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Emergency Community Reading of newest IPCC AR6 Report Demands A Hearing

Sunday 15th August, 12 noon until we finish (early evening)

Scottish Parliament

The Edinburgh locals behind the internationally staged cover-to-cover readings (https://1point5degreeslive.org/press/) of 2018’s IPCC Report will hold an emergency reading of Monday’s IPCC AR6 Report (Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis) outside Holyrood on Sunday 15th August 2021. 

Monday’s report made headlines across the globe with its stark wake up call to act now ahead of the COP26 UN climate summit in Glasgow. 

Prompted by a gardener and a hospital worker in Leith, the event at Scottish Parliament on Sunday 15th at 12 noon will be an emergency community response to the devastating IPCC AR6 report released on Monday 9th.

Katie Smith ‘This report shows us the nightmare we are walking into, and makes it clear how wholly inadequate the response by our governments is. On Sunday we want to read the science as a community, and have space to talk about the impacts for frontline communities in Scotland and around the world, and to share our anger and grief. This is the warning we cannot afford our leaders to ignore, so we will gather at parliament and begin to plan our community response. Everyone is welcome’ 

Paddy Dunne ‘Despite the catastrophic reality of the science, politicians claim that actions based on IPCC findings – which they signed off on – are too expensive and difficult. We constantly see our Scottish and UK politicians misunderstanding or underrepresenting the severity of the scientific warnings, including promoting a new coal mine and oil field. Our governments are strongly committed to a path to an unlivable future and we cannot sit by and watch. Nothing is more worthy of effort than ensuring our planet is liveable for generations to come.

‘We think most people won’t even realise they can access, never mind read, this report, so we are staging a public event where we will read the report together. Too many headlines give the impression that we can’t do anything about this crisis, or that we need to wait and hope for technological innovation or political will. But we must make transformational changes in Scotland and the UK, starting right now. It seems that politicians won’t act, but we can and we will.’ 

This event will combine a public reading of the report with the opportunity to discuss the science, politics, emotional impact and community responses. Join us!

Contacts and enquiries

Paddy Dunne & Katie Smith 1.5degreeslive@gmail.com 

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W- 1.5 Degrees Live!: Mass readings of the 2018 IPCC Report on Global Warming of 1.5 DegreesI – https://www.instagram.com/1.5degreeslive/