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Landing in Edinburg for a green visit I come immediately face-to-face with an inspiring show of climate solidarity on behalf of both government and civil society on the green in front of the modern Holyrood parliament building. Plaintive voices of two local singers drift in the wind against the backdrop of the Crags, next to Arthur’s Seat.

The occasion is a Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) event, where green politicians and all the country’s environmental organisations come together to make a plea for a more constructive response to the climate crisis. Everyone stands in a big white heart, signifying the combined earth care of all those represented.

“The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 sets the world’s most ambitious climate targets to reduce greenhouse gases by at least 42% by 2020, as a step toward 80% reduction by 2050,” said Patrick Harvey from the Green Party. “Yet it has been failing ever since, as time and again yearly targets are not met.“

He also said government is investing money into development goals, which in fact makes the climate worse, instead of supporting the lowering of the country’s footprint. “We need to be divesting from fossil fuels urgently”.

“If our targets were easy they would not be ambitious enough,” said Aileen McLeod, Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.

It was an occasion for Scots to tell their First Minister why they care about climate change during their ‘2 minutes to save the earth’ slots. SCCS handed over thousands of postcards addressed to Nicola Sturgeon, detailing the things people care about that are threatened by climate change.

The ‘For the Love of’ campaign encouraged people across the country to let the Scottish Government know they want delivery on Scotland’s climate commitments and to push for leadership on climate change internationally.

“For me it’s my love of wild land, for others it’s Scottish landscapes and someone else it’s communities in the developing world,” said Tom Ballantine, Chair of SCCS.

The next day we experienced the Critical Mass event, where the city's cyclists converge once a month and 'command the streets' en masse, as they drive home the need for carbon-free transport. What an honour to meet those who don't only talk, but walk the talk.

Enjoy this monthly sweep, which necessarily  means that some stories are no longer current. We share them with you nonetheless.

With love from

Elma and the team
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