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Scotland’s Climate Assembly release Civic Charter of recommendations on how to tackle climate crisis

SCOTLAND’S Climate Assembly has released a Civic Charter of recommendations on how the country can tackle the climate emergency. 

With 10 days to go until the UN Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow the group of campaigners, chosen to represent different aspects of Scottish society, have put forward 81 proposals which they claim would reduce emissions in a fair way. 

Their recommendations include the introduction of a four-day working week, the banning of single-use packaging and efforts to make homes more energy efficient. 

The group hopes the charter, whose signatories include academics, campaigners, politicians and community activists — as well as 100 members of the public — will underline the strength of feeling and public support for their vision. 

In a statement, the group said: “The assembly’s recommendations and conclusions are innovative and ambitious. They are also realistic and achievable — as long as they are matched by political will. 

“Scotland now has a mandate from its people to provide genuine global leadership on climate change.”

The assembly claims there is a groundswell of support for their proposals which, if put in place, would see public transport made much cheaper or free and create a national tree planting day. 

Under the policies, workers would also have more flexible working conditions and wellbeing put before profit in law, with the report being sent to the Scottish government and Scottish Parliament for consideration.  

The charter continues: “Policymakers need to take heed of both the assembly’s specific recommendations and the spirit of their report.

“Clarity on a national strategy that delivers on the Climate Assembly’s level of ambition will make all the difference.”

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