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Highlanders 'engaged and focused' on climate change, response to online conference suggests


By Ian Duncan

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Joe Perry: Public 'engaged' in big issues affecting all of us.
Joe Perry: Public 'engaged' in big issues affecting all of us.

AN online climate change conference has been hailed as a success.

The Highland Council event, which was held on Monday, November 2, allowed the public the opportunity to discuss regional, national and global responses to climate and ecological emergencies caused by climate change.

It was attended by a large and diverse audience and offered the public access to 30 guest speakers.

The conference was split into four themes: biodiversity and habitat; national and international policy and sustainability targets; personal responsibility; and the green recovery.

Councillor Trish Robertson, chairwoman of the Climate Change Working Group, said: “The high volume of attendance at both the conference and the workshops is a key indicator of the success of this event and that those living and working in the Highland region are engaged and focused on making positive climate and ecological change.

“The overall agreement of the day was that people welcomed the opportunity to attend classes and workshops that would enable them to gain better ‘know-how’ of the daily changes they could make to lower their carbon footprint.”

Conference organiser Joe Perry thanked councillors for their contribution to the event and said: “The climate change team are delighted that the day ran smoothly, turning to an online conference brought about challenges, however it also opened an opportunity for wider regional participation whilst delivering the conference in a low-carbon way."

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