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Climate change, marginalised communities and considered debate within Scotland's climate emergency.

Mabon, Leslie; Crawford, Neil James Wilson; Shih, Wan-Yu; Ahmad, Sohail; Butler-Warke, Alice; Chang, Chia-Min; Chen, Yu-Cheng; England, Kit; Govan, Sarah; Horsfall, Louise; Huang, Yi-Chen; Lindley, Sarah; Morris, Melinda; Watson, Ali; Wolstenholme, Ruth


Leslie Mabon

Neil James Wilson Crawford

Wan-Yu Shih

Sohail Ahmad

Chia-Min Chang

Yu-Cheng Chen

Kit England

Sarah Govan

Louise Horsfall

Yi-Chen Huang

Sarah Lindley

Melinda Morris

Ali Watson

Ruth Wolstenholme


The announcement by the Scottish Government of a global 'climate emergency' in May 2019, and the selection of Glasgow as the host city for the main COP26 talks to be held in late 2021 has helped focus attention to the impact of climate change in Scotland. The COVID-19 pandemic has also brought into sharp focus the disproportionate effect that shocks and stresses have on already vulnerable people and places. This short communication aims to contribute to these debates by clarifying existing strengths and open issues for an evidence-driven response to climate change in Scotland's marginalised communities. Growing support for rapid and radical climate action, both in Scotland and overseas, brings into question the role of learned societies and reasoned debate within a climate emergency. To this end, we synthesise recent Scotland-based research into issues relating to climate justice and, drawing on the outcomes of a workshop held in summer 2019, identify aspects where good progress has been made and areas where further work is required for an evidence-driven and just response to climate change in Scotland and beyond.


MABON, L. and CRAWFORD, N.J.I. (eds.) 2020. Climate change, marginalised communities and considered debate within Scotland's climate emergency. Scottish geographical journal [online], 136(1-4): climate change, COP26 and the crucible of crisis, pages 41-48. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 24, 2020
Online Publication Date Nov 5, 2020
Publication Date Dec 31, 2020
Deposit Date Dec 10, 2020
Publicly Available Date Nov 6, 2021
Journal Scottish geographical journal
Print ISSN 1470-2541
Electronic ISSN 1751-665X
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 136
Issue 1-4
Pages 41-48
Keywords Climate emergency; Inequality; Climate justice
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