Climate Change Motion – proposed and open for voting.

This proposed motion was deferred for further discussion at the Scottish Rural Parliament 2018. After discussion the following motion is being submitted to participants in the Scottish Rural Parliament 2018:
Proposed by Gill Hay, Janet Moxley, Roland Chaplain, Angela Lamont

The Scottish Rural Parliament (SRP) notes that the global temperature has already increased by 1°C since pre-industrial times and is now likely to reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s Special Report on Warming of 1.5°C published in Oct 2018 states that, unless greenhouse gas emissions are significantly lowered now, global temperatures will continue to rise increasingly rapidly and will peak at more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. The IPCC consider that “ambitious mitigation actions are indispensable to limit warming to 1.5°C”. The IPCC warn that global warming is likely to exceed 1.5°C under all but the most stringent emissions reduction regimes.

The SRP also notes new climate projections for Scotland 

Implied within this is that potential global warming of 2°C will result in a much greater frequency of winter floods and storm damage whilst extended summer droughts may well cause irreparable damage to habitats and eco-systems.

The motion will be included in future editions of the Manifesto for rural Scotland if approved by more than 50% of respondents. The closing date for votes is midday on the 27th February. People attending the Rural Parliament will have been sent a single use link to vote on the motion.
Emma Cooper


Emma joined SRA in 2014 and was our Chief Executive until February 2019. She is going to be touring in a mega motorhome so might be out of touch with us for a while.

One thought on “Climate Change Motion – proposed and open for voting.

  • Janet Law
    14th February 2019 at 8:57 am

    Is this not a statement of fact? If so why are we being asked to vote on it!
    Of course I will vote for it but it seems like “liking” a photo on Twitter!
    Surely voting should be between choices? So the choice here is to endorse something which we understand to be the case according to the best current scientific advice, or not do so, which would be to try to defy reality.


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