Analysis: If tree-planting can save the planet and Scotland can help, how do we get the land to make it happen?
A new report has calculated the enormous potential for tree-planting to absorb carbon emissions globally, and Scotland is one country with significant under-utilised capacity – but is our current concentrated land ownership a barrier to reforestation?
A REPORT in the Science journal has for the first time calculated and mapped out the number of trees which can be planted across the world without encroaching on farm land and urban areas.
Are we ready to adapt to the coming age of climate refugees?
For CommonSpace’s week of special coverage on refugees and asylum seekers, editor Ben Wray looks at whether the West is equipped to deal with the coming climate refugee crisis, which will dwarf any refugee crisis preceding it
IN CHENNAI, India’s sixth largest city, 4.6 million people are on the verge of catastrophe.
Robert Alcock: Open letter to Ruth Davidson
Robert Alcock, one of five Extinction Rebellion Scotland activists to lock themselves to the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday [4 June], writes an open letter to Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who chose not to come in person to unlock him. Alcock asks Davidson to join him on the Climate Citizens’ Assembly, starting 20 June.
DEAR Ruth Davidson,
Judy Wilkinson: Ben Okri, the power of individual actions and Climate Emergency
Allotments campaigner Judy Wilkinson reflects on CommonSpace’s 30 May Forum on Climate Emergency via the poet Ben Okri
AT THE CommonSpace discussion on Thursday I read Ben Okri’s poem that starts: ‘They tell me that the world is rich with terror.’
CS Letters: From words to actions on Climate Emergency
CommonSpace has run a week of coverage on the Climate Emergency from 28-31 May
THANKS to the many contributors to our special week of coverage on turning words into actions on the Climate Emergency. It’s clear that there is a new energy around the issue of climate change that is inspiring people to think and write in a new way about the enormous challenge Scotland and the world faces.