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Climate Response Action Group

Tuesday 10th December 2019, 9:43am

by Ron Neville, Director of Access and Conservation

In response to the climate emergency the Board of Mountaineering Scotland, endorsed by the AGM, has set up a Climate Response Action Group (CRAG).

Firstly we will review our in-house and office activities to make them as sustainable as possible, and to work towards appropriate accreditation.

Next, we need to review how we support members who seek to minimise their environmental impact through enjoying walking, skiing and climbing. This can relate to choice of clothing, equipment, and travel.

We then need to review our approach to conservation issues. Our Conservation Strategy already commits us to working to minimise our contribution to and mitigate against the effects of the climate emergency.

Finally, we plan to work with other groups to ensure coordinated and sustained action to minimise further emissions and protect our unique mountain environment and its capacity to absorb carbon and mitigate adverse climate effects. 

Would you like to contribute? We are looking for expert input to the core group of CRAG and to recruit an expert panel we can draw on for guidance, support and influence. Your expertise might be in ecology, the energy industry, hydrology, politics, the psychology of influencing behaviour, or simply a love of the mountains. We are not planning to review or debate the science; we want to get on and do something about the climate emergency.

If you would like to contribute to CRAG, please provide brief credentials and a supporting statement of what you think you can contribute, to access@mountaineering.scot by 6th January 2020.