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Are we really behaving as though we are in the midst of a climate emergency?

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The media’s terminology has shifted from climate ‘change’ to climate ‘emergency’. But are we really behaving as if it’s an emergency? How radical do we all need to be in the next decade in addressing the climate crisis that’s already arrived?

Join a panel of activists to debate the best way Scotland can integrate climate emergency measures into national policies and improve awareness raising and education on our human and institutional capacity for what lies ahead.


Zarina Ahmad, climate change leader and founder of the Ethnic Minority Environmental Network

Professor Stephen Reicher, Social Psychologist, University of St Andrews


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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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