February 2019

#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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Latest… From 6.45 till 7.15, and possibly briefly at the end of the meeting, there will be stalls from…

Venue… The meeting is not at our usual venue (Augustine United).  It is at University of Edinburgh, Appleton Tower.  Please use Chapel Street entrance not Crichton Street.

What is happening

  • 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/


  • 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  Chapel Street entrance [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
  • Live streaming …  youtube.com/user/spokesvideos
  • 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”

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