Big Climate Conversation: report of findings

A summary of findings from the Big Climate Conversation, a public engagement programme about climate change held over six months across Scotland.

Ministerial Foreword

2020 is a crucial year for tackling the global climate emergency.

In October 2019, the Scottish Parliament passed our new Climate Change Act, which commits Scotland to some of the most ambitious emissions reduction targets in the world. If we are to achieve this increased ambition, Scotland's response to climate change must be a truly national endeavour and everyone in Scotland has a role to play.

Expert advice has been clear that over 60% of measures to achieve net-zero emissions will require at least some level of change in the way society operates. For this reason, it is vital for the Scottish Government to meaningfully involve individuals in these decisions through constructive public engagement. We want to hear directly from Scottish people as we continue our transition to net-zero emissions.

Launched in June 2019, The Big Climate Conversation has engaged with thousands of people from across Scotland. I've witnessed first-hand the enthusiasm and passion that people brought to these workshops, which has been incredibly heartening to see.

Thank you to all who participated in The Big Climate Conversation. This report shows the breadth and value of the discussions that took place. I look forward to these discussions continuing as Scotland progresses further to a net-zero society during the important years ahead.

Roseanna Cunningham; Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform



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