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Scottish Islands on the front line of climate emergency

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Join the panel to hear from local island communities who are dealing with and adapting to the climate emergency on their doorstep.

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Scotland’s islands are the ‘canary down the mine’ on the climate emergency. Since 2000, the rising sea levels, heavier rainfall and frequent powerful storms have been eroding the dunes and land that protects many low-lying communities whose well-being and livelihoods are now being altered.

Join the panel to hear from local island communities dealing and adapting to the climate emergency on their door-step: from innovative carbon neutral energy and transport schemes; to food sustainability and packaging free shops, the future lies in the islands.

Chair: Liam McArthur MSP, Deputy Convener of the Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee and Deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament

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Dr Sandy Kerr, Director, Heriot Watt International Centre for Island Technology

Camille Dressler, Chair, Scottish Islands Federation

Claire Ferguson, Team Leader, Shetland Council Climate Change Strategy

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This is the 17th year that the Scottish Parliament has hosted The Festival of Politics.

Taking place over five days, our free online panel sessions allow you to have your say and debate if the world has gone past its tipping point or if it can be saved through science, technology and innovative action. Themed around the United Nations’ Sustainable Goals, we will also explore the impact of climate on other issues such as poverty and inequality.

Book your free tickets now and find out more about Scotland’s place in tackling the world’s climate crisis as it prepares to host global leaders for the COP26 conference.

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