Climate emergency Festival of Politics

21 October 2021

Scottish Parliament Festival of Politics -

The Climate Emergency

Wednesday 20 to Sunday 24  October     free online

George Monbiot, author and environmentalist, is to appear at the Scottish Parliament’s Festival of Politics with the climate emergency dominating this year’s event.

Running from Wednesday 20th to Sunday 24th of October, every event at the Festival is free to attend.  The Festival will take place virtually and you can book your ticket now.  As COP26 takes place in Glasgow in early November and the climate emergency is at the top of every nation’s agenda, it has never been more important for the Festival to bring together global thinkers, writers, academics, and experts to inform, inspire and empower people with the knowledge to make a difference.  The programme, in partnership with Scotland’s Futures Forum, takes inspiration from the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, exploring the synergy between them, including climate action, sustainable cities, poverty and inequalities.

Events include

  • Is the North to blame for the climate crisis?  Asking should the North pay reparations to the climate vulnerable countries for decades of the developed world’s over-consumption?  In partnership with the Royal Scottish Geographical Society
  • Greenwashing – can planet and profit work together? which will cover how consumers can see through the practice of Greenwashing
  • Fast Fashion in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland, which will debate how fashion is one of the world’s largest polluters and why it’s time to make radical changes in our clothing manufacturing and buying habits
  • Violence against women in partnership with Scottish Women’s Aid, looking at why the responsibility for dealing with this public health issue is still seemingly up to women
  • Black history month – political representation in partnership with the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights, which will debate progress in relation to the election of 6 ethnic minority MSPs, in a political world that needs to be representative of a Scotland with a 4% ethnic minority population.

Full programme and booking

Programme quick links


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