People across Scotland are being encouraged to use #oorfootprint to show their connection to the planet and demand action on the climate and nature emergencies
The #oorfuture campaign launching today aims to encourage people across Scotland to share creative photos of their footprints, wellies and boots using #oorfootprint to signify our connection to the planet and the importance of nature and climate in the run-up to May’s Scottish Parliament election.
The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of nature in our everyday lives, particularly its role in helping to improve our mental health and physical wellbeing, and our connection to our planet and each other at a time when many have felt isolated. However, we are in the midst of a climate and nature crisis and time is running out to act.
Next month’s Scottish Parliamentary Election provides an opportunity for people across Scotland to show candidates and parties how much climate and nature matters to them and that the climate and nature crisis must remain at the heart of policy making for the next Scottish Government.
Speaking on behalf of the #oorfuture campaign, Becky-Kenton Lake from Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, said: “Getting involved is really easy, all you have to do is share a photo or video on social media of boots, wellies or footprints – something which represents your connection with nature and the climate – using the #oorfootprint hashtag. It could include a message about what action you want politicians to take for nature, climate, health, education and food. Or you can get more creative with art, craft or music. We would love to see everyone tag friends, family members, candidates and organisations who they would like to see join the conversation to show the strong support for action on the climate and nature emergencies in the run up to the election.”
The organisations behind the #oorfuture campaign also believe listening to the voices of young people is key as we face up to the nature and climate crisis. As part of this the campaign is supporting YouthLink Scotland’s ‘Climate Hot Seat’ Youth Hustings which was originally scheduled for 9 April but has now been rescheduled to 16 April accommodate the pause in election campaigning.
Anna Balmain, 13, one of the young moderators for The Climate Hot Seat event, said: “Action needs to be taken to combat the climate crisis, and the decision on whether this action is taken, depends on each and every one of us. I hope that this event educates more young people in Scotland about the dangers of climate change and that this event provides further stimulus for young people to make informed choices in the upcoming Scottish Parliament elections.”
Tickets are available for 11-25 year olds at https://the-climate-hot-seat-tickets.eventbrite.co.uk. Everyone else can watch the stream on the YouthLink Scotland YouTube channel.
The #oorfuture campaign has been organised by a coalition of climate and nature organisations within Scotland, including RSPB Scotland, WWF Scotland, the Scottish Wildlife Trust, the Woodland Trust Scotland, Scottish Environment Link, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland and the Scottish Food Coalition.
For more information about how to get involved visit: https://medium.com/oorfootprint/oorfootprint-3604ac2860aa