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Less than a week for the 2020 Highland Climate Change Conference which will be online only this year because of coronavirus restrictions


By Ian Duncan

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2020 Highland Climate Change Conference.
2020 Highland Climate Change Conference.

Highland Council will stage its second Highland Climate Change Conference next week – which this year will be online due to the Covid-19 regulations.

The virtual event will be available for anyone to join and a new webpage has been created to provide details of the conference, speakers, links on how to register for the workshops and a link to the live event itself which takes place on Monday.

It has been organised by Highland Council’s climate change coordinator, Joe Perry, and aims to discuss the regional, national and global response to the climate emergency announced by the local authority last year.

This year’s Highland Climate Change Conference will feature speakers including: Roseanna Cunningham MSP who is the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform; Dr Roxane Andersen a senior research fellow at the Environmental Research Institute of UHI; David Whiteford the chairman of North Highland Initiative; Lord Thurso the chairman of Visit Scotland; Graham Neville the area manager of Northern Isles and North Highland of NatureScot; and David Richardson the development manager – Highlands and Islands Federation of Small Businesses.

The conference and associated workshops will all take place online and on the same day and will all be free to attend.

Councillor Trish Robertson, the chairwoman of the Climate Change Working Group, said: “We are just days away now from this year’s Highland Climate Change Conference and I would again encourage anyone to sign up to the workshops or simply join the Microsoft Live based conference on the day and listen in.

“The conference will focus on four vitally important topics, biodiversity and habitat, the bigger picture, personal responsibility and the green recovery.

“A lot of work has been going on behind the scenes to ensure the conference is jam packed with a diverse range of speakers and we hope it will be both interesting and engaging.”

The conference will conclude with online workshops and it is possible to sign up for these on Eventbrite.

Topics include: biodiversity and habitat; the bigger picture; personal responsibility; and the green recovery.



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