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Saturday, October 23, 2021

This is not a drill

Time: 6pm to 7pm

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.

This event is chaired by Christine Grahame MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.


Zarina Ahmad

Zarina Ahmad, a climate leader and campaigner, has been working in the environmental sector for more than 10 years. Since being told that “ethnic minorities aren’t interested in climate change”, she has dedicated herself to creating pathways for under-represented groups to work in environmental organisations – increasing not only a diversity of people, but a diversity of ideas. Zarina sits on a number of boards including Friends of the Earth Scotland and has been included in the 100 Climate Reframe Leaders. She was also recently named as one of the top 30 influential women in environment by BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour. Zarina is currently studying for a PhD on sustainability at University of Manchester.

Professor Stephen Reicher

Professor Stephen Reicher is the Bishop Wardlaw Professor, St Andrew’s Sustainability Institute, Psychology and Neuroscience. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Currently, Stephen is on advisory groups to the Scottish and UK Governments on COVID 19. He is also a member of Independent SAGE.

Lloyd Austin

Lloyd Austin is an experienced environmental policy analyst and is currently working as a part-time policy advisor to Stop Climate Chaos Scotland. With 30+ years’ experience working for NGOs, Lloyd has a demonstrable track record in influencing legislation and policy development. With NGOs or NGO umbrella groups, primarily in Scotland but also at UK level and overseas, he has worked as an expert in environmental law and policy. He has worked in areas such as nature conservation, climate change, marine management, planning and environmental justice/governance. He is an Honorary Fellow of Scottish Environment and the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

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