen (Senior Research Fellow at the Environmental Research Institute of UHI), David Whiteford OBE (Chairman of North Highland Initiative), Lord Thurso (Chairman of Visit Scotland), Graham Neville (Area Manager, Northern Isles and North Highland of NatureScot) and David Richardson (Development Manager – Highlands and Islands, Federation of Small Businesses).

The conference and associated workshops will all take place online and on the same day and will all be free to attend.

Chair of the Climate Change Working Group, Cllr Trish Robertson said: “We are proud to be taking part in another Climate Change Conference in November and would encourage anyone to sign up to the workshops or simply join the Microsoft Live based conference on the day and listen in."

“The conference will focus on four vitally important topics, including personal responsibility and the actions we can each take in Highland to help have a positive impact on the climate emergency.”

She added: “We hope the conference will not only be interesting and engaging, but also highlight how taking action against climate change can also be rewarding and fun.”

The Conference will be split into four sections, each tackling an important component of the climate and ecological emergency. The conference will conclude with online workshops on each of these four themes. It is possible to sign up for these workshops on Eventbrite.

Description of 4 themes:

  • Biodiversity and Habitat
    This section will take a closer look at the impact that climate change and human activity has had on biodiversity and habitats in Highland. Attendees will hear from peatland, agriculture, food systems, biodiversity and wildlife experts.
  • The Bigger Picture
    This section will put our actions in Highland within a broader context of national and international targets and policy. Attendees will hear about The Highland Council’s work, Bristol City’s ‘One City Ecological Emergency Strategy’, climate adaptation, the UN sustainable development goals and how behavioural change can fight climate change.
  • Personal Responsibility
    This section will examine what we as individuals can do to reduce our impact on the environment. Attendees will hear from Friends of the Earth, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Zero Waste Scotland, and Creative Carbon Scotland.
  • The Green Recovery
    The economic turmoil brought by COVID-19 offers an opportunity of a green recovery to a more sustainable way of living and working. Attendees will hear about sustainable transport, renewable energy, green tourism, forestry and the role of small businesses.

DOWNLOAD THE AGENDA HERE (updated)

 

List of speakers

Biodiversity and Habitat section:

The Bigger Picture section:

Video Montage:

Personal Responsibility section:

The Green Recovery section:

DOWNLOAD THE SPEAKERS BIOGRAPHIES HERE

 

Sign up for the Workshops

Workshops on the four key themes of the Conference will begin immediately after the main event and people can sign up for a free ticket via Eventbrite. Links are provided below:

Biodiversity and Habitat - Joe Perry
This workshop will take a closer look at the impact that climate change and human activity has had on biodiversity and habitats in Highland.
Sign up for the Biodiversity and Habitat workshops on Eventbrite. (external link)

The Bigger Picture - Keith Masson
This workshop will put our actions in Highland within a broader context of national and international targets and policy.
Sign up for The Bigger Picture workshops on Eventbrite. (external link)

Personal Responsibility - Cllr Trish Robertson
This workshop will examine what we as individuals can do to reduce our impact on the environment.
Sign up for the Personal Responsibility workshop on Eventbrite. (external link)

The Green Recovery - Stuart Black
The economic turmoil brought by COVID-19 offers an opportunity of a green recovery to a more sustainable way of living and working.
Sign up for The Green Recovery workshop on Eventbrite. (external link)

 

Further related links

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

 

Image of Flow Country in Caithness and Sutherland by Andy Hay RSPB

Flow Country, Caithness and Sutherland by Andy Hay RSPB

 

 

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