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An event held in the Chamber of the Scottish Parliament on
Friday 27 March 2009

The Scottish Parliament's Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee held a climate change event, Scotland and Climate Change - Getting it Right, in the Chamber of the Parliament on Friday 27 March 2009.

You can view a recording of the event at Holyrood TV.

A transcript of the event is available by clicking on this link.  The transcript now forms an annexe to the Committees Stage 1 Report on the Climate Change (Scotland) Bill which was published on 24 April 2009.  The report can be accessed by clicking on this link.





Images from the event

Click on the picture opposite to see other images from the event.


There were a number of speakers at the event.  Their biographies along with their PowerPoint presentations are published below.

David Guggenheim - 1planet1ocean

University of Edinburgh Carbon Management Masters Programme

Forhadul Islam - Bangladesh High Commission, London

Ian Burton - Meteorological Service of Canada

Ahmed Moosa - Maldives

Donald Brown - Penn State University

Stewart Stevenson MSP - Scottish Government

Simon Pepper - Independent Climate Change Consultant

Paul McAleavey - European Environment Agency

The event coincided with the Parliament’s scrutiny of the Climate Change (Scotland) Bill – Climate Change (Scotland) Bill - Further Information on the Committee's Work.

There were over 120 delegates from sectors including transport, business and industry, energy, environmental NGOs, the built environment, the public sector, individual communities, science and education, health and charities.

The event was opened by Dr David Guggenheim from the 1planet1ocean conservation body in the United States and then took the form of two debates – one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  Each of the debates was led by short presentations from climate change stakeholders.

The morning debate focused on the international impact of climate change and included speakers from Bangladesh, the Maldives and the European Environment Agency.  There was also a presentation given by students who are currently part of the University of Edinburgh – Carbon Management Masters Programme.  The students are from Tanzania, India, Nepal, the United States, United Kingdom and Indonesia.

The afternoon debate focused more specifically on Scotland and the Climate Change (Scotland) Bill with short presentations from Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change, Simon Pepper, former director of WWF Scotland, Dr Ian Burton from Canada and Professor Don Brown from the United States.

The event was broadcast live on the internet by Holyrood TV.

Event Programme
Click here for a copy of the event programme.

There were several key speakers at the event.  Click on the speakers name to see their biography or here for a text only version of all biographies.

Dr David E Guggenheim - President of 1plant1ocean - United States;

University of Edinburgh - Carbon Management Masters Programme - Dr Dave Reay, Lilian Rushaigo from Tanzania, Somanath Narayan from India, Kushal Gurung from Nepal, Rahul Barua from the United States, Mike Passway from the UK and Ibnu Najib from Indonesia;

Forhadul Islam - Counsellor (Political) with the Bangladesh High Commission in London;

Dr Ian Burton - Scientist Emeritus with the Meteorological Service of Canada;

H.E. Ahmed Moosa – Maldives Presidential Envoy for Science and Technology;

Prof Donald A Brown - Associate Professor of Environmental Ethics, Science and Law at Penn State University, United States;

Stewart Stevenson - MSP and Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change with the Scottish Government;

Simon Pepper - Independent Climate Change Consultant and ex director of WWF Scotland;

Paul McAleavey – Head of EU Coordination at the European Environment Agency;

Patrick Harvie - MSP and Convener of the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee.

The event was chaired by the Parliament's Presiding Officer - Alex Fergusson MSP with the debates being facilitated by the journalist and broadcaster Louise Batchelor.