On March 10th, we brought together campaigners and concerned residents from across Glasgow to take a closer look at our latest report, Glasgow’s Greenwash.
We began with a summary of the report’s key findings, presented by SANE’s Mark Langdon. Mark situated this work in the contexts of local and global mentalities and behaviours in the face of the climate emergency, drawing on evidence from other reports produced by SANE.
Our first guest speaker, Zarina Ahmad, drew on the need for diversity, intersectionality, solidarity and empowerment in climate movements.
Our second guest speaker, Sam Bartlett, shared with us his perspective as a parent concerned for the security and wellbeing of their children’s future.
We then watched this inspiring video from Get Glasgow Moving, covering the re-regulation of Glasgow’s bus network.
Following the video, we separated into breakout rooms to share our thoughts and ideas about future uses of the report.
There was strong support for the report, GGM’s video campaign and the ongoing work of our two speakers. Among the topics discussed, we shared a commitment to combating the normalisation of ‘Net-Zero’ as our saving grace, considered the scale of the labour required and the potential for collaboration with trade unions, and agreed on the formation of a working party of interested organisations to advance areas of the work further.
We considered the gaps in the Greenwash report (reflecting the gaps in the Council’s own plans) including strategies for food and housing poverty, regulation of industrial production, and the relationship between climate strategies and other environmental concerns.
We heard about new reports from the Architects Climate Action Network, People’s Health Movement Scotland and a new book by attendee Karen Bell. We closed the event with an invitation to participate in an upcoming SANE round-table at the Pearce Institute on March 26th.
Watch the event (minus breakout rooms) here: