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Fort William’s Nevis Centre was the venue for an event entitled The Big Climate Conversation, organised by the Scottish Government.
One of a series of events being held across Scotland, the public were invited to attend to give their thoughts on how they feel about what Scotland is doing and what they think Scotland needs to do to combat the global issue of climate change.
People did not need to be experts on climate change to join in the discussion as organisers wanted to hear opinions from everyone regarding changes that will affect all of us.
The Scottish Government is setting world leading targets to be the first country to reach net-zero emissions by 2045.
But reaching these targets must be a shared, national endeavour involving people in their schools, workplaces and communities as well as government.
The views shared at these ‘conversations’ are to help the Scottish Government develop a new public engagement strategy that will assist Scotland’s transition to a greener and more sustainable society.
Andrew Squire, a founder of the Fort William branch of the Extinction Rebellion climate protest group, attended the event and felt it was fairly well attended, with perhaps 100 people taking part.
He told us: ‘Quite a lot of passionately concerned people spoke up about the need to decarbonise the Scottish economy rather sooner than the 2045 that the Scottish Government is currently working towards.
‘The event was less a conversation between the government and the public – more a directed conversation between the people attending, which was not un-useful but not what many people were expecting.’