THE PUBLICATION of the report and recommendations of Scotland’s Climate Assembly, on 23 June this year, could hardly have been more timely. Within days, shocking stories of unprecedented high temperatures across the north-western United States and western Canada began to dominate the news agenda, as cities such as Vancouver – famous for its temperate climate – endured temperatures in the high forties Celsius, braking all previous Canadian heat records by four or five degrees, damaging infrastructure not built to withstand such heat, and leading to the deaths of dozens of vulnerable people. The report also came at the end of one of the most remarkable years in human history, when a global pandemic itself probably caused in part by environmental breakdown, and by increasing habitat destruction for forest species, offered a foretaste of the scale of change that our societies will have to undertake, if we are to have a chance of reducing global carbon emissions to zero by 2050. Working from home, travelling much less, flying very rarely, focussing more closely on our local neighbourhoods, and using electronic communications in new and inventive ways – these changes were all forced on us by the pandemic, and are all likely to play a strong part in future low-carbon lifestyles.
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