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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Scotland 2045: A sustainable society?

Time: 7pm to 8:30pm

What does a sustainable Scotland look like?


Event information

Scotland’s future needs to be sustainable. Without changing how we live our lives, our country and our planet will experience ever more destructive biodiversity loss and climate change. In tackling these twin challenges, Scotland aims for a just transition, tackling poverty and improving people’s lives. But:

  • what does a sustainable Scotland look like?
  • how can we build a society that works for all our citizens?
  • what changes do we need to make as individuals to bring it about?

Join a panel of leading thinkers to imagine our future lives, chaired by the Scottish Parliament's Presiding Officer, Alison Johnstone. This event is brought to you in partnership with Scotland’s Futures Forum.


Katherine Trebeck is co-founder and Strategic Advocacy Advisor of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance and co-founder of WEAll Scotland. She previously held various roles with Oxfam GB and instigated the Wellbeing Economy Governments partnership.

James Robertson is a poet, editor and novelist. His novels have won numerous prizes including the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year (twice), and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2006.

Zarina Ahmad is the Climate Change and Environment Officer for The Council for Ethnic Minority Voluntary Organisations Scotland, and an advocate for climate justice.

Related reading

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) provides research for the Parliament. They provide impartial, factual, accurate and timely information and analysis. Members and Parliament staff use this for parliamentary business.

Read the latest SPICe paper on climate change.


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