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#SpokesMtg 20 March – Climate, Transport & Cycling

With increasingly powerful scientific warnings of climate breakdown, with transport now Scotland’s biggest source of climate emissions, with cycle use increasing too slowly, and with a Climate Bill going through the Scottish Parliament, our Spring public meeting will consider the relationship between climate change and transport … from trunk roads to cycling … from national politics to how we commute… 

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  • Transport:  Transport now accounts for 37% of Scotland’s climate emissions; that figure is rising, with road transport the main source and aviation the fastest-risingUK Committee on Climate Change, Sept 2018
  • The Climate Bill:  20,000 people have asked the Scottish Government to strengthen it.     FOE (Scotland) report

Speakers [10 minute presentations]

  • Claudia Beamish MSP [Co-convener of Scottish Parliament cross-party group on cycling, walking and buses; Labour Environment & Climate spokesperson]How parliament and government are (or are not) responding to the climate challenge – with special emphasis on transport and cycling
  • Alex Luetchford [2050 Climate Group, Co-Chair of the Policy Sub-Group]  … A young person’s perspective
  • Dave Gorman [Head of Edinburgh University Department of Social Responsibility and Sustainability]  … How a major local institution, Edinburgh University, is responding to the climate challenge – ranging from academic research to how staff and students travel
  • Caroline Rance [Friends of the Earth Scotland, Climate Campaigner]The Climate Bill and related actions
  • followed by a one-hour audience QA/ panel discussion chaired by Elizabeth Bomberg [Professor of Environmental Politics, University of Edinburgh]

Photo from: http://grist.org/

Photo: http://grist.org/

Practicalities

  • Wednesday 20 March, 7.30-9.30pm
  • Doors open 6.45 for coffee, stalls & chat.  Tea/Coffee available 6.45-7.15
  • Edinburgh University Appleton Tower  11 Crichton Street [NB – not our usual Augustine United venue]
  • Wheelchair users .. use Chapel Street entrance then ask at reception about lecture room and the separate tea/coffee area
  • Poster .. click mini-poster above for pdf download
  • Queries? / More info?   Email  spokes AT spokes.org.uk

Please help

  • Tell interested friends and colleagues about the meeting
  • Download the poster and disseminate it [Spokes members will get a printed copy in their late-February mailing]
  • Retweet our tweet about the meeting (use #SpokesMtg if writing  your own tweet) and like our forthcoming FB post

“I’ll be there”

Climate & Cycling – inspiration

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