Ten days prior to the UN climate conference COP26 opened in Glasgow, the Climate Assembly published Scotland’s Civic Charter on Climate in the Daily Record newspaper, accompanied by an opinion article by co-convener Josh Littlejohn. The Charter was also published as a full-page advertisement in The Scotsman on the first day of COP26.

The Charter is a public statement from respected individuals and organisations across Scottish society and highlights the broad and deep support across Scotland for the Assembly’s vision and recommendations for action. It is addressed to the Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament, and to Scottish society more broadly. You can read the Charter here.

The Charter has over 100 signatories, including national Makar Kathleen Jamie, world-renowned crime writer Val McDermid, Edinburgh City Council, University of Aberdeen, Oxfam Scotland, Royal Society for the Arts Scotland, WWF Scotland, John Muir Trust, National Express, Rock Rose Gin, and Iona Community.

This followed a program of intensive stakeholder outreach and engagement by the Climate Assembly’s secretariat. Signatories were invited to participate in a social media campaign to raise the profile of the Charter and attract further signatories, using the hashtag #SignForScotland. Signatories also supplied quotations explaining their support for the Charter, and these can be read in full below.

Quote from Chris Birt
Quote from Chris Warhurst
Quote from Citizen's Climate Europe
Quote from Claudia Beamish
Quote from Community Resources Network
Quote from Corra Foundation
Quote from Culture for Climate
Quote from Cycling Scotland
Quote from Dave Reay
Quote from Dr Craig Dalzell
Quote from Dr Keith Skene
Quote from Dr Oliver Escobar
Quote from Edinburgh Council
Quote from Edinburgh Remakery
Quote from European Nature Trust
Quote from Iain Stewart
Quote from Jan Webb
Quote from Jane Suiter
Quote from Jenny Marr
Quote from John Muir Trust
Quote from John Ward
Quote from Julia Steinberger
Quote from Kathleen Jamie
Quote from Living Streets
Quote from Mark Ruskell MSP
Quote from Mikebarryeco
Quote from Open Seas
Quote from Paul McLennan MSP
Quote from Pete Smith
Quote from Play Scotland
Quote from Poverty Alliance
Quote from RSA Scotland
Quote from Ruth Harvey
Quote from Sara Thiam
Quote from Sarah Bridle
Quote from Scottish Wild Beaver Group
Quote from SCVO
Quote from South Seeds
Quote from Towns Partnership
Quote from University of Aberdeen
Quote from Val McDermid
Quote from Wellbeing Economy Scotland
Quote from Willie Sullivan

A number of Assembly members also expressed their support for the Charter. See their statements below.

Quote from Aidan
Quote from Jocelyn
Quote from Lewis E