This year, we learned a lot about the social costs of the pandemic, such as health disparities between social groups, the vastly different experiences of COVID and the impact of lockdown by class, gender, and ethnicity, and what society might look like after the pandemic. Issues that have long been the focus of sociologists and social scientists have been thrust into the forefront of our news and current affairs media. Despite the enormous challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the global climate emergency has not gone away.
Climate change, by its very nature, is a social issue that can disrupt anyone’s daily life in a variety of ways. However, not all climate impacts are created equal, nor are they distributed in the same way. Countries that were the first to industrialize have the most historical complicity in the climate emergency, countries who have done the least to cause climate change are those who are suffering the most
Disproportionate effects of climate change have created a serious economic burden to the poorest countries, incurring massive financial costs associated with bringing down emissions, adapting to the impacts of climate change, as well as irreparable loss and damage of lands, livelihoods, and culture. What is important to remember is that climate change is not just a matter of science, technology, economics, or nature. Climate change is also fundamentally an issue of justice.
The eyes of the world will be on Scotland in November when the UK will host the United Nations COP26climate change negotiations in Glasgow. Let’s make sure when world leaders arrive in Scotland they see a country that understands its responsibility to do everything it can to build a fairer, greener world by sharing the burden of the climate crisis with poorer nations.
Jubilee Scotland believes that the time has come to use our collective voice to ensure that the next generation of MSPs elected to the Scottish Parliament will stand up for international solidarity. Help us spread the word about the role Scotland can play in delivering climate justice. Please feel free to use the digital toolkit pack prepared
In the digital toolkit below you will see several suggestions on how to take action:
- share the message – see the toolkit for post suggestions
- show you care – see the toolkit for photo suggestions
- shout out load – First, find out who can you vote for : https://whocanivotefor.co.uk/, second, use the template for contacting your local candidates.
- Share Eventbrite link to sign up for training (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/
talking-to-your-local- candidates-about-climate- justice-tickets-147806193303)