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Glasgow's Climate Plan

Glasgow's climate plan

The city acknowledged the stark warning provided by the IPCC report in 2018, declaring a climate and ecological emergency in 2019.

Much work has been undertaken across the city to determine how it can address the recommendations of the Climate and ecological emergency working groups and how best it can exercise a leadership role for the city in drawing together the collective action of other agencies, businesses, and communities across the city.

The Climate Plan provides an update on the progress which has been made, sets a course for further action, and describes the means by which a city and its people will face the extraordinary challenges of the global climate and ecological emergency.

There is an open acknowledgement of the need for more rapid and radical action to reduce harmful emissions into the environment, reverse biodiversity decline and build a more climate resilient city.

Whilst there is an understandable focus on stemming the flow of carbon dioxide in to the atmosphere, there is also a corresponding emphasis on working with nature on climate solutions and nurturing our own relationships with the natural environment, which our social and economic systems intrinsically depend on. Both reports link the city with other local partners, especially through the city's Sustainable Glasgow partnership, as well as with national government and its agencies. It sets out a timeline of activities against the 61 recommendations from the Climate Emergency Working Group and 25 recommendations from the Ecological Emergency Working Group, looking to ensure that these will help to deliver a healthier, more equitable and resilient city as a key element of a Glaswegian recovery from the Covid-19 crisis.

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